Cape Winelands  (Sipping Safari)


The renowned scenic winelands of the Cape offer a wide variety of styles and tastes in wine. From the classic meant-to age wines to the full fruity, fashionable New World wines. A passionate new generation of winemakers work alongside the established producers and reflect the vibrant, burgeoning industry. The changing face of South Africa is reflected in the giant strides the industry is making in land reform, housing and empowerment projects.

Constantly improving viticulture and cellar practices are generating more and more quality wines against the background of our 300 year wine making history. From the vineyards of Constantia in the heart of the city, written about by Jane Austin and ordered by Napoleon in exile on St Helena, these wines remain among the best that South Africa produces.

The Helderberg and Stellenbosch areas along the spectacular Hottentots-Holland Mountains are best known for wines which attract many awards both locally and internationally. Over the Hellshoogte Pass and the Groot Drakenstein Mountain range is the charming village of Franschhoek known as the food capital of South Africa.

Paarl is the home of our governing wine body and it's architecturally varied main road is home to some of our best wines. Further afield are the celebrated Walker Bay wines which vie with the Southern Right Whale for attention. The West Coast is an up and coming wine region which can be combined in Spring with the carpets of wild flowers along the way.

A drive along the Route 62 will take you past the very interesting Breede River region and on to the Port capital of Calitzdorp - a town that has not changed much in 100 years.

Internationally acclaimed olive oils, cheeses and exciting local ingredients offer an opportunity for culinary delights in the winelands.

We will tailor make the ultimate wine experience combining your special interests and all the unmissable attractions in and around Cape Town, history, gardens, gourmet food, scenic passes, whale watching and delicious wines. We can arrange anything from one day in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl to a two week sojourn travelling further afield, depending on the time you have available.

A typical day in the winelands will include a cellar tour, three or four tastings at private premier wine producers to suit your wine preferences, and an la carte lunch in a great restaurant, chosen according to the route.

You decide how long you would like to spend in the Cape, what you would like to do and see, and leave all the arrangements to us.

“The first and for a long time, the only specialist wine tour company - For 14 years super-experienced guides Gillian Stoltzman and Glen Christie have specialised in customising each sipping-safari to visitors’ tastes — off the tourist beat. Their matchless contacts and all inclusive costing make this an unforgettable experience. Gourmet tours, historic tours and garden tours each with a wine focus.”

John Platter Wine Guide.

 

"For fun tailor-made trips and entree into lesser known cellars for private tastings contact Vineyard Ventures"


- FROMMER'S South Africa