South Africa is world-renowned for its distinctive wine-making culture, regularly taking top spots in international wine competitions. The same way Brits enjoy afternoon tea, many South Africans use social afternoons to catch up with friends over wine tastings at some of the most picturesque winelands in the world.
The authentic Pinotage grape is considered the symbol of South Africa’s distinctive wine-making tradition and was created in 1925.
You can experience the unique South African Pinotage blend and some of the rainbow nation’s other great, flavoursome wines at some of the country’s best wineries:
Visit this classic winery in the Paarl area, north of Cape Town, for a true taste of South Africa’s long-standing wine tradition. As one of the oldest in the country, this farm has been producing wine since 1699 and its current owner Charles Black holds a Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at the International Wine Challenge in 2014.
Try its terroir-driven Limited Release or the very popular Goats Do Roam range, which includes favourites like The Goatfather or Goat-roti, and is exported all over the world.
Located close to Stellenbosch, the heart of South African wine culture, this winery is most famous for its range of sparkling wines, called Méthode Cap Classique.
Enjoy an informal sparkling wine tasting or go for the classic range of red, white and rosé wines. These also include Simonsig’s very own Pinotage, the first red wine the winery ever released, back in 1970.
This up-and-coming winery is situated among the famous Cape winelands with a breath-taking view over the Franschhoek valley.
Guests are invited to try the multi-award-winning Pinot Noir Reserve or Chardonnay Reserve, which are grown in some of the highest vineyards in the country. Chamonix also sources its own bottled water that comes in a variety of flavours and can be tried at the wine farm.
Many of the best South African wines can be tasted and paired at local wine festivals such as the upcoming Stellenbosch Wine Festival (30th January – 1st February 2015) or the popular Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival (7th February 2015).