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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: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

2. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore Stellenbosch's world-renowned wine region on a bus tour from Cape Town. Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Estate to savor two wine tastings and a wine and cheese pairing. Learn about the fascinating history of the town on a guided walking tour.  See for yourself why South Africa is so famously known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines on this winelands tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape town and head straight to the cradle of the country's most beautiful wine region, Stellenbosch. Learn how the South African wine industry arose from refugees from France. Find out how they applied their skills in Stellenbosch and transformed the region into the center of the South African wine industry. Arrive at the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and discover the winery's fine wines during a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Learn about its historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Continue to the cellars for a guided tour. Take in the ambiance created by vast barrels of wine ageing. Next, enjoy a second wine tasting to sample more local notes and flavors before heading back to Cape Town.

Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

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

Enjoy a day filled with beautiful scenery and wine and cheese tasting on this tour of the Cape Winelands. Get a taste of history as well as you visit historical landmarks, like the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept. Get picked up at your accommodation in the morning 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. 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. Afterward, you’ll head back to Cape Town and be dropped off at your accommodation.

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: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

5. 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: Guided Historical Walking Tour

6. 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.

Stellenbosch: Banhoek Valley E-Bike Wine Tour

7. Stellenbosch: Banhoek Valley E-Bike Wine Tour

Experience Banhoek Valley's Winelands by e-bike. Go at your own pace and relax with assisted pedaling as you make your way between destinations. Soak up the stunning scenery, ride down charming farm roads, and visit 2 to 3 wine farms. At the beginning of your tour, your guide will assist you in understanding your e-bike as well as help you adjust the bike's seating. Put on your helmet and then depart for your tour. Cycle your e-bike through the Banhoek Valley with the majestic Drakenstein Mountains in the background. Arrive at a wine farm, tucked away at the end of the valley. Here you can have the chance to enjoy a wine tasting experience with canapes while soaking in the views. After your wine tasting, head back towards the meeting for another 1 or 2 wine farm stops.

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

8. 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.

Stellenbosch: Wine Farm E-Bike Guided Tour

9. Stellenbosch: Wine Farm E-Bike Guided Tour

After departing from Lanzerac E-Bike Trail Centre you will follow our guide along the Eerste River and past some historic buildings. The track will take you into Stellenbosch town with a scenic route where you can do wine tasting, grab a coffee or even an ice cream. From here you will cycle again into the Jonkershoek valley to Stark Conde for and some great wines. You are surrounded by nature and beauty all the way and cycling on the e-bikes enables you to soak up so much more. We spend 30-45 minutes at each wine farm giving you time to enjoy different wine flavors and also do some shopping. Electric Bicycles or and e-bike handles like a normal bicycle but they assist you when you pedal. They are fitted with a motor and a battery. The moment you start to pedal then the motor kicks in and assists you on your journey! This makes cycling more fun with less effort! Your Guide will assist you in understanding your e-bike as well as adjusting the seat post and handing out helmets.

Stellenbosch: E-Bike 2.5Hr Wine Farm Tour

10. Stellenbosch: E-Bike 2.5Hr Wine Farm Tour

After departing from the bike center, you will follow our guide along the Eerste River and past some historic buildings. The track will take you into Stellenbosch town with a scenic route where you can do wine tasting , grab a coffee or even an ice cream. From here you will cycle again into the Jonkershoek valley to Stark Conde for some great wines. You will be surrounded by nature and beauty all the way, and cycling on an e-bike will enable you to soak up so much more of your surroundings. You will spend 30–45 minutes at each wine farm, which will provide you with time to enjoy different wine flavors and also do some shopping. At the conclusion of your wine experienced, you will be transferred back to the bike trail center.

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What people are saying about Stellenbosch

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,334 reviews

KAGABo was a wonderful guide. Discreet, kind and very knowledgeable about the winelands and the history of the territory. It was a really interesting day, he was super helpful. We visited 4 wineries in total freedom, we could choose which ones to stop. I highly recommend it with him

Wonderful day. Bruce shared some great stories and information. We felt very welcomed everywhere we went. Each vineyard was totally different and well chosen. Vegan food (lunch and cheese platter) were available and delicious. Would recommend to other vegans.

This wine tour is absolute value for money. We visited three different area and definitely finished with a good buzz. The walking tour through stellenbosch helps you to sober up a bit. I enjoyed every moment of the trip and would recommend them any day.

Brilliant guide with lots of knowledge and great trip would highly recommend!

This was a great experience. Would definitely recommend.