Cape Town and the Cape Winelands

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Cape Town and the Cape Winelands

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Length of trip:

18 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 5000 to $ 6000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

This is a self drive, but we can modify it to a part self drive and guided package. The wine routes are very well developed and, quite honestly, you could spend weeks, or even months, roaming around happily and never get to the end of it. Well, it sounds great but very few people have that kind of time so you should really choose one and then spend a day or two happily exploring. If you really are a wine fundi, you could visit a number of them. They are listed below in a circular route, which is far too long for anyone to do, but it gives you an idea of the kind of routing you can do. You'd probably be wise to leave out at least half of them. But which half? Ah, that's the tough one. Best you get a good wine book, such as John Platters South African Wine Guide.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Cape Town

    Wine

    Start in Cape Town and head up the N7 to Malmesbury in the Swartland. This is one of the less fashionable winemaking districts but Capetonians in the know treasure it for excellent value for money wines of a good quality. There are about a dozen wineries in this region.

  • Day 2 - Cape Town

    Wine

    Head towards the coast and visit some of a mere handful of new, quite innovative, wineries near Darling.

  • Day 3 - Cape Town

    Wine

    Start in Cape Town and head up the N7 to Malmesbury in the Swartland. This is one of the less fashionable winemaking districts but Capetonians in the know treasure it for excellent value for money wines of a good quality. There are about a dozen wineries in this region.

  • Day 4 - Cape Town

    Wine

    Head towards the coast and visit some of a mere handful of new, quite innovative, wineries near Darling.

  • Day 5 - South Africa

    Wine

    Head back inland to Citrusdal. You could visit a few wineries here but the Craig Royston Winery is your best bet. It's not a vineyard, it's an old store which has been turned into a wine tasting and sales centre for the whole Olifants River region, which tends to concentrate on richer, fortified wines, but not exclusively. There are less than ten wineries in this spread out region.

  • Day 6 - Upington

    Wine

    Then head off to Upington and explore the Orange River region which, as well as producing some great fortified wines, also grows wonderful export grapes and dates. There are only a handful of wineries here.

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    Wine

    Drive to Beaufort West and spend the night there. Any wine tasting here will have to be in the local pub. Who knows what you might discover, though.

  • Day 8 - South Africa

    Private Car Service

    Drive through Meiringspoort to de Rust, which is part of the Little Karoo region, and where you can try some lovely characterful reds, some fortified wines and a few others.

    Wine

    Look out for the ridiculously packaged Tickled Pink, a non-serious sparkling wine. There are about a dozen cellars spread out over this large area.

  • Day 9 - Oudtshoorn

    Sightseeing

    Go through Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp, where you will find a great selection of port.

  • Day 10 - South Africa

    Private Car Service

    Continue through Barrydale and Montagu, which are still part of the Little Karoo region.

  • Day 11 - Robertson

    Wine

    Then tour some of the wineries in the Robertson area, and consider an optional detour to McGregor, which is a lovely little town with one small winery. This is starting to get into classic wine country, and this region has about 30 cellars.

  • Day 12 - South Africa

    Private Car Service

    Head across to the N2 and then to Caledon, from where you?ll travel through the Hemel & Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley to Hermanus.

    Wine

    The small number of vineyards here make up the Walker Bay region and are the most southerly in Africa. Try the southern right pinotage, there can,t be too many wines named after a whale.

  • Day 13 - South Africa

    Wine

    Head back to the N2 via Botriver, where you should pop in to Beaumont and try their awesome red blends.

  • Day 14 - South Africa

    Wine

    Head back across the N2 through Villiersdorp and Franschhoek, and into the more traditional wine growing regions. Franschhoek is named for the many French Huguenots who settled here when escaping persecution in France, and who pretty much founded our wine industry. It?s a lovely town with about 20 great wineries.

  • Day 15 - South Africa

    Wine

    And then on to Paarl, which is also one of the older wine growing areas. Here you will find excellent Methode Cap Classique sparkling wines and a whole range of excellent stuff on offer. This is in the heart of wine country and there are about 50 cellars in this region. Many wineries here also make cheese, or grow olives.

  • Day 16 - Worcester

    Wine

    Head west towards Worcester, which has a good selection of wineries, and then through the Hex River Mountains to Tulbagh which is one of the lesser known regions with only about ten or so cellars, although it is quite a historical wine growing area.

  • Day 17 - South Africa

    Wine

    If you headed back towards the Swartland, you would go through Wellington, which is tucked away in a small valley. Even though there are only a dozen of so cellars, you couldn?t see them all in a day.

  • Day 18 - Stellenbosch

    Wine

    Head back to the centre of gravity of the winelands. Stellenbosch, with almost a hundred wineries, would keep you going for weeks if you tried to see them all.
    Close by is the town of Somerset West, which is the centre of the Helderberg region. Once the ugly stepsister to Stellenbosch, this region is now producing some excellent wines from its 20-odd vineyards.

    Wine

    From there you could head back to Cape Town and the Constantia winelands. This is the oldest wine growing area in the country, and there are only a handful of surviving cellars? but they are most definitely worth visiting.

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