Almost all wine in South Africa is made in the part of the country called Western Cape. That’s where Cape Town is, at the South West edge. The whole of South Africa is almost twice the size of Texas (big!); Western Cape a tenth of that. But in the relatively small area, there is a very large variation in climate and nature, which our wine tour to South Africa will give you a good picture of.
After kicking off in Cape Town, we head out to the south coast, Walker Bay, where it’s quite cool and where they make outstanding pinot noir (whale watching in winter). Then we go up to the Swartland, to the north and thus warmer, where warm-climate grapes such as grenache, syrah and cinsault are grown, in a nature that resembles the interior of Spain.
In between, we have e.g. Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. What all these areas have in common is that today you have winemakers with a great appetite for experimentation and great ambition. When we were in South Africa in July to be on the jury for the important Michelangelo Awards wine competition, we got a good illustration of this in the 300 wines we tasted.
On our wine tour, there won’t be quite that many wines, but you will get a good dose of delicious wines, gastronomic food and wonderfully welcoming South African culture.
South Africa – a great wine experience.