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Winelands

Winelands

Wine production in South Africa can be traced back to 1659 when Jan Van Riebeeck produced the first wine. The Winelands cover a wide area not far from Cape Town and the main locations are Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Robertson and Franschhoek. The weather is perfect for growing grapes with the rainfall measuring up to 40 inches a year. The mild weather provides the perfect climate and the ground is mainly sandy and rough.

The scenery is stunning with lush green valleys and rugged mountains with Cape Dutch styled farmhouses with distinctive thatched roofs. To get to these locations you must travel by car or with a tour bus.

Stellenbosch is perhaps the centre of the wine growing region. There are lots of wineries to visit and wines to sample. The town has some wonderful examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Franschhoek is another interesting wine making area you can visit. It was originally settled in by French Hoguenots who are commemorated by a monument in the town.

If you want to visit a wine farm close to Cape town then try Groot Constantia. This is the oldest and most historical.

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