A guide to wine tasting in Cape Town

September 27, 2018

Are you a wine lover finding yourself in the Mother City? Did you know wine produced in the regions around Cape Town is considered as some of the best in the world?

There’s no excuse not to sample some of the area’s award-winning wines. Not sure where to start? Here’s a quick guide to hassle-free winelands experiences in Cape Town:

Enjoy an all-inclusive day out in the winelands with City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing, the company known for the famous open-top red buses, has expanded its offerings to include full-day, live-guided tours to the Cape Winelands.

The Cape Explorer Winelands Tour is ideal for persons who do not have their own transport or do not wish to drive while wine-tasting. Tours depart four days a week from select stops in Cape Town and whisk travellers off for a full day’s experience around the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch winelands.

The tour is all-inclusive, meaning your ticket includes wine tastings at two wine estates, a cheese pairing and a cellar tour. As an added bonus the entire tour is accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and the luxury coach features free WiFi, so that you can share your snaps as you travel.

En route to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, the tour also stops at Bloubergstrand for travellers to enjoy a picture-postcard view of Table Mountain.

Learn more about the Cape Explorer Winelands Tour or buy your ticket here: https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town/products/cape-town-live-guided-day-tours/cape-explorer-cape-winelands-tour

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Hop between wine estates in style with the Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek valley is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in South Africa. With towering mountains and extensive vineyards, Franschhoek offers stunning views and famous wine farms. Explore the area in fitting style with the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on, hop-off tour.

Named after the double-decker balcony tramcar that operates between select wine estates on original train tracks that were laid in 1904, the tour makes use of the tram and buses to transport visitors from estate to estate.

The tour offers a selection of six route options that each visit eight to nine wine estates in and around Franschhoek. When purchasing your ticket, you select a route and this will be your itinerary for the day. The tour departs on the hour, meaning that if you decide to enjoy a leisurely lunch or an extra wine tasting at one of the estates, you simply wait for the next scheduled departure.

As tours have a limited number of tickets available each day and are highly popular during peak times, it is recommended that you book your ticket in advance. Transfers to and from Franschhoek can be added to your basket upon booking.

Learn more about the Franschhoek Wine Tram or book here: http://winetram.co.za/

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Image: Franschhoek Wine Tram

Create your own itinerary from a comprehensive list of all the local wine routes

Some hardened travellers don’t like joining group tours or set itineraries, and rather like to explore areas on their own. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t use a handy tool to plan your travels.

Visit Winelands, a website powered by WESGRO, South African Tourism and Vinpro, offers wine lovers everything you might want to know before embarking on a winelands adventure.

On the website you can research all wine routes in the Western Cape, including some as far away as Plettenberg Bay, or close by Cape Town such as the Constantia Wine Route. Here you can also see wine estate, restaurant, accommodation and activity recommendations.

All events happening at any of the wineries on the routes are also listed, allowing you to plan your trip around a wine festival, mushroom foraging or seasonal specials.

Enjoy the splendours of Cape Town and the Western Cape, book your ticket at www.flymango.com.

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