Green valleys will dominate the landscape as you settle into South Africa. It will be just a 30-minute transfer from Cape Town International Airport to the Cape Winelands where your vineyard accommodation will be high on the slopes. Gazing across great swathes of vines, you can find tranquility, and the Cape Winelands always provide an escape above anything else. You will check-in and enjoy a guided tasting at the vineyard, which will be your chance to travel through time with wines that are symbolic of the region. Pinotage is the indigenous grape while the Cabernet Sauvignon has an easy drinking style that is very different from the Bordeaux. New-world Shiraz and old-world Syrah will provide contrast, and a number of other European grapes will showcase how the South African terroir makes all the difference.
You will begin with MCC, which stands for Methode Cap Classique and is the Cape’s sparkling wine that is produced in the same style as Champagne. Of the whites, Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted, but the region really distinguishes itself through wooded Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. After the tasting, you will transfer to a small restaurant that is located just outside Stellenbosch. This will be your opportunity to experience South African fine dining for the first time. The Cape Winelands is the country’s premier culinary destination with dozens of celebrated restaurants and many experimental flavors. They are symbolic of a destination where indulgence comes naturally, and serenity is quick to impress.
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