“Poetry-in-a-bottle” tour 4 night/5 days

Cape Town/Cape Peninsula/Stellenbosch

4 nights from £ 1 510 per person sharing

4 nights from £ 1 778 per single person

 

Wine-tasting           Culture         Guided          Specialist                                      Wine-and-speciality tastings

 

12 maximum group size

Accommodation included

Transfers included

“Wine is bottled poetry.” Scottish novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson may as well have had the Cape wine lands of South Africa in mind in 2017. Where else in the world can you relax with a glass of wine while watching the ever-changing interplay of dramatic mountain backdrops with vineyards and villages? As an avid wine drinker for the past 27 years, I want to invite you to explore the Cape’s wine capital, Stellenbosch, with me. Cape Town is not far off and in excursions to the Cape Peninsula experience for yourself the magnificence of Table Mountain, Cape Point and the floral diversity of world-renowned Kirstenbosch.

In this connoisseur’s tour through the regions of Stellenbosch we will visit hand-picked wineries to experience the coming together of sun, soil, vine and man. Is wine an art or a science? How does wine stimulate the palate? Does it match with certain delicacies that we don’t normally associate with wine? Be open-minded ….

I subscribe to the French philosophy that wine is part of a meal. The Cape has its own distinctive food culture known as “boerekos” (farmer’s food) which can range from simple barbecued food to the delicately spiced dishes of the Malay-people. You will enjoy the simple and robust but also a delicate and sublime cuisine interpreted in contemporary terms on this tour. Paired as always, with Cape wine, to suit the taste and the mood.

Whether it is summer or winter, the Cape wine lands is the place to be this year.

 

With Vidados, you can find the world’s best activity and adventure holidays. The trip details below explain what you’ll do on this trip. If you have any questions, you can contact the seller directly.

What’s included
  • Transfers included – pick-up at hotels not more than 15 – 20 kms from Cape Town International Airport between 9.30 and 10.30am and at the airport at 11.15am.
  • 4- or 5-star luxury or boutique accommodation (to be decided based on availability and group size)
  • 1x Visit to Table Mountain (weather dependent)
  • 1x Visit to Cape Point  (weather dependent)
  • 1x Chapman’s Peak Marine Drive (if open)
  • 1x Visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (weather dependent)
  • 1x Visit to Stellenbosch Village Museum
  •  Walk through Stellenbosch’s historic Dorp Street
  • ALTERNATIVE  1x Visit to Bo-Kaap Museum (if visits to Table Mountain, Cape Point or Kirstenbosch is not at all possible due to bad weather)
  • ALTERNATIVE  1x Visit to Koopmans-De Wet House  ( if visits to Table Mountain, Cape Point or Kirstenbosch is not at all possible due to bad weather)
  • ALTERNATIVE  1x Visit to the Castle of Good Hope (if visits to Table Mountain, Cape Point or Kirstenbosch is not at all possible due to bad weather)
  • 4x Visits to wineries which will include wine tastings or wine-and-speciality tastings or activities such as the blending of your own wine
  • 1x Visit to a brandy cellar which includes a tasting
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1x traditional Afrikaans barbecue for lunch
  • Transportation to all excursions
  • All the activities on the itinerary  is included.  In the case of inclement weather I would try to move an important activity to a different day if possible
  • Lunch (except where indicated) and dinner is off an a la carte menu for your own pocket
  • English speaking tour leader
Meals included

 

Day                                       Breakfast                          Lunch                      Dinner

Day 1                                                                                                                                                                

Day 2                                                    X

Day 3                                                    X

Day 4                                                    X                                                            X

Day 5                                                    X

 

Level

All levels

Hours of activity

40.0

Minimum age

18

Maximum group size

12

Ratio of instructor  to guests

1:12

Languages trip conducted in

English

 
Who am I likely to meet

 

Typical age ranges

25’s to 40’s

40’s to 50’s

Over 50’s

 

What to bring
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses/Pocket money (for lunches/dinners/buying of wine/souvenirs)
  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun lotion
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Walking shoes
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Wind breaker
 
Itinerary

 

Day 1: Monday

“In vino veritas.” – Pliny the Elder. Our first day in the Cape and our first wine experience for “in wine there is truth”. Remember it, talk about it, write it down ………. for this first experience is a reference for the next three days …….

·         Pick-up at hotels (within 10-20km of Cape Town International Airport between 9.30am to 10.30am) and final pick-up of tourists arrving on flights this morning from OR Tambo, Johannesburg, at International Arrivals, Cape Town International Airport at 11.15am.

·         Drive to Stellenbosch to check-in at our hotel where we will be staying for the duration of the tour and to refresh ourselves.

·         Lunch at hotel in Stellenbosch.

·         Visit one of the oldest wineries in Stellenbosch for a variety of experiences. This winery is an excellent introduction to the area. The landscape are comparable to the Médoc region of Bordeaux in France.

·         Return to hotel.

