On the start of this Cape Winelands tour you will depart from Cape Town after picking you up from your hotel and head towards the east to the famous town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town European settlement after Cape Town. A pre-dominantly Afrikaans speaking town boasting a number of significant Dutch architectural designs, museums and a wide range of over 100 wine farms. In Stellenbosch you will be visiting a wine farm for some wine tasting and participating in a cellar tour and continuing the Cape Winelands tour with a self-walk through the streets of Stellenbosch and browsing through a variety of boutique store and to witness the enticing Dutch buildings.
The tour of the Cape Winelands proceeds with a scenic drive to Franschoek, a wine valley to the east of Stellenbosch and south-west of Paarl known for its French feel. This beautiful town is of historical importance to the French Huguenots, a group of descendants who fled Europe due to religious wars. The valley affords guests an opportunity to have a glimpse of what the Huguenots heritage preserved in the area. The Cape Winelands tour will include a journey through the history of Franschoek with a cheese bite and a good glass of wine as you visit one of the top wine farms in the area. After some wine tasting you will continue on the Cape Winelands tour with a drive to the top of the mountain pass for a photo stop with panoramic views back across the valley.
By now you are deep in the Cape Winelands and you will depart to Paarl, originally a Khoi-Khoi and San people area. Paarl welcomed its first European traders in the 1600’s. Similar to Stellenbosch the Cape Dutch architecture thrives in Paarl with a good fusion of the French Huguenots and European settlers of Dutch descendants. Paarl is also famous for its “Pearl of Paarl” a big granite mountain which is an iconic site for the town.
On your arrival in Paarl for the Cape Winelands tour, you will pass by the Afrikaans Language Monument en route to the last wine farm of the tour. You be will stopping at Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate, situated on 350 hectares of decomposed granite soil on the south western slopes of the Paarl Mountain, Fairview Wine Estate is one of the pioneers of wine production in the region. You will have the opportunity to taste and pair your favorite premier tiered wines with a variety of goat’s cheese in a delightfully relaxed ambiance that was formerly one of the farm’s old wine cellars.
After a splendors time at the wine farm and enjoying all the wonders that the Cape Winelands tour has to offer you will be making your way back to Cape Town and drop you off at your hotel.