We toured Boschendal, a picturesque vineyard with wild chickens and a gorgeous fine dining restaurant and had a wine tasting at the vineyard that supplies all of South African Airways‘ red! I made sure to keep some mini red and white bottles home from the flight as a fun souvenir. Cape Town is most famous for it's reds and shiraz, cabernet and merlots are definitely a must try. I also had some local grown cheeses, wonderful spicy chutneys and olives during the wine tasting, which were delicious. I snapchatted the entire adventure (@shershegoes) and overall had a blast! If I ever get a chance to go back, I would love to eat at Boschendal in Franshoek. The region in general is known for cuisine in addition to wine, and their restaurant looked amazing. I had a little too much time taking bathroom selfies haha – the interiors were really pretty, in my defense.
The winelands are a vast region about 1-3 hours away from down town Cape Town, depending on which region you choose to visit. The best way to tour the cape town winelands is via car,if you have a large group, or the blue luxury train line is a hop on, hop off ride that will get you there as well. If you have a half day, these are the 3 areas I would most recommend to explore:
- FRANSHOEK: one of the more famous regions and well known for its gourmet cuisine
- PAARL: home to Nederburg Wine Estate, an internationally renowned vineyard
- STELLENBOSCH: the oldest wine route where sparkling wine is produced
If you're a wine lover, check out great vineyards all over the world here.