Paarl Wine Tasting

We started a wine tasting group at the beautiful Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl. Every Thursday evening from 17h00 to 19h30, we taste a different cultivar/blend. Last week was Shiraz evening, and everyone present had a ball!

This week we taste the top Pinot Noir’s from South Africa, and everyone is invited.

Beautiful Grande Roche Hotel
Part of the group…


Popped in at Andreas Wine & Luxury Accommodation last week – what a beautiful venue. In the middle of the Wellington Winelands, with the centre of town just down the road. Loved the accommodation and setting. Henry is the perfect host and his team will ensure you don’t forget your stay.

They only produce a Shiraz, and it is wonderful. Complemented our spicy beef ribs perfectly.

Hillcrest Wine Estate

Hillcrest Boutique Winery is not generally a name that makes you sit up and take notice. However, at the recent Cab Franc Festival, I was pleasantly surprised by their Cab Franc offering, so much so that it counted amongst my top 3. Priced at R145/b, it’s a steal, considering that Holden Manz (R600/b) and Nelson’s Creek (R500/b), are of similar quality. Their Bordeaux Blend, with equal quantities of Cab Franc, Merlot & Petit Verdot with a dash of Cab Sav, was also amazing.

This prompted me to revisit the winery this week to taste their other wines. They proved to be great as well, with the standouts the Malbec, and off course the Cab Franc & Bordeaux Blend. Also loved the Merlot.

The usual suspect from Durbanville, Sav Blanc, was also beautiful.

Cab Franc Festival

If you ever experienced the joy that Cabernet Franc brings, the Cab Franc Festival held annually at Avontuur Wine Estate was the place to be.

This event was held on Saturday, 18th of May, and as always, it did not fail in delivering a memorable event.

21 Wineries represented their wines, from Callan, a young garagiste producing her own style with a bit more fruit than normal, still lovely, to Raats, synonymous with Cab Franc.

Holden Manz (R600/b) was great, and Muldersbosch had a very interesting Cab Franc MCC. However, Ondine was my personal favourite, with Nelson’s Creek and Hillcrest 2nd and 3rd.

The bargain of the day was from Onderkloof @ R80/b, and thrown into the bargain – 91 points from Tim Atkin.

Wine Tours Cape

About Us

We live in the heart of the Winelands, and the wine industry has been a passion of ours for many years.

Not only do we attend most of the award winning tastings, but we also do blind tastings where these award winning wines are challenged by lesser known wineries.

Our tours are intimate, and these lesser known gems almost always forms part of our itineraries.

Our Daily Tour

We promise you a personal tour of the Cape Winelands that you won’t forget. From the hidden gems that few people know about (which we prefer), to the big names, if that is what you prefer, a tour will be tailored around you requirements.

Your tour will be planned based on our successful standard tours, however, we will alter it according to your special needs. We will go the extra mile to let you experience that special wine you heard about, tasted or want to taste.

Included in our tours are optional cellar tours (some people prefer more time tasting), all tasting fees, air conditioned transport and a certified tour guide. A stop for a delicious lunch forms part of the tour, but is for your own account.

Pricing & Departures

Price per Person 1 2 3 4
Paarl 1000 800 600 550
Stellenbosch 1200 900 750 650
All Other 1400 1200 1000 900

 Included in the price:

All tastings and access fees

Transport in air-conditioned vehicle

Collection & drop-off from pick-up point

Exclusive use of qualified tour guide

Excluded in the price:


Departure Times:

Cape Town         –              09h15

Stellenbosch      –              09h30

Paarl                      –              09h15