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Wineries by the Sea: South Africa

Great wine and waves can be found from Cape Town to the Walker Bay wine region. In August, Miles Mossop of Stellenbosch’s Tokara winery organizes more than 50 local winemakers for a two-day surf contest called the Vintners Surf Classic. The entry fee: six bottles, which Mossop blends and bottles in magnums.

Restaurants | Wineries | Hotels | Best Beaches

Restaurants

The Foodbarn

Chef Franck Dangereux cooks French-influenced cuisine and sometimes emerges from the kitchen in board shorts.

Paranga

A tented beach lounge with great mojitos.

96 Winery Road

Try the burger paired with a great Cape Pinotage.

Plus: More Restaurants in South Africa

Wineries

Beaumont Wines

A family-run winery on a huge farm in Walker Bay, known for its old-vine Chenin Blanc and Pinotage.

Cape Point Vineyards

Its unique location on a peninsula between the icy Atlantic waters and warm False Bay results in distinctive wines, particularly its Sauvignon Blanc.

Tokara

This estate offers views of Simonsberg and Table Mountains and tastings of its wines and herbaceous extra-virgin olive oils.

Plus: South Africa’s Beautiful Wine Country

Hotels

One&Only Cape Town

This resort on two private islands has rooms decorated with local art, plus a huge spa. It’s 15 minutes from Clifton and Camps Bay beaches and the Constantia wine route. Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa have outposts.

Rodwell House

This nine-suite hotel just outside of Stellenbosch wine country on False Bay has an impressive 15,000-bottle cellar.

Plus: More Hotels in South Africa

Best Beaches

Muizenberg

Muizenberg beach. Photo courtesy of Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve

Camps Bay

Cape Town’s most popular beach is packed with volleyball players, sunbathers and swimmers.

Clifton

This Cape Town beach is divided by boulders into smaller, stark-white beaches. First and Second are especially secluded; Third is laid-back; Fourth is a scene.

Muizenberg

Just outside Cape Town off the warm waters of False Bay, this beach is famous for two things: its Crayola-colored bathing booths and the Corner, the Cape Peninsula’s mile-long surf break. For details, go to southafrica.net.

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Published October 2009
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