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Raise A Glass – Luxury Cape Wine Tours In South Africa

FWT_Admin | March 13, 2018

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This region is home to the Cape Winelands, and that is in turn home to some of the most respected vineyards in the world – and the wines that are produced there. Sit back and relax and get ready for a bespoke African safari in the inlands of the Cape.

Now there is a way that you can enjoy the wonders of the winelands in the lap of luxury – and that is with one of the many luxury tour operations that make their home in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.

These operators run a variety of different types of tours – from luxury buses which make daily runs into the various regions in the winelands to luxury bike tours for the more adventurous spirits.

But there is one thing that these winelands tours do have in common – that is the fact that every person who takes part will be exposed to some of the most beautiful parts of the Western Cape – in itself one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

The beauty of taking a luxury tour of the winelands is not only the enjoyment of some of the most beautiful flora in the entire world, but also being introduced to some of the most knowledgeable cellar masters in one of the most respected wine producing regions in the world.

It is not simply a place or tour that takes you outside the city of Cape Town into a wonderful region that includes Stellenbosch and Paarl – it is also an opportunity to sample the delights of wine from estates that have won gold medal status in competitions that are held across the globe.

Seated in the lap of luxury you will be exposed to estates that have been around for centuries – and families that have been the custodians of vineyards that have been responsible for some of the greatest wines on the face of the planet.

But there is more for those who choose to take a luxury tour of the Cape Winelands.

Many of these states are not only renowned for the wines that they produce – they are also home to some of the most fantastic chefs that the Cape has to offer. The restaurants that are found on these estates are amongst the best in the world – and those who run them are intimately familiar with the meals that they serve and the wines that should be paired with every course.

In effect a luxury tour of the Cape winelands in a complete experience. It combines wine and food – and an experience of one of the most beautiful places on the planet. This is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list – even if they are not a wine lover.

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Top Wine Regions of South Africa

FWT_Admin | September 28, 2017

South Africa is not only known for its vast safaris and flourishing wildlife. It is also known for its world-class variety of wines. Over the years, South Africa is increasingly making better wines which contribute not only to Africa’s wine industry but also to the rest of the world.

Here are the top wine regions of South Africa:

Franschhoek
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The Gourmet Capital of South Africa has a food and wine route that is beyond compare. Franschhoek is considered one of South Africa’s top wine regions for centuries. The Valley was founded by Huguenot settlers. These settlers came from France and they brought with them their traditions and winemaking expertise. The valley is surrounded by jade-colored Drakenstein Mountains. The relatively high rainfall and a wide variety of soils make the production of the good variety of wines possible. Franschhoek prides itself for the most tried-and-trusted grapes over a number of decades.

Some of the farms in Franschhoek date back generations and exude an old-world charm. Some of the wine farms of Franschhoek include Bellingham, Backsberg Estate Cellars, Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, Boschendal Wines, Graham Beck Wines and Franschhoek Cellar.

In Franschhoek, you will get to experience pairing food and wine. Aside from wine tasting, you will also experience olive, chocolate and cheese tastings. Indeed, Franschhoek is the ideal destination to experience sampling some of the world’s finest wines.

Constantia
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Another top wine region of South Africa is Constantia. It is a historic wine-growing area in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The region has a winemaking history that dates back to 1685. It is where the first vineyards were planted in South Africa. Constantia sits on top of ancient deposits of decomposed granite. Constantia’s estates stretch from the low ground all the way up the south-eastern sides of the Constantiaberg mountain. The area grows a wide range of grapes with Sauvignon blanc being particularly noted. It is also known for premium cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux Blend wines, along with the modern dessert wines made from Muscat Blanc.

Constantia is now home to 11 wine farms including Groot Constantia, Steenberg Vineyards, Constantia Uitsig, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Eagles Nest, Constantia Glen and Silvermist Vineyards. These wine estates receive a steady flow of visitors throughout the year because of the year-round wine tastings, picnics, and festivals. With its heritage and landscapes of unsurpassed beauty, the Constantia Valley truly is one of South Africa’s most cherished vineyards.

