“Wine Country: South Africa”

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frica is known for its exotic local drinks, not only to those living there, but also tourists who look forward to get a taste of the ‘real Africa’.  Sierra Leone has its local Poyo, Nigeria its local Palm Wine, and Kenya its Mnazi.  Travelling to South Africa however, one begins to discover that these are not the only drinks local to Africa that adults can drink socially.

While many countries in Africa have a popular local drink like Palm Wine, other well known drinks are also brewed and produced in Africa.  Julbrew is brewed in Banjul Breweries Ltd. in The Gambia, and Star beer is produced in Sierra Leone Brewery in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Beers and drinks like Palm Wine aren’t the only kind of alcoholic beverage produced locally in Africa.  Several vineyards can be found in South Africa, where tasteful wine is produced locally.

Courtesy of travel.nationalgeographic.com

Courtesy of travel.nationalgeographic.com

Stellenbosch, South Africa has several vineyards and has been a place for wine-making for over 300 years according to National Geographic.

The rich soil and locations make South Africa’s Stellenbosch Wine District one of the main sources in the world for quality wine.

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courtesy of bootsnall.com

The Stellenbosch Wine Festival has taken place since the 1970’s and more recently, over 100 wineries along the Stellenbosch American Express Wine Route offers several quality wines to guests.

Wine Country: South Africa

While in Stellenbosch, the Clouds Wine and Guest Estate is an ideal place to stay during time there.

Constantia, South Africa is another world renowned wine producing District.  During the 18th Century, Europe’s elite were drawn to Constantia’s dessert wines.

While in Africa, local is relative, especially with socially alcoholic beverages, as in this case.  If there is an urge to travel somewhere for a luxurious vineyard experience, Chile’ and Tuscany aren’t the only locations on the list; South Africa offers more than Palm Wine, it offers wine country.

Wine Country: South Africa

To learn more about Wines of South Africa, visit www.wosa.co.za/