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Cape Winelands Tour

What to expect

The Cape Winelands tour is an absolute must do, be taken away by breath-taking vistas and majestic mountain backdrops in a setting steeped in rich culture and history. On this tour you will visit the beautiful Stellenbosch, Paarl & Franschhoek. We head to Stellenbosch via the N2 to have our first true experience of South African Wine. The town of Stellenbosch dates back to 1679 and the first vineyards were planted in the same year. The Stellenbosch Wine Route, world-renowned for its award-winning wines, was founded in 1971, making it the second-oldest wine producing region in South Africa. The Stellenbosch Wine Routes currently provide a co-ordinated network of more than 150 wineries, each offering a unique cellar-door experience for the wine-lover and tourist. In the heart of Stellenbosch, we visit the highly acclaimed Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. Eight years in the making, the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden is a place of expansive vistas, scents and the sounds of nature, with tranquil groves, hidden paths and lush indigenous vegetation. Today, the artist continues to explore themes integral to his work in this serene landscape on the slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountains looking out over vineyards towards the ocean. Here, the notion of the untamed wilderness within the human psyche is expressed both in the sculptures and their positioning in the landscape.

We depart from Stellenbosch over the Helshoogte Pass, one of the most loved and travelled roads in the Western Cape, linking Stellenbosch with the Drakenstein Valley, a scenic pass that transports our guests over the saddle that separates Simonsberg from the Jonkershoekberge and winds its way past fruit farms and vineyards en route.

Our next stop is the Franschhoek Motor Museum, offering our guests a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins.

We make our way to the final stop of the tour, Paarl. In 1657, Abraham Gabemma set out from the Cape in search of resources. On his journey he came across a giant granite rock gleaming in the distance. He called this Pearl Mountain, and the town that grew at its base eventually became known as Paarl. Discovering the Paarl wine region is what most visitors do here, and for good reason. The Paarl Wine Route, is known for its full-bodied spicy reds and crisp whites.

With wine tastings at 3 renowned estates in between all our other activities, guests are able to gain a firm and fond sense of what the Cape Winelands is all about. Where appreciation of our fine wines is paired with nature, history and food. Each tour and wine estate are handpicked, based on guest’s wine preferences and interests.

Tour Information

Time: 08:30 – 17:30 (Flexible collection times. May vary subject to hotel location and guests’ preferences)
Language:
English
Duration: 9 – 12 Hours (Half Day Option available (5 hours) including 2 tastings and excludes the Motor Museum.)
Participants: 1 – 7 guests per vehicle.
Free sell: Up to 24 hours prior to departure.
Vehicle: Hyundai SUV (1-3 pax) or Hyundai Minivan (4-7 pax).
Guide: THETA accredited
Includes: Private Guide; On Board WIFI; All entrance fees; 3 wine tastings; Bottled water
Excludes: Lunch

Tour Highlights

  • Huguenot Monument
  • Private Wine Cellar Tour
  • Panna Cotta Wine Pairing
  • Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
  • Motor Museum

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