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Embark on a leisurely day-tour of the Cape Winelands from South Africa's Cape Town, with stops in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Enjoy a series of wine tastings at three different vineyards, including a master tasting pairing 8 wines and cheeses. Along the way you'll experience spectacular scenery, including stunning mountain views and some incredible examples of Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Have your camera ready for a brief stop at Drakenstein Prison, where former SA President Nelson Mandela served time.
We had booked this ahead and didnt really know what to expect, as this was the first private wine tour we had taken. We had wanted something more personal than the typical group tour and booked this particular trip because it covered some of the key wine making regions we wanted to find out more about.
Our guide, Leonard, arrived punctually at 9.30 and immediately made us feel welcome, settling us into the car and outlining what we were going to be doing that day. Leonard was the perfect choice for us and we feel very privileged and lucky to have had him as our guide. He took the time to listen to what we liked and didnt like when it came to wine and gauged perfectly the choice of vineyards and their price points to suit our tastes and budget. His obvious skill and expertise allowed him to tailor the day for us to get the most out of it as we got to know each other on our way to the first vineyard. His choice of lunch venue Le Petite Ferme was inspired, we had the best lunch of our holiday that day. In fact, Id go as far as to say it was this skill and knowledge that ensured we had one of the most memorable and rewarding days of the entire trip.
Take the time to stop off in Stellenbosch for a little while too, it is beautiful and well worth the stopover.
If you are considering this trip, I would highly recommend it. It opened our eyes to the beauty of the region and the joys of SA wines, some of which we we would not have discovered otherwise.
We had a really enjoyable Winelands tour with Leonard our guide. We visited four wineries, each located in beautiful scenic locations, and had a very enjoyable time doing the wine tastings there. Thanks to Leonard's extensive knowledge about wine, and interesting information about South Africa, we both felt that we learnt a great deal as well as having a great time. We had lunch at a beautiful restaurant called La Petite Ferme. Leonard was an excellent guide and driver, we also appreciated his courtesy and punctuality, and so we have no reservations in recommending this tour with Leonard.
The tour was comprehensive and our guide, Leonard, was extremely knowledgeable about wine growing and the various vineyards and vintages. He listened carefully to what we wanted from the tour and then tailored it our expectations. The pacing was perfect and his suggestions all were well received. We also included some sightseeing at our request. The car was clean and comfortable and Leonard proved to be good and safe driver, Thoroughly recommend this tour.
We arranged this trip in order to not only sample some of the local wines for the first time, but to also get out of the city and see some of the countryside. The day long excursion was a resounding success on both counts. Our guide Shireen Endley picked us up promptly at our hotel in an upscale car and drove us to three wineries: Fairview in the Paarl area where local cheeses were paired with the wines, and Vrede en Lust in the Franschhoek area where the wines were paired with a various chocolates. We also enjoyed a delightful lunch at this second vineyard, where Shireen had worked in the past. She was the perfect guide in that she provided a rich commentary of not only the background of the wine regions, but also of the past social structure and impact of the past apartheid society and the changes that have occurred since. She introduced us to the locals at the wineries, but then allowed us to interact with these folks free of constant oversight. We also visited a Saturday market in Franschhoek, strolled through the magnificent setting of the Delaire Graff Estate, and made a final stop at another winery, which was unfortunately not available due to a private event that was being held. Nevertheless our intrepid guide furnished us with sacks of dried game meat which were to be paired with the wines. Again, it was fabulous day, thanks to Shireen -- spectacular scenery, great wines, pleasant conversation. Highly recommend this trip -- one of the best we have ever taken.
Our tour guide Frannie was amazing all day and the wine/ views were great as well. We had a great time and I'd recommend this tour to anyone!
A great day out with Shirreen.Enjoyed the wines,the lunch and the scenery.Shirreen was a very pleasant guide.
Great guide. wonderful day
Our tour guide was Fanny, she was very knowledgeable and made the wineland tour an unforgettable experience. Book this tour you wont regret it. We were so impressed we set up a tour of the Cape of Good Hope the next day with their outfit.
We had a wonderful tour. Our driver Fanny was very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw some great places and felt safe secure in a comfortable vehicle throughout the tour. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
This was an amazing trip with Fannie. She picked us up at our hotel, The One and Only, in Capetown. It was a private tour with the two of us plus Fannie. We visited 3 wineries for tasting plus another winery for a French lunch that was outstanding. Fannie met us promptly at the hotel and was just delightful. She was very knowledgeable about Cape Town, all the sights on the way to the wineries, plus the wineries themselves. We would recommend Fannie as an excellent guide and a lovely day. Many good wines and fond memories of Fannie.
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