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Oenophiles will definitely want to explore the Cape Winelands. Rent a car, or better yet, arrange for a driver or charter a helicopter to shuttle you from one vineyard to the next. Notable stops include the Delaire Graff Estate and the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch. At the former, Laurence Graf OBE (of the Graf Diamond family) has spent the past 12 years transforming the estate into one of the most prestigious on the Cape. If you like something more sparkling than wine, check out the fagship Graf Diamonds store – the frst in Africa – and prepare to have you breath taken away. Te property serves as a repository for contemporary South African art. Two on-site restaurants serve elegant cuisine comprised of locally grown, ethically sourced ingredients. At the Waterford Estate, enjoy a wine and chocolate experience amid the old citrus groves, rolling lawns, and fragrant lavender and rosemary beds reminiscent of Provence. I particularly enjoyed having a glass of the 2010 Kevin Arnold Shiraz with its namesake, Waterford Estate's winemaker and one of the most respected winemakers in South Africa. "It's the best example of Shiraz in Stellenbosch," said Ntezo, who also recommended that those looking to add to their cellar should opt for Te Jem 2010. "I like that the blend is produced from the poorest soil in the region, because of the leanness, dryness and length of fnish it lends to the wine," he explained. Ntezo's final piece of advice? "Please don't drink the local sherry. It's made for and drunk primarily by senior citizens, for whom taste is irrelevant." Te Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Photo by Alain Proust/iAfrika Photos. Courtesy Cape Town Tourism. Penguins on Boulder Beach. Photo by Bridget Williams. Baboons at Cape Point. Courtesy Cape Town Tourism. 40 slmag.net

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