3. Private Wine Tour: Full-Day Stellenbosch, Franschhoek &Paarl
Drive from Cape Town to Fairview Wine Estate in Paarl. The Fairview farm is on the southwestern slopes of the Paarl mountain range. The farm comprises 320 hectares, of which 120 hectares are planted to vineyards. The farm ranges in altitude from 400m above sea level on the slopes of the mountain to 180m on the valley floor. If you love chocolate and/or gin there are optional tastings just 5 minutes away before you head towards Franschhoek. Your Tour continues towards Franschhoek through the beautiful Drakenstein Valley. Franschhoek "the French Corner" has a rich wine history, many quaint shops, historical buildings and beautiful traditional homes. Drive past Nelson Mandela's last prison on the way to Franschhoek - for another photo opportunity. Next stop: Haute Cabrièr, a family-owned winery on an estate founded in 1694, with a tasting room, restaurant & terrace. Here you will enjoy lunch and another wine tasting. The wine is housed in a stone cellar built into the side of a mountain with views into the underground barrel maturation room. The Haute Cabrière terrace and restaurant in Franschhoek is an exquisite place to eat and discover the marriage of food and wine with a spectacular view. Next stop: Franschhoek Monument for a photo opportunity and take a stroll down this beautiful town. Stop for a delicious lunch in Franschhoek. Next stop: Delaire Graff Wine Estate, the Jewel of the Cape Winelands via the scenic Helshoogte Pass. Sitting on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Pass, the Estate’s combination of mountain-meets-maritime terroir produces rich, intensely flavoured grapes, which result in finely nuanced wines. The estate gardens, sculptures and the uninterrupted view of the Stellenbosch Valley are spectacular. Delaire Graff Wine Estate has ranked 36th internationally (July 2023) – by the World’s Best Vineyards 2023, an annual list highlighting the finest and most diverse vineyards across the globe. Next stop (time permitting): Lanzerac Wine Estate is a historic landmark and Stellenbosch icon, steeped in history dating back to 1692. The grande dame is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Positioned in the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley on the outskirts of the historical town of Stellenbosch, the Estate boasts views of dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of gardens shaded by giant Oak trees. Head back to your accommodation in Cape Town whilst reminiscing on a wonderful day of great food and wine.