I had an amazing Valentine’s Day tasting wine with Wine Flies Wine Tours in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Tasting all the variety of different wines was amazing and the pairing with chocolate, cheese and food was incredible.
We visited 4 different wineries and each one was a unique experience: first we arrived to Haute Cabrière in Franschhoek, then we went to Stellenbosch and had chocolate and wine pairing at Hoopenburg, then we had lunch at Middelvlei Wine Estate, and finally we had cheese and wine pairing at Vergenoegd Low Wine Estate.
I completely recommend this tour, the experience is wonderful because you get to spend time with your friends while meeting new people on the tour and together you have a lot of fun.
Let me share with you all the details of the tour, as the transportation, tour guide, gifts, wine, food and of course the nice pics we were able to take in the beautiful locations we visited.
The basics of the Stellenbosch/Franschhoek Tour
The Tour Guide
Our tour guide was the awesome Lord V, he has 5 years experience in hospitality and has vast experience giving wine tours.
I was impressed with the amount of information he knew about wine and besides that he was friendly!
We were moving on a very spacious and comfortable van. It was also very convenient because we were able to leave our bags secure there while we went out to see each place.
What’s included on the tour?
- Qualified guide
- All transport
- Wine and pairings
- *The only extra you could pay is a bottle (or many bottles) of wine if you want to take them home or as a gift to friends and family.
The tour lasted 8 hours. Lord V picked me and my friends up from Mojo Hotel (My stay at the trendy Mojo Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa) at 9:00 am and brought me back at 17:00 pm. These were the places we visited:
1. Starting the tour – Franschhoek
After Lord V picked us of from the hotel and while he was driving us to Franschhoek he mentioned some wine history and interesting facts as that South Africa is the 7th biggest wine producer in the world and the Vatican City consumes more wine per head than any other country.
I loved that he gave all of us a box with a small bottle of rosé and a chocolate in a heart shape; perfect to start Valentine’s Day.
Then we arrived to Franschhoek and we had some time to explore the area. This was great because it was my first time there and it is a beautiful town full of shops and nice buildings.
We also saw the Huguenot Monument,which is dedicated to the cultural influences that Huguenots have brought to South Africa. The three high arches symbolize the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On top of the arches is the sun of righteousness and above that, the cross of their Christian faith.
2. Haute Cabrière
Haute Cabrière wine farm dates back to 1694 when the French Huguenot Pierre Jourdan was granted a piece of land in Franschhoek, which he decided to name after his home town Cabrière. This wine farm has a tasting room and a restaurant.
Besides tasting delicious wine and getting to know all the persons who were taking the tour, we were able to relax surrounded by the magnificent views of this place and take some pictures in the yellow frame that captures Table Mountain.
For more information, visit Haute Cabrière website.
Then from Franschhoek we moved to Stellenbosch and visited the Hoopenburg Wine Farm. In 1992, the Schmitz family established Hoopenburg Wines. It is the only Cape farm where 100% of the wine originates from grapes produced by bush vines.
We got to see an amazing room full of barrels with wine ready to sale, an impressive room with big tanks and we had some delicious wine tasting paired with different chocolates.
For more information, visit Hoopenburg website.
4. Middelvlei Wine Estate
Then we visited Middelvlei Wine Estate to have lunch. The Momberg family of Middelvlei Wine Estate offers a very special, authentic South African outdoor barbecue experience. The resident braai expert prepares chops, boerewors and chicken sosaties to perfection.
We had a very complete lunch with boerewors, salad, chicken, and of course wine. And afterwards we visited the farm animals and took our own wine from barrels.
For more information, visit Middelvlei Wine Estate website.
5. Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate
Our last stop was Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate, one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, known for its red wines.
Besides wine tasting you can do many activities there: picnics, see the duck morning and afternoon parade, take tours, visit the Saturday market, run in the Saturday family run, and attend to the summer concerts.
We had five different types of wine and cheese paired and afterwards we met another group of wine tasters with whom we spent some nice time talking, drinking and watching the amazing view outside.
For more information, visit Vergenoegd Low Wine Estate website.
Don’t miss your chance to make the most of your visit to Cape Town and take this awesome wine tour with Wine Flies Wine Tours!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post, but all opinions are my own
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