Taste the Winelands : Best of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Paarl Wineries Small Group Tour
- About 8 hours
Be swept away by the tastes and sights of the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek Winelands. Sample local wines paired with cheese and artisan chocolate. Explore historic Cape Dutch inspired wineries - Fairview, Rickety Bridge and Muratie, all with a unique heritage and a farm-to-table philosophy.
Skip the crowded group tours and enjoy a more personalized experience of some of South Africa’s best wineries on a small group tour of the Cape Winelands.
Wine- and nature lovers alike are in for a treat on this tasting exploration of the Cape Winelands' best. Not only do you visit three esteemed wine farms for fine wine tastings and phenomenal pairings with cheese and chocolate in the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek regions; the scenery along the way will also transport you back to yesteryear to reminisce among white gabled buildings and impressive manor houses flanked by the soaring mountain ranges.
Firstly you'll visit the cheese haven of Fairview for a farmer's tasting of their wine with local produce. Venture onwards to Franschhoek for a unique way to explore the region's wine valley by rail on a scenic one-way Franschhoek Wine Tram journey to taste fine wines at Rickety Bridge wine estate.
Let the tasting begin...
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch.
Set off in the fresh morning air to the south-western slopes of the Paarl mountain range, to awaken your senses to spectacular views and even better wines. Your first stop of the day offers a uniquely curated pairing of wine and artisanal cheese and local produce to get your taste buds raring. Fairview by name and fair view by nature, this commercial winery boasts an onsite cheesery that churns out delicious artisanal cheeses. The farm offers stunning country gardens and a relaxed but thoroughly modern tasting experience. Laughter and chatter fill the room as knowledgeable staff guide you through the process, impart their wine wisdom and provide gourmet tips on the perfect pairings.
Continue on to the quaint town of Franschhoek to uncover the beauty of this region aboard a vintage style railway tram while sipping on a glass of world-renowned vino from the surrounding vineyards. Departing from the central village ticket office, hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram for a short one-way journey through the rolling vineyards of the valley to reach Rickety Bridge winery for a standard wine tasting and sample a choice of 3 of their wines.
From the station platform, you'll be transported past rows of vines and the historic Cape Dutch Manor to the tasting centre by an open-air wagon pulled by the farm's tractor, offering a glimpse into the inner workings of a working winery. Summer weather calls for alfresco wine tasting overlooking vineyards and the majestic Wemmershoek Mountains, while on cooler days tastings will be around cosy wood-burning fireplaces.
As lunch nears, 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, maybe 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 delicatessen creations.
Just north of Stellenbosch tucked in a picturesque corner of the Knorhoek Valley lies one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, Muratie, dating back to 1685. Wine tasting in historic Muratie, the very winery that made the first Pinot Noir in South Africa, shows yet another contrast to end off your day… as does their perfect pairing of sweet-toned port-style wines and decadent chocolate. Wine lovers cosy up in the estate’s old wine tanks during this sweet tasting experience. The marriage is simple but effective and aims to harness the similarities (of the fruity flavours) or exploit their differences (sweetness versus bitter) and excite the palate.
End with a late afternoon drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.
Good to know
- A minimum number of travellers is required for tour to run
- Small group: Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide
- There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town area accommodation
- Pairings may differ from suggested guideline above, and the itinerary guideline can on occasion be in a different order with different styles of tasting or pairings
- Local Guide: Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide
- Transport: Transfers to included tour highlights
- Fairview Cheese + Wine Farmers Pairing
- Tram Ride + Rickety Bridge Wine Tasting
- Explore Franschhoek on foot
- Muratie Port Wine + Chocolate Pairing
- Meals + Drinks not mentioned (you can purchase meals + drinks on tour)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
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