Where To Go For Great South African Wine

Steven Rabkin

With expertly grown grapes that produce some of the most flavorful wine on the planet, South African wine districts are plentiful and thriving. For any wine lover wanting to try rich Bordeaux blends or premium cool Sauvignon Blanc, look no further than this list of the best wine regions in the country.

Constantia, Swartland Local Municipality, Stellenbosch, Elgin, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson

  • Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa

    Image of Constantia on Seeker
    • steve

      This historic district is just south of Capetown and has been famously creating popular wine for centuries. The birthplace of sweet Vin de Constance, Constantia is now well known for muscat blanc dessert wines, sauvignon blanc, and a delectable selection of Bordeaux.

  • Swartland Local Municipality, South Africa

    Image of Swartland Local Municipality on Seeker
    • steve

      Swartland is a picturesque region located north of Capetown, creating some of the most flavorful and delightfully fruity wines in the world. This vast region is a big player in the South African vineyard game, with proximity to the city, plenty of rolling vineyards, and a beautiful coastline.

  • Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Image of Stellenbosch on Seeker
    • steve

      Tucked into Western Cape's coastal region, Stellenbosch has some of the most world-renowned wineries in South Africa. Stellenbosch most commonly creates Carbernet Sauvignon and flavorful Bordeaux blends. With a rich history, expert craftsmanship, and plenty of quality wineries to discover in the region- Stellenbosch solidifies itself as a beautiful destinaton to visit for all wine lovers.

  • Elgin, South Africa

    Image of Elgin on Seeker
    • steve

      With a unique geographical landscape perfect for growing some intense flavor, Elgin stands out as one of the best wine destinations in South Africa. Elgin has a uniquely cool climate, fragrant options including chardonnay and sauvignon blanc are produced to perfection in this district.

  • Franschhoek, South Africa

    Image of Franschhoek on Seeker
    • steve

      Franschhoek is a gorgouesvalley with countless world-class wineries and robust flavors to sample. From rich reds to classic whites, and gourmet cuisine to pair them with, Franschoeck is the ideal getaway destination to explore the South African vineyard scene.

  • Paarl, South Africa

    Image of Paarl on Seeker
    • steve

      Paarl encompasses a picturesque town and plenty of rolling wineries with a vast terrain allowing for experimentation of flavor. Home to some of the top wineries in the country, and the most famous of the western cape, Paarl will not disappoint any wine enthusiasts. With a lengthy variety of flavors and robust flavors, this destination has something for everyone.

  • Robertson, South Africa

    Image of Robertson on Seeker
    • steve

      Robertson is well known for rich and fruity red and white wines, as well as some charming wines of the sparkling variety. Located about 100 miles east of Capetown, Robertson is poetically referred to by locals as "The valley of roses and wine".