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6 Great Reasons To Try Wine Tasting In Cape Town, South Africa

FWT_Admin | April 20, 2021

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Value for Money.
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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.

  1. A Sense of History.
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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.

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Check Out These Top 5 Cape Town Wine Farms

FWT_Admin | July 18, 2016

There are many Cape Town wine farms, but what are some of the best ones? Before you make a trip to Cape Town, you should know about the top wine farms. With that said, below are the top five Cape Town wine farms you should visit.
1. Steenberg Vineyards- The vineyard is located in Constantia, and on the estate there is a manor house, as well as various other buildings. Asides from visiting the vineyard, you can stay at the hotel that is on the estate and play a few rounds of golf on the course. Let’s not forget to mention there is a spa on the site, and you will love it. As for wines you can find there, you’ll be able to enjoy wines such as Blanc, Shiraz and Merlot to name a few.

2. Cape Point Vineyards– This vineyard is one of the most well-known vineyards in Cape Town, and it is an award winning winery. It is equipped with a wedding and function venue, which makes it a great place to have a wedding. Premium wines are made at the vineyard, and you can enjoy some of the wines they offer at the Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant, which offers you amazing views of the surrounding area. Also, you can take a nice picnic while here, so if you’re looking for one of the best wine farms in Cape Town, then look no further than Cape Point Vineyards.

3. Vergelegen– If you’re looking for an amazing wine farm to visit, then make sure to pay a visit to Vergelegen, which is home to the Cape Dutch manor house. There are a number of gorgeous gardens you can walk through, and let’s not forget to mention you can take a tour of the cellar, as well as taste a few wines that are considered to be the best in the world. After you have tasted the wine, make sure you head to Camphors restaurant for lunch, but be prepared to spend a lot of time at Vergelegen because you can easily spend an entire morning or afternoon there.

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4. La Motte– Another good wine farm that you should visit is La Motte, which is located in the center of the Cape Winelands, and many people consider this farm to be the best one in all of the area. The farm is home to an amazing restaurant, and you’ll have the chance to try wines such as Chardonnays and Shirazes. There are various events that take place here throughout the year, so before you go, make sure you find out if there’s a concert going on, wine tasting event or another interesting event you’ll want to go to.

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5. Skilpadvlei Wine Estate- The last farm to make the list is the Skilpadvlei Wine Estate, which is where you’ll taste wines such as Chenin Blanc, Skilpaddop Rose and Skilpaddop Red to name a few. Don’t worry about finding a place to stay because the estate has B&B rooms available, as well as cottages, and don’t forget to dine at the restaurant. Also, the restaurant is child-friendly, so feel free to bring your entire family to the restaurant, but make sure you take a look around the estate because you will love all that it has to offer.

As previously mentioned, there are many wine farms in Cape Town. However, the top five Cape Town wine farms are the ones discussed above. If you have never been to Cape Town and you are a fan of wine, then make sure you visit at least some of the wine farms discussed in this article.

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BikesnWines.com

FWT_Admin | July 18, 2016

The wine-growing region of the Cape has a reputation for its scenic beauty, lush expanses of vineyards, Blue Mountains, and sunny weather often that enables ripening of grapes on the vine.

While a majority of tourists opt to tour the areas by vehicle, you cannot experience the environment in a better way than on two wheels, and this is where Bikes n Wines, a local tour company comes into play. They offer Cape Town Bicycle Tours.

Bikes n Wines is a South African first and a new concept in winelands tourism that combines exclusive wine tastings with adventure cycling. Bikes n Wines has been organizing bike tours for close to a decade for the visitors that would like to enjoy Cape Winelands in an active and healthy way. The tours offered by Bikes n Wines are geared towards outdoor-loving, young-hearted people looking to experience a South African wine tour from an authentic and different viewpoint.

