Alternative Wine Adventures in and around Cape Town
Exploring wine is an essential part of any trip to Cape Town and its surroundings. A region steeped in the culture of wine experiences has led most locals and visitors alike to always be on the lookout for exciting ways to experience wine tastings.
The Cape Winelands District is an oasis of different geographical locations to treat not only your palette, but also your eyes with all there is to explore. With that in mind, wine tasting experiences that allow you to embrace the scenery at its best are an integral part of wine culture in the Western Cape, and alternative wine tasting adventures are always exciting!
Ready to sip on these ideas?
Here are 6 alternative ways to enjoy wine in and around Cape Town:
1. The Franschhoek Wine Tramway
Perhaps one of Cape Town’s most adventurous wine tasting experiences, the Franschhoek Wine Tram gives you great wine and spectacular views on a silver platter. You’ll explore some of the country’s oldest and most distinguished wineries, all from the luxury of a double-decker tram.
You’ll begin your hop-on hop-off experience in Cape Town and head into the Franschoek Valley visiting several wineries in the area. Each stop offers a different estate and wine experience, as well as each’s unique history and pairings.
The tours are very organized, offering color coding to allow you to define your different destinations.
2. Wine bike
If eco-friendly travel sounds like your kind of adventure, then Bikes ‘n Wines tours should be on your to-do list. Offering a variety of tours, you can choose which wine region you want to get involved in, as well as for how long.
Stellenbosch, Klein Constantia or Franschoek? Make your choice!
Tours include fully guided explorations, the thrill of an e-bike experience, and for some routes (like Klein Constantia) on-route wine tasting.
If you’re looking to tackle a longer route a bit outside of town, the Elgin Valley Tours (ranging from 30-60km and 20-50km depending on the area) may appeal to you.
3. Segway Wine Tours
Spier Wine Farm is easily one of the most famous wine producers in the world, so why not explore in one of the coolest ways possible?
Grab a Segway and get ready to navigate with one or two hour guided tours – the choice is yours! Even if you don’t sip and segways simultaneously, there is a fabulous free wine tasting experience after your trip.
4.Cape Town Wine Bus
If it’s the Constantia Valley that you’ve been dying to explore, then the Cape Wine Bus is sure to have your cup full of joy. The Constantia Valley is the oldest wine region in the entire southern hemisphere, in operation since 1685.
Just 30 minutes from town and you feel like you are in a whole other world. The bus tour is centered around this breathtaking region focusing on 3 historic wine estates – Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest and Beau Constantia.
Taste some of the most sought after wines in the world, enjoy the natural landscape and greenbelts and of course the magic of the Constantia Valley.
5.Ice Cream Wine Experience
If you love wine so much that you wish it could be infused with some of your other favorite treats, Somerbosch has an experience you won’t want to miss.
The Stellenbosch-based winery offers a one-of-a-kind ice cream and wine pairing, where three red wines are paired with homemade red wine ice cream!
Wines include Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and offer a perfectly on-trend option suited to the energy of the young winery. Enjoy the landscape of the Helderberg, take your wine and lick it too.
6. Wine cellars
Not only is this family-owned boutique winery home to impeccable wines, but it also offers an amazing wine tasting experience thanks to its wine cellars.
These cozy tasting havens were once old concrete wine vats that were opened up to ensure wine drinkers had a little something extra to write about when tasting Klein Roosboom wine.
Each “cave” has its own theme for an additional unique experience.
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