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Full Day Winelands Tour

Full Day Winelands Tour

South Africa’s Winelands are renowned for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines and the area is also a treasury of rural beauty and vast estates shaded by giant oak trees.  This tour consists of the country’s principal wine route exploring Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, with a stop en route for lunch (for own account).

Our day starts with a visit to Paarl where you will be smitten by the charming valley, endless vineyards and the Pearl of Paarl, a granite mountain overlooking the area. Paarl made headlines when President Mandela was freed from the Groot Drakenstein prison on the outskirts of the town.  We enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the local estates.

From Paarl, we’ll continue north-west to the scenic village of Franschhoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains. It was established in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe.  A monument in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers who helped develop wines which were sought after by Napoleon, Bismark and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Here we will stop for lunch (for own account) and another wine tasting at a vineyard.

We’ll then head to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country’s wine region.  In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor Simon van der Stel, noticed the fertility of this long valley on the banks of the Eerste River, as ideal for vineyards.  Van der Stel’s foresight led to the growth of of one of the world’s best wine regions. An elegant mix of 18-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings is noticeable as you head down Dorp Street, where huge Oaks still shadow original water furrows. Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.

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Tour Departs:

Daily at ±08h30

Tour Ends:

±17h00

Tour Notes:

Subject to minimum 2 guests. Tour includes dual language English/German commentary on selected days (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat). This tour may run in reverse.

Tour Includes

Return transfers from central Cape Town hotels, 3 wine tastings and 1 cellar tour

Tour Excludes

Lunch

Cape Winelands

Leave from Cape Town City Centre

We will leave from Cape Town’s picturesque city bowl, which lies in a natural amphitheatre ringed by Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. This fantastic natural beauty, along with a temperate climate, has made Cape Town a long-time favourite of world travellers.

As we head out of the city you might see a distinctive architectural quirk that is characteristic of this area. The gable design on many of the buildings is a legacy of the first Cape Dutch farmers who came to settle in the area in the 1600 and 1700’s. Their influence can be seen in the architecture of the region as well as the great farm and wine estates.

We will head eastwards, travelling on the N1 out of the city.

 

Paarl

Arrive in Paarl

Our tour of the Cape Winelands starts with a visit to Paarl; a charming valley overlooked by the ‘Pearl of Paarl’, an imposing granite mountain that towers above this area. Stately oak trees line well-manicured streets and gardens and you can expect to see many fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

This region was originally inhabited by the Khoikhoi and San people. European explorers first came into the area in 1657 in search of trading relationships with the local people. One traveller, upon seeing the giant granite mountain shining after a rainstorm described it as ‘de Diamondt en de Peerlberg’ (the Diamond and Pearl Mountain); this is the origin of Paarl’s name.

Dutch and French Huguenot farmers settled in the area in the 1680’s and quickly found the fertile soil and temperate climate to be perfect for farming. Fruit, vegetables and gardens flourished; as well as the vineyards that began Paarl’s prominence as a wine producer.

We will visit one of the top Paarl wine estates to sample their fine wines and enjoy a tour of their cellar, where you can gain insight into the process of viniculture.

 

Franschhoek

Travel To Franschhoek

Moving on to our next stop, it’s a short but spectacular drive from Paarl to Franschhoek. We are now deep in the Cape Winelands and you are surrounded by vineyards, verdant valleys and rolling mountains.

Franschhoek lays south-west to Paarl, near the Drakenstein Mountains. It was established in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing Huguenot religious persecution in Europe. A monument in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers. They helped to develop wines that were greatly sought after and desired by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Many of these great wine estates still retain their original farm houses.

Fantastic Cape Dutch Architecture also remains preserved in the town thanks to restrictions that help retain the spirit of the original settlers.

Here we will stop for lunch (at guests own expense) and another wine tasting at an excellent wine estate.

 

Stellenbosch

Travel to Stellenbosch

The last stop on our tour of the Winelands is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country’s wine region. In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor, Simon van der Stel, noticed the fertility of this long valley, on the banks of the Eerste River, as ideal for vineyards. Van der Stel’s foresight led to the growth of one of the world’s best wine regions. An elegant mix of 18-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings is noticeable as you head down Dorp Street, where huge Oaks still shadow original water furrows. Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.

Return to Cape Town

At the end of a leisurely day exploring the stunning Cape Winelands we will return you to Cape Town in style and comfort.

Cape Winelands

The world-renowned Cape Winelands are situated about an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

The world-renowned Cape Winelands are situated about an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

Paarl

Paarl

This tour takes you through the premier wine-producing regions of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.  As well as fantastic wines, you can expect scenery that will take your breath away.  Each region is characterised by stunning rugged mountain ranges and picturesque valleys with vineyards and estates dotted along the charming wine routes.

Franschhoek

Franschhoek

This tour takes you through the premier wine-producing regions of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.  As well as fantastic wines, you can expect scenery that will take your breath away.  Each region is characterised by stunning rugged mountain ranges and picturesque valleys with vineyards and estates dotted along the charming wine routes.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

The last stop on our tour of the Winelands is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country’s wine region.  In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor, Simon van der Stel, noticed the fertility of this long valley, on the banks of the Eerste River, as ideal for vineyards.