Skip the crowded group tours and enjoy a more personalized experience of some of South Africa’s best wineries on a private tour of the Cape Winelands. Visit three wineries in Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek to sample their wines—as well as cheese and chocolate.
Oenophiles and nature lovers alike are in for a treat on this private exploration of the Cape Winelands. Not only do you visit three esteemed wine farms for fine wine tastings and phenomenal pairings with cheese and chocolate in the Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek regions; the extraordinary scenery along the way will also transport you back to yesteryear to reminisce among white gabled buildings and impressive manor houses flanked by the soaring mountain ranges.
Firstly you'll visit the cheese haven of Fairview for a master tasting of their wine with local produce. Continue to the historically rich La Motte wine estate for another tasting and insider view of their maturation cellar. On occasion and subject to availability, an alternative wine experience can be booked.
For lunch, you can experience the self-proclaimed culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek and end your meander along the Winelands with sweet port-style dessert wine and chocolate pairing at the heritage-rich Muratie wine farm before heading back to Cape Town late afternoon.
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Set off in the fresh morning air to the south-western slopes of the Paarl mountain range, to awaken your senses to spectacular views and even better wines. Your first stop of the day offers a uniquely curated pairing of wine and artisanal cheese and olive oil to get your taste buds raring. Fairview by name and fair view by nature, this commercial winery boasts an onsite cheesery that churns out delicious artisanal cheeses. The farm offers stunning country gardens and a relaxed but thoroughly modern tasting experience. Laughter and chatter fills the room as knowledgeable staff guide you through the process, impart their wine wisdom and provide gourmet tips on the perfect pairings.
Continue on to the quaint town of Franschhoek where you’ll be spoiled with a tasting at the prestigious La Motte Wine Estate. You’ll enjoy a tasting with a front row seat to observe the working and maturation cellars through vast glass panes. Surprise your palate with tastes of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and more, as well as the limited volume premium Pierneef Collection, consisting of varietal wines and innovative blends. On occasion and subject to availability, an alternative wine experience at Dieu Donné, Boschendal or Haute Cabriere can be booked.
As lunch nears, South Africa’s epicurean capital, Franschhoek, with its multitude of eateries is a must-do for gourmands and on weekends the local farmer’s market beckons with colourful stalls, tasty aromas and live music. You’ll have time to soak up the history of the French Huguenots who arrived in the Seventeenth Century, maybe catch an impromptu church choir performance in the street, shop for knick-knacks and bric-a-brac along the main street or savour a charcuterie plate and tasty local delicatessen creations.
Just north of Stellenbosch tucked in a picturesque corner of the Knorhoek Valley lies one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, Muratie, dating back to 1685. Wine tasting in historic Muratie, the very winery that made the first Pinot Noir in South Africa, shows yet another contrast to end off your day… as does their perfect pairing of port and chocolate. Wine lovers cosy up in the estate’s old wine tanks during the tasting experience as decadent chocolates are perfectly paired with ports. The marriage is simple but effective and aims to harness the similarities (where both chocolate and port share the same fruity flavours) or exploit their differences (sweetness versus bitter) and excite the palate.
Good to know
- This is a private tour
- This itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most. Private tours offer your own exclusive private tour guide and vehicle during the transfer sections of the tour, but any included activities or attractions visited may join others already booked *Pairings may differ from suggested guideline above, and the itinerary guideline can on occasion be in a different order with different styles of tasting or pairings
- Private Tour: This trip will run exclusively for you.
- Local Guide: Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide
- Transport: Transfers to included tour highlights
- Pick-up & Drop-off service
- Fairview Cheese & Wine Master Tasting
- La Motte Wine Tasting
- Muratie Port Wine & Chocolate Pairing
- Meals + Drinks not mentioned (you can purchase meals + drinks on tour)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
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