The wine region of Cape Town – also known as the Boland, has been producing wine as early as 1685. The Full-Day Winelands Tour will encourage both wine connoisseur and novice alike, to have a good time as well as provide one with an informative overview of the wine making traditions that is uniquely South African. Numerous grapes are grown in the region, such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage and the Méthode Cap Classique (local sparkling wine). The quality of the wine and the beauty of the Winelands is comparable to the vineyards in France and California.
In Stellenbosch – a small but vibrant town and wine region, 20 minutes outside Cape Town, known to produce world renowned red and dry white wines. Explore De Braak (Village Green) – where you’ll find many fascinating and historical buildings worth visiting; especially the VOC Kruithuis built in 1777, where the gunpowder and ammunition was stored when the building was on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, now a small military style museum, you can also visit the thatch-roofed Church of St Mary’s that was built in 1852 – a lovely example of Cape Dutch architecture. Coachman’s Cottage and the old Burgerhuis can also be found on De Braak. The Tour continues at a Stellenbosch wine estate, where you’ll be guided on a cellar tour, a wine tasting and a cheese tasting. The cheeses are said to compliment and highlight the unique flavours in the wines you’ll be tasting.
In Franschhoek (the French Corner) – an old Huguenot Village, reminiscent of a bygone French era. Visit the Huguenot Memorial (optional), be enchanted by the town’s charm and very peaceful environment and sample it’s regions delicacies, cheeses and wines.
Stop at Drakenstein Prison (formerly known as Victor Verster Prison) – a low security prison between Franschhoek and Paarl, where former President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during the last part of his imprisonment for his campaign against Apartheid.
Finally, drive through the town of Paarl – catching a glimpse into the fascinating Afrikaner tradition and culture, explore the famous Paarl Rock (Pearl Rock) – often compared to Australia’s Uluru and stopping to taste the region’s wines, while sampling South Africa’s traditional snack – Biltong (dried and cured meat)
- City Orientation
- Dorp Street
- De Braak
- Free walk around historical town
- Wine tasting at a Stellenbosch Wine Estate
- Cellar Tours
- Cheese Tasting
- Historical village
- Huguenot Memorial (Optional)
- Wine tasting at a Franschhoekwine Estate
- Helshoogte Pass
- Opportunity to purchase wine
- View Nelson Mandela’s Former Prison (Victor Verster)
- Drive through Paarl
- Wine tasting at a Paarlwine Estate
- Biltong Tasting
|FULL DAY DEPARTURE||At your accommodation in Cape Town (hotel, guesthouse, …)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||MORNING: Between 8:00 and 9:00|
|RETURN TIME||AFTERNOON: Approximately 17:30|
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The area is also well-known thanks to the mountain range “Paarl Rock” and its three recognisable granite outcrops. It is said that they gleam like pearls when the sun follows the rain, hence the name of the place.
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