South African Wine Tours

South Africa has a rich wine making history spanning over 400 years, and you can learn all about it during one of the many South African wine tours our local travel experts have devised for you.

The wines of the land of Nelson Mandela, the “big five” and one of the only six Floral Kingdoms in the world, will hold no secrets for you after you embark on a trip of natural discovery, wine tastings among breathtaking vineyards, exciting safaris and memorable gourmet experiences.

On our exclusive South African wine tours you will be taken on a journey through some of the Cape’s most impressive wine estates with their characteristic Cape Dutch-style buildings and sprawling vineyards with the Table Mountain range as a backdrop. Knowledgeable guide will tell you the reasons behind the distinct European imprint you will notice in some regions: the arrival of French Huguenot, Dutch and German settlers during the 18th century has clearly left a mark in the area. 

Down the South Africa wine route  

Although the South African wine route covers many diverse and equally worth-visiting regions, here is a short overview of the main ones to help you get started with your selection:

Stellenbosch

The first South African wine route to be established was that of Stellenbosch, back in 1971. This date is widely considered as the start of wine tourism in the country, which has continued to grow over the past few years, to become the fully-fledged nationwide industry we know (and enjoy) today.

Stellenbosch is highly regarded as the heart of the South African wine route and the national wine capital. Less than an hour away from Cape Town, it makes for a perfect daytrip. Read on for ideas on what to expect from a wine tour South Africa offers in Stellenbosch.  

Some of the exclusive activities you can take part in during your time in the region’s winelands are: 

  • A superb tasting of MCCs (“Méthode Cap Classique”, South African sparkling wines) at a magnificent wine farm; 
  • A safari game drive at a protected sanctuary to see giraffes and zebras in their natural habitat, followed by a premium Pinotage tasting; 
  • A hands-on visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center in the heart of a wine estate, including a cheese and wine pairing overlooking the picturesque vineyards and mountains; 
  • A stroll in the gardens of a celebrated wine farm followed by a gourmet lunch and a wine & chocolate pairing to finish off your day. 

 

Franschhoek

Just over an hour away from Cape Town, lies Franschhoek or the “French Corner”, considered South Africa’s culinary capital. During your journey along the South African wine route, make sure you include a stop here for an unforgettable gourmet break at one of the region’s many top restaurants or at one of its award-winning wine estates. Contact our local travel experts for an original way to explore the valley: a ticket to ride on a hop-on/hop-off winje (“wine”) tram. All aboard!

 

Constantia 

Go on a South African wine tour that will take you back to the times of wine-loving French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Visit the oldest wine producing estate in the country and drink like European and Russian royals did 300 hundred years ago. Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have eased his misery in exile by having almost 300 gallons of Constantia wine shipped to him, and allegedly, he refused everything offered to him but a glass of Constantia wine when he was on his deathbed. 

Get in touch with our local travel experts for a unique opportunity to taste some of the most famous wines ever produced in this country, the celebrated Constantia dessert wines, and get ready to stock up on award-winning wines and incredible memories. Tempted yet?

South African wine route: a few tips

  • Unlike their European counterparts, South African wine estates do not always include a visit to their cellars on their tours. Expect to be shown the vineyards and finish off by a wine tasting with nibbles in their usually estate-of-the-art tasting rooms.
  • Some wineries are closed on Sundays, while others are only open on certain days of the week. Make sure you research opening hours ahead or ask our local travel agents for help when planning your visit.
  • Most wine estates have wonderful restaurants onsite: think of booking a table ahead as they tend to get full for lunch and you might be hungry after your tour of the premises is over.
  • If you are planning to rent a car, be aware that some of the roads are isolated and not greatly signaled. Privilege a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you can, and ensure a working GPS is provided.
  • Good news: there’s no bad time to visit the South African wine route and its winelands as the climate is Mediterranean and you get about 300 days of sunshine a year. Contact our travel experts for a tailor-made South African wine tour and come enjoy these superb winelands! Take a look below for some inspiring ideas and proposals.

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