Welcome to the breathtaking Cape Winelands in South Africa, where stunning landscapes and world-famous winemaking come together for an unforgettable adventure. Just to the east of Cape Town in the Western Cape, this sun-soaked setting boasts rolling valleys dotted with world-class vineyards that have been cultivating grapes since the 1600s.
Affectionately known as the 'food and wine capital of South Africa', Franschhoek may be small in size, but its gastronomic scene packs a mighty punch! The town's name, meaning 'French Corner' in Afrikaans, pays homage to the origins of the region's renowned produce. When French refugees settled here in the 17th century, they brought with them their centuries-old winemaking expertise, thus beginning the town's heritage.
Here, you can journey through an unforgettable wine experience that marries tradition with innovation. For a unique adventure, visitors can even catch a ride on the hop-on-hop-off Wine Tram. It's an exciting way to explore a range of the prestigious wine estates in Franschhoek Valley and sure to be unforgettable.
Whether you're a wine enthusiast or a novice, exploring the diverse and delicious wines of New Zealand promises a delightful journey of the senses. While travellers flock to the country for its awe-inspiring landscapes, its burgeoning wine scene has also garnered global acclaim, and a visit to some of these vineyards should not be missed.
While New Zealand's rise in the global wine scene only started in the latter half of the 20th century, it now proudly ranks among the world's top winemaking nations. Its vast landscapes and spectrum of outdoor adventures are mirrored in the country's range of wine offerings; from the rich, robust reds of Waiheke Island to the fruity allure of Marlborough's iconic Sauvignon Blanc.
Embarking on an adventure around Waiheke Island will have you encounter more than just grapevines, where olive trees invite exquisite olive oil samples alongside your wine tasting. Blenheim's alfresco excursions in the Marlborough region however offer visitors the chance to explore the verdant valleys by bicycle.
Thanks to the array of terrains and climates, as well as the broad range of culinary pairings, in the United States of America, the country is home to a diverse range of wine styles, from New York's crisp Riesling to the Pinot Noirs of Oregon. But there is one state that stands above the rest when discussing the USA's wine production: California.
Whilst Spanish missionaries brought grapes to California in the 16th century, it wasn't until the mid-19th century that the California Gold Rush brought a wave of immigrants to California, many of whom brought vital knowledge from their native countries to establish vineyards and wineries. Today, Napa Valley is home to over 400 wineries, and the region has won numerous awards and accolades, including 90% of the top 100 wines in the world.
The stretching rows of vines across Napa Valley beckon visitors with incredible experiences, from hopping aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for a classic rail adventure that stops at three fantastic wineries, to a bike ride through the renowned Napa Valley Vine Trail.
Beyond the golden shores and cobblestone streets of Portugal lies expansive landscapes of sun-kissed vineyards filled with tradition. As a land of resplendent beauty and undeniable charm, Portugal's history, culture and innovation come together in every glass.
With a history stretching over two millennia, the Douro Valley stands as one of the world's most ancient and esteemed wine regions. Embracing local grape varieties and a pioneering ethos, it has surged ahead as Portugal's top wine region. However, it's not just the wines that have captured global acclaim; its breathtaking beauty-terraced vineyards, rolling hills and the Douro River-has even earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.
Porto and the Douro Valley have been on the top of the travel list for many wine lovers. Your travels here promise to transcend the ordinary vineyard experience, offering exclusive opportunities such as private tastings in an enchanting wine cellar, or a truly unique experience of an Antioxidant Grape Facial that beautifully blends the region's expertise with rejuvenating luxury.
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