Our fun-filled and informative Cape Town wine tour visits some of South Africa’s premier wine estates in what is known to be one of the most beautiful regions of the world. In addition to the variety of superb wines and breathtaking scenery, this full day tour of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, also tantalises the taste buds with local delicacies including a cheese and wine tasting and a delicious a-la-carte lunch. You may also find other seasonal treats along the way such as chocolate or olives; it’s all part of the adventure.
THE UNPRETENTIOUS SOMMELIER
So you’d like to learn more about wine, but don’t want to sit in a stuffy tasting room being preached at by ‘Mr-Know-it-all’? Then this is the tour for you!
We will show you how to make wine and at the same time how to appreciate wine, you will learn and explore while having a good laugh with a great guide on a well-planned trip, and we won’t make you spit!
The Story of Wine is a full-day wine tour that runs 7 days a week from Cape Town, and stops in all three of South Africa’s most world-renowned wine regions:
Stellenbosch, is second oldest town in South Africa (1679), was featured in the New York Times as one of the” must see” wine routes of the world. Not only is it the most established, it is also the wine region with the most wine farms in South Africa, with more than 200 wineries. Grapes are not all that is grown here, many future wine makers are studying at the “University of Stellenbosch” or “Elsenburg College” making it quite the student town. Named after the governor Simon van der Stel, the region has the perfect terroir for grape varieties such as cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz and merlot. Pinotage, the South African clone of pinot noir and hermitage was born here and this region continues to produce world winners in many varietals of wine.
Franschhoek is known as the culinary capital of the Cape and is ringed by the majestic Groot Drakenstein Mountains making it the most beautiful of towns. It was originally known as Oshoek by the Dutch (1687) when herds of elephants used to roam the valley. When joined by the French Huguenots in 1688, fleeing religious persecution, the name Franschhoek (French corner) was derived. The elephants, long gone, now add to Franschhoeks rich and often sad history of slavery and apartheid, with many fascinating stories. One of the oldest Voignier traditions dating back to the 16th century originated in this area and Grand old Cape Dutch farmhouses and wine stores have proudly watched over the land for centuries on farms that produce some of our countries top wines today.
Paarl is the third oldest town (1657) in South Africa; it was named after a giant granite rock that seen glistening in the sun after some rainfall was named “Diamond and Pearl” mountain, from which the name Paarl was derived. The Mediterranean-like climate of this region and fertile soil is perfect for the vine, giving it ideal conditions in which to produce some of the best red wines in the world and Paarl is particularly well known for its Shiraz.
Experience wine as you have never before:
- We will taste many varietals of wines (white / red/ rose), blends, cape ports (fortified wine), method cap Classique and dessert wines etc..
- We will compare new wines with older ones, so you can taste the difference.
- We will taste heavy wooded as well as the light wooded wines.
- We will try to get to know South African wines.
- We will try, taste and enjoy it all!
The Cellar Tour
For a unique perspective on wine, experience the wine-making process from the wine cellar:
- We will explore the history of South African wine.
- We will look at different wine making styles.
- We will talk about viticulture and vinification.
- We will demonstrate the wine making process (oenology).
- We will explain the making of cape Port, Method Cap Classique / sparkling wine (Champagne), brandy etc.
The tasting room
This is where the action happens:
- We will taste many South African wines, port styles, MCC's (Champagne).
- We will learn more about how to taste and drink wines.
- We will talk about food and wine pairing and the influence of flavours.
- We will cover wine and health.
- We will identify whether and how to store wine
- We will cover a wide variety of wines and wine derivatives.
- Spitting is entirely optional!
The Story of Wine takes you on a journey of wine that covers the three most important wine regions in the Western Cape: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. We visit four of the best vineyards each day, which may vary depending on the day of the week, or time of year. Fairview ( www.fairview.co.za ) and Villiera ( www.villiera.com ) are included most days and the emphasis is on spending time at the farms and not in the vehicle.
We are proud to support farms that are not only producing award winning wine, but are also pesticide free, environment friendly, carbon neutral, animal friendly, have education trusts, have staff programs, social programs or empowerment deals. Ask us about the projects you might be interested in.
Tasting wine can be hungry business and a delicious a la carte lunch is included in your tour to help further the day, giving you pause to refuel and recharge, ready for the last leg of our wine-inspired wandering.
We visit only the best restaurants to make the most of the beautiful setting, and over a glass of wine (of course) you will have a choice of menu that caters for all tastes, including vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements.
You might like to tuck in to a tasty steak, awesome fish or burger, but why not try one of the traditional South African dishes such as bobotie or biryani? (Menu might change time to time)
Don’t forget that in addition to lunch we will also taste lots of goats and cow cheeses, from the creamy, spicy and fruity to the stronger blue cheeses, and depending on the day, often we have chocolate tastings, olive tastings and other culinary treats.
Bruce Storey is the Unpretentious Sommelier and has been a professional tour guide for many years. He has a reputation for literally going the extra mile in making sure his guests have an amazing adventure in wine. His philosophy is supported by his guides who are all just as committed to ensuring you enjoy your day.
Bruce says “At African Story Wine Tours we offer an entertaining, friendly and most of all, memorable day in and around Cape Town’s beautiful winelands; it is all about tasting, enjoying, relaxing and exploring, whether you want to learn about wine or kick back and have some fun.”
The Story of Wine Tour operates most days (including Sundays), departing between 08h30 and 09h00 and returning at approximately 17h30. We take bookings for as many people as you like whether you are a single traveller or part of a group. The cost is R595pp and includes all wine tastings, cheese tastings, a fabulous a la carte lunch, a cellar tour, and of course your entertaining wine guide. It also includes collection from anywhere in Cape Town city central, or nearby, and shuttles can be arranged for longer distances.
African Story can also arrange the following:
- Customised private tours
- Corporate tours
- Team building adventures
- Special tours
Please contact us for pricing details and to discuss your personal requirements for all specialised tours, we can accommodate groups of all sizes.
The Inside Story
The best part of any holiday is exploring the road less travelled – which is why we take you to wine farms that are a little off the beaten ‘tourist path’. We select wineries that offer not only a superb wine experience, but also have a little extra something that makes them special; all adding to your adventure into The Story of Wine.