With so many excellent wines available to you from a glut of grapes — Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and more — the only problem you’ll have is deciding which to sample next...
It is said that South African wine straddles both the Old and New Worlds — the Cape’s wine culture goes back more than 350 years. Even so, as recently as ten years ago South African wines were lucky if they featured on the bottom shelf of your local supermarket’s wine section. Much of the wine produced in the country was distilled into brandy — thank heavens the same can’t be said today.
Tasting the wines of the Cape region is a pleasure in itself, but sampling them in the actual vineyards where they were produced is a truly unique experience. The landscape you find yourself in is second to none, with immense open plains giving way to hundreds of hectares of vines, towering mountain ranges, lakes, and green forests. We visit renowned areas, but also look to the emerging South African wine scene. Many of the country’s young winemakers have travelled the globe in search of divine vine inspiration, and the results are a captivating mix of technical expertise and creativity applied to South Africa’s unique soils.
Wine could easily encapsulate each and every moment of our South African tour, but we would be remiss if we neglected to schedule cultural visits too. From game drives at wildlife sanctuaries to informal family BBQs, we enjoy it all...
- South Africa offers excellent wines from a great variety of grapes
- Visit the superb estate of Buitenverwachting, with owner Lars Maack personally hosting
- Join Anthony Hamilton Russell for a tasting at the esteemed Hamilton Russell Vineyards
- Game drive at Wildlife Sanctuary
- Enjoy free time to explore Montagu, Stellenbosch and Riebeek
South Africa’s wards have incredible terroir and passionate growers, making it a powerful player in the world of wine. From the vineyards under Table Mountain to the ‘Malbec King of Africa’, explore over four centuries of wine heritage — our tour opens at Buitenverwachting, which dates back to 1685.