Many international visitors come to Cape Town specifically to indulge in our world-renowned wines. While most wine estates are known to have an air of elegance and sophistication, the South African Winelands offer a relaxed and understated charm. Every region is varied and there’s absolutely something for everyone. Cape Town wine tasting tours are fun for the whole family, not just the grown-ups.
Just because you’re travelling with children doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy wine farm tours Cape Town. The South African wine region is extremely family oriented which means that kids and grownups alike will have a good time. From playgrounds to picnics and even animals offers ample entertainment for the entire family.
Additionally, South Africa offers many unusual approaches to wine tastings like cupcakes and wine, ice cream and wine or salt and wine to name a few. If you come to South Africa, you simply have to put a wine tasting tour Cape Town in your schedule.
Why You Should Consider Doing a Winelands Tour in Cape Town
Wineland tours Cape Town are an absolute must do during any visit to Cape Town. It’s one of the best ways to spend a day in the Mother City during any season. Be prepared to have your breath taken away by magnificent views of majestic mountain backdrops, century-old architecture and mouthwatering food. Discover the winemaking process with a cellar tour followed by a cheese and wine tasting (or any other pairing depending on the wine estate you visit).
When you combine the beauty of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek with the expertise and professionalism of the Xenon Travel tour guides, you’ll have an experience to remember for the rest of your life. It comes to no surprise that wine tasting is the one activity most loved by locals and visitors alike.
Book one of the best wine tours in cape town with Xenon Travel and get ready to enjoy the finest wines of the region!
Best wine farms in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
Choosing which wine estates to visit can be challenging because all of them are equally magnificent. Each wine estate has their own story and charm that lure visitors and it’s up to you to make the final decision. These are the wine estates the team at Xenon Travel can proudly recommend.
Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in Cape Town with multiple awards won in recent years. Visitors can enjoy lush green lawns, incredible views from the estate and various wine tasting options as well as exceptional food from three eateries.
Grande Provence dates back 300 years and is situated in beautiful Franschhoek. World-renowned with various awards to show for it, they take great pride in the lush 47-acre vineyard. Their wines are superb with four tasting packages and many other things to do such as picnics and cellar tours.
Asara isn’t only an award-winning wine estate but sports a 5-star hotel on the premises as well. Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Asara offers the finest food and wine money can buy along with luxury accommodation, friendly and professional service, stunning views and a tranquil atmosphere.
Haute Cabriére is located just two minutes from the centre of Franschhoek. This magical place is neatly tucked into the side of the mountain with roses and lavender in abundance, framing the majestic view. This family-run winery produces a range of fine wines and has a deep passion for wine and the art of food and wine pairing.
Delaire Graff Estate is nestled between mountains and overlooking the vineyards of the Stellenbosch wine region. This wine estate offers an incredible winery and two exceptional restaurants. With it’s impressive Cape Dutch architecture mixed with African artefacts, you can be sure you’ll enjoy what comes next, unbelievable delicious wines.
Solms-Delta is all about celebrating being South African offering exquisite wines and food as well as music to its visitors. Once you visit this gem in Franschhoek, you’ll learn that this winery offers more than just wine. You can expect unbelievable views during a picnic on the estate after which you can learn more about their history in the Museum van de Caab and Music van de Caab centre.
Ernie Els wine estate is ideally located in perfect view of the Helderberg mountains where they focus on producing extravagant red wines. Seeing that Ernie Els is a famous golfer, it only makes sense that there’s a perfect spot on the green lawn to tee-off from. If you feel that red meat and red wine is a match made in heaven, then this wine farm is one not to miss.
La Motte is known for its historic charm, picturesque setting in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, and traditional food. If you appreciate the finer things in life, this wine estate would be an obvious choice since it offers some of our country’s finest wines. La Motte has it all – from wine tasting and pairings to historic walks and museum tours.
