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A tour of the Cape Winelands needs a full day and even then, guests only get a taste of all the delights of this iconic region in the Western Cape. Apart from a superb collection of premier wine estates, the Cape Winelands is a visual feast of rugged mountains, expansive fertile farmlands and historical architecture.
The tour starts with a visit to Paarl with wine tasting and a cellar tour at a famous wine estate; then to the beautiful village of Franschhoek, otherwise known as the gastronomic destination of the Cape; and lastly to the vibrant university city of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the ‘Wine Capital” of the country. The tour is shows off the best of the region; from oak-lined streets to sprawling vineyards and gracious 18th-centry Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various hotels in Cape Town CBD. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Cape Town available on request at an extra charge. Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||08:30am. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (except 25 December / 1 January / Easter religious holiday)|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 5:00 pm.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Wine tasting and cellar tour at a premier wine estate in Paarl
Paarl is beautiful region nestled in a mountain valley. The area is rich in history and part of the cultural fabric of the Cape. It’s the third-oldest town in South Africa, having grown from the wine making roots of the Simon van der Stel era. A standout landmark is what the locals call Paarl Rock, the second largest granite outcrop in the world. Its discovery was first recorded by Abraham Gabemma in 1657 and the town of Paarl as we know it today grew at its base.
After Stellenbosch, the Paarl Wine Route is the second oldest and most popular in the country. The Spice Route is a favourite destination; it has two superb restaurants onsite, a shop selling homemade ice-cream, a distillery, a chocolatier, an art gallery and a glass-blowing studio. It is also home to the Cape Brewing Company (CBC), one of the original producers of premier South African craft beer.
Lunch break at a restaurant in town and another wine tasting at a premier wine estate in Franschhoek
Franschhoek has grown from a sleepy farming village to one of South Africa’s premier wine and food destinations. It literally has exploded in popularity; with award-winning chefs setting up restaurants that are fully booked almost a year in advance as well as a host of celebrity artists, sculptures, ceramists and craftsman making the picturesque valley their home.
Franschhoek has a rich cultural heritage with a 300-year French Huguenot history. It lies nestled in the crook of a majestic mountain range and homes and businesses are surrounded by vast peach and pear orchards and fertile vineyards. Whether your passion is wine, champagne, food or art; visitors to Franschhoek are spoilt for choose on what to see and do. A good starting point is the Franschhoek Wine Tram which is a hop-on-hop-off experience.
Final wine tasting at a premier wine estate on the outskirts of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is known for various reasons; it’s the second oldest town in South Africa, it is rich in history and culture and world-renowned for its spectacular Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. It’s also a vibrant university town and an iconic feature on the Cape Winelands route.
The town is a cosmopolitan mix of upmarket hotels and backpacker hostels, exclusive boutique shops and rowdy student pubs as well as an incredible selection of art galleries and museums. The town is small enough that you can walk safely everywhere, which is a great way to experience the student vibe.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route is spectacular; it is the largest and oldest in South Africa and you have a choice of over 150 wine estates to choose from if you fancy a day of wine tasting. Stellenbosch also boasts a glorious golf course and there’s an enormous amount to do if you love the outdoors. Restaurants in the Stellenbosch region are superb which is why most folk call it the “Gourmet Capital” of South Africa.
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