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Bernadette L USA
Our guide, Gerhardt of hotspots2c, picked us up at our hotel right on time Icon Luxury Apartments I encourage you to look into them. We were a group of four, one couple and two women great friends who never stop talking and who have an opinion on almost every topic. No others joined our party. After clearing rush hour traffic, Gerhardt informed us he would change the format of the tour - a different order of wineries than was described by Viator, with chocolate and dessert wines at the end of the day instead of at the beginning. We began with Fairview winery -- wonderful wines and cheeses to sample. Buy cheese for snacking later. Surprisingly appropriate for late morning. We had lunch at Taki's in Franschhoek -- a darling town with too many shops and restaurants to sample. I had the mussels, which were outstanding. We then visited Dieu Donne winery, which has an enviable view of the valley. The pourers in the tasting room were two very intelligent, talkative and curious women whose company we enjoyed very much. We then stopped at Boschendal, a sprawling winery that offered us many tastings in a garden setting and Muratie, where we sample fortified wine dessert wine and chocolate pairings. All through the drive, Gerhardt offered information and commentary, both on our musings on S. African culture, history and business and on points of interest along our route. A very enjoyable day. A point unexpected: I unknowingly left the van at drop off without my cell phone. A call later that evening resulted in Gerhardt dropping it off the next day it was still in the van and he conveniently had a pickup at the same hotel. 100 trustworthy and 100 enjoyable. Worth the money I would do it again.
We loved this tour!!! The Fairview winery (first stop) in the Paarl Valley was the best winery in our opinion. Great old world atmosphere, beautiful grounds, cheese tasting, and goats in a lighthouse... no joke!! They also stop by for a brief photo op at the prison where Nelson Mandela was released.
Franschhoek winery had the best views of the valley and mountains. Winery tasting room was very nice but the tasting was not great. We were able to spend 45 minutes in town as an added bonus.
Lastly, the town of Stellenbosch is fantastic. Had a great lunch with some locals at very cool restaurant during our 90 minutes of free time. Really loved that little town. The winery I thought was very average. The drive up with the trees lining the road was beautiful but the winery/tasting room was just average.
Overall.... loved the tour!!!!
What an amazing day, well organized, extremely well presented by our tour guide/driver and a true value for the money.
The wineries visited offer many good wines and cheeses, something to match all tastes.
You will learn many things around the wines, their history and production.
Driving through this beautiful landscape, receiving a lot of additional information from the guide and the fact of tasting those delicious wines within the actual wine yards, including the trying of the different grapes, made this day truly memorable for my wife and me.
I can highly recommend this specific trip to all the wine lovers and those who look for spending a perfect day in the beautiful surroundings of Franschhoek and the surrounding valleys.
Our favorite was the visit to a small family owned wine yard, called Oak garden. The owner couple did the presentation themselves, while seated under the shadow of old oak trees overlooking the wine plantation. The owners were really nice and approachable, explaining and answering any question we could come up with around wines. Also the wines were really outstanding and I recommend to buy some at the winery as you will not be able to find them at the airports duty free unfortunately.
Tour guide was excellent, entertaining and informative. Good survey of the region. Wineries were accessible and each had unique flavor and furnishings. The stop in Franschhoek was pleasant and could have been longer to allow more browsing in the shops and galleries.
I had a great time! Our guide Rodney was very informative. He's right Franschhoek is the better town to have time in. Went to three great wineries and really had a wonderful day.
Excellent trip, well informed guide. Visits to several wineries, one comprehensive tour of cellars and explantions of wine making process. Tasted good wines. Beautiful views. Opportunity to visit / do some shopping in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek- both very nice small towns. Could use more time in Stellenbosch.
Lovely tour and great scenery. Lunch in Franschhoek at Petit Femme was fantastic. The only disappointment was that we were didnt see any of the cellars at the stops.
Great day out visiting 3 wineries and testing the excellent wines.
The driver/guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
We visited the lovely town of Stellenbosch which was very interesting and also Franschhoek which was celebrating Bastille Day and was "buzzing". Very enjoyable.
This was a good trip with a lively guide, and several different forms of wine farm and factory visited, and their products sampled. The problem was the weather, which was gloomy to begin with and meant one couldn't see much of the beautiful mountains and vineyards, not to mention the beauties of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, both of which were literally inundated by the time we got to them in the afternoon. But the variety and interest of the wine producers was considerable, and we enjoyed the day very much indeed.
Great day out in the countryside....Franschhoek was a lovely spot to stop for lunch....did not enjoy the specific wines as much as I had hoped to, but the atmosphere in each location was beautiful....tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining.
It was good, however, an earlier leaving time and some time to walk around Franschhoek or main street Stellenbosch for 30-40 minutes would have been nice. The wineries were great, particularly KWV and Fairview, however, the runner duck place had terrible wines for tasting, particularly for the afternoon as they were dry and not very fun. However, I agree that KWV was the best for the morning session due to the fantastic wine tour (which set the day up well). The guide was nice but talked a little too much, and the use of the word 'divine' should have a maximum daily quota of 2-3 (not 15-20). Other than that, it was a very pleasant day and the information provided on the wine, culture and history by our divine guide was very good. I would recommend this only to people in a rush with one or two days spare.
Whilst the tour guide and opportunity to walk around both Stellenbosch and Franschhoek was fantastic. The wineries we went too were horrific!
trip was ok, minibus broke down and waited for another car cca.2 hours. we expected to stop and take a few pictures in Franschhoek, but everything has been very rush rush
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