The Revolutionary: Cape Town, South Africa
Credit: Getty Images

Why Go: Cape Town has been cultivating wine-growing grapes for about four centuries now, but up until recently it has been dominated by Afrikaners. In the past few decades, however, a new generation of black winemakers have been making inroads into the booming wine trade. Start off the beaten path at some of the smaller wineries on the outskirts of Capetown, and then work your way to traditional wine country — Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Constantia — where you can bypass the bigger players to find some of the best and brightest new stars of the rising African-owned wine industry. These entrepreneurs are revolutionizing the industry with some of the best, most inventive wine out there.

Top Wine: Reyneke Reserve Red 2008, the first biodynamic wine to be awarded five stars by Platter's — yet another accomplishment by Cape Town’s rapidly growing African-owned wine industry

Don’t Miss: Head to Gugulethu, a tiny town on the outskirts of Cape Town and try out Lathithá, where customers buy bottles of wine and plates of raw meat to be barbecued to order by the restaurant’s on-site chefs.