Full-Day Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Region Private Tour from Cape Town: including a visit to visit to Domaine Des Dieux

Spend an exceptional day exploring the boutique wine producers of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Known for its Pinot and Chardonnays, this region is a delight to true wine connoisseurs that want to discover the diverse appeal of South African wines. Drive down the famous coastal Whale Route through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay and then spend the day tasting heavenly world class wine in the renowned Hemel-en-Aarde valley wine region.

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Highlights
All entrance fees included
Led by a local guide
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Start the day with a beautiful drive along the picturesque Cape coastline, passing through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus. This famous drive is aptly named the “Whale Route” because it is known to have the best land-based whale watching in the world. The majestic Southern Right whale can be spotted year round but they are seen in abundance between June and November when they come to breed and calve.

Make your ascent into the adjacent Hemel-en-Aarde valley, with dramatic mountain landscapes and endless vineyard views. There’s no question why this valley appropriately named “Heaven on Earth” in Afrikaans. This region’s close proximity to the ocean makes it prime for cool climate wines, mainly of a French, German and Northern Italian descent. Wines like Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and even some great bubbles are all produced in this hidden gem of a region. All the wineries here are boutique and small production, but are growing rapidly in terms of a world-class recognition.

After stopping at two of the family owned wineries to taste, arrive at Creation Winery. Situated high up the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus, Creation’s vines climb the steep hills of Babylonstoren Mountain to a lofty altitude of 350 meters above sea level. Here they bask in generous sunlight, flourish in 450-million-year-old clay loam soils with decomposed Bokkeveld shale and dance in the cool breezes blowing in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. You’ll experience one of the most impressive food and wine pairings in South Africa. Known for their award winning Pinot noirs and Chardonnays, you can see how the perfectly prepared canapés can enhance the unique flavors of the wines.

Your last stop will be a visit to Domaine Des Dieux, the first and only MCC (sparkling wine) producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde. This small production premium wine estate boasts stunning views of the Valley as you sip on their range of award winning wines. And just when you thought life couldn’t get better, one of the tasting assistants will supply you with some bubbles to do your own sabrage! This experience is offered exclusively for Sideways guests and is really not to be missed.

After you’ve sipped and sabraged, your guide will bring you back to your accommodation in Cape Town or Hermanus. This region is one of our personal favorites and we cannot wait to share it with you.

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Full-Day Craft Beer, Classic Car and Wine Tour from Cape Town: passing through Franschhoek and Stellenbosch

Enjoy a laid-back tour through the Cape winelands passing through Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. You’ll sample chocolates, witness the art of glass blowing, view the most stunning private motor museum, see priceless art, taste some of the finest award-winning Cape wines, sip on truly awesome craft beers and enjoy lunch (at own expense) in Franschhoek. You will visit 3 wine estates and 1 to 2 microbreweries.

Highlights

All entrance fees included
Small-group tour by minibus
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
You will be picked up at approximately 8:30am from your Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront or city hotel. You travel along the N1 towards Klapmuts for approximately half an hour before you reach the tranquil Spice Route. Once there, you kick the tour off with the perfect cup of coffee made from DV Café’s small batches of their own roasted beans. You stroll over to Red Hot Glass, a world-class glassblowing studio to witness this fine art and where you are able to purchase some beautiful pieces. After seeing melting glass, it is time for chocolate to melt in your mouth. DV Artisan Chocolate factory is housed in an old Cape Dutch home and will be your host.

A short meander through this beautiful wine area brings you to The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, only this museum can adequately portray the evolution of the automobile. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles – ranging from a tiny 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a monster 2016 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG 6X6. There are only 80 vehicles on display at a time.

You will spend about an hour here and if you are not interested in cars, you can stroll around the gardens and enjoy refreshments.

After a 10-minute drive further into the Franschhoek Valley, you arrive at La Motte Wine Estate. You will partake in a cellar tour and tasting of these multiple award winning wines. You are welcome to browse through the La Motte Museum. One of South Africa’s greatest master artists, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s work can be seen here. (Museum is closed on Mondays.)

Choose to either have lunch at Leopards Leap Estate or at Tuk Tuk Microbrewery. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery on the main road of Franschhoek Village is a beautiful quaint microbrewery. Here you can sip on some craft beer or you can explore and/or shop at some of the small shops or see sights in the village.

After lunch, head over Hellshoogte pass and descend into the world-famous Stellenbosch where you will see some of the oldest Cape Dutch houses in the country. The R44 awaits with a choice of another wine estate or micro brewery for you to do a tasting. De Grendel, 20 kilometers from the city center will be your last stop for the day. De Grendel with it’s breathtaking view of Table Mountain from the farm, 350 meters above sea level, is arguably the best in the Cape winelands. On a clear day, you can see all the way from Table Bay to False Bay, and sometimes even on to Cape Point. Enjoy a glass or two here before being dropped off at your hotel around 5pm.

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Cape Town Airport Shared Arrival Transfer: enjoy a hassle-free start to your vacation

Start your South Africa vacation in style by booking this private arrival transfer from Cape Town International Airport to your hotel in central Cape Town or the Cape Winelands. Your professional driver will greet you upon your arrival and drive you directly to your hotel in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned vehicle. It’s that easy.

Arrange your private transfer for a time to suit your schedule, and then meet your courteous driver at the Cape Town airport to travel directly to your hotel in central Cape Town or the Cape Winelands.

Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs are covered by this private airport transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free start to your vacation in the vibrant city of Cape Town or the picturesque Cape Winelands region.

When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. Approximately 24-48 hours prior to your arrival in Cape Town, you will be required to reconfirm exact pickup time and place (the contact number will be provided on your travel voucher).

Price is per person, based on 7 adults per car/vehicle.

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Full-Day Best of Cape Town Private Tour including wine tasting experience in the Winelands Region of Stellenbosch

Discover Cape Town, Cape Town City, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Winelands all in one day in a private vehicle with your very own tour guide. Your tour guide will ensure that you have explored the city, the Cape Peninsula or Cape of Good Hope as well as the Cape Winelands in a single day.

Highlights
Close encounter with wildlife
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Discover everything Cape Town has to offer in one day in a private vehicle and your very own tour guide/driver. This is a special private tour which will enable you to see the Best of Cape Town.

You will be picked up from you hotel or guest house by your private English speaking guide/driver in an air-conditioned vehicle. You can enjoy bottled water and free wi-fi on board. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the historical Cape Town sites, table mountain, The Atlantic Sea Board, Boulders Beach and all the way up to the Cape of Good Hope. From there, you’ll travel to the Winelands Region of Stellenbosch for cheese and wine tasting at carefully selected wineries.

Your driver/guide will give you the opportunity of explore all that Cape Town has to offer. Your guide will take you to all the top hidden places which make Cape Town one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You’ll have up to ten hours to explore all you need to see and know about Cape Town with the leisure of having your own private vehicle with a top qualified private guide.


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