Paarl
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To add to the list of the top wine regions of South Africa is Paarl. Paarl is the heart of the South African wine industry. Its name is the Dutch word for pearl because of the way it glistens after rainfall. Paarl has a long history of wine production which started in the 1680s and the famous Nederberg Wine Auction is held here every year. It was traditionally a white wine region but is now focusing on red wines because of its Mediterranean climate. The white wines are fruit driven and tropical, usually made from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. The red wines, made largely from Shiraz, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon are rich and robust, with a great intensity of fruit. Paarl’s vineyards are found on the lower slopes of Paarl Rock, on the northern side of Simonsberg Mountain and in the valley of the Berg River which provides well-drained granite and shale soils for the vines to produce premium quality. Paarl’s climate is relatively hot and the rainfall is moderate to high. And the vineyards are often irrigated over summer to help cool the plants.

Stellenbosch
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Stellenbosch is one of the top wine regions of South Africa. About 45 km east of Cape Town, the Stellenbosch district is the second oldest wine region in South Africa. It contributes around 14% of the country’s annual wine production. The region is surrounded by the Helderberg, Simonsberg and Stellenbosch Mountains and receives some climatic influences from nearby False Bay. Stellenbosch is steeped in history and is home to the country’s best-known wine estates since 1679. The region’s climate is relatively hot and dry. Granite and sandstone soils are also found throughout Stellenbosch. The region’s most widely planted grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon. This variety is often combined with Merlot to create Bordeaux Blend wines.

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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Wine

Check Out These Top 5 Cape Town Wine Farms

FWT_Admin | July 18, 2016

There are many Cape Town wine farms, but what are some of the best ones? Before you make a trip to Cape Town, you should know about the top wine farms. With that said, below are the top five Cape Town wine farms you should visit.
1. Steenberg Vineyards- The vineyard is located in Constantia, and on the estate there is a manor house, as well as various other buildings. Asides from visiting the vineyard, you can stay at the hotel that is on the estate and play a few rounds of golf on the course. Let’s not forget to mention there is a spa on the site, and you will love it. As for wines you can find there, you’ll be able to enjoy wines such as Blanc, Shiraz and Merlot to name a few.

2. Cape Point Vineyards– This vineyard is one of the most well-known vineyards in Cape Town, and it is an award winning winery. It is equipped with a wedding and function venue, which makes it a great place to have a wedding. Premium wines are made at the vineyard, and you can enjoy some of the wines they offer at the Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant, which offers you amazing views of the surrounding area. Also, you can take a nice picnic while here, so if you’re looking for one of the best wine farms in Cape Town, then look no further than Cape Point Vineyards.

3. Vergelegen– If you’re looking for an amazing wine farm to visit, then make sure to pay a visit to Vergelegen, which is home to the Cape Dutch manor house. There are a number of gorgeous gardens you can walk through, and let’s not forget to mention you can take a tour of the cellar, as well as taste a few wines that are considered to be the best in the world. After you have tasted the wine, make sure you head to Camphors restaurant for lunch, but be prepared to spend a lot of time at Vergelegen because you can easily spend an entire morning or afternoon there.

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4. La Motte– Another good wine farm that you should visit is La Motte, which is located in the center of the Cape Winelands, and many people consider this farm to be the best one in all of the area. The farm is home to an amazing restaurant, and you’ll have the chance to try wines such as Chardonnays and Shirazes. There are various events that take place here throughout the year, so before you go, make sure you find out if there’s a concert going on, wine tasting event or another interesting event you’ll want to go to.

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5. Skilpadvlei Wine Estate- The last farm to make the list is the Skilpadvlei Wine Estate, which is where you’ll taste wines such as Chenin Blanc, Skilpaddop Rose and Skilpaddop Red to name a few. Don’t worry about finding a place to stay because the estate has B&B rooms available, as well as cottages, and don’t forget to dine at the restaurant. Also, the restaurant is child-friendly, so feel free to bring your entire family to the restaurant, but make sure you take a look around the estate because you will love all that it has to offer.

