African Theme Tours
Wine Tours R 500 pppn – R 750 pppns
African Theme Tours is a Cape Town tour operator that offers scheduled and private or personalised tours. We specialise in Cape Point tours, the winelands, the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route, as well as the malaria-free safari game reserves of the Eastern Cape. The Cape Peninsula tours include full and half-day peninsula and winelands tours, half-day Cape Town city tours and full-day or overnight safari tours out of Cape Town, as well as local township tours. We also offer seasonal tours of the West Coast flowers and boat-based whale watching. Additional services offered include travel packages that could include guided tours, accommodation, car hire, airport transfers, corporate transfers, great white shark diving and many other interesting cultural and adventure activities.
- 30 9th Avenue
- Fish Hoek
- Cape Town
Sample winelands tours
Wine Tours5 SAMPLE WINELANDS TOURS : TOUR 1: Historical farms and grand architectural homesteads. Arguably the oldest route......TOUR 2: Today’s new generation of wine farms. Although some farms may have 17th century buildings the vineyards are present day...... TOUR 3: Visit farms in the Helderberg mountains. The area surrounding Stellenbosch and Franschhoek...... TOUR 4: Visit farms in the Greater Simonsberg mountains, Stellenbosch area and Franschhoek...... TOUR 5: Visit farms in the Stellenbosch Hills, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Please note additional costs quoted may be subject to change without notice
Arguably part of the oldest wine route in South Africa. It encompasses historical old farms and grand architectural homesteads.
We would start the tour with a drive through the old part of Stellenbosch for your guests to see the various styles of buildings that highlight the influence of the different eras of the colonialists. Cape Dutch, Georgian, Victorian and modernism deco through to present day.
We would then move onto the R44 road to Wellington which passes through Greater Simonsberg area of Stellenbosch visiting farms on the south west slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. They are as follows:
Dates back to 1692. This estate grows high quality grapes producing exceptional wines. Although this farm has had many owners the most successful to date is a member of the Cointreau family from France Anne Cointreau-Huchon who since the early 1990's has revived the farm which in 1998 was given 'estate' status. Start the day with a wine tasting at this estate. www.morgenhof.co.za Wine tasting R10 per person for 5 wines or R20 pp for 5 of the premier range of wines.
UITKYK AND KANONKOP
Were originally one farm Uitkyk (pronounced 'ate cake') the farm was divide in the 1960's and the land on the lower slopes became know as Kanonkop after the canon on the top of the hill. Kanonkop is one of the leading red wine producers. Before the wine tasting at this internationally renowned farm there will be a tour of the historic manor house at Uitkyk. Although grazing rights were given in 1712 the house was only completed in 1788. It is classical Georgian style. Restoration in 1995 revealed hidden frescos which have been restored. ( you can taste at both should you wish.) Uitkyk is one of only three still surviving double story flat roofed 18 century town houses in the Cape. www.uitkyk.co.za Wine tasting at Uitkyk is R15 per person for 5 wines www.kanonkop.co.za Wine tasting at Kanonkop is R10 pp for 4 wines. They don't do cellar tours but you can also walk through the cellars on your own.
Muratie 1685 as you experienced last time exudes old world hospitality in an authentic environment. The Melck family trust who own and run the farm today originally took ownership in 1763. The farm remained within the family until 1907. The Melck family trust bought the farm back in 1987 and still run it today. www.muratie.co.za Wine tasting R20 per person for 5 wines and R30 pp for port and chocolate tasting (2 ports)
Delheim 1699. The farm as we know it today started in 1939 with the Hoheisen family then in 1951 their nephew Spatz Sperling joined them and this family is still running the estate today. In 1971 Spatz Sperling, Frans Malan of Simonsberg and Neil Joubert of Speir started the Stellenbosch wine route. Picnics are available at Delheim. They also have a good restaurant in the terraced garden. The menus are well priced and are available to view on their web site. www.delheim.co.za Wine tasting R25 per person for 6 wines or R30 pp for 6 wines 2 of which are premier wines not on the R20 list.
Wine tasting can be at any of the farms. I suggest Morgenhof to start with. Uitkyk or Kanonkop in the middle. Then lunch and tasting at Delheim. Followed by Muratie. If you feel three tastings before lunch is too many we can call into Morgenhof after lunch on the way home. 4 wine farms
Walk through wine cellar
In contrast to tour 1, some of the farms were in existence in the 17th century so have historical buildings. The vineyards however are present day, so new generation of wine producing farms. They may be new but they produce excellent quality award wines.
