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Wines & Wineries of South Africa

Africa has a tradition of wine growing dating back to French and Dutch colonization.

Especially in the South African wine region, vineyards line the coast mainly along the Western cape, wine is a booming industry receiving international awards for excellence.

Winelands South Africa
Cape Winelands, South Africa (photo © Dominic Morel)

In Northern Africa, the Maghreb wine region encompasses Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Here, the tradition of winemaking reaches back even further to the Romans -- who first found the warm, Mediterrean climate a perfect spot to plant Africa's first vineyards.

Meanwhile, let's not forget Madagascar, the island situated off Africa's East coast where good, basic table wines are produced in vineyards located on steep-terraced slopes, (interplanted with pineapples and bananas!) that results in a wine touring experience like no other.

Elsewhere on the continent, Cape Verde with its roots in Portuguese colonization boasts another thriving wine producing region on the island of Cha das Caldeira off the West coast.

Most recently, even Kenya has taken up the challenge of transforming the Rift Valley into a wine grape haven with the opening its first commercial winery there.

Ready for an African wine safari?



Wine Routes in South Africa

South African Wines Courtesy South African Tourism
The Wine Routes lead to prestigious wineries where wine tasting and light lunches can be offered. The wineries are generally open to the public and will welcome wine lovers to taste their products in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

South African Brandy... For Dessert?

South African Desserts Courtesy South African Tourism

Traditional cooks in South Africa have taken the concept of after dinner brandy to new heights with these dessert recipes that add brandy to fruits and pastries for a sophisticated taste that makes sweet even better....

More about the wines of Africa around the Web:

Amazing African Wine Destinations
- Check out this Travel & Leisure Magazine feature on top picks from South Africa to Morocco.

Wine and Vine Search - Africa - Here's another interactive map feature leading to more information on wines in North Africa, South Africa, Cape Verde, Kenya, and more.

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