1 Day Stellenbosch Winelands Vine Voyage - 1day Private Tour | Hotspots2c
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Stellenbosch Winelands Voyage

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Duration of tour
1 day
Private
Departs when minimum requirements met

Overview

Set out on a quest to discover the hidden gems of the Stellenbosch Winelands; around every corner, new tastes to savour, over every hill, breathtaking sights to explore.

This boutique collection of experiences will redefine your idea of wine tasting as you sink into a day of self-indulgent opulence and take the wine route less travelled to uncover premium wines. 

From the optional adventurous wine safari 4x4 drive through the rolling vineyards of Jordan Wine Estate, with a cellar tour and barrel room wine tasting; to reserve wine tasting at DeMorgenzon, where gentle baroque music and wildflowers fill the vineyards; to Van Ryn's reserve brandy pairings - this connoisseur’s journey will broaden your horizons and introduce you to one of the best-kept secrets of the area;:the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley. 

Tucked away just outside of Stellenbosch, with rustic roads too narrow for large tour coaches and mystical gardens in abundance, this historic valley was home to the first road that ran from Cape Town to Stellenbosch. You’ll discover the rich history of the area and get to sample the internationally acclaimed wines that are produced in this quiet little wine haven. Be transported to a hidden valley, where time seems to stand still; and if you listen carefully you might even hear the piercing call of the Fish Eagle soaring high above. 

This private tour is the ideal way to discover top-class taste experiences.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Start

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
End

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
 

Itinerary guideline

This private tour itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most. Private tours offer your own exclusive private tour guide and vehicle during the transfer sections of the tour, but any included activities or attractions visited may join others already booked.
Day 1
Stellenbosch Winelands

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.

Set off along the narrow roads of the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley towards the pristine Jordan Wine Estate. Tasts some of their best wines overlooking vineyard views or opt-in to redefine your idea of a 'safari' as you hop aboard and head out on an optional 4x4 tour through the beautiful rolling vineyards of Jordan Wine Estate. 

The wine drive is subject to weather conditions. An alternative wine and food pairing or lunch voucher will be offered if the wine safari drive is not possible due to weather. 

You won’t see the Big Five on this Wine Drive, but instead, you’ll feast your eyes upon the 'Big Vines' that produce Jordan’s award-winning wines. You’ll stop at key vantage points that offer 360-degree views of False Bay, Table Bay (and Table Mountain) and the Stellenbosch wine valley. It wouldn’t be a true wine safari without the vino; you’ll stop several times to sample some of the Estate’s best while your guide shares his knowledge about the wines and vineyards that surround you.

The next stop is at the working cellar for an insider’s look at how the grapes go from their stainless steel fermentation tanks to how they are processed into the wine that fills the endless rows of stacked oak barrels. Sample even more wines in the barrel cellar or head back to the unforgettable view for more award-winning wine tasting on the sun-soaked terrace.

Then it's time for a sensational lunch in the Winelands. There are plenty of options at your fingertips, including fine-dining at the prestigious Jordan Restaurant - headed by renowned chef, George Jardine. If you would like us to recommend other restaurants in the area we will gladly do so. For a more informal affair, treat yourself to some of the delicious baked goods found at the estate.

You waltz to the next tasting at DeMorgenzon’s musically influenced wines. The owners of this unique estate believe that playing Baroque music, day and night (yes, you read that right), from large speakers in the vineyards has a romantically delicious effect on the grapes, and the flavourful, aromatic depth of these international award-winning wines certainly sings true. Sip on the Maestro and exclusive Reserve wines as you're lulled by the baroque music drifting through the tasting room and estate. Follow the music on a whimsical walk through the vineyards behind the gabled Cape Dutch building and enjoy the Reserve Syrah while standing in the vineyard block it was harvested from. DeMorgenzon’s wines strike a good balance between lush fruit and crisp acidity with echoes of the garden in every bottle. You just have to taste it to believe it; the music does something to the wine! 

