Cape Winelands in style takes you right to the source of South Africa’s wines. Through words and images, wine writer Wendy Toerien and photojournalist David Rogers entice you into exploring the richness of life on these 30 wine farms, which the team from award-winning Africa Geographic magazine has selected not only for the quality of their wines, but for the variety of experiences they offer.
Begin near Cape Town on the Cape Peninsula, in a pocket of verdant vineyard land called Constantia; this historical heart of the winelands embodies style and luxury in wine, cuisine and accommodation. Then head for the hills of family-friendly Durbanville, with its sweeping views across rural farmland to Table Mountain and Table Bay. Next comes Stellenbosch, the epicentre of Cape wine-making, with its landscape of craggy mountains and undulating hills.
Gracious Cape Dutch architecture blends with modern, hi-tech winery designs, and a sophisticated food-and-wine culture co-exists with a down-to-earth love of the land.
Cross the mountains to Paarl, embracing its Mediterranean climate in the warmth of its wines and its hospitality, and on to Franschhoek, a valley of individualistic vignerons imbued with a strong sense of their
Experience the two distinct characters of the Overberg vineyards: the forested highland around Elgin and the rugged coastline of Walker Bay, linked by the elegance of their world-class wines and their commitment to conservation. Finally, travel into the Cape’s hinterland, to the mountain-ringed enclave of Tulbagh and along the Breede River Valley to Robertson.
Whether you’re a connoisseur, quaffer or student of wine; a culture vulture or a history buff; a food fundi or a family; a nature lover, hiker or biker; a stressed soul wanting a spa retreat or a traveller in search of a weekend getaway – whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.