Trip or Vacation
Cost: $5930 ($200 off for everyone who books by October 15, 2023!)
A wine-lovers tour of South Africa at a perfect time of year. Late summer temperatures and sunny skies in Cape Town are a perfect tonic after a long winter. We’ll visit some of the country’s best wine producers, hang out with the winemakers, taste new wines in the cellar, eat at some exceptional places, and experience nature up close on an all-inclusive safari at game and nature reserve!
"After years in the wine industry, I created this wine tour because it’s the one I would want to go on. A hand-selected group of wine lovers travels to Cape Town to enjoy the beauty of the South African countryside, good food, and wine in luxurious surroundings. A bespoke travel and wine experience that explores areas of the wine world unexplored by most tourists.
Our tours give access to the folks behind the juice, those who passionately work the land, and understand the terroir. At a certain point, if you’ve been to one tasting room, you’ve been to a hundred. But sitting down with the winemakers and asking them why they love the grapes they grow on the land and soil that surrounds them gives guests a deep understanding of these unique wines that are exclusively found here. Our tours offer a one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be found anywhere else." - host, Tania Van Pelt
Air-conditioned motor coach transportation
Meals on tour, including:
This tour is limited to 10 participants.
You'll land at Cape Town Airport in the late afternoon, after clearing customs and grabbing your bags we go to the charming seaside fishing village of Kalk Bay, close to Cape Town and the airport. We will pick you up at the airport & shuttle you to the coast. We will stay in town at a lovely guesthouse and walk to dinner at a local seafood restaurant that happens to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the Western Cape. Overnight in Kalk Bay
Breakfast in Kalk Bay overlooking the sea. Leisurely morning in Kalk Bay followed by a scenic drive to Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven on Earth) to Creation Wines for a 5-star lunch and tasting. We end the day in Hermanus, home of the Southern Right whales. Dinner at Perlemoen in the old harbor.
Morning in Hermanus, breakfast, and then free time for a beach walk at Grotto Beach, a walk along the cliffs, or a hike along the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Drive to Elgin for a tasting at Iona, and lunch at a farm stall nearby. Return to the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde for a bubbly tasting at Domaine des Deux. Sabrage for those who wish! We end the day next door, back at Creation for a special Harvest dinner with the winemakers & harvest crew.
Breakfast in Hermanus. Drive to Franschhoek, lunch at Le Lude with a Cap Classique Tasting, and a free evening to explore Franschhoek.
Breakfast in Franschhoek, lunch at La Cotte, followed by mid-afternoon tasting with Clayton of Moreson Wines & LOKAIA & Craig of Stony Brook & LOKAIA at Stony Brook. For those who wish we can arrange an afternoon hike along the mountains surrounding Franschhoek. Your evening is free to explore the town and book a dinner at one of the critically acclaimed restaurants.
We depart Franschhoek shortly after breakfast for a drive to Stellenbosch and a visit to Villiera with a tasting and cellar tour. Lunch at a wine farm near Villiera. Next, we go to Cape Town, the Mother City. Check-in at the guesthouse followed by sundowners (evening drinks) on Bree Street at Culture Club Wine and dinner nearby.
Breakfast in Cape Town, a free day to explore, for those who wish we can hike the Pipe Track on Table Mountain. Free day & evening to explore this wonderful city.
Breakfast in Cape Town, leave the city by 10 am for the Breede River Valley. *Lunch and tasting with winemaker Alvi and his wife, master-of-wine, Junel of Alvi’s Drift at their 70,000-plus hectare farm which stretches from the Breede River to the mountains, vineyard tour with Junel. Drive to Robertson, tastings at Bon Courage. Stay overnight in Robertson. Group dinner.
*Safari Time! Breakfast in Robertson, leave by mid-morning for the game and nature reserve. The is all-inclusive, which means that your welcome cocktail in the main lodge is just waiting for you.
*Nature Reserves on the Western Cape are malaria-free. This safari camp offers deluxe accommodations, great food, knowledgeable guides, and excellent service.
Your first safari day begins with an early morning wake-up call for the morning game drive. We return to the lodge in the late morning for a big breakfast, followed by free time. Lunch is served shortly after noon. Your afternoon game time takes place just before dinner. Most of the action in the preserve takes place in the morning or late afternoon/early evening.
We’ll depart the lodge shortly after breakfast and have a final game drive if there’s interest before we head to Cape Town airport.