key wine region
roots go right back to the beginning of the wine industry in South
a short distance east from Cape Town, this is the country's leading
wine area, and is home to many of the country's top estates. Three
other significant wine regions: Paarl, Franschoek and Constantia are
in easy driving distance.
town itself is dominated by the University, and despite its relatively
large size has quite a relaxed feel.
This is an ideal
destination for wine tourists. The proximity to Cape Town and the
variety of accommodation, golf courses and restaurants means that
there's always going to be plenty to do, and the climate is lovely. Vineyards fringed by mountains
make for some lovely views, and the wine route, which takes tourists
through several different trails, is well marked out.
Here I'm reviewing
five estates that I visited in February 2003.
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