10 Best Wine Destinations In Africa (2022)

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When people think of wine production, the first destination that comes to mind is probably a valley somewhere in beautiful France. Bordeaux and Loire Valley are up there with the best of them; either that, or the well known valleys of Napa in California. In the past, Africa has rarely come to mind when the topic of wine production is discussed, but now It has one of the best wine destinations.

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South Africa, and a host of other countries in Africa, are slowly claiming their positionin the wine production world. There are valleys in Africa that would rival any wine producing region of the world. Here are 10 best wine destinations in Africa:

Winelands of Cape Town

This region of South Africa is well known for its fertile lands and moderate weather. Here, the locals produce very fine Chardonay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz. Like most wine producing regions, there are quite a number of farms that stand out:

1. Constantia Valley, South Africa

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Located at the foot of Constantiaberg Mountain, the valley produces some of the finest wine South Africa has to offer. It is also home to Groot Constantia, one of South Africa’s oldest wine producing estates. Only a few minutes from the City of Cape Town, Constantia Valley is as beautiful as it is productive. You can indulge in Cape Town’s finestwines at these wine farms –Constantia Uitsig, Constantia Glen, Buitenverwachting,Klein Constantia and Steenberg Vineyards.Explore these wine scenesto get a taste of their wines.

2. Stellenbosch Winelands, South Africa

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Stellenbosch is the second oldest wine producing regions in South Africa. Over the years, it has become synonymous with its high quality white wine. Most of the vines grown here are white wine grapes; sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, chardonnay and semillion. Only 50 KM east of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a region you should visit when in South Africa. This region offers much morethan a chance totaste the wines, you also get a chance to explore the wine farms such asClos Malverne, Spier, Vergelegen, Delheim, Ernie Els Wines and many others. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to do, restaurants and wine bar at this destination. Taste and explore as you like!

3. Paarl, South Africa

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Just outside Cape Town, in the Western Cape, is an ancient settler’s town called ‘Paarl’ (Dutch for ‘Pearl’). This region has about 200,000 inhabitants and is an amazing wine producing destination. About 17 wine farms are in this region, among them are Boland Kelder, Laborie, Glen Carlou, Perdeberg,Rhebokskloofand many others.Paarl has very hot summers and freezing winters, which make it perfect for the production of a wide variety of wines; red, white or rosé, sparkling or dessert, you name it.And there’s more to see and do:Paarl Museum,Hiking Trails Limiet Berge Paarl, Polo Club atVal de Vie and other pretty amazing places and things.

4. Franschhoek Wine Valley, South Africa

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Franschhoek Wine Valley, is located at the heart of the South African Winelands. It is well known for its gourmet foods, serene and lush scenery, homely atmosphere and of course, its wine production capabilities. Franschhoek, has a strong French heritage, which makes it, “the food and wine” capital of South Africa. Franschhoek isfull ofa lot of wineries such asBoschendal Wines, Bellingham Winery, Chamonix Wine Farm, Allée Bleue Wines, Chamonix Wine Farm, Franschhoek Cellar, Haute Cabriere among others.It also has more than 40 wine cellars where you can taste some of the best wines the region has to offer.

5. Somerset West, South Africa

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This is a beautiful olive and wine producing region of the South African Cape Winelands. Somerset West is known for its production of spectacular Bordeaux style wines and excellent accommodation. The region has quite a number of wine estates such as Lourensfordand Morgenster…all very excellent wine growers and producers.

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The Rest Of Africa

Although, South Africa is Africa’s leading wine country, there are other regions within the continent that can also hold their own when it comes to wine growing and production.

6. The Winelands of Algeria

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This is arguably the second largest wine country in all of Africa. Algeria has several wine producing regions that rival the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Algeria used to be a force to recon with in the world of red and white wine, but recently, it’s wine production has dwindled down to 70 wineries, all concentrated in the Hauts Plateaux region, towards the Moroccan border. The region produces a variety of Algerianwines including Coteaux De Mascara,Coteaux De Tlemcen,D’hara,Béjaïa,Chlef andAlgiers. Algerian wineries provide exquisite vineyard views, tours of the cellars and vineyards. It’s an amazing experience you should probably try!

7. Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are some of the best wine grapes grown in Morocco. Although, this country has had its fair share of ups and downs when it come to being a serious wine producing destination on the international platform, Morocco still commands some serious respect in this field. Mostly due to its superior wine growing region of the Atlas Mountains. Although, Morocco, mostly produces white wine, there are patches of Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Clairette, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grown in the region. Morocco wineries such as Atlas Vineyards,Boulaouane,Domaine de Sahari among others. Visit Morocco and go on a tour to discover some of the finest wineries in the region.

8. Ziway, Ethiopia

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According to Billionaire wine producer, Castel; Ethiopia has the perfect weather and terrain for wine production. Since 1998, a little known region of Ethiopia, Ziway, has been growing some of the best white and red wine grapes from Bordeaux under the supervision of Castel’s wine experts. The winery now produces a local Ethiopian wine called ‘Rift Valley. The winery is expected to start seeing profits in 2016, but as of now, it produces millions of red and white wine that is consumed both locally and internationally.Rift Valley in Ethiopia is well-known for itsabounding bird life and the dense acacia woodland encompassing the chainof seven lakes.

9. Chã das Caldeiras, Cape Verde

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Within the crater of ‘Pico do Fogo’ a volcanic mountain in the Cape Verdian island of Fogo, lies a small wine producing community of about 1,000 people, Chã das Caldeiras. This region produces some of the finest red and white wines, Cape Verde has to offer. Thepopular wineries of Cape Verde areChã and Sodade, they produce about160,000 bottles of wine altogether in a year.

