South Africa has been a wine producer since the 1680s. It started with the French Huguenots who left France the 17th and 18th centuries due to religious persecution. The picturesque town of Franschhoek - meaning French corner - has become known as South Africa's gourmet capital. The beautiful surroundings and shelter from the wind make it a top destination.

Stellenbosch is perhaps the most famous wine region in the country. The town is steeped in history and home to a number of award-winning estates. Another attraction is the Constantia wine route, less than 30 minutes drive from the centre of Cape Town. Jane Austen and Napoleon were among the many historical figures who found solace in the sweet wine from Klein Constantia.

Franschhoek in winter 

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Cape Dutch architecture

Harvest in the Klein Karoo

Hike among the vineyards

Groot Constantia

Autumn gold from March to May

Boschendal was founded in 1685