One of my highlights, as a Wine Specialist tour guide, is being able to see our wonderful country through fresh eyes every week. Our days on tour are spent in pursuit of the perfect combination of wine, views and, inevitably the gourmet delights that go along with it.
The Cape Winelands are the third most visited tourism destination in the country with most wine routes being within easy driving distance of Cape Town. A visit to the winelands goes way beyond the cellar door, celebrating not just the wine itself but also the way in which its made, the people who make it, the restaurants that serve it and the vistas of landscape that gave it birth.
Whilst South Africa is referred to as a New World producer with wines focused on fruit flavours and made to be drunk soon after bottling, we still have several estates whom make old-world style wines specifically blended to be kept for longer periods of time. Our cellars range from large co-operatives to independent cellars and estates down to boutique wineries and garagiste producers. By putting a personalized tour together we are able to take the guess work out of our clients hands and focus the day around specific regions, wine styles and flavour profiles as requested by them. Add to this opportunities to do vertical tastings of older vintages, library stock tastings, wine and chocolate pairings, cheese tastings, art gallery or motor museum viewings, or even an opportunity to meet the winemaker, and your tour is a wrap!
I believe wine should be sipped, savoured and shared. It’s an entirely subjective experience and all that’s required is that you find one which is perfect for you!