South Africa has a long, rich history of cultivating beautiful wines enjoyed all around the world. Dating back to 1659, the South African wine industry has benefitted from the country’s climate and geography. The intense sunlight and dry heat enjoyed by the area surrounding Cape Town helps local vineyards cultivate huge volumes of different grape varieties.
Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are amongst the most commonly found grape varieties in the region; producing some of the world’s best-known and best-loved wines.
However, these wines don’t just have to be enjoyed at home or at your local restaurant, it is possible to get the ultimate wine-lovers experience by visiting the winemaking regions as part of an unforgettable cruise. Amongst the world-famous winemaking regions of South Africa which can be explored as part of a cruise trip include:
Naturally a visit to a South African wine region combines both the pursuit of knowledge and of refreshment, giving you the chance to learn about the wines you are supping. Many vineyard owners are more than happy to guide all visitors through the process of cultivating grapes and turning them into much-loved wines. And to get a true understanding of the wine, it’s vital you have a taste (or two).
Located at the southernmost tip of the continent, Cape Town is regularly visited by major cruise ships – providing safe and luxurious passage. A tour around the vineyards of the region provides a beautiful port visit in the middle of a holiday, or the perfect way to end an unforgettable trip.
The Cruise1st team can help you plan and book an unforgettable 2017 cruise trip, including a visit to the South African wine region. For more information call us today on 0800 230 0655.