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Full day off-the-beaten-track wine tour with the Wine Flies

Stuffy, snobby wine tastings not quite your thing? Wineflies puts the fun back into learning more about wine, taking you on an epic tour through Stellenbosch’s winelands and plying you with plenty of amazing wine and food pairings along the way.

Highlights

  • Learn about the history, culture and different methods of wine production
  • Off the beaten track farm visits and barrel tastings
  • Tour includes wine pairings with artisanal chocolates, cheeses and cured meats
  • Visit 5 different wine estates
  • Estates include small, private and family wine estates
  • Enjoy the day with knowledgeable guides that are passionate about the winelands
  • The tours include vineyard and cellar tours
  • Tasting includes a variety of bubbles, white, red and dessert wine

Overview

It’s self-proclaimed Lord of the Wineflies Francois van Binsbergen and his team’s mission to take the snobbery and pretension out of wine tasting, and instead making it a fun, interactive and informative experience you’ll want to tell your friends about.

With this experience, their company Wineflies does just that. It’s a day-long adventure covering five Stellenbosch wine estates – some well-known, others slightly off the beaten track. You’ll get to meet the winemakers, take vineyard and cellar tours, learn how to perfect the five wine tasting S’s (see, swirl, smell, sip, savour) and treat your taste buds to some amazing wine and food pairings.

Highlights include a stop at Remhoogte, where you’ll get to sample 5 of their wines along with 5 different artisanal cheeses from local cheesemakers Dalewood (who knew Pinotage went so well with olive Brie?) while watching the estate’s springbok and zebras grazing in the distance; a real boerebraai (South African-style barbecue) at Middelvlei, where you’ll have a chance to taste wine straight from the vat; a stop at Lovane Boutique Wine Estate where their small-batch wines will be paired with artisanal chocolates from Cape Town’s bean-to-bar champs Cocofair (Cabernet Sauvignon with 60% dark chocolate with strawberries and raw cocoa nibs, anyone?); and a Cape Vintage Port tasting at Annandale.

And there’s no worrying about driving, either – you get shuttled between the estates and deposited back at your venue of choice. So, all you have to do is enjoy the day. And we think that’s pretty much guaranteed.

Details

  • Included
  • Not Included
  • Important Information
  • Itinerary
  • Transfer from and to your accommodation in Cape Town Central and immediate surrounds
  • All wine tastings and pairings
  • Lunch, which will be a traditional South African braai
  • Vineyard and cellar tour
  • Gratuities
  • Personal purchases

 

  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice
  • Closed 25th December and 1st January
  • Wheelchair access can be accommodated for with prior notice
  • Maximum of 13 guests per vehicle for the schedule tours
  • Private tours can be requested (1 minimum and 60 maximum)

08h00 – 09h00: You will be picked up at your respective hotel or lodge in the city center by one of our wine lords.

09h00 – 17h00: Our first stop is Villiera wine estate, famous for its award winning Cap Classique wines (Champaign). Our guide takes you into the ?vineyard, walking you through the history of wine and the process of vine growing, you will then get taken behind the scenes for a cellar tour, learning the art of wine making. We then head back for an informative wine tasting experience, with your wine lord taking you through the steps of how to REALLY appreciate wine. Other stunning wines will also be sampled along with Biltong (local dried cured meat) pairing.

Our next estate, situated in the Stellenbosch wine region, is Remhoogte estate. Famous for its award winning wines and stunning views of some of Africa’s wild life. Here we also do a cheese and wine pairing, where each cheese is meticulously chosen to pair with the wine.

For our third estate, we do a guided drive through tour of Stellenbosch (oldest town in SA) to a family run farm called Middelvlei. Surrounded by vineyards, here we enjoy a typical South African braai (barbeque) lunch and a taste of their unique wines.

From Middelvlei we head onto the unique Lovane estate with its basement cellar and exceptional wines. This is quite a favourite amongst our guests and totally of the beaten tourist track. We taste amazing wines as well as locally made chocolate.

The next wine estate is the very unpretentious Annandale, owned by legend Springbok rugby player and 5th generation wine maker, Hempies du Toit. With its world-class wines, one that was the official wine served at the Prince of Monaco’s wedding, and rustic cellar, Annandale is a favourite amongst many. Their rustic tasting room is filled with old photos, equipment and memorabilia. We end the day with brandy and dried fruit pairing!

Throughout the day we give out information on wine, history etc. but in return we post questions to our guests. We therefore also hand out a prize to the most knowledgeable guest of the day!

You will be dropped of by your wine lord, having seen amazing landscapes, tasted plenty wines, and most of all experienced the real culture of SA wine!

17h30 – 18h00: Drop off at your respective hotel or lodge in the city center.

Itinerary is subject to the wine estates’ availability on the day.

What eatsplorers are saying

“We did not want to be another run of the mill operator, we wanted to focus on the real wine and culture aspect including off the beaten track farm visits and barrel tastings”

Francois van Binsbergen - Wineflies
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Full day off-the-beaten-track wine tour with the Wine Flies

Full day off-the-beaten-track wine tour with the Wine Flies
Stellenbosch