When you think of wine countries, your mind immediately goes to Italy and France, doesn't it? These countries' vineyards are undoubtedly some of the best in the world, so it's no surprise that you instantly think about them. But don't overlook South Africa just willy-nilly too! Especially Cape Town
. The city's vineyards can easily rival those in Southern Europe. Places like the Leeu Estates, the Spier Wine Farm, the Waterford Wine Estate, and the Rust en Vrede Wine Estate will knock your socks off! They don't just produce such fine wine, but they're stunning paradises themselves too.
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Babylonstoren has all the charms of the world. It has the warmth of South Africa, of course, but it also boasts Dutch farmhouses, French-style gardens, and British-designed greenhouses. You also can't deny that the land evokes the same idyllic charm as the famous vineyards in Italy too. So it's not an exaggeration to say that going to Babylonstoren feels like taking a trip around the world. You can relax and sample wine to your heart's content here, but know that what you'll see are tinges of various places all over the planet. You'll be hard-pressed to find any other winery quite like it!
Delaire Graff Estate
Sweeping landscapes await those lucky enough to get to the Delaire Graff Estate near Cape Town. The winery is located in Stellenbosch, Cape Town neighborhood
known for its vast vineyards. The Delaire Graff Estate is one of them and is among the most popular. In this charming land of manicured fields and pampered plants, the surrounding mountains and valleys provide such stunning scenery that you won't know where to focus your eyes. Perhaps you can look at the valleys in spring and summer and watch the lush greeneries glow. Then come autumn and winter, switch to the mountains and bask in the colors of its foliage.
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Retreating to the vineyards is one of the best things to do in Cape Town
. Especially if the vineyard you go to is the Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. A beguiling whitewashed Cape Dutch–style mansion awaits those who want a bit of romance in their trip to South Africa. The place offers fine wine samples and haute cuisine, of course, but it's also an intimate escape for any couple in need of some quality time with just the two of them. Apart from the usual, you and your special someone can also enjoy a spa day. What's not to love?
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Rust en Vrede Wine Estate
Most people escape to Cape Town's vineyards—or any other winery in the world, for that matter—to take in the beautiful scenery and countryside charms. They're a huge part of the draw, sure, but let's not forget that these are still wineries at the end of the day. You'll certainly remember it when you go to the famous Rust en Vrede Wine Estate. Here, food and wine reign supreme. The place has a fabulous restaurant, one of the best hotspots in Cape Town
, and an amazing selection that both make for an extraordinary culinary experience. You won't want to miss it!
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Spier Wine Farm
Ethical farming is the name of the game here at Spier Wine Farm in Cape Town. It might not sound all that luxurious at first but trust that the place is as much a heavenly paradise as many others on this list. For one thing, Spier Wine Farm is no ordinary farm. Instead of cattle and sheep, all you'll see are lush fields, tall trees, and blue skies brightened up by warm sunshine. They also take their wine seriously as they hold many samplings throughout the week. A particular highlight is the Chocolate and Wine sampling—a must for any sweet tooth out there!
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You've probably heard of the Vergelegen Estate thanks to its eponymous restaurant. It's a family-friendly spot that serves delicious food and, of course, high-quality wine. Fortunately, its location in Somerset West is near enough that it's easy to take a day trip from Cape Town just to have a meal. But when you get there, stay to enjoy the scenery, the beautiful gardens, and all the natural wonders. If the manor was bigger, you'd think the estate is a chateau in France
! Such is the glamour of the Vergelegen Estate.
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Waterford Wine Estate
Finally, there's the Waterford Wine Estate in Blaauwklippen Valley. Right by the slopes of Helderberg Mountain, one of Cape Town's majestic mountains
, this is a vineyard you simply shouldn't miss. Firstly, there's the picturesque winery. Filled with citrus trees and well-cut hedges, the place is South Africa's answer to the more popular Southern Europe wineries. Secondly, the Waterford Wine Estate boasts some of the best produce in town. Even if the scenery wasn't enough to captivate you (and if so, what's wrong with you!?), then their wine will seal the deal!
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Discover the stunning vineyards in Cape Town! From expansive fields to sweeping landscapes, Cape Town's wine country is so magical, you won't ever want to leave. Even more so with all the wine you'll get to drink too!