During the day, up to 4 first-class Stellenbosch wine estates located 50 km outside Cape Town are visited. They are accessed through private farm roads where riders get to pass through quiet tree-lined roads as well as vineyards with stunning vistas along the way.

Depending on your route of choice, your selection of lunch spots and wineries will differ. Bikes n Wines does offer tours in all six of the wine regions in the Cape and offers a choice of half-day tours, full-day tours, or even multi-day tours. A Bikes n Wines tour is guaranteed to be an adventure in the Winelands which is a totally refreshing break from your regular wine-tasting experience.

A good example of a tour would be to meet up in Stellenbosch then to cycle 10 to 30 km between several vineyards including the legendary Van Rynís distillery, Overgaauw, as well as the tiny Lovane Boutique Wine Estate. Overgaauw specialized in Merlot while Lovane is known for its red wines.

The Wellington area is best suited to mountain bikers while guests can enjoy treats such as a visit to Chocolaterie in Franschhoek. There is also a mountain bike tour of the glorious Hemel-en-Aarde area near Hermanus where some of the finest wines in the country are made because of its close proximity to the sea.

Peninsula Pedal is a new but increasingly popular tour that follows part of the route of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, popularly known as the “Argus”

This tour starts in Simonstown and features a stop at Boulder as well as a side trip to Cape Point. From here comes a road transfer to Noordhoek for guests to go tackle Chapmanís Peak to Hout Bay. Guests will continue enjoying wine tasting as well as a picnic along the way.

While it is possible to organize a transfer to your location of choice, the company highly encourages the use of public transport to the starting point.

Since Bikes n Wines is committed to a carbon-neutral policy, it has partnered with Greenpop, which is an organization that organizes tree planting. For every 10 riders that book a tour with Bikes n Wines, Greenpop donates a tree.

Bikes n Wines only offer guided tours and has 45 bikes for hire meaning that they must be pre-booked. The company caters for all levels of ability even complete novices and children. If you are wondering how you can juggle the adult enjoyment of wine tasting in the Winelands and ensuring that your children also enjoy themselves, you should consider taking a Bikes n Wines tour.

Bikes n Wines fully caters for families with children as young as 1 year with bike baby seats, half bikes, buggies, and childrenís bikes that suit children of different ages. In addition, the company can include some of the more children-friendly wineries including Spier and Skilpadvlei.

Final Thoughts

A Bikes n Wines tour is a real fun quality way of spending quality time enjoying the great outdoors for the whole family while the adults get to enjoy some good wine and food. If you would like to enjoy the scenic Cape Town region then you should definitely book a Bikes n Wines tour. You will enjoy quality time with your loved ones in the great outdoors while enjoying great wine and food. To enjoy this amazing experience, ensure that you make a Bikes n Wines tour part of your bucket list.

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Benefits Of Wine Farming In South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The South African wine has reached various markets across the globe. Cape Town has always stood a wonderful place to offer the world the best vineyard. The presence of wine lands have made South Africa to produce the greatest wine in the world.

Cape Town has grown very fast economically and this has brought array of benefits to South Africa. The wine has an access to the international markets. This has given the South African economy an enormous boost. The economic growth and development that has been growing by leaps and bounds in South Africa to some great extent, it can be attributed to the expansive wine lands in Cape Town. South Africa earns foreign exchange through the worldwide sale of her tasty wine.

Investment growth in Cape Town has been expansive as a result of the major vineyards being located there. This has made several corners of Cape Town stand out as an investment hub. Both foreign and domestic investors are now trooping in droves to invest in the South African markets to benefit from the vine growing in the country and this is a tremendous achievement in her economy.

South Africa has also seen the growth of industries. The wine industry in South Africa is on course in terms of growth. As the Cape Town wine farms gain momentum to unlock all the available opportunities to offer the world with the best quality wine, industries have witnessed growth. This has always made South Africa the most admirable nation that has the capacity to offer the best quality products and services right from the beverages like wine.

