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Winelands Day Tour

For a country escape that doesn’t skip on taste and luxury, let African Experience host you on a day tour of the Cape Winelands. The winelands offer unsurpassed scenery with mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture as a backdrop.  The Cape Winelands are vast with the most popular regions being Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Within a 35 minute drive you will find yourself in the second oldest town of the country, Stellenbosch. The town and vineyards date back to 1679 making Stellenbosch the second oldest wine producing region in South Africa. The drive along Helshoogte ( Hells Heights ) Pass en route towards Franschhoek offers spectacular views. Franschhoek, Afrikaans for French Corner, is the undisputed culinary capital of South Africa. In 1688 French Huguenot refugees began populating the valley establishing farms and businesses bringing with them their experience in agriculture. Traveling towards Paarl the surrounding mountain ranges dominate the vista. Paarl, Afrikaans for pearl, is the third oldest town in South Africa. The town was named after the Paarl Rock, three huge rounded granite outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain. Paarl boasts a unique cultural attraction in that it was here that the foundations of the Afrikaans language were laid. Visiting each region offers wine tasting opportunities. Due to the subjective nature of wine tasting, we will do our utmost to accommodate the pallets and preferences of you and your group. Establishing these is best done in person but below are a few broad outlines of what each region is renowned for producing. Rich in natural beauty, culture and history this Winelands day tour is highly recommended.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stellenbosch - Walking is the best way to explore this historic town. The oak-lined streets are dotted with white-washed buildings, sidewalk cafes, arts and crafts, unique and other speciality shops as well as galleries and museums.

  • Franschhoek - A short wander down the main road uncovers world-class shops and boutiques for an intimate and relaxed shopping experience all the while surrounded by various mountains. Whether you are looking for wine, jewellery, designer clothing, artworks, a special gift, collectable books, or chocolate, you will find the best of these and much more in Franschhoek.

  • Paarl - On the slopes of Paarl Mountain are numerous experiences to be enjoyed from chocolate tasting, craft beer to spirit tasting. All things artisanal including high end clothing, glass blowing and ceramics are to be found with Table Mountain far off in the distance.

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon can be found on wine lists the world over, while Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc are all planted here in quantity. Stellenbosch is also notable for being the birthplace of Pinotage (a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut) in 1924.

  • The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodies reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The area also produces Methode Cap Classique, a bottle fermented sparkling wine made in the traditional French method (method champenoise).

  • The huge variation of terroire in the Paarl region gives wine farms opportunities to experiment with many different grape varieties and blends. The red wines are rich and robust with a great intensity of fruit. The white wines are fruit driven and tropical. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are all important grape varieties in this region.

 

We offer a Winelands day tour to suit your timing and interests and will happily host you and your group on a bespoke itinerary. Below are a few more sites and activities you may want to include during your tour with us.

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  • Enjoy lunch on a wine estate. From picnic baskets to fine dining, we can make recommendations to suit you and your group.

  • Most wine estates offer a cellar tour and it is best to book beforehand for this experience. We can make recommendations based on your preference of wine and will make the booking for you too.

  • There are numerous activities for children. A day tour in the winelands area doesn't have to be all about wine!

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