Tastes of the Stellenbosch Winelands Region
Fruit of the vine: There’s something inherently romantic about quaffing a glass just metres from where the farmers produce their crops, press their grapes and cellar their wine… so we’ve bottled it up and are serving the ultimate winelands day tour on a platter.
South Africa’s wine industry is like a well-cellared red. It is robust; its flavour profiles have harmonised and, with the passing of time, the product improves with age. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just a lover of natural beauty, you’ll be swept up in the splendour of the Stellenbosch countryside with its tell-tale Cape Dutch architecture and rolling vineyards as we showcase four very different wining and dining experiences.
Set a leisurely pace as you leave the coast behind and head north towards wine country and the first of the handpicked wineries on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Today’s journey is undoubtedly a visual feast, but your taste buds are the real hero. After all, not all wines are created equal and Pinotage stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The paddock-to-plate partnership between winemakers, chefs, artisans and local producers rounds out today’s sensory journey. Here, in arguably South Africa’s most picturesque wine growing area, vintners pair their smooth reds and crisp whites with local produce – biltong (cured meat) and artisan ice-cream– in a delicate-yet-innovative partnership that enhances the wine’s flavours.
Your guide will uncover the mysteries, separate your Cabernets from your Cape Ruby and help you navigate the flavour profiles with ease. Wander your way past grapes on the vine and green valleys, to four top-tier wine farms – Babylonstoren, Marianne Estate, Clos Malvern and DeMorgenzon.
And for the true connoisseurs, no trip to wine country would be complete without a quick jaunt around the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch’s historic old town, so that’s on the agenda too. And when the sampling is done, you can settle down for a snooze as you follow the setting sun back to Cape Town.
Let the tasting begin...
WHY YOU"LL LOVE IT
- Melt in your mouth spoonfuls of artisan ice cream paired with fine wine at Clos Malverne.
- Savour iconic South African flavours with Marianne's red wine and biltong pairing.
- Unwind with edgy wine in hand amid Babylonstoren's Cape Dutch farm-to-plate philosophy gardens.
- Indulge in the fine tasting notes of DeMorgenzon's award-winning wines.
第 1 天: STELLENBOSCH WINELANDS
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Our wine experts custom-designed this tour to give you a real taste of the winelands region. Sample local produce, learn about flavour profiles and vintages and savour time sitting back and sampling some of South Africa’s finest in countryside views.
The day starts amongst the rustic fruit orchards and country gardens of Babylonstoren Estate where heady, herby smells are carried on the breeze and plump fruits hang ripe on trees. Groups of fatted ducks quack their way underfoot as guests tentatively explore the modest cheesery and handicraft store. In stark contrast to the water-colour-picture setting, the tasting room is a thoroughly modern affair and the wines add to the whimsical feel.
Then, it’s off down country laneways lined with leafy vineyards to the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains and Marianne Estate. Here, the business of wine is a serious affair but the staff are warm and inviting. Their South African terroir and French savoir-faire pays homage to the estate’s Bordeaux heritage and French-style wines.
As morning fades, you’ll meander through farmlands dotted with olives and grapes en-route to the Helderberg Mountains, which perfectly frame the verdant landscape. Clos Malvern is tucked away in a tranquil corner of the Winelands. The farm’s reputation for great food and creatively innovative menus draw gourmands from all corners of the globe.
When the wine is flowing, it’s easy to work up a big appetite and your guide is happy to work with you to find the perfect fit – whether it’s a wine farm restaurant or a sunny roadside cafe in Stellenbosch’s old town, just a short hop from the winery. We’ll go with the flow.
The last course on this Taste the Winelands Tour offers a unique wine philosophy that is literally music to the ears (and taste buds!). The owners of DeMorgenzon Wine Estate believe that playing Baroque music, day and night (yes, you read that right), from large speakers in the vineyards has a romantically delicious effect on the grapes, and the flavourful, aromatic depth of these international award-winning wines certainly sings true. Sip on the Maestro wines as you're lulled by the baroque music drifting through the tasting room and estate. Follow the music on a whimsical walk through the vineyards behind the gabled Cape Dutch building and enjoy the Reserve Syrah while standing in the vineyard block it was harvested from. DeMorgenzon’s wines strike a good balance between lush fruit and crisp acidity with echoes of the garden in every bottle. You just have to taste it to believe it; the music does something to the wine! On that high note, you'll follow the sun and turn for home.
- Small Group - Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide.
- Local Guide - Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
- Transport - Transfers to included tour highlights.
- Pick-up + Drop-off - There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
- Babylonstoren Gardens Wine Tasting
- Marianne Wine & Biltong Pairing
- Clos Malverne Wine & Ice Cream Pairing
- Savour DeMorgenzon's Wine Tasting Notes
- Personal Expenses
- Lunch, Dinner & drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Flight Tickets
- Visa Fees
Cancellation Policy 29 days:From 8 Day(s) (inclusive) to 29 Day(s) (inclusive) prior to the service date, cancellation charge will be 50.00%.
Cancellation Policy 30 days:From 29 Day(s) (inclusive) to 30 Day(s) (inclusive) prior to the service date, cancellation charge will be 20.00%.