± 8 hours
Visits to three wine estates
Coffee Roastery and delicatessen
Olive and wine pairings
Cape Dutch Homestead and architecture
Join this tour to experience the rich cultural heritage of a unique Boland wine producing area, while tasting premium wines, olives, cheese and more. This tour includes a memorable visit to the internationally acclaimed Vergelegen Wine Estate, where you will view a classic Cape Dutch homestead and out buildings where slaves once lived, surrounded by 300 year-old Camphor and old Yellowwood trees. Travel along the scenic Indian Ocean route via the university town of Stellenbosch before entering the Helderberg region, and Somerset West. This tour of three award winning wine estates provides visitors with magnificent scenery and historic insight of how wine and agriculture first came into being in this region, as far back as the 1700’s. As an original Cape settler destination, like most of the oldest wine producing regions of the Cape, it comprises pockets of land originally distributed to Cape Dutch Settlers by the Governor of the Cape at the time, Simon van der Stel. Explore his discovery of the agricultural riches and superior wine terroir of the Helderberg and Schaapenberg Mountains. Find out more about the viticulture and botany history of this region, since the arrival of the 1820 settlers, who came in search of a better life in the fairest Cape. View the work of master architects, artisans and cellar masters whose Cape Dutch traditions remain carefully preserved for future generations. Return along the N2 freeway, past Langa and Guguletu townships, the University of Cape Town, and Ou Kaapse Weg for views of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Your return may take you past the Constantia wine valley, Hout Bay and Chapmans Peak Drive.
09h00 Depart Cape Town
10h00 Arrive Stellenbosch for a scenic drive through town past the University of Stellenbosch, and optional walk and tour of four oldest houses of the Cape.
10h45 Depart to Somerset West
11h00 Arrive Lourensford Wine Estate (1700) Enjoy a tasting of your choice, at this estate steeped in history. Find out more about the work of many generations who have produced superior wine, and more recently coffee roasting and tastings, a home bakery, delicatessen, all amid a spectacular mountain setting.
12h00 Depart Lourensford
12h15 Arrive Morgenster Wine Estate (1711) Explore one of South Africa’s most successful olive and olive oil producers of export quality and awards. Taste local cheeses, olives, varieties of extra virgin olive oil, olive pastes, and wine tasting. Morgenster has received international acclaim for its Bordeaux style wines.
13h15 Depart to Vergelegen Estate (1685)
13h30 to 14h30 Lunch at Staples Restaurant and Bistro This restaurant setting forms a link between old and new architectural designs of the estate, from where you will enjoy magnificent views of the Helderberg and Schaapenberg mountains.
14h30 Enjoy the outdoor features of this estate. Join an optional garden tour to view the 300 year old Camphor Trees in this internationally acclaimed wine estate garden of 18 varieties, some of the oldest Yellow wood trees in the country, or the Cammillia Garden of Excellence, in full bloom during winter.
15h00 Attend an optional wine tasting, or an accompanied tour of the original homestead, slave lodge site, and library, or a special cellar tour by prior arrangement. Explore the estate’s unique, award winning vintages in the Flagship, Reserve and Premium ranges.
16h00 Return to Cape Town