Waterford Estate is located in the beautiful Blaauwklippen Valley in the Stellenbosch wine region. The winery was styled along the charming terracotta design and if you didn’t know better you’d have thought yourself to be in the Spanish countryside. And as for the wine, let’s just say, you won’t be disappointed in the slightest.
A line of pine trees leads you into the estate and past the vineyards leaving you with a sense of peace before you even enter. Neethlingshof is known to have much respect for nature and try to incorporate it in every inch of the wine estate. Their signature collection is called The Short Story Collection. But no visit is complete without lunch at the restaurant.
When Is the Best Time for Cape Town Wine Tours
The short answer is ALWAYS! But it depends on what you envision your wine tasting experience to be like. Every season brings something unique to your wine tasting tour. During the summer months (December to February), you can delight in the bright summer sun while you sip on your cool wine and eat your lunch alfresco. If you’re more of a cuddle up to the cosy fire while you drink your wine type, then this activity should be spared for winter months (June to August).
Autumn (March to May) offers its own charm with splashes of golden yellow and deep orange vineyards while spring (September to November) allows you to experience the wildflowers on surrounding mountains.
Best Wine Tours Cape Town by Xenon Travel
Xenon Travel offers wine tasting tours like no other. This full-day Winelands tour Cape Town will take you on the most spectacular country drive through our wondrous wine regions. They also offer Cape Town private wine tours for individuals who would prefer not to share the experience with strangers.
You can choose from over 50 wine estates where you’ll have the chance to experience the best of South African and French cuisine, the finest of wines and the greatest hospitality you’ve ever come across. While tasting these award-winning wines from various estates is fun, you’ll have to take some home with you for future indulgence.
You’ll also visit historic towns like Franschhoek and Stellenbosch where you’ll learn more about the history of South Africa. These quaint little towns have been registered as heritage sites and offer old dutch and french styled buildings.
Every wine tasting tour in cape town is unique and created to suit your taste and preference. You can choose which wine estates to visit and our team will plan the route accordingly. As mentioned above, there are a few we can recommend.
Cape Town Winelands Tour Tips
- Typically, you’ll spend at least one hour on each wine estate
- If you would like more information on winemaking, try to include one cellar tour
- Don’t skip breakfast or lunch if you want to make the most of your wine tasting tour. Food helps to absorb alcohol.
- If you prefer to drink rather than spit, it’s completely acceptable. Just keep in mind that intoxication and palate fatigue can happen quickly.
- Start off with the dry white wines, followed by the red wines and finally end with the sweeter wines. To clean your palate, sparkling wines can be enjoyed in between. This order of wine tasting will allow your taste to advance naturally.
- You are not allowed to smoke in tasting rooms
- You don’t have to add a gratuity to the tasting fee unless you really want to
How to Look like a Wine Tasting Professional
There are five basic steps to wine tasting. If you follow these steps, it will refine your palate and help you recall wines you’ve tasted. While this method is used by wine connoisseurs, it’s easy enough to comprehend and follow.
Step 1: Look
Inspect the colour and density of the wine under neutral lighting.
Step 2: Swirl
Swirling wine heightens the wine’s aroma compounds that are released into the air.
Step 3: Smell
Smell the wine. What you’re looking for is one of the following: Fruit, herb or earthy aromas, any other smells as well as the intensity.
Step 4: Taste
Now take a sip. Do you taste fruits or any other flavours? What about the structure? Is it sweet, sour or bitter?
Step 5: Conclude
Make a conclusion by answering the following questions. Did you like it? Was it in balance? What made it unique?
How Do I Purchase Wine?
- You will be allowed to buy mixed cases of wine at most cellars
- You can have your wine purchase delivered to your door upon request
- Secure packaging for air cargo is an optional extra offered by most cellars
If you want to savour the memories made on your wine tour, take some home for yourself or as gifts to family and friends.
For more information or to book your wine tours Cape Town, speak to the team at Xenon Travel today.
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