Full-day Winelands Explore Private Tour of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl
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Stop At: Fairview Wine and Cheese, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl, Paarl 7624 South Africa
Leave Cape Town behind and head off by luxury minivan to the Stellenbosch wine region – famous for its Mediterranean climate and fertile soils that help to produce millions of litres of wine each year.
With your expert guide, hop back in your minivan and continue your journey northwest to the Paarl wine region, home to leading wine producers like Fairview and Nederburg. Stop at the Fairview Wine Estate, trying out several of their famed white wines and cheeses.
Lunch takes place in the gourmet capital of South Africa – Franschhoek – roughly 5 miles (8 km) away. Your private guide will point out the best sidewalk cafes and restaurants, and then leave you to enjoy lunch at your own expense.
South Africa’s epicurean capital; Franschhoek, with its multitude of eateries is a must-do for gourmands and on weekends the local farmer’s market beckons with colourful stalls, tasty aromas and live music. You’ll have time to soak up the history of the French Huguenots who arrived in the Seventeenth Century, catch an impromptu church choir performance in the street, shop for knick-knacks and bric-a-brac along the main street or savour a charcuterie plate and tasty local creations. For extra historic flair, you could choose to replace one wine tasting with a visit to the spectacular Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to an array of auto-classics enough to impress any motor-maniac. Tour the expansive de-humidified halls as you marvel over the authentic presented vehicles, ranging from bicycles to Formula 1 cars.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: La Motte Wine Estate, R45 Main Street, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa
In the early afternoon your tour continues to the La Motte or Haute Cabriere wine estate, another notable Franschhoek vineyard set high up in the Helderberg mountain range.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Haute Cabriere, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa
The views from here are simply incredible, with surrounding vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Soak up the views and sample the estate’s fine wines, learning about the slow ripening of grapes in mountain viticulture.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Boschendal, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek 7680 South Africa
Your last wine estate visit is Boschendal, one of South Africa’s oldest wine producers, with a wine-making heritage that dates back to the 17th century. The gorgeous farm estate houses state-of-the-art cellars, and it’s here that you’ll enjoy the day’s final wine-tasting session alongside rows of beautiful oak barrels in the tasting room or under the oak trees if the weather permits.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Muratie, 44 Knorhoek Road/R Koelenhof, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa
Your last stop of the day is a small Stellenbosch wine estate called Muratie, much loved by locals, with bags of charm. Its traditional cellars are typified by ramshackle walls and worn paintings -- adding to its rustic charm. Sample the estate’s fortified wine and locally produced chocolate – a winning combination! Relax on the journey back to Cape Town, where you’ll arrive in the early evening.
Duration: 1 hour
- 4 wine tastings
- Cheese tasting
- Local guide
- Private tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Fairview Wine and Cheese
- Entry/Admission - La Motte Wine Estate
- Entry/Admission - Boschendal
- Entry/Admission - Muratie
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entry/Admission - Haute Cabriere
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 6 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- Your exact itinerary is subject to change and may on occasion run in reverse or different order
- Customers who have not reached South Africa’s legal drinking age of 18 will not be served alcohol
- Please note: Wine tasting or pairings are not included for children under the legal drinking age of 18 years. Extra meals or drinks are under the adult’s responsibility and is not included in price.
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Our guide Liezel was so cool. Wine estates could’ve been a little more famous/interesting. But hey! The best was saved for last.
Leizel made our experience one to remember. She was more than accommodating to us and our kids on the tour and her knowledge of the area made for a relaxing, but once-in-a-lifetime memory for our entire family. Thank you!
We had an excellent guide who was able to let us personalize out trip and spend the time doing what we enjoyed rather than rushing from place to place just to check them off. Consequently we awere able to tour the Stellenbosch Museum and really spend some quality time there - it is fascinating. We also enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Coopmanhuijs Hotel which has excellent food and service.
We were met by Andrew at the cruise terminal in Cape Town in a new people carrier. Andrew was very knowledgable and tailored the trip to meet our needs. He gave us time for lunch at a restaurant, which he booked, then with time for shopping. His knowledge on wines, vines and production was superb. We spent a full day in his company, no rush to get us back. Would highly recommend this trip and Andrew. A memorable day in a beautiful part of South Africa.