Cape Winelands Tour
Since the first wine was pressed in Cape Town in 1699, wine production has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the major industries in the Western Cape. An integral part of the Cape Winelands Tour, as a tourism destination the vineyards attract a large number of visitors who delight in the many estates set in magnificent surroundings, sampling the diverse varieties of wine on offer. Wine is produced either in large cooperative ventures, independent cellars and estates, as well as boutique and garagiste producers.
The main varietals experienced on the Cape Winelands tour are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Colombar and Chardonnay. The top reds are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot and our very own Pinotage which is a uniquely South African varietal. Pinotage was almost lost to South Africa when the original vines were nearly destroyed but they were nurtured and today it is regarded as “the taste of South Africa” in all its different forms.
The Methode Cap Classic is the term used for sparkling wine made in the Champagne tradition and many of them are excellent. Certain regions also produce top quality fortified wines, brandy and excellent ‘port’ and sherry.
There are various ways to experience the wine regions that form the Cape Winelands Tour. For the very serious wine lover we offer Cape Winelands tours with a qualified wine expert, or we can conduct slightly less formal tours for the visitor who simply wants to taste and visit estates and cellars. Many of the estates are situated on large properties with magnificent gardens, views and other attractions.
Pairing specific wines with certain foods is an excellent way to sample the best of our wines at the excellent restaurants on the estates. Whether you want a simple lunch or a sumptuous meal, it’s all available.
There are various wine regions in the Cape Winelands, each with its own distinctive characteristics and wines. The most well-known are in the Cape metropole and within 40 minutes of it. The wines of Route 62, said to be the longest wine route in the world, are further away and included in our 5 day Route 62 and Garden Route tour. Our Overberg tour can also include wines from that region which is a recent newcomer to the Cape winelands.
A 1-day version of the Cape Winelands tour will include food and wine pairing and at least four tastings throughout Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. A visit to the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek is a must for all French visitors.
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