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Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

1. Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

Uncork the Cape winelands and get drunk on its rich history, culture, and scenic vistas on a day trip from Cape Town with a guide who takes the terror out of terroir. Travel in a spacious bus and enjoy tastings of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Take in the countryside with a vineyard lunch. Hop aboard spacious and airconditioned bus in Cape Town and take in the wine country views on the way to the Paarl wine region which is famous for its cheese and wine tastings and great views. Continue to the Franschhoek wine region, a historic French enclave and the granddaddy of South African viticulture. Admire stunning mountain views as you make your way to the to student-settled Stellenbosch for home-cloned Pinotage and award-winning farms. Stop for a delicious a la carte lunch with vegetarian options. Visit a1688 French-run slave farm which was turned into a 21st century community-driven wine project. Immerse yourself in the facinating story of the region with a local guide. Travel along Cape Town's high roads and back roads tasting and learning about South Africa’s bubbly Cap Classique, heady ports, sweet dessert wines, and plenty of red and white wines.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

2. From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

Join this guided tour to explore the 3 wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch. Be treated to chocolate, a wine tasting, and a cellar tour at Rheboksloof wine farm near Paarl. Drive through Paarl and then enjoy a photo stop at the Drakenstein Prison. Arrive at Franschhoek and spend some time exploring the town on your own. Enjoy lunch or indulge in an extra wine tasting. Afterward, take a scenic drive over the impressive Helshoogte Pass to the picturesque town of Stellenbosch. Have a walk around Stellenbosch before heading off to Simonsig. Take part in an afternoon wine tasting with cheese at Simonsig in the Stellenbosch region before heading back to Cape Town. Your wine guide will highlight points of interest along the way and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the route or wine farms.

Stellenbosch/Franschhoek 20 Wine Tasting & Lunch Shared Tour

3. Stellenbosch/Franschhoek 20 Wine Tasting & Lunch Shared Tour

Enjoy a day filled with beautiful scenery and wine and cheese tasting on this small group shared tour of the Cape Winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and sample up to 20 different wines with stops at 4 award-winning wine estates. Choose between two options, one including wine tasting fees and lunch or one that includes wine tasting fees only. Shortly after pick up at your accommodation between 8:00 and 8:30am, we head off on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Winelands tour to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, known as the American Express Wine Route of South Africa. We begin with a town orientation tour of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Our first wine-tasting stop will be at the Delaire Graff Wine Estate. Known as the Jewel of the Cape Winelands, Delaire Graff is not only famous for its award-winning wines, but also for it spectacular views and Instagram moment photo opportunities. Here you will taste 5 premium wines. From there, we will drive to Tokara Wine Estate. Tokara prides itself in producing world-class red wines, award-winning olive oil and spectacular views in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Here we will taste up to 4 Premium Wines. Next, we drive to Delheim Wine Estate, where we will enjoy lunch and our third wine tasting. Enjoy a main course lunch with premium wine tasting outside on the terrace (inside the restaurant in Winter) at the Garden Restaurant overlooking the lush green gardens. Choose your main course meal from a selection of meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian options. Only the main course is included in our tour price for only guests who have booked and paid for the wine and lunch option and may not exceed R275,00 per person. Should you exceed this amount the additional cost will be for your own account. Additional Wines, Soft Drinks and/or any other courses from the menu are for your own account. Water for the table is included. Guest(s) who booked the option of a wine tour with tasting fees only, will have to pay for lunch at their own account. Our final wine-tasting stop will be at one of the most popular wine-tasting destinations in the Cape Winelands, known as Fairview Wine Estate. Here we will taste up to 6 types of wines paired with 6 carefully selected types of cheese, ranging from red and white cultivars. A brief optional stop will be on offer in front of the Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) to take a photo with the Nelson Mandela monument. Kindly note that this stop is not compulsory and is optional. Our tour culminates with a drive through 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 stop at the French Huguenot Monument for a photo opportunity. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Cape Town and be dropped off at your accommodation.

