Duration: 13 days
From: £ 3,686pp (excluding flights)
The Cape Winelands are responsible for some of the finest wine varietals in the world. Every bottle is evident of the century-old heritage of each wine farm as well as the perfect climate in which to create Sauvignon, Chenin, Chardonnay, Pinot, Cabernet and Merlot, to name but a few.
The most popular wine valleys are on opposite ends of Cape Town, however all share the same sunshine that allows its grapes to mature to just the right level of perfection – be it for a light body or an aroma that lingers long after the cork has been discarded.
Constantia Valley is home to nine award-winning wine farms that are shaded by oak trees and steeped in a rich history that includes the likes of Simon Van der Stel. All the wine farms boast sweeping vistas of the valley below and around them – the perfect view from which to enjoy a crisp glass of Chardonnay.
Stellenbosch and Paarl wine valley are home to hundreds of wine farms, each with something unique to offer. More inland than Constantia, the grapes here enjoy an incredibly warm climate – a warmth that can be enjoyed in the red wines in the area. Surrounded by small towns, the wines here are result of hard work and passion.
Its in this Helderberg (Somerset West) region that rolling verdant hills covered with vineyards await wine-lovers. Each of the towns have their particular wine expertise and its well worth the adventure to explore them.
While Franschhoek is renowned for its MCC Sparkling wine, Paarl is the true home of South African Pinotage. No matter how many bubbles you prefer or what varietal you’d like to try, the Cape Winelands won’t leave your inner sommelier disappointed.
Franschhoek is renowned not only for its wines, but also for its cinematic landscapes, bustling high street, cafe culture and outstanding selection of world-class restaurants. Visit wine estates on foot, bicycle, horse or tram and tuck into a gourmet picnic brimming with local produce under ancient trees. Enjoy cocktails in town before heading out for dinner to watch the setting sun turn the entire valley into a thousand shades of pink.
Nestled in the valley between mountain ranges, Paarl has with one of the worlds largest granite outcrops standing guard over this quaint picturesque village. This is the largest of the wine valleys in South Africa and it’s also the third oldest town in South Africa. Time moves here at the same pace it did when the town was first founded and the scenery – well that is still just as gorgeous now as it was back then.
Route 62 is not only the longest wine route in South Africa but its also the most mountainous and quite simply jaw-dropingly beautiful. The ever-changing colours of the landscape, vineyards and mountains are a feast for the eyes while the local delicacies and world class restaurants along the route will impress the most hardened of foodies.
Stellenbosch is a vibrant and sociable town that dates back to 1670s when the first vines were planted. The Cape -Dutch style houses and ancient oak trees line the streets and the air is thick with music, art and culture. Stellenbosch is also home to a number of extremely good restaurants, traditional bed and breakfasts and a handful of award wining restaurants.
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When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.
A wonderful 7 night break to South Africa
We have just come back from a wonderful 7 night break to South Africa. We were incredibly well looking after from the second we stepped off the plane, by a lovely representative of Best of South Africa Travel - who met us and escorted us through customs and immigration literally behind the pilots. It was very efficient, and we felt very ...