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South African Wine

The South African wine industry was certainly affected by the apartheid era. Some might say it has come out with positive results, while others may say it has never recovered. South Africa is definitely producing some of the most superb wine?s which are becoming more and more popular around the world.

South African wine routes are countless, and some of the most beautiful in the world. It is an excellent idea to contact a wine club in South Africa and arrange to see the wine routes and participate in a wine tasting.

Some of the South African wine routes include:

Constantia in the Cape - this is where the first vineyards were planted,

Elgin, just east of Stellenbosch ? predominantly a fruit-growing area,
Franschhoek, west of Stellenbosch ? soil and rainfall good for production of a wide variety of wine styles,
Paarl ? traditionally producing white wine but starting to focus more on reds now,
Robertson ? known for its whites,
Stellenbosch, a short distance from Cape Town and a focal point in the wine industry ? find red wines are produced in the east while whites are produced in the west,

White wines of South Africa are particularly delicious and the three most popular white wines produced in South Africa are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

Some of the most popular South African red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot. Pinotage especially is most commonly produced in South Africa.

If you join a wine club in South Africa you will be informed of all latest developments in the South African wine industry, and also advised on any current specials.

It is also very easy to find a wine tour in South Africa which is suited to your needs. You can spend a day doing wine-tasting and taking in the scenery. Or you could spend a weekend on a beautiful wine farm which offers, wine-tasting, full accommodation and food. In my mind, this is a hundred times better than a regular hotel. There are so many different packages you can choose from, so why not link another South African attraction to your wine tour, such as whale watching for example. You could even go golfing in the winelands of the Cape, or take in the scenery from horseback. There certainly is something for everyone!

Find information on the internet or visit a tourism and information office in South Africa for all the information you need!

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