Wine & Food Safaris

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Meet the World in the Cape Winelands
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We take great pride and satisfaction that over time we have established ourselves as a premium wine and food safari and tour operator.

 

We pride ourselves on consistently exceeding our guests expectations and strive to introduce the Winelands of South Africa to our guests in such a way that they will want to return again and again, while also practising responsible tourism practices and supporting local communities.

 

We offer private, bespoke wine and food experiences​ in most of the scenic Winelands of the Cape.

The Cape Winelands are some of the most breathtakingly beautiful in the world. Several of the wine routes, including Constantia, Durbanville, Darling, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington and Walker Bay, are within an hour or less easy driving distance from Cape Town.

 

Others, like Breedekloof, Worcester, Robertson, the Little Karoo, Tulbagh, the Swartland, Olifants River and the Northern Cape take you on a slightly longer journey through constantly changing and spectacular landscapes.

 

The various wine routes offer a wide variety of activities, from horseback trails to mountain biking and hiking. The Cape has the best land-based whale watching in the world. Unspoilt beaches, fynbos, spring flowers and abundant birdlife are also among the natural attractions that can be included in a wine safari.

Gracing many of the Cape’s historic wine farms and towns you’ll find well-preserved examples of the charming Cape Dutch architecture which flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries. The homes have distinctive gables, thatched roofs and thick lime-washed walls.

Our wine safaris are for the wine enthusiast (beginner to seasoned quaffer) wanting to delve a little deeper into the world of South African wine. Our tours cater to those looking for an experience that is authentic, more intimate and absolutely more exclusive. Staying away from the typical wine tour itineraries we visit the lesser known farms who are producing superior hand crafted wine, these excursions are truly something to treasure.

 

Tours are boutique in every sense of the word.

All tours are private and personalised to suit your specific requirements. Tours are informal, fun and set to a relaxed pace. This is for anyone wanting to learn more about wine, wanting to drink really good wine and wanting to share the experience with others who are really passionate about wine.

Discover South Africa's dynamic and scenic wine routes!

Private  | Exclusive  |  Intimate

  • Our private tours are aimed at small groups of family or friends with a minimum of  2, maximum 7 guests, and a big boot for your wine purchases.

  • Registered, accredited, professional, knowledgeable English speaking driver-guide.

  • A custom itinerary for your tasting tour based on your preferences.

  • Pick-up and drop-off to/from accommodation 

  • All tastings and pairings per itinerary

  • Chilled water on board touring vehicle

  • No need to be concerned about 'drinking and driving'! We will drive, so you can enjoy your experience!

 
We Regret,
  • No pets

  • Under 18's can't drink

  • No smoking in tour vehicle

Also on offer:  

  • Craft Beer tastings & experiences

  • Craft Gin tastings & experiences

  • Coffee tours & tastings

  • Tea tours & tastings

  • Special interest tours for international wine societies

History of the Winelands

 

South Africa has been producing wine since 1659 with vine cuttings introduced to the Cape by the Dutch and the French Huguenots.

 

The early varietals included Hanepoot (Muscat d’Alexandrie, thought to originate in North Africa) and Chenin Blanc, popularly known locally as Steen. 

 

South Africa developed Pinotage, its first hybrid, in 1925 when viticulture and viniculture were introduced at Victoria College (Stellenbosch) in co-operation with Elsenburg Agricultural College.

 

In 1970 the wine route concept was established and in 1973 Wine of Origin legislation, based on geographic boundaries, was enacted.

 

The first exports from South Africa were to Europe in 1762, but in the 20th century political isolation and the monopoly and quota system restricted expansion of the wine industry.

 

Wine production in South Africa grew significantly after Nelson Mandela became president in 1994 and there are now some 600 wineries producing one million litres on approximately 100,000 hectares.

 

The heart of the South African wine industry is the Cape Winelands with their amazing diversity of terrain, Mediterranean climate, range of altitudes and varied soils.  Set in the mountains, close to the sea, these conditions make the Cape an ideal place to explore the wines that reflect a wide range of "terroir".  Some are cooled by the coastal winds and altitude, others are exposed to days that exceed 40ºC.

 

There is no 'recipe viticulture' here.  All wine is specific to its site.

 

As Kevin Zraly says:  "It is a land of contrast, alive with possibilities."

Wine & Food Safaris 

Full Day Private Tour

In a valley known as Hemel-en-Aarde (loosely translated as 'Heaven and Earth'), discover the wines and food, culture and art of a cool climate producing region.  Certain times of the year the whales even come out to play!

Full Day Private Tour

This is a full day private tour with sumptuous food and wine pairing and tasting experiences in the second oldest wine area of the Cape Winelands.  

 

Scenic views, great wine and authentic local food!

Full Day Private Tour

This valley has been steeped in history since the arrival of the French Hugeunots  in 1688. 

Full Day Private Tour

Explore off-the-beaten track and discover some of the hidden gems of the celebrated Stellenbosch wine-producing region.

The wineries exudes character and many are family owned and operated.

This unique experience is the closest you will get to being a local. 

Full Day Private Tour

Just a short way from the centre of Cape Town, along the rugged Atlantic coastline you will find the undiscovered, wild and wonderful West Coast. A true hidden gem.

Join us for a day of sights, sounds and taste sensations visiting this largely undiscovered area, breathe in the ocean, taste and drink the wine and beer, love the unique pairings and flavours of the West Coast and its people.

One or multi-day private tour

If you are a bubbly lover and have a taste for the simple, yet finer things in life, this tour is for you!

Diverse regions of the Cape Winelands will be visited.

Tour Options available!

 

#TheBubblyEscapade

July 2021

Other ways to enjoy the Winelands

This is a great way to experience the beauty of the Peninsula as well as a quick method to get to the various Winelands. 

Each itinerary will be quoted on individually.

From: 
POA (Bespoke)

Full day Jeep Tour,

4 wineries, tastings, cellar tour, wine pairing, min 2 guests

Offered by Cape Wow Factor

From:
R4,500 /vehicle, min 2

Vineyard Meander of 6 hours through 3 picturesque wine estates.

From:
R950 pp

Guided, 3.5 hours, walking tour. The original food tour that introduces you to the authentic flavours of Stellenbosch.

A Bites & Sites Tour

From:
R1,150  pp

Full day Jeep Tour,

 

4 wineries, tastings, cellar tour, wine pairing

Minimum 2 guests

From:
R4,500 /vehicle, min 2 guests

Hop onto the open-air safari vehicle as your trusted mode of transport and set off to explore the wine and olive estates of the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley.

From:
R200 pp/day

Destination Management, Tours & Safaris

TCD Destination Management Company (Pty) Ltd

The Cape Discovered Tours & Safaris

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62 Sandpiper

Jakkalsfontein Nature Reserve, R27

Darling,  7345

P O Box 1404

Langebaan, 7357

Western Cape

South Africa

 

journeys@thecapediscovered.com

+27 (0)82 663-7886

www.thecapediscovered.com

www.southernafricadiscovered.com

 

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