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​Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands are a scenic treasure, graced with bang-up views and vaulting rocky hills that—with all due respect—out-drama Napa and Sonoma (that sentence was a little ruefully written by a fellow in Northern California’s magnificent Wine Country!). In addition to its world-class vintages, the Winelands rightly considers itself South Africa’s culinary capital (according the the Winerist, the region is home to three of the top ten restaurants in South Africa, and one in the top 50 in the world).

Micato safariers wander in the sparklingly kempt Dutch colonial towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and famous Franschhoek (“French corner” in Dutch, a small sign of the Western Cape Province’s multicultural history), drop in on family-owned cheese farms and vineyards, lunch at the renowned Delaire Graff Estate (where, one guest wrote, “luxury meets stunning surrounds”). We ramble in Paarl’s Spice Route, a brilliantly curated series of shops and attractions and artisan showcases, indulging in chocolate and wine pairings and innovative craft beer, and we’re likely to spend an afternoon at the fourth-generation Kanonkop Wine Estate, sampling its wares and roaming its collection of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics by some of South Africa’s most revered and excitingly upcoming artists.

Great wines seem to be made in spectacular surroundings. The Cape Winelands certainly support this concept. Frank PrialFormer wine critic for the New York Times

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