Boasting more than 200 plus wine and grape producers, Constantia, The magnificent landscape is home to some of the country’s oldest and most prestigious wine farms dating back to the 1650s. Stellenbosch was the first region to establish a formal route among the wineries—a route which has gone on to become one of the country’s six most popular tourist destinations. 148 wine farms adorn the vine-covered landscape, many of them historical farms with achingly beautiful Cape Dutch manors houses, gardens, hotels, and fine-dining restaurants. Franschhoek is another wine route with outrageously beautiful landscapes with many of the wine farms sharing a French Huguenot heritage, expect to find enormous French influence here.
The Champagne-inspired sparkling “Cap Classique” is the star of this show. Durbanville estates one of the region’s many virtues is also the spectacular views back across the ocean towards Table Mountain. You can also dip your toes in the rivers of the nearby nature reserve on a pretty morning. The region creates intense, fruit-driven yet refined wines, as unique as the slopes they grew on. The Helderberg Wine Routes are all in and around the Somerset West area, a 30 minute drive from the city. Historic estates line up alongside cutting edge modern cellars, all producing a wonderful diverse array of wines and has acquired a reputation for producing impressive white wines, particularly sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.