South Africa's Enchanting Winelands

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019
Travel Pulse, Paul Heney
I've often thought of Cape Town as South Africa's San Francisco. The famously progressive city enjoys a similar Mediterranean climate, iconic fog (which creeps in over Table Mountain and is called the tablecloth), stunning coastline, a huge queer population, and an extensive collection of creative types in the business world.

On my latest trip there, I discovered another interesting connection: stunning winelands about an hour's drive away.

We rented a car and drove the easy route to the wine region, dominated by the Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl areas. Wine lovers will want to try the local Pinotage, a red wine that was long looked down upon for poor production quality, but today has seen a nice resurgence in popularity in many areas around the globe.

In addition to Pinotage, you'll find other nice reds here, including Merlots, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignons. For white wine fans, you'll find lovely Viogniers, Chenin Blancs and Semillons.

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