CNN’s top 10 South African Wine Farms

CNN seems determined to make those of us far from South Africa’s autumn sunshine even more homesick than we were. It has published a list of top 10 sensational wine farms.

Somerset, South Africa
One of our picks…

Journalist Claire Hu notes on CNN that “I’ve spent a decade visiting the most famous vineyards around the world. For sheer beauty, the winelands of South Africa come top of the list.”

The CNN Top 10 Recommendations are:

–       For Location: Creation Wines in the Hemel-en-Aaarde (Heaven and Earth) valley near Hermanus


–       For Food: La Colombe restaurant at Constantia Uitsig winery

–       For Hippie vibe: Upland Estate in Wellington.

–       For Views: Waterkloof in False Bay

–       For Cape Dutch heritage: Groote Post on the West Coast

–       For Kids: Blaauwklippen Vineyards in Stellenbosch

–       For Accommodation: Weltevrede in the Robertson wine valley

–       For Innovation: Crystallum Wines in Walker Bay

–       For Extras: Fairview in Suider-Paarl

–       For Unusual tasting experience: Stark-Conde Wines in Stellenbosch

Now, us Saffers know that the Western Cape is home to far more than 10 sensational wine farms. Which ones do you think CNN should have included on its list?

Read CNN’s Full Article


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Quentin Wray is a senior financial journalist, editor and publisher with a wealth of experience running some of the biggest news operations in South Africa. He has edited Business Report, the national financial daily that is part of the Independent Newspapers stable and has more than 1 million daily readers, been the general manager of Independent Online (IOL), South Africa’s second largest digital news provider, and been group executive editor of Business Day and Financial Mail, the best of South Africa’s economic and financial publications. Prior to becoming a journalist Quentin was an accountant for 10 years, serving articles at Deloitte in Zimbabwe and working in a variety of institutions. He moved to the UK with his family in December 2013. In the small amount of spare time that his sons allow him, Quentin is a keen fly fisherman, an avid reader and an ardent Springbok, Protea and Arsenal supporter.