The Wine Routes
For ease of touring, there are five different wine “routes”. The Franschhoek (French Corner) Route is only about an hour from Cape Town. The most efficient way to travel is the aforementioned tram. Here you will see the French influence in names, festivals, cuisine, and hopefully taste the Cap Classique, a French-inspired champagne. This is purportedly the most beautiful part of South Africa.
The Stellenbosch route boasts at least 148 wine farms, Cape Dutch houses, beautiful gardens and fine hospitality in its accommodations and eateries. The Helderberg route is suitable for a day trip from Cape Town. It is cooler, set as it is near the mountains and sea. Here you will delight in the superb white wines. The Durbanville route is closest to the city centre with a baker’s dozen of wine farms and also those producing craft beers, a popular addition to a tour.
Also close to Cape Town is the Constantia route. Grapes have been grown here and produced into fine whites and reds since the mid-seventeenth century. You will find the oldest wineries in South Africa along this route. Vineyards climb the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountains and the grapes are cooled by the winds from the nearby False Bay.