South African wines are rated with those of the other top wine-producing regions in the world. The majority of wine estates, over 100 in fact, are found in the Cape Winelands, which is within easy reach of Cape Town and vicinity, it offers a great one-day excursion. If you are a wine connoisseur you could spend weeks exploring the various estates and their excellent cultivars. For the not so informed various estates offer introductory talks, tours and guided tasting sessions to help you enter the extraordinary world of viniculture.
Located within the Winelands are the historic and beautiful towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek. The changing colour palette of vineyards over the seasons combined with mountainous backdrops makes for stunning scenery.
Many of the wine estates falling within the Cape Winelands offer wine tasting sessions. For a small fee you will receive a wine tasting glass and join other visitors in a tasting venue (lecture type setup or more relaxed environments). A wine connoisseur will introduce you to various wines produced at the estate. Introductions include the aroma (nose), body and palate (taste). You then get to taste each wine after its introduction and part of the experience is to try to identify the different elements as explained.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
This tour combines the scenic Garden Route and Route 62. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storm’s River Mouth, do an ocean cruise at Plettenberg Bay in search of dolphins, seals and whales, a sunset cruise on the Knysna Estuary, tour the Cango Caves and get close to ostriches and elephants.
Highlights: Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna Estuary , Plettenberg Bay , Robberg and Robberg Nature Reserve , Outeniqua Pass , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Route 62 , Cango Caves , Buffelsdrift Game Lodge .
This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the Cape Winelands, taste some of our best estate wines and experience the special kind of West Coast hospitality and cuisine. Visit two factories at Clanwilliam producing two quintessential South African products: velskoene and rooibos tea. Overnight at the quaint Paternoster. Visit Saldanha Bay harbour and the West Coast National Park. In season you might enjoy vast expanses of indigenous flowers.
Highlights: Cape Winelands , Riebeek Valley , Paternoster , The West Coast , Cederberg Mountains & Wilderness Area , Bird Island Nature Reserve .
Stellenbosch, 46 km east of Cape Town, is the undisputed heart of the Cape Winelands. It is also a lively student town with the University of Stellenbosch influencing just about everything in town. The town’s main attraction lie in the beauty of its preserved architecture and the streets lined with Oak trees.
Franschhoek (“French corner”), a small town in the heartland of the Cape Winelands, is one of the very popular places to visit when in Cape Town. It is situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains and vineyards. It is named after the the French Huguenots who settled here in 1688.