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Cape Town's winelands stretch from the city to the idyllic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, often compared to California wine country's Napa and Sonoma. You can take the gorgeous Helshoogte Pass between the two — Stellenbosch is bigger, a university town of oak-lined streets and gracious old buildings, while Franschhoek is remote and quiet because it's tucked inside a valley. Both towns are full of galleries, vineyards, and adorable bed and breakfasts. When it's time to sample the local vino, you'll have a embarrassment of delicious options to choose from — try the wine and chocolate pairings at Franschhoek's Chocolate Block, or visit the Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. (Feel like committing a sacrilege? The Stellenbosch Brew company is divine for craft beers.
By Ted Botha
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Stellenbosch, South Africa