Cape Winelands Wine Tasting Tour
Explore the Cape Winelands graced with amazing views and taste some of the best wines the region has to offer.
- City Orientation
- Dorp Street
- De Braak
- Free walk around historical town
- Wine tasting at a Stellenbosch Wine Estate
- Cellar Tours
- Cheese Tasting
- Historical village
- Huguenot Memorial (Optional)
- Wine tasting at a Franschhoek wine Estate
- Helshoogte Pass
- Opportunity to purchase wine
- View Nelson Mandela’s Former Prison (Victor Verster)
- Drive through Paarl
- Wine tasting at a Paarlwine Estate
FULL DAY DEPARTURE: At your accommodation in Cape Town (hotel, guesthouse, …)
DEPARTURE TIME MORNING: Between 8:00 and 9:00
RETURN TIME AFTERNOON: Approximately 17:30
- Cellar Tour
- Three Wine Tastings
- One Cheese Tasting
- Optional visits
Located inland, Stellenbosch is a charming historical town also well known for its University. Go exploring the streets, walking under centenarian trees and discovering the surprising Cape-Dutch architecture. It will offer you a great overview of the heart of the South African wine growing because it hosts the biggest vineyards. The climate is temperate, which allowed the production of red wine and dry white wine.
ZEVENWACHT WINE TASTING:
This is the time of the first wine tasting! Having a first glass of wine at about 10am is a challenge, but the wine is so good that you will not mind. The hospitality of the winegrower and a piece of cheese will make you feel at home. Before letting you go, they will even show you their cellar and its impressive barrels made from French and American oak. Don’t hesitate to take a lot of pictures!
Franschhoek is the old French Huguenots village also called the “French Corner”. It will show you the legacy, through the name of the streets and farms, left by those French people exiled from their country and came to South Africa to make a fresh start. French tourists will find pieces of their homeland, especially in excellent restaurants. Like at Stellenbosch, the climates are favourable for red wine and dry white wine.
HAUTE CABRIERE WINE TASTING:
Nestled in stone with maturing Pinot Noir below, the Haute Cabrière tasting room is the perfect platform to indulge in wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In summer, take in the unique view of the Franschhoek Valley; whilst in winter enjoy tastings next to our fireplace. The tasting room offers guests a historic view into the past with the daily cellar tour. This unique underground experience shares the Haute Cabrière wine making philosophy and explores the wines, while getting insight into the winemaking process.
The Drakenstein Prison is situated between Franshhoek and Paarl. It is known as the prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his sentence, while he was fighting against the Apartheid. Even if the stop is short, it is haunting to think about his long walk for freedom.
The valley of Paarl, the biggest city of the Winelands, is known to be the rival of Stellenbosch. It is a town with a hot climate, perfect to produce dessert red wine, with a taste more sumptuous and stronger. Red wine overrides the production of white wine in South Africa.
The area is also well-known thanks to the mountain range “Paarl Rock” and its three recognizable granite outcrops. It is said that they gleam like pearls when the sun follows the rain, hence the name of the place.
LABORIE WINE TASTING:
This will bring you to the last but not least wine tasting! The Laborie Wine Estate is huge with a nice garden where you can see squirrels innocently playing in the grass. There, you will not only try traditional wines, but also a sparkling wine, a Pinot and even a Brandy, which will intoxicate the most, hardened of you. At sunset, take time to see the vineyards on the mountains, bathed in sunset light, an uncommon view!