The vineyards are mostly set in regions that enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The varied topography creates diverse growing conditions and terroir, with some the top wines expressing a true sense of pace.

 The best-known regions include Constantia, Paarl, Stellenboch, Robertson, Swartland, and Malmesbury, Walker Baym and Elgin. The cool, coastal setting of Constantia produces sone top-quality dry and sweet white wines and Merlot shows great potential. Paarl includes the sub-region of Franchhoek, where Sauvignon and Sémillon perform particularly well. Stellenboch id the source of some of South Africa’s finest red wines, from vineyards set in mountain foothills. Like the Napa Valley in California, you will find many good restaurants here too.

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 Robertson, ‘The Valley of Vines and Roses’, is set inland. A dot area irrigated from the Breede River, stony, lime-rich soils and cool evenings and nights help produce surprisingly good Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This is very much an up-and-coming region.

 Swartland and Malmesbury, with its coastal location, is the source of some superbly balanced red wines. Walker Bay and Elggin meanwhile, is a cool and humid area southeast of Cape Town. Look out ofr some aromatic Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from Elgin, and classy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Walker Bay.