10. Tunisia

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Tunisia is all about ‘Rosé wine’. The red wine grape varieties here include, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsaut Mourvèdre, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Merlot. This is similar to most of Southern France. Tunisia also has a variety of white wine grape that include, Chardonnay, Muscat of Alexandria, and Pedro Ximenez. Most of these wines are produced in the Cap Bon area (Grand Cru Mornag, Sidi Salem, Mornag, Thibar, Coteau de Tébourba, Kélibia and Côteaux d’Utique).

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These are some of Africa’s biggest wine producing regions. As you can clearly see, South Africa is the continent’s leading wine producing destination with some of its wines garnering world wide demand. For those of us who are particular about our wine, touring these regions of Africa will act as an eye opener to this continent that seems to never stop giving.

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FAQs

Which country has the best wine in Africa? ›

South Africa

The Mediterranean-type climate of South Africa makes it perfect for growing wine grapes. Because of its location and multicultural population, South Africa's wines are a mix of Old World and New World. South Africa is also known for a signature red varietal called Pinotage.

What African countries make wine? ›

Aveine takes you on the tracks of these countries little known for their wine production in Africa!
  • Namibia. As a neighbour of South Africa, it turns out that Namibia also produces its own wine! ...
  • Gabon. Gabon's wine production is located in the plateau of Batéké, south-east of Gabon! ...
  • Ethiopia. ...
  • Kenya. ...
  • Senegal.
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Where is wine made in Africa? ›

Today, wine is grown throughout the Western Cape and in parts of the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape regions. The river regions along the Breede Valley, Olifants and Orange Rivers are among the warmest areas and are often the location of bulk wine production and distillation.

Which country wine is best? ›

Unsurprisingly, France tops the chart as the best wine producing country. The French are the second biggest producer globally, beaten only by Italy, and are responsible for 29.5% of global wine exports each year, according to analysis from WorldsTopExports.com.

What is the number 1 wine in the world? ›

1. Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is the world's most popular light-bodied red wine. It's loved for its red fruit, flower, and spice aromas that are accentuated by a long, smooth finish.

Which country sells the most wine? ›

Wine Exports by Country
  • France: US$13.1 billion (32.2% of total wine exports)
  • Italy: $8.4 billion (20.7%)
  • Spain: $3.5 billion (8.5%)
  • Chile: $2 billion (4.8%)
  • Australia: $1.7 billion (4.2%)
  • United States: $1.5 billion (3.6%)
  • New Zealand: $1.4 billion (3.4%)
  • Germany: $1.2 billion (2.9%)
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Which country makes most wine? ›

Italy is still the biggest wine producing country with 49.1 Mhl (+3%). It is followed by France with 46.6 Mhl (+11%) and Spain with 40.7 Mhl (+21%). Here are the top ten wine producing countries in the world: Italy 49.1 Mhl.

Which country invented wine? ›

Georgia is generally considered the 'cradle of wine', as archaeologists have traced the world's first known wine creation back to the people of the South Caucasus in 6,000BC. These early Georgians discovered grape juice could be turned into wine by burying it underground for the winter.

What wine is South Africa known for? ›

South Africa Has Its Own Unique Wine – Pinotage

Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are currently the most widely planted varietals in South Africa, but Pinotage is the only one that is unique to South Africa. Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

Who is South Africa's largest wine producer? ›

Vredendal Cellar - South Africa's Largest Winery - Fast Tracking on a Global Mission. There is a touch of irony to the fact that South Africa's largest Winery – and the biggest in the Southern hemisphere – is quite some distance from the traditional Cape winelands.

Where is wine country in South Africa? ›

The Western Cape is the largest and one of the most important South African wine regions. Western Cape in turn is divided into many sub-regions, some of which are very well known, such as Coastal Region, Klein Karoo, Cape South Coast, Olifants River, and Breede River Valley.

What is the most popular wine in South Africa? ›

Chenin blanc is South Africa's favoured and favourite white wine accounting for some 18 per cent of the country's vineyards. Originally from the Loire Valley in France, this versatile grape has adapted to South Africa's warmer climate by becoming fruitier and more tropical.

Is wine produced in Nigeria? ›

Opportunities in the market

For the fact that there are not much wine producers in Nigeria you can get the chance to be the first and make others join you, because the need for the use of our own resources is essential.

What is the most famous wine region in the world? ›

For many wine lovers, France is the world's greatest wine country. However, it's now in second place in two key categories. First, it has the world's second-largest total vineyard area, second to Spain. Second, it is also the second-largest wine producer: Italy takes the lead in the volume of wine produced.

What is the wine capital of the world? ›

World wine capital, the city of Bordeaux looks resplendent in its 18th-century grandeur. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2007.

How good is South African wine? ›

South African wines offer impressively good value, and feature styles and tastes that are food friendly, blending elegance and power. South Africa has been producing wine since the first vines were planted in the 17th century, brought by the Dutch governors of Cape Colony.

Where is wine country in South Africa? ›

Located in the Western Cape, South Africa Wine Country (also known as the Winelands) is stunningly beautiful and home to over 300 vineyards. Depending on your vantage point, you can take in views of the vines, mountains, and sea all at the same time, just by turning your head.

Is wine produced in Nigeria? ›

Opportunities in the market

For the fact that there are not much wine producers in Nigeria you can get the chance to be the first and make others join you, because the need for the use of our own resources is essential.

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