Probably the best known of all the Cape’s wine regions, and celebrated for the quality of its wines, both white and reds. It accounts for about 20% of the Cape’s total production, but is seen as the centre of the South African wine industry, partly due to its proximity to Cape Town. Its wine making history dates back to the 17th century, and it is home to some of the best known estates in the Cape. The town is dominated by the university, and has a modern, relaxed feel, whilst staying true to its roots. Fringed by a stunning mountain range, it produces some great Chardonnay and Chenin wines, although is not the ideal region for Sauvignon blanc. It is best known for its rich, intense reds, either straight varietal , or blended, with Cabernet, merlot and Shiraz taking centre stage, with Pinotage still strong, and some interesting Cabernet Francs appearing in the blends.