Cape Winelands Details
The Cape has a proud wine history going back to the first settlers who planted vines and bottled their produce (which was probably better used as furniture stripper, considering the “farmers” were mostly sailors by trade).
The first governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, was responsible for raising the standards of viticulture and wine production to such a degree that Cape wine gained global renown. He founded the (then) farming village of Stellenbosch and was the proud owner of the original Groot Constantia estate. French Huguenots arrived in the Cape in 1680 and brought with them the highest levels of expertise in all aspects of wine making. They were settled in what is now called Franschhoek (French Corner) and were also responsible for some of the development of the Paarl wine region. This is why some South African wines have French names (this is not a marketing gimmick!).
There are five main wine producing regions within ½ an hour’s drive from Cape Town, namely, Durbanville, Paarl, Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Constantia.
I offer two tours through these regions, namely: BWI and Constantia Tours.
BWI farms are those who have formed a partnership aimed at protecting and conserving pockets of critically endangered indigenous vegetation (Cape Floral Kingdom also known as Fynbos). Our support of their produce therefore directly influences the protection of this sensitive eco-type. Fortunately, this initiative has appealed to some of the countries top wine producers meaning you get to sample (and buy) the best wines in the region while contributing to a worthy conservation effort.
The Constantia route boasts the oldest history of wine making in the country and some of the grandest estates, all within easy access from the City. Half the farms on this tour are also currently members of the BWI initiative (so you still get to contribute to conservation – and encourage those not yet members to reconsider!).
It is recommended that we visit 3 to 4 farms/tasting rooms/estates in one day, punctuated by a lunch in the middle. The variety of lunch options is even more varied than the wine! We can stop for anything from a picnic hamper, through a cheese platter, to a 5-star extravaganza! In season it is best to book ahead, but we can also make a decision en route and find something to suit everyone.
Total time: about 7 Hours (including lunch)
Fees: Please enquire. Fees include transport and tasting fees. Lunch is for your own account.
What to pack: Since this is largely a vehicle-based tour – sensible clothing with something warm for later in the day is a good idea.
Sunscreen – you will need this, I promise!
Hat (and sunglasses)
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