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

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

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. After pickup from your hotel in Cape Town, set off to explore the Stellenbosch Winelands, just 20 minutes away from the city/ Enjoy 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. Explore the small yet vibrant town of Stellenbosch. Enjoy a tour of a wine cellar followed by a wine tasting session. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy and continue enjoying the region's wonderful vintages even after your visit. Next, visit Franschoek ("the French Corner") which is an old Huguenot village. With its numerous streets and estates with French names, feel the remnants of French culture and the town's old-world charm. Taste the region's delicacies, cheeses, and best wines. Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram. Stop at the site of the Drakenstein Prison, 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 campaigning against apartheid. Discover the town of Paarl, which 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. Finally, head back to Cape Town with drop-off at your hotel.

From Cape Town/Stellenbosch: Cape Peninsula Private Day Trip

5. From Cape Town/Stellenbosch: Cape Peninsula Private Day Trip

Leave the city behind and see the highlights of the Cape Peninsula on a day trip with your own private guide. Kick back and snap some pictures of the scenic ride through craggy mountains, lush valleys, and unique beaches, from the Cape of Good Hope to the sprawling False Bay coastline. Set off from your hotel in Cape Town or Stellenbosch for an adventure in South Africa’s most striking region. Get a taste of small-town life as you pass through Noordhoek, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, and Simon’s Town. Here, the streets are rich with history and an impressive mix of cultures. Snake around the long road of Chapman’s Peak Drive, and see some of the most stunning coastal views in the world. Explore the natural paradise that is the Cape of Good Hope, where native wildlife thrives. Animal lovers are in for a treat at Boulders Beach, where you’ll meet Africa’s only penguins. Your driver will point out the best places to grab pictures and souvenirs and offer plenty of info on each location’s history and importance. There’ll be plenty of time to stretch your legs, grab a bite, and take in the landscape at each stop before the ride back to your hotel.

From Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Private Tour

6. From Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Private Tour

Depart Cape Town and travel by luxury Mercedes Benz C-Class or Hyundai H1 towards the wine estates of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Travel along the N2 highway to the wine estate of DeMorgenzon, where you will stop for your first tasting at an award-winning winery and producer of one of the best Chenin Blanc wines in the region. (Wine tasting fees not included) Next, stop in Stellenbosch for an orientation tour of the town. Continue to the Marianne Wine Estate in Paarl and sample some biltong (dried meat) during a wine tasting at a winery that believes it enhances the flavors of their red wine. (Wine tasting fees not included) Travel to Fairview Wine and Cheese for a cheese and wine tasting and the chance to purchase your favorite cheese and condiments as well as wines from a choice of 3 labels. (Wine tasting fees not included) Make your way to the food and wine capital of Franschhoek, stopping at Drakenstein Prison to see the monument to Nelson Mandela along the way. Upon arrival in Franschhoek, visit the French Huguenot monument en route to the wine estate of Haute Cabrière. Taste their version of champagne, known as "MCC" ("Methode Cap Classique"). End your wine tasting tour at the Delaire Graff wine estate in the "jewel" of the Cape Winelands. (Wine tasting fees not included) Enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at one of the recommended restaurants, such as those at the Delaire Graff or La Petite Ferme wines estates or any of the many eateries in Franschhoek suitable for a light lunch. Return to your accommodation at the end of the day, or get dropped off at a restaurant in time for dinner.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

7. 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.

From Cape Town: Winelands Cycling Tour

8. From Cape Town: Winelands Cycling Tour

Spend a day cycling along the Cape's historic wine route. Enjoy the natural scenery as you sample local wines. You will begin cycling approximately 20 to 40 km from Franschhoek. The Groot Drakenstein Mountains will be your backdrop as you pass by beautiful wine estates. Cycling through the historical town of Franschoek to the Huguenot Monument, you might be tempted to pop into its many boutique shops and art galleries. At Paarl, the birthplace of the Afrikaans language, you will see Paarl Rock, one of the largest granite boulders in the world. In Stellenbosch you can visit the Stellenbosch Village Museum and wander down oak lined avenues, exploring Cape Dutch architecture. A picnic lunch will be provided at one of the region's award winning vineyards.

