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Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

1. Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

You will be picked up at your accommodation between 9:00 and 9:30 AM by a tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus and head off on an all-inclusive, full day Cape winelands tour. Follow the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek wine route in all its splendor and enjoy lunch surrounded by vineyards. You’ll enjoy wine tasting at up to 5 wine estates, and will also visit monuments, enjoy a town orientation tour in Stellenbosch and explore the town of Franschhoek. Travel along the scenic N2 and stop at DeMorgenzon wine estate in Stellenbosch for the first wine tasting of the day. DeMorgenzon is unique in that they have musical speakers scattered across the vineyards from which soft classical music can be heard. They also produce one of the best Chenin Blanc wines in the region. From there, proceed to one of the oldest towns in South Africa, Stellenbosch, for a town orientation tour. Continue to Marianne Wine Estate in Paarl to experience biltong and taste their wines. Marianne believes that pairing different types of biltong with red wine enhances the flavors of their wines. Continue to Fairview Vineyards and Goats Cheese for a cheese and wine tasting. Purchase your favorite cheese and condiments from the deli, as well as wine from a choice of 3 ranges in the tasting room. As you follow along this route you’ll stop in front of Drakenstein Prison to see the Nelson Mandela monument. This prison is where Nelson Mandela spent his last days of incarceration before his walk to freedom. Next you’ll have a chance to explore the town of Franschhoek, known as the food and wine capital of South Africa. It is home to some of the finest restaurants and wine estates in the country. Learn about the French influence on the Cape winelands and explore a bit of the town itself. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense) and later visit the Mont Rochelle wine estate owned by Sir Richard Branson. Your last wine tasting for the day will be at Delaire Graff, known as the jewel of the Cape winelands. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Cape Town and be dropped off at your accommodation.

Capetown Winelands: Shared Half-Day Tour with Local Guide

2. Capetown Winelands: Shared Half-Day Tour with Local Guide

South Africa is known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines. This half-day Winelands tour will take you to the cradle of this beautiful wine region. On the tour your guide will share with you the story of how the South African wine industry came to be. You will learn how the foundation was set by protestant refugees from France. They brought with them finely tuned and centuries old grape growing and winemaking practices. Applying these skills with immediate success in the newly established village of Stellenbosch they ultimately transformed the region into the centre of the present-day South African wine industry. You will begin your morning or afternoon tour with complimentary pick-up from your Cape Town hotel before being taken to Stellenbosch Wine Estate. There you will do a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese tasting. After, you will be taken on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. It will highlight historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Your next wine experience will be a guided cellar tour where you will take in the ambiance created by enumerable amounts of soon-to-be-wine ageing in barrels and tanks. You will then do a second wine tasting. When you have had your fill of touring and tasting you will have the chance to purchase the wine you have tasted and more. For wine enthusiasts of all levels, this outstanding tour and tasting experience cannot be missed.

Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

3. Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Explore the “village of the oaks" with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants across the four centuries of the town’s existence. Discover where Simon van der Stel, the town’s colonial founder, set up camp on the Eerste River, and where the river got its name. Perhaps you'll meet an angel at the "Angel Factory," or a ghost in the graveyard of the ”Moederkerk.” Amble The Braak, or village green, with its historical buildings surrounding it on 3 sides, and Dorp Street, the oldest residential street in South Africa. Learn about the famous graduates of Stellenbosch University, who include prime ministers and sportsmen alike. Over the course of the 1.5-hour tour, gain local insights into one of South Africa’s most historic towns.

Franschhoek & Stellenbosch: Full-Day Wine Tour

4. Franschhoek & Stellenbosch: Full-Day Wine Tour

Taste the local culture with this cellar tour. All wine tastings are paired with customized cheese, chocolate and cured meats. Visit 4 different wine estates in both regions: famous farms and some hidden gems known only to locals. Learn how wine is made, how to taste wine, what foods and wines pair best, and what bottles to order at restaurants. Enjoy a delicious light lunch served in the middle of the wine lands overlooking the Franschhoek valley.  Benefit from a diverse range of wine styles, local treats of cured meats paired with selected wines, artisanal chocolate and stroll down the beautiful main road of Franschhoek.

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

5. From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Attention wine lovers! Get ready to embark on a breathtaking journey through the winelands of the South African Cape. Learn all about the process of making fine wines, from the vineyard to the bottle, and visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek & Paarl. Stellenbosch/Zewenwacht The Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes away from the city of Cape Town, offer a superb scenery, completely different from the landscape of the Cape peninsula. Numerous grapes are grown in the region, such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, and the Méthode Cap Classique (local champagne). Stellenbosch is a small but vibrant town with a very famous university and numerous activities like wine cellar tours and tastings. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy continue enjoying the region's wonderful vintages even after your visit. (1h 45min) Franschoek/Marianne Wine Estate Franschoek ("the French Corner") is an old Huguenot village. With its numerous streets and estates with french names, the town will disorient you, making you wonder whether you have been transported to France in another era. You will be completely enchanted by the town's charm and its very peaceful environment. You will get the chance to taste the region's delicacies, cheeses, and its best wines. Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram. (2h) Drakenstein Prison Drakenstein is a low-security prison between Paarl and Franschhoek. The prison is famous as the place where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his imprisonment for campaigning against apartheid. (10min) Paarl/Laborie The town of Paarl offers a fascinating window into Afrikaner culture and tradition. As a former haven of the Huguenots pioneers who came from Europe at the beginning of the 17th century after the Edict of Nantes, the town boasts a monument dedicated to the Huguenots. You will also be able to visit the town's vineyards where you will taste the region's finest wines. (1h)

