The Coronavirus has not been kind to those in the tourism business – and travelers wishing to take holiday adventure to new heights. However, there is one city that has become even more attractive now that the regulations governing international travel have largely been listed – and that is Cape Town, South Africa. This a city that regularly garners international recognition as one of the most desirable tourist hotspots in the world. 2020 Was no different. It was named ‘The World’s Leading Festival and event Destination’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards, It has previously been named the best destination in Africa a total of seven times, TripAdvisor’s Top Destination and regularly features in the top ten for Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Cities.
However – it also attracts attention from those in love with world-class wines. Cape Town and its surrounds are home to vineyards and wineries (over 500 hundred of them) that produce wines that are among the best in the world. If you are considering exploring wine tasting in what South African’s call ‘The Mother City’ here are six great reasons that you should immediately book an airline ticket.
- Natural Beauty.
Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and seaside suburbs where millionaires come to play. Take a bottle of fabulous South African wine and get onboard the ultra-modern cable car and enjoy a fabulous sunset and a private wine tasting with someone special. watch the sun set over one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Alternatively visit one of the fabulous wineries (the scenery around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch where many are located is incredible), grab a bottle (or two) and sit on the white sands of Camps Bay on the Atlantic seaboard and enjoy that sunset.
- Unrivaled Choice.
There’s that fact that there are over 500 wineries in and around Cape Town – but when it comes to choosing you’re going to have to apply your mind – your time may be limited and the liver can only take so much punishment. The Villiera estate is only a hop skip and a jump from downtown – but you can enjoy 500 acres and some fabulous sparkling wine while getting up close and personal with giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and springbok. Or visit Babylonstoren where you can enjoy a ‘farm-to-fork dining experience at two internationally acclaimed restaurants.
- Great Eats.
Speaking of restaurants why deny yourself gustatory pleasure and great wine tasting? Destinations such as Vergelegen deliver on both. This Somerset West estate offers cuisine that has been enjoyed by the Queen of England amongst others. The choice is entirely up to you. Enjoy Camphors, an award-winning signature restaurant, ‘The Stables’ which is great for the entire family or a picnic in the forest. Or visit La Colombe in the Franschhoek Winelands where Asian-French-inspired cuisine is offered.
- Enjoy it All.
Why limit yourself to just wine tasting? Indulge in the ‘Spice Route Destination’ experience. 45 Minutes from Cape Town and overlooking the Paarl Winelands this destination offers wine tasting, craft beer at the Wilderer Distillery and chocolate courtesy of De Villiers Chocolate. Take a seat at Jewells and enjoy fabulous small plate meals or indulge in one of South Africa’s most famous exports – biltong (like jerky but better) at the Barley & Biltong Emporium. The beer garden is great. Or settle for wood-fired pizza at La Grapperia.
- Value for Money.
The South Africa rand and the exchange rate make the country the perfect destination for wine tasting – or indulging in the finer things in life. As at the time of writing you could pick up a single South African rand for just over 14 U.S. cents. Now consider the fact that a great bottle of ” (and it is simply very, very good) for under $30 and you will be tasting world-class wines at a fraction of the price that you would be paying elsewhere in the world.
- A Sense of History.
No matter which wine farm in the Cape Town area you will visit each and every one will boast a history that will fascinate lovers of wine and the history of South Africa itself. For instance, Groot Constantia, which still produces exceptional wines was established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, at that point the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope.
Whichever way you look at it, a wine tasting experience in Cape Town is one that should be on the bucket list of every international traveler. Book that flight today.