Visiting the Cape Winelands vineyards is a huge tick of the box in most itineraries when visiting Cape Town. There are over 600 (!) vineyards to choose from nowadays, and wine tasting can sometimes feel like an overwhelming activity. Therefore AWOL Tours provides the unique opportunity to cycle through some of the world famous South African vineyards to discover the history and culture of these unique areas and include private tastings with the cellar masters or winemakers.
The Cape Winelands have many smaller boutique vineyards on offer that are usually found on back roads. The AWOL Tours guides have many years of experience (both tasting and cycling) to know all the unique places to visit and to meet the people of this historic rich area. Every tour offers many great opportunities to learn all the behind-the-scenes of winemaking.
Some of our favourite vineyards in Stellenbosch are Rainbow’s End (who mostly cater to the higher end restaurants in Cape Town). Also, Meerlust Wine Estate, which produces outstanding French classics with a New World twist.
In Franschhoek we enjoy the elegant luxury of De Leeu Estate, whom have incorporated the Mullineux range – winemakers of the year on multiple occasions. In Constantia, the oldest wine region of the Cape, we just love visiting the historic Buitenverwachting to consume their stunning cooler climate varieties and the ever solid and quirky High Constantia. This is a lovely garagestis (small vineyard) that is a great hands-on experience as you can walk through the barrels and learn about the winemaking process.
Visiting vineyards on a bicycle gives our guests the unique experience of discovering all the elements of the grape growing process. Tasting wine with the person who made it, in the place where it was made, right next to the place where the grapes grew, is a unique experience impossible to reproduce. From our experience, wine rarely tastes better than at the place where it was made, so book an AWOL Winelands cycling tour so you can experience it for yourself
Blog contributed by AWOL Tour Guide Jeremy Schreiner