Cape Town: E-Bike Wine Tour

6. Cape Town: E-Bike Wine Tour

Embark on an adventure and explore the wine lands of South Africa. Enjoy a 2-hour guided e-bike ride and take in a unique atmosphere while cycling.  Explore the vines on an electric bike and be surrounded by many striking landscapes such as Zevenwacht which has viticultural roots that go back deep into the historic past of South Africa. This activity is suitable for everyone as the electric bikes will help you get on top of the hills so you can make the most of the ride.

Stellenbosch: 4x4 Winelands Private Experience

7. Stellenbosch: 4x4 Winelands Private Experience

Perfect for wine lovers and adventure lovers too, this tour takes off on a 4x4 to visit 3 to 4 wine estates, depending on your time and pace. Drive into the vineyards while enjoying the beautiful views of the countrysides of Franschhoek, Banghoek, and Stellenbosch. From your guide, you’ll learn about the area, the vines, wines, and vineyards, as well as the history of these settlements before going down into the cellars for a tasting.   As this is a private tour, you get to decide where to have lunch: in the town of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, or on one of the many wine estates in the region. Your guide will assist you with the choice and make sure you get what you’re craving. Join this tour for an unforgettable experience.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

8. From Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

Tantalize your taste buds and brush up on your wine knowledge on this Cape Town Full-Day Winelands Tour. Visit the three major wine-producing areas of the Cape and get a chance to taste an assortment of wines coupled with wine pairing among other things. Go to Stellenbosch, known as the Wine Capital of South Africa. Be surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Simonsberg and Jonkershoek. Next, go to Franschhoek to see its century-old Vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Make one last stop in Paarl, the third-oldest City and European settlement in the Republic of South Africa and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. Enjoy three wine tastings at Award-winning wine farms, accompanied by a cheese assortment and cellar tour. Take an exciting ride on the Franschhoek tram, and visit the Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his captivity.

Stellenbosch: Historical Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

9. Stellenbosch: Historical Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

Start your tour at 9 AM at the tour operator's shop to collect a bicycle or E-Bike and helmet to suit your size. Receive a snack pack included in the rate. The guide will carry saddle panniers for those who would like to buy wine en route. Set off on your ride around interesting historic sites in Stellenbosch Town. Then, cycle further along the scenic Jonkershoek Valley where the mountains form part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow a winding road through oak and poplar forests which leads to a wine estate nestled in the valley bottom. Here you can take in the stunning views while enjoying a wine tasting of some award-winning wines. On the way out of the valley, stop at another wine estate which sports beautiful grounds and historic Cape Dutch architecture. Participate in a private cellar tour before you sit down for a chocolate and wine pairing that will make your taste buds tingle. After the tasting, head back into Stellenbosch Town via the famous Stellenbosch University before ending the tour back at the tour operator's offices. There are some variations on this guided bike tour for varying levels of difficulty so the tour can be tailored to suit your cycling ability. The tour lasts between 4-5 hours.

Half Day Winelands Tour

10. Half Day Winelands Tour

This enchanting excursion begins with a tour through historic 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 recognized the fertility of this long valley on the banks of the Eerste River as perfect for vineyards. The rest is history, which has been carefully cultivated in this town. A gracious blend of 18-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings is evident as we drive down Dorp Street, where massive Oaks still shade original water furrows, an architectural jewel that serves as the historic heart of the country’s wine region. Then enjoy a wine tasting session in the Stellenbosch area.

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What people are saying about Cape Winelands

Wine Flies does the best tours I would bet on that. Our guide, Etienne was well versed with the history, the wines, the wine makers and the entire region. He was super friendly and made our tour that much more interesting. I would highly recommend this tour. You get to enjoy both the Franschoek and Stellenbosch.

Brilliant bike tour around Stellenbosch and to 2 beautiful winery estates. Sevo was a fantastic guide and really good to chat to. He had lots of interesting knowledge and made the tour really interesting. Tasty wine and chocolates too!

Thank you so much to our guide for the great experience. It was a wonderful tour and we really loved to hear a lot about the history of the Stellenbosch, South Africa in general and its wine production.

Amazing must do tour. Our tour guide Lucadel was great. Enjoyed the tour so much.

I totally enjoyed wine tasting stops especially the little Cafe Franschhoek