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5 must-visit regions in Africa that will spark your wine-derlust


IF you appreciate wine, read on for some of the best regions around Africa to inspire your next wine vacation.

Franschhoe­k Wine Valley, South Africa

You will find an array of cellars, ranging from quaint boutique wineries that cater to those in search of something unique, to the large cellars that offer visitors organised tours and tastings.

The fertile Franschhoe­k Wine Valley is home to some of SA’S noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, semillon and chenin blanc, to the full-bodied reds of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, pinot noir and merlot. The area also produces some of the country’s extraordin­ary méthode cap classiques.

The wines made by the Vignerons de Franschhoe­k can be tasted, paired with wonderful food available from Franschhoe­k’s restaurant­s, many of which are found on the wine estates. Visit: www.franschhoe­

Erongo Mountain Winery, Namibia

This trailblazi­ng boutique winery is a pioneer of the Namibian wine industry and is open for personal tours and intimate wine tastings.

You can also experience first-hand the distilling of their different Namibian-made liqueurs and natural alcohol. Visit: www.erongomoun­tainwinery. com

Castel Winery, Ethiopia

As the third-largest wine producer in the world and the second-largest beer and soft drinks business in Africa, Castel Group was committed to establishi­ng Castel Winery in Ethiopia.

Castel manages a 162-hectare vineyard and produces over a million bottles a year – made up of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, and chardonnay. It has three brands, Rift Valley, Acacia, and Cuvee Prestige.

Visit: www.castelwine­

Durbanvill­e Wine Valley, South Africa

Expect to find something for every taste and occasion. You can enjoy a romantic, fine-dining experience, or opt for a casual, family-friendly restaurant while taking in magnificen­t views.

The region has become Cape Town’s destinatio­n of choice with its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and friendly atmosphere.

Visit: www.durbanvill­

Domaine Zouina, Morocco

Located at the foot of the Middle Atlas, the Domaine de la Zouina is part of the largest wine region of Morocco. The estate stretches over 115 hectares. They selected the best varieties: syrah, cabernet sauvignon, tempranill­o for red wines; chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris, viognier and vermentino for white wines; caladoc, mourvèdre and marselan for rosés. Visit: www.domainezou­

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