The Winelands Highlights Journey is a 3-day all-inclusive luxury wine tour to the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Discover the vineyards of Constantia, Noordhoek, Stellenbosch as well as Franschhoek. Enjoy exclusive extras including tutorials by famous wine-makes and prestigious restaurant owners as well as exploring picturesque local villages. This premium product is a recent addition to the African Travel Specialists collection of luxury journeys.
Start the day with a morning check in at your Hotel then meet in the high tea lounge for a welcome coffee for the tour brief and to meet and greet fellow guests. The tour commences visiting two of the regions premier small production vineyards, Eagles Nest and Constantina Glen where you will take a short walk to an elevated outlook and enjoy breath-taking views of the valley.
Day 1 - AfternoonCape Town
Your tour continues to Cape Point Vineyard in Noordhoek for a wine and food pairing luncheon on the restaurants ocean facing deck. Back in Cape Town the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 1 - EveningCape Town
Attend dinner at one of the city's most intimate private restaurant wine cellars in the country - Auslese, with an entertaining wine tasting masterclass by Riedel's brand ambassador - Tarryn Vincent. Overnight at THE TABLE BAY HOTEL. (B, L, D)
Day 2 - MorningCape Town - Stellenbosch
After breakfast, you will be taken to Stellenbosch, South Africa’s most famous wine region. The first stop is the delightful Vergenoegd Cape Wine farm. Here you'll experience the vineyard's famous duck parade, where 1000 runner ducks march in unison across the estates cellar door and restaurant, before heading into the vines for their daily cleansing of snails around the vines. The next stop is De Morgenzon where you can enjoy a private tutored tasting with winemaker or cellar master, which includes special aged releases.
Day 2 - AfternoonStellenbosch
Afterwards, you will be taken to Simonsig where South African MCC sparkling began in the 1960s to taste some of their finest and enjoy a two course light lunch in Simonsig's signature garden restaurant Cuvee, followed by a hands-on tour with their passionate tasting room manager. After lunch, visit the beautiful Stark Conde vineyard then arrive at 5 star vineyard hotel and South Africa's historic home of Pinotage – LANZERAC for your overnight stay.
Day 2 - EveningStellenbosch
Prior to dinner, you will be taken underground to the hotel's maturation cellar, for an extensive tasting of their award-winning Pinotage wines. Dinner at the private Manor House promises to be a 'culinary' and 'educational' highlight. Tonight Lanzerac's executive chef Stephen Fraser and South Africa’s leading wine and food pairing author - Katinka van Niekerk team up to take you on a gastronomic degustation masterclass journey. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - MorningStellenbosch - Franschhoek
This morning, you will venture along the picturesque Helshoogte Pass to the historic wine village of Franschhoek to experience one of the country's iconic pioneers of Methode Cape Classique (MCC) sparkling - Boschendal. If you also enjoy oysters, then this unique tasting experience. Explore Franschhoek village at your leisure and continue to Le Lude where winemaker, Paul Gerber hosts a memorable tutored tasting, matched perfectly with canapes.
Day 3 - AfternoonFranschhoek - Cape Town
At Leeu Estate, sample their award-winning Mullineux wines with Andrea Mullineux, who is chief winemaker and the first woman awarded Wine Enthusiast Magazine's prestigious international winemaker of the year award in 2016. Afterwards, you will return to Cape Town concluding the tour with a late afternoon high tea experience, complete with MCC sparkling, at the city’s most famous and historic 5 star hotel - The Belmond Mount Nelson. Transfer by chauffeured limousine to your next destination in Cape Town which marks the end of your tour.