Get Your Wine & Adventure on in Cape Town, SA

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There’s a magic to South Africa that you have to experience to understand. Packed full of different cultures, natural beauty and adventure, it is a place that deserves a spot on your bucket list. As I’m a beach bum at heart, I naturally found my way to Cape Town.

Landing in Cape Town you’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning mountains, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the V&A waterfront and rich cultures that both mix with and pre-date colonialism. Cape Town is also a place where South Africa’s growing economy is reflected in some cool local hang outs. Basically, Cape Town is a great place to get your vacation on. In fact, it’s one of the top 10 places to visit in South Africa!

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Once you’ve spent a couple of glorious days exploring Cape Town, discovering some local dance clubs, kiteboarding, surfing or climbing Tabletop Mountain, be sure to adventure out. If you love wine, like I do, then you’ll soon discover you’re surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful vineyards. Oh, and their wine is pretty great as well. But don’t just take my word for it. Try some…Or a lot!

There are a lot of wine routes that are an hour or less drive away from Cape Town. Though, if you’re really want to enjoy yourself, be sure to hire a car. My boyfriend and I went through Tourder’s and had an amazing time. Our driver was fun and knowledgeable which made our tour more like an adventurous excursion instead of just a drive from one place to another.

There are a lot of “tours” or routes you can choose from. The closer wine tours include Darling, Stellenbosch, Constantia, Durbanville, Paarl, Helderberg, Wellington, Franschhoek and Walker Bay. Or if you’re up for a truly stunning scenic adventure you can go a bit further and check out Robertson, the Little Karoo, Breedekloof, Worcester, Tulbagh, the Swartland and Olifants River.

After a conversation with our guides and some research we chose to go for a scenic adventure and set our sights on Elgin Valley.  

Credit to Michael Olivier
Credit to Michael Olivier

Elgin Valley is about 70km east of Cape Town and getting there takes you through the stunning Hottentots Holland Mountains. Nestled in these stunning mountains Elgin Valley is full of beautiful vineyards and fruit orchards. So not only will you get to taste some amazing wine, you’ll also enjoy delicious apples and pears!

Touring around the patchwork of vineyards, farms, foothills and fynbos reserves was magical. We had the pleasure of enjoying a wine tasting amidst the architectural beauty of Almenkerk Wine Estate; a fantastic wine & food pairing at the Corder Family Wines and a tour at the ever friendly and educational Elgin Vintners.

Elgin Valley is known for producing amazing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir so be sure try samples of these as you tour around. Also be sure to ask what each vineyard’s specialties are. You’ll soon find that there are many varietals produced around the valley… And a lot of them are delicious.

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At the end of a day full of “wine tasting” I was happy to see the smiling face of our driver. We all had a good laugh as we drove back toward Cape Town and true to form, our driver suggested some other tantalizing South African adventures… But I’ll save those for another day. Until then, be sure to try some South African wine and imagine how much better it tastes when you pair it with a journey to Cape Town, South Africa.