Fancy a tipple? The Winelands are one of the prettiest areas of South Africa and producing some of the best wines in the world, which you can sample during your vineyard visits. The region is also well known for its excellent restaurants, with local and international cuisine. Enjoy hikes through idyllic landscapes and balloon flights. Though the oldest European settlement in South Africa after Cape Town, Stellenbosch feels the youngest, with vitality imbued by students attending its famous university. Meanwhile, Franschhoek (or ‘French corner’) is a beautiful town, commemorating the Huguenot refugees granted land here in their flight from 17th century persecution in France.
Wine & Food
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Valleys
Wine Estates and Wine Tasting
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Recommended South Africa Tours
Places: Cape Town (3 days) → Winelands (2) → Little Karoo (Oudtshoorn) (1) → Garden Route (3) → Eastern Cape Game Parks (3) → Port Elizabeth (1)
Tour Highlights: Wine Tasting, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, Winelands and Wine Farms, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Valleys, Wine Estates...
Just off the main street in the heart of town, Avondrood occupies a prime location in a tranquil neighborhood serviced by the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Rest and relax in the tastefully renovated Victorian Cape Dutch style house.
La Residence is tucked away in the tranquil vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, on a private 30 acre olive and wine farm comprising beautiful vineyards, plum orchards, plush gardens, and shimmering fountains.
Discover the charming villages and scenic beauty of the Winelands with your own vehicle and guide with your own vehicle and guide which gives you flexibility to explore at your own pace. Highlights of the tour include the beautiful Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Route and wine tastings at award winning estates. (Scheduled Full Day Winelands Tour. Duration: 9 hrs. Starts at 08h30 (Daily) Highlights of the tour include: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Paarl Wine Route, Winetastings at Award winning Estates)
Wine Drive at Waterford Wine Estate
Enjoy a unique safari – a wine drive – at the Waterford Wine Estate in South Africa’s picturesque Winelands. If you are a fine wine connoisseur or even just a wine aficionado, you’ll love this unusual tour. Head out for the Waterford Wine Estate in the company of an estate guide, admiring the charming villages and the scenic beauty of the Cape Winelands along the way. Explore Waterford’s heritage wine estate on this spectacular wine drive. Cradled between South Africa’s Stellenbosch Mountains and Jonkershoek River Valley lies this beautiful estate, home to some of the world’s best wines. Enjoy a tour among the estate’s ancient citrus groves, emerald rolling lawns and fragrant lavender beds, learning all about the process of winemaking. Drive through the lush vineyards where the humble grape is magically transformed into delicious wine. Enjoy a wine tasting experience, where each type of wine is deliciously paired with the right kind of appetizers. Return to the estate winery for a perfectly decadent wine and chocolate tasting session! (Half Day; Duration: 3 hrs, Time of day: Morning; Minimum age: 10 years; Shared Activity; Meal included: Wines, chocolates & light snacks; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that this tour is not offered on Sundays).
Other Included Activities
Scheduled Half Day Winelands Tour. Duration: 4.5 hrs. Starts at 08h30 or 13h15 (Daily) Highlights of the tour include: Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Route, Wine Tastings at Award Winning Estates
Private Dining in the Vineyards
Enjoy a unique, al fresco dining experience amid a romantic vineyard setting. Visit one of the most beautiful wine estates of South Africa’s Cape Winelands for a delicious private meal. Enrich your experience of a three course meal over conversations about viniculture with local experts at the vineyard. Relish your glass of South African wine in the delicious company of hearty traditional country fare like Waterblommetjie Bredie (a local stew) and Karoo Lamb, finished off with a popular South African dessert like the melktert or milk tart. You could either choose to dine as a couple or as an exclusive little group. This is one of the best and most unusual ways of getting to know the sights, smells and tastes of the Cape Winelands! (Half Day; Private Activity; Meals included: 3-course lunch or dinner with wine & beverages; Fitness Level: Easy).