Tailor Made Wine Route Tours – Day Trips and Overnight – Western Cape
A Tour of the Cape Wine Route
The Cape Winelands, branched into the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek areas, is known for its breath-taking views and beautiful lush green valleys.
It is said to be one of the world’s most picturesque and aesthetically pleasing destinations and is home to some of the best grape growers and the finest wine estates in the country, and indeed the world. The wine route allows South African wine to take a whole new direction to compete on a global scale, drawing in a large number of international visitors each year.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, is the second oldest wine region in South Africa with more than 300 wine estates and can be divided into different routes such as Bottelary Hills, Devon Valley Vines, Helderberg and Simonsberg. Experience this historic, multicultural town by enjoying a tailor made tour through one of the biggest attractions in the Western Cape. Stellenbosch is a premier tourist and wine destination, generally characterised by its hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters, perfectly suitable for growing wine grapes. Traditionally famous for its crisp white wines, however Stellenbosch wine makers have made significant progress in producing some beautiful quality red wines, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz as well as some delicious blends. We can visit many well known wine estates in this area, including Marianne, Hartenberg, Kleine Zalze, Warwick and Rust en Vrede amongst many other top quality producers. Send us your requests!
The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek regions are all popular stops offering a range of activities from fine dining, wine tasting, museums, art galleries and spectacular scenery. The tapestry of French, British and Dutch histories in the area make it architecturally fascinating. Wine pairings are the order of the day. Take your pick –
Pairings with Chocolate
Pairings with Cheese
Pairings with Olive Oils
Pairings with Pizza
Pairings with Cake
and Pairings with Nougat
The list is endless………..
For a unique dining experience in Summer, the well renowned Boschendal Wine Estate has fantastic picnic facilities under the stone pines – this is a fun and entertaining way to experience the beauty and tastes of the Cape first hand and a great way to spend the afternoon. There are many other estates also offering picnic experiences. Contact us for more information.
The Robertson Wine Route situated in the heart of Route 62 and is only 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town. The area is known to be the longest wine route in the country with more than 50 award-winning wineries, as well as strikingly beautiful tourist attractions and exciting outdoor activities.
The area is surrounded by the mountains of the Breede River Valley where you can end the day by appreciating a remarkable sunset cruise along the river. Cruises can be arranged for groups or private parties and need to be booked in advance.
To avoid rushing your experience, you can make an overnight stopover in Robertson, PART of your Garden Route Tour, because it is conveniently situated on the R62 which we use to get to Oudtshoorn.
Luxury accommodation can be booked on local farms, bed & breakfasts OR 5 star hotels.
The big wine event of the year in this area is the Wacky Wine Weekend. http://www.wackywineweekend.com/
The Durbanville Wine Route is close to the Mother City and around 20km north of Cape Town. The wine valley consists of nine popular wineries, all famous for their wide variety of fruity driven wines, including crispy Sauvignon Blancs, due to the areas moderately cool climate. Bloemendal, Durbanville Hills, Meerendal, Hillcrest and De Grendal are just a few of the names associated with this award winning wine region. Each winery is complimented with some of the best fine dining restaurants and rustic country kitchens so that you can make a day of it.
Visiting these estates you can learn about differing wine making techniques, taste some great wines and appreciate breathtaking views across the city and Table Bay.
Take 2 Tours arranges guided tours for individuals or for small and large groups, half day or full day trips. Booking is essential.
The big festival in Durbanville every year, centres around Sauvigon Blanc because this wine area produces it very well.
The Hermanus Wine Route is also known as the Walker Bay Wine district, is centred around the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, encompassing the town and up to 30kms West of there, to Elgin and Grabouw.
The region is known for its 15 wineries which grow small amounts of premium quality grapes and produce unique wines. The estates are typically famous for their lighter-medium bodied, fruit-forward red Pinot Noir wines due to the climate being highly influenced by the cold Atlantic Ocean that brushes from Cape Town, bringing a fresh breeze to cool grapes that are grown in this area.
Hermanus, internationally known as a whale-watching hotspot, is also home to some top Boutique hotels like Birkenhead House and B&Bs where overnight accommodation can be pre-booked, allowing you to linger in this area.
And if you are tired of wine, beer tours are also available in this area. Picturesque micro-breweries close to Hermanus will let you taste their wares.
The Elgin Valley, situated just on top of the Hottentots Holland Mountain range, at the start of a vast apple, olive, pear and wheat growing area, is a magical Canadian-looking landscape, where high mountain peaks, pretty lakes and countless commercial pine forests, all sit in perfect juxtaposition. In addition to all the fruit farms, some of the country’s most elegant Sauvignon Blanc wines as well as some of the best Pinotage wines now originate from this area.
Instead of the usual Paarl/ Franschhoek/ Stellenbosch tourist route, why not be adventurous, and let us show you some quiet wineries, unexplored by the mass market. http://www.elginvalleywineroute.com/
The Constantia Wine Route is only 20 minutes from the Centre of Cape Town. Boasting some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa, this is a region in high demand for it’s fine wines and amazing restaurants.
If you want to be daring and you want to explore quirky wines and tiny adventurous estates, and you LOVE olives, then we would suggest the Riebeek Wine Valley. 90 minutes from Cape Town, the main town, Riebeek Kasteel is a quieter, calmer and much less commercial version of swanky Franschhoek. Some of South Africa’s most celebrated wines are now coming out of this region. We strongly recommend you stay the night because of time and distance.
So you see? There are LOTS OF CHOICES!
PRIVATE guided tours with experienced personable guides : R3650 excluding tasting fees.
This is for 2, 3, or 4 persons on a day tour in the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl wine areas. We charge R500 more for visits to Hermanus, Elgin and Botriver wineries.
From fine dining experiences to outdoor adventures, Take 2 Tours will guide you through these magnificent breathtaking wine regions where you will discover the true beauty South Africa has to offer and the finest wines the world has ever tasted.
Contact Take 2 Tours today for a memorable South African wine experience:
(+27) 082 650 0545
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If you don’t drink wine, we do BEER tours too now! We have contacts that will allow you to visit huge beer-making breweries, and to do private tastings with leading role players in the South African CRAFT beer industry. E-mail us. You WON’T be disappointed.