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This tour is designed for guests who would like a general overview of the wine region and South African wines.

We will aim to visit two vineyards in the morning, followed by a drive through Stellenbosch and then lunch.  After lunch you will have the option of a third vineyard or a stroll through Franschhoek.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Stellenbosh - Wine Tasting[/heading]

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After collection from your hotel in Cape Town we will drive for around fifty minutes until we reach the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region.

We will choose two small family-run vineyards which showcase typical South African wines.  For white wines these will be Sauvignon Blanc and a lightly oaked Chardonnay.  Our reds tend to be blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.  You will also try our unique South African grape variety, the Pinotage.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Stellenbosch[/heading]

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Next we will drive through the historical town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and offers numerous heritage buildings with Cape Dutch architecture.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Franschhoek[/heading]

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From here we will begin our drive to Franschhoek and lunch will be on vineyard with some lovely views.

After lunch you will have the option of a stroll through Franschhoek, a quaint picturesque village which was established by the French Huguenots in the late 1600s.  Or perhaps a third wine tasting at a vineyard before heading back to Cape Town.

Throughout the day you will hear the history of the wine region and industry.

 

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There are plenty of flavour sensations in the wine region and this tour is designed for guests who would like to enjoy a variety of tastings that this region has to offer.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Olive Tasting[/heading]

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After collection from your hotel we will drive around 45 minutes towards Somerset West and visit one of the top producers of olive oil in South Africa.  Here you will try a selection of olive oils, olives and olive pastes.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Stellenbosch[/heading]

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From here we move towards Stellenbosch and on route stop at a picturesque vineyard offering a wine and chocolate pairing.

Next stop is Stellenbosch and our second oldest town in South Africa.  We will see the numerous heritage buildings with Cape Dutch architecture and have time to explore some of the boutique shops which are tucked away on side streets.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Franschhoek[/heading]

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We will then travel towards Franschhoek and enjoy lunch on a vineyard which has great food and excellent views to match.  Franschhoek is a smaller quaint village and established by the French Huguenots in the late 1600s.

Our final gastronomic stop will be at a vineyard offering wine and cheese pairing.

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This tour is designed for guests who do not have an interest in wine tasting but would like to visit the region and interested in history and good scenery.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Vergelegen Wine Estate[/heading]

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After collection from your hotel we will drive around 45 minutes towards Somerset West and visit one of most historical vineyards, Vergelegen.  Owned by Anglo-American, who have invested a fortune into the restoration of the Manor House and gardens.

After a short walk through the gardens we will enter the Manor House which gives us an idea how the wealthy lived in the early twentieth century and then visit the largest Camphor trees in the Southern hemisphere which are over three hundred years old.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Village Museum[/heading]

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We will now make our way to the second oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch which offers numerous heritage buildings with Cape Dutch architecture.  Find out where Jan Smuts lived while studying at Stellenbosch University.

Visit to the Village Museum which showcases four original homes which show how the lifestyle developed from pioneer to the Victorian era.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Rupert Museum[/heading]

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For art lovers we will make a short visit to The Rupert museum.  This the private collection of the late Anton Rupert and features work from Pierneef, Irma Stern and Anton van Wouw.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Franschhoek[/heading]

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Next we will take the scenic mountain pass to Franschhoek, established by 150 French Huguenots in the late 1600s.  Their story is told well by the Huguenot Memorial and museum.

For lunch I suggest we either book one of the vineyards with spectacular views or soak up the historical towns of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek by dining in one of their street cafes.

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This tour is designed for guests who have a special interest in wine.

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[heading size="small" align="left"]Wine Tasting[/heading]

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We will discuss in advance over the email your favourite wines styles (e.g. full-bodied reds, Syrah etc) and then I will select some of the boutique producers who showcase these wines.

When available an appointment can be made with a wine maker.

As many producers make both entry level and award winning wines, we will focus on tasting their award winning wines only, giving us time to visit more vineyards and give you a broader access to several good producers.

I would aim to do three producers in the morning.  A quick light lunch and a drive through the town of Stellenbosch, followed by two more producers before returning to Cape Town.[/full_width][/layout]

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