Finally, Van Ryn’s internationally acclaimed brandy awaits. End your day on a high note: pairing decadent confectionary bites with Van Ryn’s potstill brandies. This is the only brandy distillery in Stellenbosch, and these bottles of liquid gold have won the title of International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Worldwide Best Brandy no fewer than five times. So you’re in for a world-renowned treat as you sample their brandies, paired to perfection with mouth-watering fruity or chocolate infused dessert delights.

Return to the Mother City by late afternoon as you bid farewell to the winelands, satiated after a day full of tasting classics.

The wine safari drive is a group activity that joins other people on tour. An alternative wine and food pairing will be offered if the wine safari drive is cancelled due to rain or strong wind.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.

Included

Private

This trip will run exclusively for you. This private tour itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most. Private tours offer your own exclusive private tour guide and vehicle during the transfer sections of the tour, but any included activities or attractions visited may join a small group already booked.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

Private transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Jordan Wine Tasting
  • DeMorgenzon Wine Tasting
  • Van Ryn's Brandy + Sweet Treats Pairing

Excluded

Flights + Travel Insurance

Local and international flights are excluded. You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.

Meals + Drinks

You can purchase meals + drinks on tour. Restaurant bookings need to be made in advance and availability is not guaranteed.

Optional Jodan's Winelands 4x4 Drive

** Please wear closed shoes. No open-toe, sandals allowed during the cellar tour portion.

Subject to availability

If some wines, farm or wine pairing options are unavailable during certain times of the week or season, we reserve the right to offer a similar type or value alternative.

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How can we help you plan your dream tour package?
Hotspots2c is a tour operator based in the Cape Town region.  We offer tour packages that include guided transport + accommodation + day activities. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to turn your trip wishlist into the tour package of your dreams.
Benita Stroebel
Custom Journeys

When I started my profession in hospitality; working as a guesthouse manager for many years - I've always been involved in creating personalised experiences for guests to make the stay extra special. This has grown into my work passion and as a journey designer I love being able to create customer specific tailored trips that will be remember for the rest of their lives. In between my day job, I also create my own memories and test out experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach) and as a novice photographer; love to capturing it all on camera.

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Why You'll Love It

  • Get off the beaten track to experience Jordan estate's synergy of soul and soil on an open 4x4-vehicle vineyard drive and wine tasting.

  • Indulge in the fine tasting notes of DeMorgenzon's award winning wines.

  • Savour the tastes of Van Ryn's world-renowned brandy with artisanal sweet treats.

Terms & Conditions

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Payment Policy: 10% deposit to reserve. Full payment 14 days prior.
*Buy Refund Protector policy for full refund

10% deposit or part payment is allowed up to 14 days before the departure date. Full payment is required to confirm a booking if made lass than 14 days before.

Buy the 10% non-refundable Refund Protector on the day of initial deposit to be eligible for a 100% refund up to 2+ day cancellation notice.

Cancellation / Refund Policy:
30+day notice 80% refund
21+days notice 50% refund
< 20 days notice no refund

 

  • Cancellation at least 30 days prior to tour departure date = 20% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation 21 to 29 days prior to tour departure date = 50% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation within 20 days prior to tour departure date or no-show will not be granted a refund

 

Refer to the full private tour booking terms online at: https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#privateterms 

Cancellation fees are calculated on the total booking price.

Child Policy:
  • Children of all ages are welcome at Kapama River Lodge, Southern Camp and Karula.
  • The family unit rate is for a maximum 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.
  • Children under the age of 12 years, sharing with two adults, will pay 50% of the per person rate.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives and bush walks.
  • Children will be permitted on game drives and walks at the discretion of the ranger.
  • No children under the age of 6 are allowed on game drives.

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South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however, Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

The shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all-time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul ( mid winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb ( mid summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate weather in the Garden Route region

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your doctor or a local travel clinic on what is recommended for your country to visit South Africa.

 

For more info about the safety regulations on tour - please see https://hotspots2c.co.za/ideas/safetravels

 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Here are some tips: ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation or keep valuables at a safe place. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, however, should you wish to tip the team on the road you are welcome to decide on a value that match the level of service received. A recommendation usually range from R50 to R200 per person per day.
  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may also leave money to housekeeping at the end of your stay. Porter fees may already be included in your quote, and will be listed under your tour package inclusions.
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