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24 -31 January 2008
Saturday 24 January
Arrive in Cape Town (details to be confirmed).
Lunch at Savoy Cabbage or a Gold (African
and Cape Malay food).
Half day tour of Table Mountain and the
Dinner at La Colombe
(Constantia Uitsig Estate)
Sunday 25 January
A relaxed tour of the Constantia Winelands
Morning tour of Constantia Winelands,
Klein Constantia and Buitenverwagting.
(Please note that
these wineries are usually closed on a
Sunday, but I
might be able to arrange a visit if we
get a good response
for the tour).
Lunch at Harbour House, on the rocks in
Kalk Bay Harbour.
Afternoon tour of the Peninsula
Dinner at the Cape Malay Restaurant, Cellars
Monday 26 January
Drive via the N1 through the Klein Drakenstein
Worcester and along the R60 to Swellendam.
Visit a top estate in the Robertson area
for an estate tour, cellar
tour and lunch with a winemaker and/or
owner en route.
Check in to your guesthouse. This property
has its own nut orchards,
Cheese, fresh produce and preserves.
A 4 course wine and food pairing dinner
with Judy and Brin
Rebstein and overnight at Jan Harmsgat
Tuesday 27 January
After breakfast, drive to the Hemel en
Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley
to taste some of South Africa’s
best chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Bouchard Findlayson and Hamilton Russell
would be two estates that
I particularly recommend in this area.
Lunch at La Vierge or Heaven Restaurant
in the valley
Check in to your Guest House situated
on Grotto beach in Hermanus,
or the Marine Hotel (situated on the cliffs
in the town, overlooking
Dinner at Seafood at the Marine.
Wednesday 28 January
Drive through the apple growing area of
Elgin and Grabouw and over
the Franschhoek Pass to Franschhoek Village
Visit Boekenhoutskloof Estate for a wine
tasting before a light lunch
at Fairview Wine Estate in Paarl, which
also has a wide range of local cheeses
as award winning wines. (We will be able
to taste all the Spice Route wines
at Fairview). We could also visit Warwick
wine estate in the afternoon (time
permitting). This might be the occasion
to visit Kanonkop or Delheim instead.
Dinner at Reubens Restaurant (walking
distance from the hotel) or Bosman’s
Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel in
Overnight Le Quartier Francais B&B
Thursday 29 January
Visit the Helderberg wine area, beginning
with a visit to a coffee roastery
situated on a wine farm in Somerset West.
Or, we could visit Meerlust Estate
prior to continuing on to Somerset West.
An olive oil tasting which includes a
selection of olives and olive pastes as
Well, at Morgenster Wine Estate, followed
by their two very good
A wine tasting and lunch at Vergelegen
Wine Estate, a leader in the Biodiversity
And wine initiative. This beautiful estate
dates back to 1700 but also boasts a state
Of the art cellar, built into the side
of the mountain, making the most of gravity
flow. Apart from their very good range
of wines, they have a historic manor house
(an excellent example of Cape Dutch architecture
open to the public), and beautiful gardens
with 300 year old camphor trees.
Return to Franschhoek, stopping for a
walk through Stellenbosch, the second
Town in South Africa, centre of the wine
industry and a large university town.
Could opt to drive through Stellenbosch
instead, allowing time to visit either
Or Rustenberg on the way back to Franschhoek.
Dinner at The Tasting Room , choosing
a 4, 6 or 8 course menu with wine pairings.
Overnight Le Quartier Francais B&B
Friday 30 January
A day concentrating on the Stellenbosch
Start with a wine tasting at Neil Ellisa,
Rustenberg or Morgenhof, before continuing
On to a chocolate and wine tasting at
Waterford and a visit to their cathedral
Continue on to estates such as Ernie Els
(an impressively modern cellar situated
on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain).
Uva Mira (a very interesting much smaller
estate, with a very successful young
wine maker) and historic Webersberg or
Rust en Vrede both also situated in this
triangle of red wine producers.
Lunch at Terroir or Guardian Peak
A visit to Thelema or Tokara on the way
back to Franschhoek (time permitting)
Evening at leisure
Overnight Le Quartier Francais
Saturday 31 January
A leisure day to spend enjoying the main
street of Franschhoek with it’s
shops and galleries.
Lunch at La Petite Ferme (if the flight
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your