From Cape Town: Private Guided Winelands Tour with Pickup

9. From Cape Town: Private Guided Winelands Tour with Pickup

Be prepared for a day filled with wine tastings, food, and wine pairings with local South African flavours, a cellar tour, breathtaking views of the passing scenery, century-old Cape Dutch homes & take a stroll through vineyards with incredible Mountain views. Discover popular Cape Winelands routes- Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch with a visit to 3 different wineries for tastings of various wines, cheese, biltong, and chocolate pairings. Start the tour with a scenic drive to the countryside. Visit one of Paarl's best attractions and see a unique goat tower. Take a seat at the custom-designed wine tasting pods and learn about the wineries' rich history and exceptional wines. With a dedicated host, you'll be guided through the tasting of 6 different wines that are all beautifully paired with gourmet cheeses. Spend free time browsing through the deli and gift shop. Next, head to the little French corner found nestled between rolling meadows and centuries-old vineyards that stretch out towards distant towering mountains. Franschhoek is justifiably world-famous for its superb local cuisine and award-winning wine, yet, still retains a heavy French influence. Along the way, stop over to Drakenstein, the prison that once held former President Nelson Mandela. Get the chance to stand in the very place where Mandela took his first steps outside of prison as a free man and admire the larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Mandela. Delve deeper into winemaking philosophy with a fun and insightful cellar tour, and taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialty wines. Sample Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) with optional wine pairings. After working up an appetite you'll be taken to one of the restaurants in Franschhoek to enjoy lunch at your own expense. Journey into Stellenbosch a charming historical town surrounded by beautiful landscape views. Finish the wine tour by clinking your glass and taste fine wines paired with biltong (dried meat-jerky) that offers a real South African experience. End off with a late afternoon drop-off.

Cape Town: Best of the Winelands Private Tour with Tastings

10. Cape Town: Best of the Winelands Private Tour with Tastings

Immerse yourself in the rustic beauty of the Cape Winelands countryside on this private day trip from Cape Town. Travel through charming towns like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, or Paarl. Savor local flavors as you taste three wines.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your accommodation in Cape Town or have the option to choose to be picked up from Stellenbosch. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle. Take in the sights as you journey through verdant rolling vineyards.  Pass vast estates with giant oak trees and towering mountains that overlook picturesque valleys. Explore the Cape Winelands principal routes before you make a stop a local winery.  Enter the wine cellars and take in the aroma of wooden casks and admire rows of stacked bottles waiting to be tried. Walk through a vineyard where grapes ripen to perfection under the African sun. Uncover the secrets to making premium wines.  Let your guide share their knowledge with you during a guided tasting that can be tailored to your individual preferences. Return to your accommodations in Cape Town. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 765 reviews

We had an excellent tour on our full day winelands trip with our guide / driver Thennis. He was superb. We were a group of 7 in total, with 4 hotel pick ups. We visited 3 of the main wine areas - Stellenbosch, Franchshoek and Paarl. In total we tasted many different wines and enjoyed virtually all of them. We had lunch included with our tour and the choice was excellent, with all dietary needs seeming to be catered for. We would 100% recommend this tour.

It was an amazing day tour! We've been to 4 sites and tasted around 4 wines in each place. I loved learning more about how they started producing wine in South Africa and hearing more about the types of wine. They had vegetarian options on the lunch menu. I recommend you have breakfast before the tour since you will start drinking around 10 am.

Bruce was fantastic, so knowledgeable about wine and food and telling funny stories. We had a blast with the group and the wineries that we visited were so interesting, each one different with a fascinating story behind it.

The experience is as described and more, it is one of a kind. Loved the fact that different pairing experiences were part of the package

Best wine tour we've ever done and we've done a lot of them