Home of the oldest wineries in Africa

The Western Cape is home to some of the oldest wineries in Africa. Many of the wines produced in the region are manufactured using centuries-old grape varietals directly from France. Cape Town is home to the oldest winery in the Western Cape, Groot Constantia Wine Farm, which was first established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel. The winery is an absolute dream to visit.  Visitors can spend an afternoon enjoying tasting the different wines the estate produces. A must-try includes the iconic Pinotage – South Africa’s signature red grape varietal. It is a hybrid of two other grapes: Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. The wine estate has traditional Cape Dutch architecture, award-winning restaurants, lush scenic views over False Bay, and rolling hills filled with vineyard trees.  One of South Africa’s other most esteemed wines is a delicious bubbly called Methode Cap Classique or MCC for short. MCC sparkling wines are manufactured using 17th-century techniques originating from the Champagne region in France, also known as Méthode Champenoise. Just like Champagne, MCC sparkling wines undergo a second fermentation inside the bottle.  If you yearn to taste some delectable MCC, our neighbours at Houtbay Cellars will delight in taking you on a private wine tasting journey, at their picturesque boutique winery, overlooking the Hout Bay valley.

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