As previously mentioned, there are many wine farms in Cape Town. However, the top five Cape Town wine farms are the ones discussed above. If you have never been to Cape Town and you are a fan of wine, then make sure you visit at least some of the wine farms discussed in this article.

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BikesnWines.com

FWT_Admin | July 18, 2016

The wine-growing region of the Cape has a reputation for its scenic beauty, lush expanses of vineyards, Blue Mountains, and sunny weather often that enables ripening of grapes on the vine.

While a majority of tourists opt to tour the areas by vehicle, you cannot experience the environment in a better way than on two wheels, and this is where Bikes n Wines, a local tour company comes into play. They offer Cape Town Bicycle Tours.

Bikes n Wines is a South African first and a new concept in winelands tourism that combines exclusive wine tastings with adventure cycling. Bikes n Wines has been organizing bike tours for close to a decade for the visitors that would like to enjoy Cape Winelands in an active and healthy way. The tours offered by Bikes n Wines are geared towards outdoor-loving, young-hearted people looking to experience a South African wine tour from an authentic and different viewpoint.

During the day, up to 4 first-class Stellenbosch wine estates located 50 km outside Cape Town are visited. They are accessed through private farm roads where riders get to pass through quiet tree-lined roads as well as vineyards with stunning vistas along the way.

Depending on your route of choice, your selection of lunch spots and wineries will differ. Bikes n Wines does offer tours in all six of the wine regions in the Cape and offers a choice of half-day tours, full-day tours, or even multi-day tours. A Bikes n Wines tour is guaranteed to be an adventure in the Winelands which is a totally refreshing break from your regular wine-tasting experience.

A good example of a tour would be to meet up in Stellenbosch then to cycle 10 to 30 km between several vineyards including the legendary Van Rynís distillery, Overgaauw, as well as the tiny Lovane Boutique Wine Estate. Overgaauw specialized in Merlot while Lovane is known for its red wines.

The Wellington area is best suited to mountain bikers while guests can enjoy treats such as a visit to Chocolaterie in Franschhoek. There is also a mountain bike tour of the glorious Hemel-en-Aarde area near Hermanus where some of the finest wines in the country are made because of its close proximity to the sea.

Peninsula Pedal is a new but increasingly popular tour that follows part of the route of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, popularly known as the “Argus”

This tour starts in Simonstown and features a stop at Boulder as well as a side trip to Cape Point. From here comes a road transfer to Noordhoek for guests to go tackle Chapmanís Peak to Hout Bay. Guests will continue enjoying wine tasting as well as a picnic along the way.

While it is possible to organize a transfer to your location of choice, the company highly encourages the use of public transport to the starting point.

Since Bikes n Wines is committed to a carbon-neutral policy, it has partnered with Greenpop, which is an organization that organizes tree planting. For every 10 riders that book a tour with Bikes n Wines, Greenpop donates a tree.

Bikes n Wines only offer guided tours and has 45 bikes for hire meaning that they must be pre-booked. The company caters for all levels of ability even complete novices and children. If you are wondering how you can juggle the adult enjoyment of wine tasting in the Winelands and ensuring that your children also enjoy themselves, you should consider taking a Bikes n Wines tour.

Bikes n Wines fully caters for families with children as young as 1 year with bike baby seats, half bikes, buggies, and childrenís bikes that suit children of different ages. In addition, the company can include some of the more children-friendly wineries including Spier and Skilpadvlei.

Final Thoughts

A Bikes n Wines tour is a real fun quality way of spending quality time enjoying the great outdoors for the whole family while the adults get to enjoy some good wine and food. If you would like to enjoy the scenic Cape Town region then you should definitely book a Bikes n Wines tour. You will enjoy quality time with your loved ones in the great outdoors while enjoying great wine and food. To enjoy this amazing experience, ensure that you make a Bikes n Wines tour part of your bucket list.

