Oenophiles and nature lovers alike are in for a treat on this private exploration of the Cape winelands. Not only do you visit four esteemed wine farms for tastings and pairings that are out of this world, the scenery along the way is extraordinary and you’ll feel as though you have been transported to the 1800’s with white gabled buildings and manor houses standing proudly.
As this is a private tour, your itinerary for the day is flexible and you can chop and change as you please. So, take it slow and be sure to smell the roses along the way, staying a little longer if you please or even popping in at quaint looking stops along the way. Our suggestion is an early start at the cheese haven of Fairview for a wine and cheese tasting that will open both your mind and palate to tastes that you didn't think were possible. You’ll chase this with a stop at the historically rich La Motte Wine Estate, which is currently owned by a well-known family in the area, the Ruperts. A tasting here is a treat as you get an insider view of the maturation cellar. On occasion and subject to availability, an alternative wine experience at Haute Cabriere can be booked.
Lunch is savoured in the self-proclaimed culinary capital of the country, where you’re sure to find world-class cuisine with breathtaking views. Your afternoon is filled with goodness at the working farm of Boschendal. The historic farm is a delight for all curious connoisseurs, producing spectacular wines, incredible views and that wholesome fresh farm feeling that you just can’t get anywhere else. Your winelands meander is then rounded off on the outskirts of Stellenbosch with a sweet port and chocolate pairing at Muratie. The marriage is simple but effective and aims to harness the similarities (where both chocolate and port share the same fruity flavours) or exploit their differences (sweetness versus bitter) and excite the palate. You’ll travel back to your accommodation with a full belly and a happy heart.
Surprise your palate as you pair local wine with perfectly matched cheeses at Fairview.
Indulge in pure bliss with a cosy pairing of Muratie's fine port with decadent chocolate.
Tease your tastebuds along Franschhoek's charming streets in the gourmet capital of South Africa.
Wine tasting with a touch of theatre at Haute Cabriere.
Taste a fusion of old and new in the Boschendal Cellars.
Taste La Motte's fine wine with a front row seat of their working cellars.
Guffaw over some of the greats of motor history at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Set off in the fresh morning air to the south-western slopes of the Paarl mountain range, to awaken your senses to spectacular views and even better wines. Your first stop of the day offers a uniquely curated pairing of wine and artisanal cheese to get your taste buds raring. Fairview by name and fair view by nature, this commercial winery boasts an onsite cheesery that churns out delicious artisanal cheeses. The farm offers stunning country gardens and a relaxed but thoroughly modern tasting experience in purpose-built tasting pods. Laughter and chatter fills the room as knowledgeable staff guide you through the process (with your choice of six classic wines or six non-traditional varietals), impart their wine wisdom and provide gourmet tips on the perfect cheese pairing.
Continue on to the quaint town of Franschhoek where you’ll be spoiled with a tasting at the prestigious La Motte Wine Estate. You’ll enjoy a tasting with a front row seat to observe the working and maturation cellars through vast glass panes. Surprise your palate with tastes of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and more, as well as the limited volume premium Pierneef Collection, consisting of varietal wines and innovative blends. On occasion and subject to availability, an alternative wine experience at Haute Cabriere is booked.
As lunch nears, South Africa’s epicurean capital, Franschhoek, with its multitude of eateries is a must-do for gourmands and on weekends the local farmer’s market beckons with colourful stalls, tasty aromas and live music. You’ll have time to soak up the history of the French Huguenots who arrived in the Seventeenth Century, catch an impromptu church choir performance in the street, shop for knick-knacks and bric-a-brac along the main street or savour a charcuterie plate and tasty local creations. For an extra historic flair you could choose to replace one wine tasting with a visit to the spectacular Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to an array of auto-classics enough to impress any motor-maniac. Tour the expansive de-humidified halls as you marvel over the authentic presented vehicles, ranging from bicycles to Formula 1 cars.
The historic Boschendal, just ten minutes along, is a delight for all curious connoisseurs, producing spectacular wines, incredible views and that wholesome fresh farm feeling that you just can’t get anywhere else. A tasting at the estate is an interactive sensory encounter and you can expect an array of fine wines as well as a glimpse into their secret stash of award winning limited releases. You’ll find that the history seeps into the taste of the wines, as your tasting is held in the “Cellar Door”, the oldest building on the estate.
Just north of Stellenbosch, only a short drive from Boschendal, tucked in a picturesque corner of the Knorhoek Valley lies one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, Muratie, dating back to 1685. Wine tasting in historic Muratie, the very winery that made the first Pinor Noir in South Africa, shows yet another contrast to end off your day… as does their perfect pairing of port and chocolate. Wine lovers cozy up in the estate’s old wine tanks during the tasting experience as decadent chocolates are perfectly paired with ports. The marriage is simple but effective and aims to harness the similarities (where both chocolate and port share the same fruity flavours) or exploit their differences (sweetness versus bitter) and excite the palate.
End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.
This trip will run exclusively for you.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Private transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey.
Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager 13-years ago, I have been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.
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Full amount required to reserve or confirm a booking.
Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age.
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.
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.
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.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
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:
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 accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. 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.
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.
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.