At the doors of Cape Town, Bacchus himself seems to have shaped the hillsides. Later, Dutch and French immigrants helped him along. As the Dutch prepared the land for agriculture, they found that the ground was perfect for vineyards.
And when the Huguenots were chased out of France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, they landed in South Africa, with grapevines in their suitcases. To this day, there are many French descendants and much good wine. Whether or not you are a wine lover, the stunning landscapes are worth the detour.
In just a small area around Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek, enchanting green valleys are covered with vineyards of Syrah, Malbec, Chenin blanc and Cabernet. The best palates will be able to taste the subtle blends of these grapes, but anyone can explore the vineyards by travelling on foot or by bicycle.