Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl form the main areas of the Cape Winelands and is the largest wine producing region in South Africa producing about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually. With the increasing popularity of South African wines worldwide, it’s not surprising that the South African wine industry plays an increasingly significant role in the national economy.
The Cape Winelands are situated fairly close to the coast and are found mainly within large valleys surrounded by impressive rocky mountain ranges. The start of the Cape Fold Mountains in Stellenbosch has created soil that is extremely favourable to vines. The fertile soil of the Cape Floral Kingdom (the smallest yet richest of the world’s plant kingdoms) also contributes to the area's wine-growing successes.
Suffice to say that wine-making and of course wine-tasting are very much a part of the Western Cape culture and experience. A visit to the Cape would simply not be complete without experiencing the tranquil beauty of the wineland areas.