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Skip the crowded group tours and enjoy a more personalized experience of some of South Africa’s best wineries on a private tour of the Cape Winelands. Visit three wineries in Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek to sample their wines—as well as cheese and chocolate—and learn about how the combination of climate, soil, and grape varietals create the unique wines for which South Africa is known.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Stop At: Fairview Wine and Cheese
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. Stop at the Fairview Wine Estate, trying out several of their famed white wines and cheeses. As this is a private tour, your itinerary for the day is flexible and you can chop and change as you please. So, take it slow and be sure to meander along the way, staying a little longer if you please or even popping in at quaint looking stops along the way.
Our suggestion is an early start at the cheese haven of Fairview for a master tasting of wine with cheese and olive oil that will open both your mind and palate to tastes that you didn’t think were possible.
Stop At: Motte Wine Estate
Continue the wine tasting journey with a stop at the historically rich La Motte Wine Estate, which is currently owned by a well-known family in the area, the Ruperts. A tasting here is a treat as you get an insider view of the maturation cellar. On occasion and subject to availability, an alternative wine experience at Dieu Donné, Boschendal or Haute Cabriere can be booked.
Stop At: Franschhoek
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, 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 creations.
Stop At: Muratie
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. – The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasion, run in a different order. – This private tour will run exclusively run for you. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour’s highlights that interest you the most or swop for alternative options.
Duration: 1 hour
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By: Africa Select Journeys This is a private tour running exclusively for you or your group. Do contact us during of after the booking process to let us know if you would prefer any changes to the tour and we can suggest an updated itinerary and cost estimate if there are any additional charges.