- Fairview Wine Estate
- Stellenbosch Franschhoek
- Paarl area
First Stop: Here we do a cellar tour where the winemaking process is revealed and a brief wine tasting method demonstrated. We sample the wines produced by this estate.
Simonsig Wine Farm since French Huguenot Jacques Malan first set foot in the Cape Winelands in 1688, The Malan family of Simonsig, one of South Africa’s most reputable wine producers, has leaped to acclaimed heights in pioneering wine excellence.
Endowed with quintessential terroir, progressive winemaking skills and a proud heritage, the three Malan brothers uphold a passionate commitment towards quality and innovation, the hallmark of the Simonsig portfolio.
A legendary landmark in its own right, Simonsig continues to reap rewards for its extensive range of formidable red, white and sparkling wines, as the Malan family winemaking legacy lives on.
Crafted by family tradition. Enjoyed by connoisseur and novice alike.
Second Stop: We move onwards towards Paarl – en route a taste of delicious goats milk cheese.
Fairview Wine Estate The home of Fairview wines is a 300ha farm on the south-west-facing slopes of Paarl Mountain, a granite rock outcrop in the heart of the Paarl wine district, viticulturally among the most historic and influential areas of the Cape winelands. Standing among the lavender beds in the terraced front garden of the winery, you’ll look out across rolling fields and see distant flat-topped Table Mountain, a world-famous landmark standing guard over the city of Cape Town, South Africa’s tourist mecca perched on the Cape Peninsula at the southern tip of the African continent.
Winemaking on the farm can be traced back to 1699, not quite a half-century after the first European settlers arrived in southern Africa. But its wines entered the modern era with the first bottling under the Fairview label in 1974 by the Back family, owners since 1937. Today, some three decades later, grandson Charles Back II has brought Fairview wines to world markets. One of South Africa’s pre-eminent vintners, he has earned Fairview a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varieties. And he has helped pioneer a modern culture of wine growing in South Africa that embraces typicity of terroir, unrestricted by estate appellation, by both developing his own vineyards to their full potential and seeking out new viticultural sites to grow fruit for wines to please popular tastes and discerning palates
Third stop: Lunch in Franschhoek which is included in the price and also caters for vegetarians. A glass of wine or beer is included but any extra imbibing is for your own account.
Return to Stellenbosch at approximately 17:00pm, well fed – well informed and who knows maybe well drunk!!
**** Farms are subject to change depending on wine availability, time of year, how busy the farm is and certain day of the week etc ****
Starts: Stellenbosch – Finishes: Stellenbosch This tour departs at 10:30am. Pick up at your accommodation in Stellenbosch or by arrangement. Staying in Cape Town? We will arrange for the Backpacker Bus to collect you from you place of accommodation to Stellenbosch and then back to Cape Town after the wine tour in the early evening. Shuttle Cost: R180 (return)
Max Group Size: 26 passengers Wine tastings at four wine estates Cellar Tour Cheese Tasting Lunch Transport
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