Franschhoek: Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and our top chefs create international cuisine. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.
We start the day with a visit to the world renowned Babylonstoren Wine Estate to view their magical garden. Set within 3,5 hectares (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit during the days when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia. But they also link back to the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon. Those were thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth.
For our first food & wine paring, we make our way to the majestic Rupert & Rothschild just outside Franschhoek. We visit their elegant Tasting Centre and enjoy Rupert & Rothschild wine together with a selection of imported wine and champagne from the exclusive Rothschild properties in France, Argentina and New Zealand. To complement the wine and champagne, we experience fine food offerings carefully selected and prepared by Head Chef Carmen Muller.
Our next point of call will be at Môreson Wine Estate. Môreson’s Charcuterie and Wine Tasting is their own twist on novel wine tasting. Stretch out at the Farm Grocer bar counter while you sample a range of Môreson Wines, each individually paired with Neil Jewell’s mouthwatering yummy homemade Charcuterie.
We then make our way to the historic Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate (Est. 1694) where you will enjoy a wine and food pairing (2 white + 2 red and 4 canapé) in the owner’s private gallery. During the winter months you will be close to the crackling fireplace while during summer you will be able to tickle your taste buds in the air-conditioned tasting room and enjoy the view of the majestic mountains outside.
Lunch (own account) will be booked at either one of the wine farms or a local restaurant in Franschhoek!
Then finally at the foothills of the Simonsberg, in South Africa’s most celebrated Franschhoek Wine Valley, lies Vrede & Lust Wine Estate. Vrede & Lust is a family owned and managed wine estate. Here we will taste 5 different wines in the most serene surroundings. After an amazing adventure, our tour comes to an end and we make our way back to your accommodation.
This is a private tour. It requires a minimum of 2 booking guests to start.
- Beautiful village of Franschhoek – Food capital of South Africa
- Babylonstoren Wine Estate
- Rupert & Rothschild
- Môreson Wine Estate
- Grande Provence Heritage Wine
- Vrede & Lust Wine Estater
Anywhere in Cape Townor Stellenbosch – your tour guide will reach out to you to arrange
- Land transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
- Pickups & Drop Offs in Cape Town or Stellenbosch surroundings
- All activities and entrance fees as per itinerary
- All wine & food/charcuterie pairings
- All wine tastings
- Activities not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses
- 30 days prior to booked tour 100% refund
- No refund where cancellation has been made less than 30 days prior to the booked tour
- An admin charge of EUR 25 will be charged for all cancellations (per person)