 

Day 2: Tuesday

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” – Galileo Galilei. We buildt on our first experience of South African wine yesterday with a different microclimate. You will experience wine across the spectrum. And to top today, we end with the “water of life” in a slightly different form …..

  • After a breakfast, South African-style, we visit a winery in the Simonsberg-Stellenbosch area of Stellenbosch. Simonsberg means “Simons Mountain” the name alluding to Governor Simon van der Stel. This is classic red wine area, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, but there are wines for everyone’s palate including a few styles you wouldn’t expect!
  • Drive into Stellenbosch for a tour of Stellenbosch’s historic Village Museum. This museum is actually a collection of four individual houses, each built in a different architectural style from the late 17th-century through to the late 19th-century, showing how the townspeople lived for 180 years
  • Visit Oom Samie’s Winkel, a Stellenbosch landmark (an early 20th century trading store which was owned by Uncle Samie, a bachelor who lived nearby).
  • Lunch in Stellenbosch (in the vicinity of Oom Samie’s).
  • In the afternoon we visit a brandy cellar whose products regularly win the Worldwide Best Brandy award at a leading wine-and-spirit show. Brandies have a very interesting history and culture in South Africa since the time of the Huguenots.
  • Return to our accommodation for the rest of the afternoon and evening .

Day 3: Wednesday

Margaret Fuller said “wine is earth’s answer to the sun”. In terms of worldwide viticulture South Africa is classified as a “warm country” as the amount of sunshine hours the country gets is quite high. That means fully ripe grapes much like Spain or Portugal but South African winemakers are expert in harnessing the heat to produce powerful but structured wines. Experience some of those wines today.

  • Fresh from a good night’s sleep we visit a boutique winery. A boutique winery is a small private vineyard and winery. It is also a good time to get better acquanted with Pinotage, South Africa’s own grape variety and/or Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, a firm South African blended red wine favourite which you won’t get anywhere else in the world (well, maybe Australia).
  • Travel via Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town to Cape Point (or ALTERNATIVE VISIT). We use the funicular to view the southernmost-point of the Cape Peninsula.
  •  Lunch at Cape Point (Two Oceans Restaurant)
  • A Magnificent Coastal Drive. We travel via Kommetjie and Chapman’s Peak Drive on the Western Seaboard of the Peninsula to Cape Town and Table Mountain (or ALTERNATIVE VISIT).
  • Go up with the cableway to the top of Table Mountain. View from all sides; walk to MacLear’s Beacon and back; have a sundowner and watch the sun set.
  • Return to our accommodation.

Day 4: Thursday

A more leisurely day awaits us today and apart from visiting one of the cooler areas of Stellenbosch to taste some brilliant wines made by nature and man (with skill), but as George Herbert reminds us “all things require skill but an appetite”. A barbecue is as traditional a South African institution as you can get and this afternoon we are going to experience the Cape version.

  • We drive into the mountains and one of the most beautiful areas in the Stellenbosch district to visit a winery with excellent “terroir”,  the French term meaning the synergy of sun, soil, vines and man to produce great wines (as defined by a local winery). See how neat the vineyards are and you know great wine is made!
  • Returning to central Stellenbosch, we drive to a wine estate where we have a wine-blending experience followed by a traditional Afrikaans lunch called a “Boerebraai” or a farmers barbecue complete with snoek páté and pumpkin fritters! And of course, the estate’s wine accompanies the lunch. After an interesting week so far this is the time to take off your shoes and just relax.
  • Treasuring your own bottle of blended wine we go to Stellenbosch town where we take a leisurely stroll down Dorp Street (the whole street is a South African national monument) for the rest of the afternoon. Of course you can opt to sit down and have a late-afternoon coffee or tea at one of the café’s on the route ….
  • Drive back to our accommodation.

Day 5: Friday

“The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. Enjoy your cup of coffee (or tea!) as we prepare for the beauty that is Kirstenbosch which displays a wide variety of the unique plant life of the Cape Flora, also known as “fynbos”(heather), including sugarbushes, pincushions and heaths ….and magnificent scenery.

  • We leave early this morning to visit world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where we have the opportunity to amaze ourselves in the diversity of the Cape flora. (or ALTERNATIVE VISIT). You will have ample time for walks, and perhaps early tea, in the garden to completely relax and unwind.
  • Drive to Cape Town International Airport at 10.30am to be there at 11.00am for your connecting flights and international flights home.

Please Note

  1. Itinerary subject to change without prior notice (individual farms may be substituted for another farm at the tour leader’s discretion).
  2. Individual farm visits may take place on another day than planned on the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances.
  3. Itninerary days are interchangeable to take weather conditions into account.
  4. Lunch and suppers/dinners are excluded from the tour price except lunch on Day 4 as it is stated on the present itinerary.
  5. Luxury or boutique accommodation depending on group size or availability.
  6. Wine or any other purchases at wine farms is for your own expense.
  7. Aircraft tickets to and from Cape Town are not included in the price as is any accommodation privately booked prior or after the tour.
  8. Medical travel insurance is essential in the case of injury.
  9. Photographs are for illustration purposes only.