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Posted In Nelspruit, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

All you need to know about Nelspruit Wine Farms

FWt Editor | November 10, 2015

Nelspruit is not usually known for it wine farms like South Africa’s Cape region however passionate wine lovers have invested years and their expert farming knowledge to produce some fantastic wines in the Neslpruit area.

Two of these wine farms include Rottcher Wineries and Gilbey Distillers & Vintners.

Rottcher Wineries is no normal wine farm however. It is incredibly unique. Using an age-old traditional method of fermentation, Rottcher Wineries manufactures there one of a kind Avalencia orange-wine which is similar sherry or port. It’s Sweet, Dry, Ginger and Chilli Avalencia are famous within the region. Nelspruit is one of the best areas to grown Oranges and citrus in the world, and there are many amazing road side stalls where travelers can stop to buy freshly squeezed Orange juice for ridiculously low prices.

The pioneer of Orange wine Mr Rottcher, who was a missionary in Kwa-Zulu Natal, started the Sonnengold Orange Winery near Greytown in 1916.  This was because the missionary had no wine to serve at Church and so chose to make his very own wine. Oranges were plentiful int he region and so it was an easy choice of what ingredients to use.

Unknowingly he launched an industry that would endure right up to the present day. His grandson, Kurt Rottcher, moved to White River in the 1950’s and even though he was an engineer, he kept up the family tradition of producing wines from oranges.

Rottcher Wineries officially started in White River in 1959 on the Heidelberg Road just outside Nelspruit, where the White River Sawmills are today. In 1967 Kurt moved the winery to Farm Magnifique on the Nelspruit/White River main road where production continued and grew until he retired in 1983. When Kurt’s retired he sold the winery to Koot & Laura Van Den Heever, who had recently moved to White River from Johannesburg. In 2008 Koot’s niece, Christine Nel and her husband Jaco, took over  and moved the winery to its current location at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.

In the beginning of 2012 Frank Theron bought Rottcher Wineries. Urged on by his friends and assisted by the former owners, and greatly motivated by his personal passion for wine and his personal hobby of collecting all kinds of wines, he took over with energy, passion and enthusiasm. He immediately decided that innovation and spark was required in order to push the business forward which caused him to expand and introduce an exciting selection of new products.

All of Rottcher Wineries products can be found in store at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.

These days wine can only be called os if it is made from Grapes and this is why Rottcher Winery calls it’s products Avalencia.

If you are ever in the Nelspruit or White River area make sure you stop in at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre to take a tour of the winery and taste all of the different styles of Avalencia.

Valencia is first fermented using a very specific kind of yeast, then it is vat-matured for a minimum of six months, then  it is refined, racked if necessary, filtered and bottled. Unlike wine, Avalencia does not oxidise easily, and it matures well in the bottle when stored correctly.

Nelspruit is an amazing area and gateway to the Kruger National Park. You will definitely want to stay there for longer than a day, so make sure you enjoy the large variety of wonderful Nelspruit B&B and Guesthouses.

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Benefits Of Wine Farming In South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The South African wine has reached various markets across the globe. Cape Town has always stood a wonderful place to offer the world the best vineyard. The presence of wine lands have made South Africa to produce the greatest wine in the world.

Cape Town has grown very fast economically and this has brought array of benefits to South Africa. The wine has an access to the international markets. This has given the South African economy an enormous boost. The economic growth and development that has been growing by leaps and bounds in South Africa to some great extent, it can be attributed to the expansive wine lands in Cape Town. South Africa earns foreign exchange through the worldwide sale of her tasty wine.

Investment growth in Cape Town has been expansive as a result of the major vineyards being located there. This has made several corners of Cape Town stand out as an investment hub. Both foreign and domestic investors are now trooping in droves to invest in the South African markets to benefit from the vine growing in the country and this is a tremendous achievement in her economy.

South Africa has also seen the growth of industries. The wine industry in South Africa is on course in terms of growth. As the Cape Town wine farms gain momentum to unlock all the available opportunities to offer the world with the best quality wine, industries have witnessed growth. This has always made South Africa the most admirable nation that has the capacity to offer the best quality products and services right from the beverages like wine.