Consistently high rated wines produced from this vineyard which was started in 1994. One of the highest vineyards set in the Helderberg mountain with stunning views of Cape Point, Table Mountain to Stellenbosch. www.uvamira.co.za Wine tastings R20 per person for 4 wines.
Situated just below Uva Mira in the Helderberg Mountains. Started in 1998 produces fine wines from this area as well as wines from their grapes grown in the Elim region near l'Agullas, the most southern tip of Africa. www.hiddenvalley.co.za Wine tastings are R30 per person for 5 wines
South African professional golfer. This wine farm was started in 1999 and focuses on high end blended red wine. 4 star rating in Platters wine guide. www.ernieelswines.co.za Wine tasting R30 per person for 4 (5) wines 1 white is complimentary on arrival ! or R60 per person for all 8 wines.
All these farms are situated on the same mountain side and have very modern premises and state of the art cellars.
Although the land was granted in 1693 Alto started to produce wines in the 1920's. Particularly specialising in red wines. www.alto.co.za . Wine tasting of 5 wines with cellar tour R25 per person. wine tasting without tour R20. per person .
An old farm dating back to 1726. In the 1990's vines were planted . The flagship of this wine farm is the Bordeaux blend. The wine maker an avid Petanque player Rudi de wet travelled to St-Emillion for a month skills honing! www.bilton.co.za Wine tastings R35 per person for 6 wines and R50 per person for a wine and chocolate pairing 4 wines(5) 4 chocolates . The 5th wine complimentary to cleanse the palette.
RUST EN VREDE
Dates back to 1694 however the vineyards were planted in 1977 when the family took up residence on the farm restoring the old buildings to their current state. Erni Els's partner in wine took over the reins of this historic estate from his father and re-juvinated the all aspects of the farm from the cellars to the vines. The restaurant is only open in the evening however there is an fresco eating area under the trees next to the wine tasting room for steak chips and salad with a glass of estate wine for R180 per person. No booking for this meal. You are on a first there first served basis. www.rustenvrede.com Wine tasting classic range R40 for 4 wines per person. Limited edition R30 for 2 wines per person or all 6 wines on the list for R70 per person.
wines made under the Haskell and Dombeyer labels. This wine farm has many awards and 5 star rating was started in 2002. The 'Long room' restaurant is highly recommended. www.haskellvineyards.co Wine tasting of 6 wines is free during weekdays. At week ends the tri nations tasting is R40 per person.
As you can see on this route there are 7 vineyards one can visit. I would suggest tasting at Uva Mira then Hidden Valley or Ernie Els. Then onto Alto or Bilton in my experience you get a better wine tasting experience at Bilton. Lunch will be at the Long Table on Haskells wine farm. Haskells and Rust en Vrede are very close to each other so if Rust en Vrede sounds like a place you would like to wine taste, chose two farms out of the first 5. There's no charge for wine tasting at Haskells, which is where lunch will be on this tour. 4-7 wine farms
4-7 wine tastings available !!
Stellenbosch, Helderberg area and Franschhoek.
Blaauklippen. Historic buildings, wine tasting and cellar tour. R50 including 5 wines for tasting. www.blaauwklippen.com
Drive through the old part of Stellenbosch en route to Franschhoek.
Helshoogte Pass, drive through Franschhoek.
Mont Rochelle for wine tasting and lunch
Rickerty Bridge for wine tasting before returning home Wine Tasting R15 per person. www.rickertybridgewinery.com
3 wine farms/estates
1 cellar tour
Stellenbosch, Greater Simonsberg area and Franschoek.
Muratie cellar tour and wine tasting R20 per person including tasting of 5 wines. www.muratie.co.za
Uitkyk (pronounced ate cake) Historic building, www.uitkyk.co.za Call in to view this stunning building en-route to Franschoek.
Drive through Franschhoek
Dieu Donne for lunch and wine tasting) R30 for 5 wines
On the return journey a free wine tasting can be enjoyed at Tokara if you still have room.
4 wine farms
1 cellar tour
Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Hills and Fanschoek
Neethlingshof. Historic building wine tasting and cellar tour (Pinotage) R40 per person including tasting of 6 wines www.neethlingshof.co.za
Drive through the old part of Stellenbosch en-route to Franschhoek.
drive through Franschhoek
Rickerty Bridge for a tasting and lunch
Plaisier De Merle for wine tasting R20 per person for 6 wines. Sensation tastings with nibbles R50 for 6 wines and the export tastings R50 for 4 wines. www.plaisirdemerle.co.za Return to the hotel.
3 wine farms
1 cellar tour
Any establishment Cape Peninsula
Full day tour
Rate: R500 - R750