The Cape Winelands has a long history in winemaking stretching back to the seventeenth century. It is a particularly beautiful area featuring vineyard covered valleys, majestic mountains and historic old-world towns. All of it in close proximity to Cape Town. Some of the oldest vineyards are actually located inside modern Cape Town - but you’ll be heading out to the countryside.
Your itinerary includes all three of the main historic Winelands towns - Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. You’ll also enjoy a cellar tour, as well as guided wine tastings at three different wine estates. Lunch will be for your own account.
During your cellar tour you’ll be introduced to the complete wine-making process including the harvesting of grapes, fermentation, bottling and aging. The wine tastings will feature cultivars from the particular estate. After a brief introduction to how tasting actually works, you’ll be introduced to various wines, one at a time. You’ll be guided as to what to consider when tasting each wine. Of course it’s for you to decide which wines suit your particular preferences. You’ll have the option to buy a wine or two, or if you so prefer to have a crate or two shipped home.
You’ll do a town tour of Stellenbosch, the oldest modern South African town after Cape Town. With it’s oak-lined streets and old Cape-Dutch architecture the town is a favourite for many.
R1,045 per person
Duration: 1 days
Tour Type: City & day tours
Transport: Luxury Sedan or Minibus to 44-Seater Luxury Coach
Group sizes: minimum-2 average-10 max-40
Languages (guides): English , German
English or bilingual (English & German). See 'starting dates' for info. Other languages available on private tours.
Countries: South Africa
Notes: You need not be a wine connoisseur to join this tour. However, if you are passionate about wine and would like to do an in-depth Winelands & viniculture tour in the company of an expert we'll gladly customise a tour for you.
Highlights: Stellenbosch , Franschhoek , Paarl , Cape Winelands , Wine tastings at estates in South Africa , Paarl wine estates .
Starting dates: Daily. Tours depart from hotels in Sea Point, the Waterfront and City from ±08:30. Collection times may vary subject to collection route. Tue, Thu & Sunday departures are English only. Mon, Wed, Fri & Saturday departures are bilingual (English & German).
Available starting dates: Nov 2016 - Oct 2017
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.more about Stellenbosch
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.more about Franschhoek
The Town of Paarl is one of the three main centres in the Cape Winelands, rich in history and culture. The name Paarl means “pearl” and is derived from the granite boulders on top of Paarl mountain. A visit to Paarl is normally the first stop on a full day tour or the Cape Winelands.more about Paarl
South African wines are rated with those from 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 makes for a great one-day excursion.more about Cape Winelands
South African wines are rated on par with 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 makes for a great one-day excursion from the city.more about Wine tastings at estates in South Africa
South African wines are rated with those from the other top wine-producing regions in the world. The district of Paarl in the Cape Winelands boasts approximately 30 of the 100 plus estates in the Cape Winelands. Many of them cater for visitors with the opportunity of wine tasting.more about Paarl wine estates