The wine from this great nation has brought comfort zone in many households. A sip or a tort of wine can quickly elicit bliss among folks who are comfortably enjoying the breeze at their homes after the bustle and hustle at their work place. Wine being a beverage that is common in many resorts, hotels, restaurant and bars is always believed to make people happy due to its ability to create a relaxing atmosphere. This by all means has increased the demand of wine across South Africa and other international markets and this high demand has now offered a bigger boost to wine production in South Africa.

Creation of employment for South Africans has been principal in Cape Town wine farms. A large number of folks have been offered employment at farms and this has enabled them to satisfy some of their human wants. As history states that South African wine has been in the market since the 16th century, it means the South Africa citizenry have benefited hugely from the production of wine in their country.

An emergence of eco-tourism is another humongous merit to the wine lands in South Africa. Some people have been conducting wine walks in South Africa to sample the famous wines in Cape Town. These surveys have seen the eco-tourism activities thrive in South Africa and producers and growers see that as a wake-up call to their economic engagement.

In conclusion, the production of wine in South Africa is on course up to date and the commitment to offer the best enjoyment to most consumers still stands important.

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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Wine, Wine Tours

If you are a wine lover

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

If you are a wine lover, then you definitely want to include South Africa in your next wine tours. South Africa offers several of the world’s very best vineyards and wineries, resting within a beautiful and luxurious fields with backdrop of gorgeous Blue Mountains which will surely give you the wine adventure of a lifetime. Though wine in this place has long been produced since the time of 1600’s, it wasn’t till the past few years that its wines have made it in the global scene. Furthermore, because of South Africa’s weak currency, wines originating from this region is relatively affordable.

Worcester, Stellenbosch and Paarl are some of the known wine regions of South Africa and they are noted to have white villas for accommodations. You can go to different wine farms where countless varieties are cultivated and these include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blends and more. Normally, wine tastings start in the morning and most of time you will be picked up by your place or nearby. You don’t need to be an expert person to take this tour, so long as you have all the passion for wines and foods, then you are all set to go. What makes these winery tours very special is the fact that you do not need to worry about driving while tasting wines since the specialized local guide will do that for you. You can simply relax and enjoy your wine, food and fantastic panoramic views.

There’s no better way than to celebrate and commemorate your marriage or have a vacation in the regions of South Africa, enjoying and living bottle to bottle. Once in a while, let go of your worries and troubles of daily routine and enjoy a taste of the good life by discovering and experiencing great adventure into the world of wine. So good luck to your spicier journey and don’t forget to drink responsibly!

 

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Wine Tours in South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The wines made from South Africa are among the best in the world. It doesn’t need much explanation to further support it because South Africa’s location, culture, and the people alone manifest themselves. The bounty of natural resources and the richness of the culture just lets you that words are not enough. With its gates open for the world to see, visiting the wine tours will show you distinct features and experience that once you had one, you will never look at South Africa the same way again. Not to mention the wine producers who are exceptionally skilled, ambitious and passionate at their craft. The climate does offer perfect temperature. A perfect recipe in making world-class wines that even gods with envy.

Of course, we owe the success as a wine country to a Dutchman named Jan Van Riebeek who planted the first vines in 1655 not far from Cape Town. The climate is comparable to that of the Mediterranean. Wine tours usually begins on March when the temperature is perfect and not worrying about the excessive heat of summer.

Visiting the winery is just one portion of the package. There are lots of beautiful scenery to see and the chance to enjoy the country as a whole. You are guaranteed to be amazing to see firsthand the dramatic mountain ranges and rocky shores, wildlife with a stunning richness. Incorporating the wine tour with the tour in the safari can be even more fun and amazing. The tour will also take you to the city of Cape Town. Where you can enjoy the rich culture and explore the amazing experience that you can even share with the local people.

Visiting the place itself will be the only way to have the front row seat to the epic and the most spectacular view to the history of the world itself because there are lots of stuff that the even the best travel brochure in the world can’t explain.

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