In review: My Wine Route South Africa, by Mike Froud


Compiled: Tracy Knox

If you love your wine but are not too grape savvy, My Wine Route presents a consensus of expert opinions on the top South African wines and cellars, and cuts to the chase like no South African wine guide has done before.

In review: My Wine Route South Africa, by Mike Froud

Available from MapStudio, a leader in maps and travel publications, the guide classifies South Africa’s best reds, whites, rosés, bubblies, dessert wines, and ports. It also showcases the country’s top 100 cellars, with illustrated profiles including information about the owners and winemakers, the farms’ history, the wines that the cellars are most famous for and the business hours, wine tasting fees, contact information, where they are in the winelands, plus details of where to eat and stay at these leading cellars, in amongst the vines.

What makes My Wine Route extra special are the detailed maps pinpointing the location of every cellar, important landmarks, and places of interest. The cartography spans all of the main wine regions, districts, and wards, and the maps enable you to plan your trip according to whatever your preferences might be – scenic drives, routes according to certain wine types or varieties, day-trip itineraries including lunch venues, or where to go when time is short.

My Wine Route also includes recommendations in terms of the best restaurants, B&Bs, guesthouses, hotels, markets, picnic spots, day spas, galleries, and museums – those in the countryside, on the farms. In addition, the guide’s event calendar is useful should you want to plan a trip around one of the shows or festivals in the Cape winelands.

With everything you need to know about wines and so much more in this handy guide, it’s a must for anyone who wants to delve into the fascinating and wonderful world of the grape.

About the author

Mike Froud is a freelance editor, writer, copy-editor, and proofreader based in Cape Town. He is the editor of Top Wine SA website and blog, and manager of the SA Wine & Cellar Classifications. He is also the editor of South Africa’s Pinotage Wine Guide and managing editor of the Icons book showcasing the results of the Trophy Wine Show. He previously edited a number of regional newspapers in Johannesburg, and was founding editor of Wine magazine (SA), as well as the Pocket Guide to Wines & Cellars of South Africa, the Best Value Wine Guide and the SA Winelands Map Book. (


Price: R199.95
Format: Soft Cover
Size: 167 x 245 mm
Pages: 160
Release date: August 2013
ISBN: 978-1- 77026-512-7

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