Why you should visit South Africa

We were delighted to hear of two recent accolades for South Africa and Cape Town.

The first was the announcement that South Africa had bagged the number two spot on the Lonely Planet list for the best value destinations for 2015.

The second accolade was that Cape Town had scooted up the list from 11th position to fourth in the 2014 Conde Nast’s readers’ choice top 25 cities in the world. We were also thrilled to see that Cape Town’s friendly atmosphere was recognised by Conde Nast voters, coming 8th on the list of friendliest cities.

Here at Wines of South Africa, we regularly visit Cape Town and the winelands. Whilst the rand to pound is currently making South Africa a very affordable and attractive country to visit, there are so many additional reasons to explore the rainbow nation. It is a country that celebrates culture, food, wine, adventure, music, art, the great outdoors and much more.

In September our international team came together, flying in from all over the globe to work on our future strategy and plans. We stayed at Kleine Zalze Lodge and whilst a great deal of work was achieved we did also manage to have some fun, even being invited into the home of some of our producers (thank you Johan at Reyneke!). We experienced first-hand the warm welcome that South Africa is known for. Our producers are simply the best. We enjoyed tasting wines and seeing Boschendal (DGB), KWV, the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, Hartenberg, Villiera, Joostenberg, Sterhuis , the Stellenbosh Wine Route and many more. We came home truly re-energised and full of excitement about the wines we had tasted and the people we met.

One of my highlights on the trip was a Segway tour through the vineyards at Spier. If you get the opportunity to do this, it is one of the best ways to see the vineyards and it is great fun too. Here are some photos from our trip. We hope they inspire you to visit our producers and discover the beautiful, friendly, country that is South Africa.

The pool at Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Sunset at Kleine Zalze South African flowers October 2014 020 View of a storm approaching at Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Breakfast at Kleine Zalze The pool at Kleine Zalze A delicious fondu with DGB Fondu with DGB October 2014 046 The second course - cheese and meat fondu October 2014 058 Jo and Claudia at Spier Recycling bottles as plant pots Spier The Segway Jo (UK), Jim (USA) & Laurel (Canada) prepare for Segway training We're off. Jim over took me and is in the lead... The Spier Treepreneurs programme The Spier Treepreneurs programme The Spier Treepreneurs programme The Spier Treepreneurs programme Petra (Germany) on her Segway October 2014 097 Joostenberg Hartenberg Wine Estate Hartenberg Wine Estate Hartenberg Wine Estate Hartenberg Wine Estate Hartenberg Wine Estate Stellenbosch Wine Route Reyneke Reneke Waterford Wine Estate Lunch at Foliage in Franschhoek Lunch at Foliage in Franschhoek Lunch at Foliage in Franschhoek The Farm Shop at Babylonstoren Babylonstoren Babylonstoren Babylonstoren The Gardens at Babylonstoren The Wines of South Africa team
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