 

Location

 

 Map of Cape Peninsula + Stellenbosch

 

Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. Surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges and lower hills it has magnificent valleys planted with vines and into the mountains. The area has been settled in the late 17th century and has historical buildings from the Dutch East India Company’s time as well as the 18th and extending into the 19th and early 20th centuries with Victorian architecture. The students of this university town bring a “young” vibrant energy and atmosphere to Stellenbosch which exist side-by-side with the “old” stately part of town. Stellenbosch is also a fine culinary centre with good restaurants making use of local produce. You will be captivated by the 337-year history of the town in all its facets!

 
Getting there

Nearest airport

Cape Town International Airport  35km; 34 min

What’s nearby

Beach 8km but swimming beach at Muizenberg 44km

Shops

3.2km

Restaurants

3.2km

Town

3.2km

Transfers

Pick-up at selected hotels before the tour starts and at Cape Town International Airport. Drop off at the airport on your departure day or at hotels in Cape Town.

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Accommodation

Luxury Accommodation

The Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is the most iconic luxury hotel in Stellenbosch, which offers unrivalled services and facilities. The hotel is a Cape Wine lands sanctuary with a romantic heritage, a distinguish sense of Cape Dutch architecture, and a commitment to unparalleled service excellence.

Our restaurant draws on influences from the many nationalities and customs that have shaped the Stellenbosch region. Every dish speaks volumes about the variety and quality of South African gastronomic excellence. Wining and dining on the Estate epitomize style and sophistication in an atmosphere alive with friendly hospitality.

Steeped in a history dating back to 1692, the Lanzerac Wine Estate – home to the first bottled Pinotage – is situated at the foot of the majestic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch. Experience the finest hospitality the Cape Wine lands has to offer, indulging guests with warm and passionate service, the finest wine and cuisine and exquisitely styled rooms and suites.

The Lanzerac Hotel invites complete relaxation amid welcoming interiors which blend both period grandeur and contemporary style. The five star hotel has forty-eight en-suite bedrooms and suites, with all rooms leading onto patios, overlooking manicured lush gardens and the stunning backdrop of grandiose mountains and vineyards.

Check-in

2pm

Check out

11am

Facilities

·       air conditioning

·       under floor heating

·       satellite TV

·       en-suite bathrooms

·       heated towel rail

·       hair dryers

·       electronic safe

·       Mini Bar

·       Razor Plug Outlet

·       International Direct Dial Telephone

·       International plug points

·       24 hour room service

·       Laundry service

·       complimentary WIFI

·       A turn-down service in the evening

 

Standard Rooms

 

Double or twin room, en-suite bathroom – Classic –

 

Most rooms open out onto a private patio which overlook landscaped gardens, the surrounding vineyards and the majestic Jonkershoek mountains.

Pic of Classic

Room Type                            Double or Twin Room

Bathroom                               En-Suite

Sleeps up to                            2

Total number of rooms           26

 

Double or twin room, en-suite bathroom – Luxury –

Rooms offer classical bathrooms and a walk-in cupboard. The Luxury rooms place a focus on elegance and old-world style. Classic decorating and genuine antiques have been chosen to perfectly match the region’s most distinguished examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

Pic of Luxury

Room Type                            Double or Twin Room

Bathroom                               En-Suite

Sleeps up to                            2

Total number of rooms           15

 

Double or twin room, en-suite bathroom – Junior Suites –

The Hotel offers 5 Junior Suites of approx. 50-60 sq. meters in size, with most suites offering the lounge area separate to the bedroom. Room interiors here blend both period grandeur and contemporary style.

Pic of Junior Suite

Room Type                            Double or Twin Room

Bathroom                               En-Suite

Sleeps up to                            2

Total number of rooms           5

 

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Your host

Your host Johan Erasmus

Languages spoken – English

I grew up with wine being a normal part of the meal when I was at school.

I found I had a natural ability to distinguish different wines from each other and doing wine-courses led to university colours for wine-tasting where I participated in two intervarsities!

Over my working life, what was a hobby became my job and I was in wine retail for almost 8 years. Selling wine gave me a whole new insight into the industry. At medium and lower price points you get exactly the wine you pay for but at higher and premium price points the quality or potential of the wine does not necessarily equate to the price. It depends on the harmony of sun, soil, vine and man and the vintage conditions.

The next level up was to make my own wine and after obtaining a qualification from Stellenbosch University my brother and I have been making our own wine since 2010, mainly red wine. Your own wine is like a child; you nurse it and try to protect it from anything that may harm it, and on reflection, thinking “I could have done that better”!The 2010-vintage is drinking beautifully.

Stellenbosch is a marvellous place and definitely have the history and the innovation and the people which I want to share with you, the guest to the Cape Wine lands.