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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 toura 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
Cellar Tour Three Wine Tastings One Cheese Tasting
Lunch Optional visits


Located inland, Stellenbosch is a charming historical town which is also well-known for its University. Go exploring in the streets, walking under centenarian trees and discovering the surprising Cape-Dutch architecture. It will offer you a great overview of the heart of the South African wine-growing because it hosts the biggest vineyards. The climate is temperate, which allows the production of red wine and dry white wine.

Zevenwacht Wine Tasting

This is the time of the first wine tasting! Having a first glass of wine at about 10am is a challenge, but the wine is so good that you won’t even mind. The hospitality of the wine-grower and a piece of cheese will make you feel at home. Before letting you go, they’ll even show you their cellar and its impressive barrels made from French and American oak. Don’t hesitate to take a lot of pictures!

Marianne Wine Tasting

If the weather is nice, you will be lucky to do the tasting on the amazing terrace overlooking the Marianne Wine Estate landscape… what’s better than a glass of good wine in the heart of the Winelands and the foot of the mountains? This is an experience that you can’t have anywhere else! This wine will be accompanied with Springbock, Kudu and Beef Biltong, a typical Afrikaans recipe made of dried, cured meat. It’s delicious!


Franschhoek is the old French Huguenots village also called the “French Corner”. It will show you the legacy, through the names of the streets and farms, left by those French people exiled from their country and who came to South Africa to make a fresh start. French tourists will find pieces of their homeland everywhere, especially in excellent restaurants. Like at Stellenbosch, the climate is favourable for red wine and dry white wine.

Drakenstein Prison

The Darkenstein Prison is situated between Franshhoek and Paarl. It is known as the prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his sentence, while he was fighting against Apartheid. Even if the stop is short, it is haunting to think about his long walk for freedom.


The valley of Paarl, the biggest city of the Winelands, is known to be the rival of Stellenbosch. It is a town with a hot climate, perfect to produce dessert red wine, with a taste more sumptuous and stronger. Red wine overrides the production of white wine in South Africa.
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.

Laborie wine tasting

This will bring you to the wine tasting! The Laborie Wine Estate is huge with a nice garden where you can see squirrels innocently playing in the grass. There, you will not only try traditional wines, but also a sparkling wine, a Pinot and even a Brandy which will intoxicate the most hardened of you. At sunset, take time to see the vineyards on the mountains, bathed in sunset light, an uncommon view!

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5.00 based on 1 review
28th December 2016

You cant come to Cape Town without doing a wine tour?, not only is the wine great but it’s also one of the most scenic parts of the country. 10/10 for overall experience

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