- Tour: Franschhoek Valley Boutique Wine Tour
- Meals: B, L
Franschhoek Valley Boutique Wine Tour
Duration: 9 hours
Discover the very best of Franschhoek - from the history of the valley, to its fine boutique wine farms, craft breweries, galleries, heritage & architecture, gardens, shopping and more - your day can be uniquely crafted to your specific interests.
After a pickup from your hotel, we start the day with an orientation and introduction to the village, discovering the fascinating history of Franschhoek, and visiting some of the best local galleries on foot.
After a morning coffee stop at Terbodore coffee roasters, where they hand roast their coffee beans and create their own special blends unique to Franschhoek, the rest of your day can be tailored to your specific interest, be that fine wine, craft beer, art or gardens. If your focus is on great wine, you will visit up to three wine farms, or for beer enthusiasts, we have access to a selection of craft breweries. Art enthusiasts can delve deeper into the fantastic collections on three of the nearby wine estates, and there's something special for keen gardeners, shopping devotees and nature lovers too!
Wine enthusiasts will be treated to visits to some the finest, hand-picked estates - the small, exclusive, off-the-beaten-track wineries, producing exceptional wines, catering for those looking for something unique. Each one produces a variety of cultivars and depending on your preferences, can focus on those producing classic whites, such as chardonnay and Semillon, or the full-bodied reds, shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, or enjoy the wonderful Method Cap Classique's of the valley. (This service is on a private basis.)
Includes: Guests typically visit 3-4 wine estates tailored around their interests and preferred wine varietal. Lunch and all tasting fees, entry and attraction fees are included.
Additional Options for Day 3
Duration: 9 hours
Today, we actively explore an area of stunning vineyards, historic architecture and estates of forests and gardens. Cycle through Franschhoek on mountain bikes, admiring the quaint buildings which date back to French Huguenot origins, and pass the bohemian galleries and designer boutiques for which this charming town is renowned. In addition to soaking up sensational vistas over hidden gems, we stop for wine tastings at signature estates and have an introduction to winemaking. Alternatively, hike through the picturesque Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, stopping at a fresh-water spring and appreciating vistas from above. After a break with coffee and baked goods, we explore the university town of Stellenbosch. Wander through a treasure trove of concept stores, iconic general dealers, art studios and museums and soak up the vibe and a local café. We head to an independently owned local winery for a tasting or two, before travelling back to Cape Town.