Wine-tasting is for thirty-somethings what beer pong is for college students — a fun, entertaining excuse to drink in the middle of the day. It’s also a great excuse to travel. We searched the globe to find the best international wine destinations for everyone from first-timers to full-blown oenophiles. Even the most ardent domestic beer drinker will be sniffing the bouquet and scribbling tasting notes after visiting any one of these wineries.
The Revolutionary: Cape Town, South Africa
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.
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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.