Pinotage, the Cape's own crossing of Cinsault and Pinot Noir, saw a huge rise in popularity during the 1990s and has now reached a steady 6%.
Ferries depart every 1-2 hours from Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, and tours of Robben Island are conducted by former political prisoners.
Whether you decide to spend your afternoon in the city or touring Robben Island, I suggest ending the day watching the sun set at Camps Bay, one of the more affluent areas of Cape Town.
After much political turmoil South Africa is experiencing a rejuvenation in the wine business, returning to producing some of the world's finest wines including the once heralded dessert wines of Constantia.
With most of the coastal region's vineyards lying within 30 miles of the sea the vines benefit from a Mediterranean climate but which is tempered by the cool Benguela current from the Atlantic Ocean.
But the real reason I'm suggesting you start out here is because the town is both beautiful and super laid-back, making it an excellent introduction to South Africa.
Spend your first half-day strolling around the town and catching a beach-side sunset.(Plus, they can transfer you from/to Cape Town, and arrange any activities you might want to do in Gansbaai.) Where to eat in Gansbaai: Speaking of meals, definitely have one at Blue Goose, which serves up fresh local seafood and some of the tastiest South African beef.One of the biggest draws of Gansbaai is, of course, the great white shark diving trips.South Africa's style has often been referred to as combining the restrained subtly of the Old World with the accessible fruit driven styles of the New.Choice however can be somewhat limited with only a mere 1 in 25 bottles exported reaching the US, due to the UK, Europe's thirst.Whichever adventure you choose, you'll be back in Gansbaai by late afternoon.Decompress in the Roundhouse's hot tub, and enjoy another South African sunset.Visit the lighthouse here, as well as the point where the Indian and Pacific oceans meet.We stopped for lunch at the Pelican's Harbour Cafe in nearby Struisbaai, where I had the best (and cheapest! If you're up for more sightseeing (and a little extra driving) in the afternoon, consider heading north of Gansbaai to the Walker Bay wine region.It's about a 2-hour drive from Gansbaai to Cape Town, so you'll want to start off early in order to make the most of your first day in the city.Start your Cape Town explorations at the V&A Waterfront, home to South Africa's oldest working harbor, a huge shopping mall, a Ferris wheel, and a large collection of shops and restaurants, all within view of Table Mountain.