Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl Wine Enthusiast Private Tour

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl Wine Enthusiast Private Tour
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A wine lover's experience of classic wines in the Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl Wine Area

Tour type: Private , Duration: 8 Hours

Product ID: 643
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Discover South Africa's Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl wine regions with this bespoke wine tour.
 
Below is an example of a Franschhoek Valley itinerary which can be tailored to accommodate your needs by adding additonal winery appointments or visits to the neareby wine regions of Stellenbosch and Paarl.
 
9.00 - 9.30am: You will be collected from your hotel or guest house. As wine estates cater mostly for visitors from Cape Town, 50 miles away, they do not open until 10.00. Once in the vehicle, one can make introductions and find out the level of interest in wines generally. This ensures that suitable estates are visited and no time wasted. One can also at this point discuss lunch arrangements so that reservations can be made at the first stop.
10.00am: Visit Dieu Donné Estate, which offers the best views of the valley, so have your camera at the ready and enjoy a relaxed start to the tour. The wines are good with an even spread of quality throughout the range. 
11.00am: Visit La Petite Ferme, an internationally known restaurant and vineyard. They offer a daily tour that starts in the...

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Discover South Africa's Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl wine regions with this bespoke wine tour.
 
Below is an example of a Franschhoek Valley itinerary which can be tailored to accommodate your needs by adding additonal winery appointments or visits to the neareby wine regions of Stellenbosch and Paarl.
 
9.00 - 9.30am: You will be collected from your hotel or guest house. As wine estates cater mostly for visitors from Cape Town, 50 miles away, they do not open until 10.00. Once in the vehicle, one can make introductions and find out the level of interest in wines generally. This ensures that suitable estates are visited and no time wasted. One can also at this point discuss lunch arrangements so that reservations can be made at the first stop.
10.00am: Visit Dieu Donné Estate, which offers the best views of the valley, so have your camera at the ready and enjoy a relaxed start to the tour. The wines are good with an even spread of quality throughout the range. 
11.00am: Visit La Petite Ferme, an internationally known restaurant and vineyard. They offer a daily tour that starts in the vineyard, moves into the cellar where winemaking is explained, then to the maturation cellar to chat about vintages and barrel taste. One then goes to the tasting room to enjoy their range of wines. After that one can enjoy lunch with a wine of your choice from your recent tasting experience. La Petite Ferme therefore offers a three-in-one service! Vineyard tour, cellar tour and tasting, and a famous lunch venue.
2.00pm: Visit Moreson Estate and taste palate-cleansing bubbly, one of the best Pinotage's and great white wines in a friendly atmosphere in a garden setting, making this an ideal stopover.
3.00pm: Visit La Motte Estate. Within a mile of Moreson La Motte is an opulent estate with well-kept lawns, rose garden and top quality wines. Their reds are envied by the Bordeaux winemakers. Wines are presented in the most professional manner. This is just about as good as it gets when it comes to splendid surroundings without being 'over the top'.
4.00pm: Visit Stoney Brook Estate, a small vineyard, the smallest of the tour. Here, a family member serves wines made with passion while the dog 'Max' curls up under your chair as you sit below a canopy of trees. The opposite of opulence, the wines are hand crafted to perfection. Visiting winemakers from abroad recognise the quality and dedication which makes this an ideal 'finale'.
After the last Estate you are returned to your accommodation or other drop-off point within a 5km radius of Franschhoek. 
 
Other high-end wineries that that can be included in the schedule are:

Glenwood: Tucked away in its own mini-valley, Glenwood offers award-winning wines, friendly service and a small Japanese restaurant - 'Okami'. Stunning surrounding mountain scenery.
Boschendal: Historic Cape Dutch farm that looks like it's straight out of the 1870's, a veritable museum which so well explains how agriculture/viticulture was handled in the past. Large range of whites and reds all well presented by professional staff. Definitely make sure your camera is charged before visiting this location.
Plaisir de Merle: Another historic vineyard that specialises in classical reds. Their consultant visits from Chateaux Margaux, a number of South African producers have such links nowadays.
Grande Provence: Producer of Pinot Noir which is not easily found in Franschhoek, also a Chenin Blanc, Viognier blend. Well tended gardens, international standard restaurant, 5-star accommodation.   
My Wyn (My Wine): Super 'garagiste' operation in a tiny cellar. A must for the discerning. An absolute gem which requires a booking before you visit. Its very small production includes a Cabernet Franc, unusual blends and a red and white Port.

 
Please note: 

Lunch is not included but can be arranged by your guide to meet your requirements.
Those who do not taste wines in the group get a 50% discounted price.


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About this activity
Tour Timings
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Group size
2 - 6
Languages
English , Afrikaans
The meeting point
Pick-up from client's hotel in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch or Paarl area

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Includes
  • Visit 5 wine estates
  • Wine tastings
  • Transportation
  • Pick-up/drop-off
  • Private guide
  • Entrance fees to conservation areas
  • Lunch

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Cancellation Policy

Within 24hrs - 100% payment required. Above 24hrs - return deposit less bank charges.

Organized by

Mark Tanner

I moved to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands in 1981 and was immediately influenced by the surrounding vineyards and ever present wine activities. In 1982 and 1983, I completed wine courses with KWV, in those days in parallel with the Cape Wine Academy and began working on a wine estate selling valley wines and hosting private functions. From there I worked for two other wine estates with a focus on international trade. This brought me in contact with the international wine market and led to invitations to judge at the International Wine Challenge in London. With numerous contacts I found myself visiting other wine producing countries including France, Italy, Germany, Austria and later, California. Today I am a tour guide specialising in wine tours for foreign visitors and private tours in the Franschhoek Valley.


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