The wine from this great nation has brought comfort zone in many households. A sip or a tort of wine can quickly elicit bliss among folks who are comfortably enjoying the breeze at their homes after the bustle and hustle at their work place. Wine being a beverage that is common in many resorts, hotels, restaurant and bars is always believed to make people happy due to its ability to create a relaxing atmosphere. This by all means has increased the demand of wine across South Africa and other international markets and this high demand has now offered a bigger boost to wine production in South Africa.

Creation of employment for South Africans has been principal in Cape Town wine farms. A large number of folks have been offered employment at farms and this has enabled them to satisfy some of their human wants. As history states that South African wine has been in the market since the 16th century, it means the South Africa citizenry have benefited hugely from the production of wine in their country.

An emergence of eco-tourism is another humongous merit to the wine lands in South Africa. Some people have been conducting wine walks in South Africa to sample the famous wines in Cape Town. These surveys have seen the eco-tourism activities thrive in South Africa and producers and growers see that as a wake-up call to their economic engagement.

In conclusion, the production of wine in South Africa is on course up to date and the commitment to offer the best enjoyment to most consumers still stands important.

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If you are a wine lover

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

If you are a wine lover, then you definitely want to include South Africa in your next wine tours. South Africa offers several of the world’s very best vineyards and wineries, resting within a beautiful and luxurious fields with backdrop of gorgeous Blue Mountains which will surely give you the wine adventure of a lifetime. Though wine in this place has long been produced since the time of 1600’s, it wasn’t till the past few years that its wines have made it in the global scene. Furthermore, because of South Africa’s weak currency, wines originating from this region is relatively affordable.

Worcester, Stellenbosch and Paarl are some of the known wine regions of South Africa and they are noted to have white villas for accommodations. You can go to different wine farms where countless varieties are cultivated and these include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blends and more. Normally, wine tastings start in the morning and most of time you will be picked up by your place or nearby. You don’t need to be an expert person to take this tour, so long as you have all the passion for wines and foods, then you are all set to go. What makes these winery tours very special is the fact that you do not need to worry about driving while tasting wines since the specialized local guide will do that for you. You can simply relax and enjoy your wine, food and fantastic panoramic views.

There’s no better way than to celebrate and commemorate your marriage or have a vacation in the regions of South Africa, enjoying and living bottle to bottle. Once in a while, let go of your worries and troubles of daily routine and enjoy a taste of the good life by discovering and experiencing great adventure into the world of wine. So good luck to your spicier journey and don’t forget to drink responsibly!

 

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Wine Tours in South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The wines made from South Africa are among the best in the world. It doesn’t need much explanation to further support it because South Africa’s location, culture, and the people alone manifest themselves. The bounty of natural resources and the richness of the culture just lets you that words are not enough. With its gates open for the world to see, visiting the wine tours will show you distinct features and experience that once you had one, you will never look at South Africa the same way again. Not to mention the wine producers who are exceptionally skilled, ambitious and passionate at their craft. The climate does offer perfect temperature. A perfect recipe in making world-class wines that even gods with envy.

Of course, we owe the success as a wine country to a Dutchman named Jan Van Riebeek who planted the first vines in 1655 not far from Cape Town. The climate is comparable to that of the Mediterranean. Wine tours usually begins on March when the temperature is perfect and not worrying about the excessive heat of summer.

Visiting the winery is just one portion of the package. There are lots of beautiful scenery to see and the chance to enjoy the country as a whole. You are guaranteed to be amazing to see firsthand the dramatic mountain ranges and rocky shores, wildlife with a stunning richness. Incorporating the wine tour with the tour in the safari can be even more fun and amazing. The tour will also take you to the city of Cape Town. Where you can enjoy the rich culture and explore the amazing experience that you can even share with the local people.

Visiting the place itself will be the only way to have the front row seat to the epic and the most spectacular view to the history of the world itself because there are lots of stuff that the even the best travel brochure in the world can’t explain.

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