If you are a wine drinker you might have noticed that some of the best actually come from South Africa. The Western Cape has a number of areas full of great vineyards, including Constantia, a more famously known tourist area near Cape Town (with a touristy hop-on-hop-off bus that starts in Cape Town and goes to several wineries–not too bad of an idea). We, however, wanted to see Stellenbosch, an area about 50 km East of Cape Town, and a little more off the beaten path. This picturesque place is the second oldest European settlement in the province (founded by the Dutch in 1679) and the grandfather of Southern Hemisphere wine regions.

 
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View from one of the wineries

 
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Now, we are pretty spoiled by our lovely wine country in the Bay Area back home, but oh my goodness, this scenery was gorgeous. Mo and I had an ongoing debate about which is prettier, the USA’s Napa/Sonoma area or Stellenbosch. I spoke for the South African side because we just don’t have these mountains in our views back home. Right??

 
We went to four wineries, but our two favorites are pictured below.

 
Tokara

 
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This winery had a really beautiful vineyard trail and sculpture walk you could go on.

 
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Mo’s impression of a sculpture…

 
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The wines weren’t bad either!

 
Spier

 
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This winery had a cafe and a little take-away store full of picnic perfect meats and cheeses

 
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A picnic here? Yes please!

 
It also had a relaxing trail in the back lined with protea, the national flower, named after the metemorphosising Greek god Proteus because there are so many different varieties in varying shapes and sizes

 
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Protea in full bloom

 
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A romantic spot behind Spier winery

 

I wish I had more information about the types of grapes grown best here, etc, etc, for you guys who are into that stuff, but honestly, we were just happy to sip a glass and enjoy the view!