Considered one of the top wine-producing countries in the world, South Africa is home to an incredible amount of world-class wine estates. From Franschhoek and Stellenbosch to Constantia and the Swartland, wine lovers can spend days on end visiting different farms. But what if you’re looking for something a little more unique? Something that involves great wines with a splash of adventure? Say hello to 4×4 wine safaris! We’ve selected our top wine safaris in Cape Town and its surrounds — a guaranteed adventure that promises great wines and even better memories.
Klein Constantia Wine Estate – Constantia
Tucked away in South Africa’s oldest wine region, Constantia, Klein Constantia offers daily 4×4 wine safaris. Led by one of the estate’s wine experts, jump on board the 4X4 vehicle and venture up the slopes lined with vineyards. Go on a journey of the wine farm’s history and the various types of grapes that they grow while taking in breathtaking views that never seem to end.
Perched towards the top of the estate, you’ll get to enjoy a glass of Klein Constantia MCC while relaxing on a sunny deck overlooking False Bay. Not that many people need convincing when it comes to bubbles, but their MCC was served at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding – a sure winner! After a glass or two, you’ll head back to the tasting room for a cellar tour before entering Duggie’s Dungeon for a tasting. A secret spot hidden under the public tasting room, the beautiful dim-lit dungeon has walls lined with vintages dating back more than 50 years. Taste your way through Klein Constantia’s range of wines including their award-winning Vin de Constance, a natural sweet wine that has been enjoyed by the likes of Napolean, Marie Antoinette and Nelson Mandela.
Open: Mon – Sun | 11:00 & 14:30
Price: R700.00 pp
Jordan Wine Estate – Stellenbosch
With a history dating back over 300 years, Jordan has been producing terroir expressive wines since 1993. Climb onto the back of their open safari-type game viewing Land Rover and you’ll head out for a tour of their beautiful vineyards. Not only learning about the vines and the resident flora and fauna, but you’ll also get to hear the stories behind the names of their wines. From estate explosions to the South African Apartheid-famed singer, Rodriguez, every little detail of the farm comes with an interesting tale to be told.
As you venture through the estate, you’ll get to taste a selection of wines while overlooking views of False and Table Bay, simultaneously questioning your career path and whether winemaking is a possible option. The experience ends with a cellar tour, where you’ll get to taste wines directly from the barrel or enjoy them on the terrace overlooking the dam.
Open: Mon – Sun | 09:30 & 16:30
Price: R545.00 pp
Waterford Estate – Stellenbosch
Situated in the charming Blaauwklippen Valley, Waterford Estate whisks you away to what feels like a little piece of Tuscany. Beautiful stone walls, terra cotta flooring, cobbled paths and manicured gardens, it’s easy to forget that you’re still in the Stellenbosch region.
After taking in the exquisite surroundings, head out on a one-of-a-kind 3-hour trip on the Waterford safari vehicle through the 120-hectare estate set on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain. Joined by one of the estate’s knowledgable staff, you’ll be guided through the ins and outs of everything that goes into making their award-winning wines. Stopping at two picturesque locations along the way, you’ll taste a selection of wines that are perfectly paired with delicious snacks. After the safari, the experience will end back at the winery with a chocolate and wine pairing – yum!
Open: Mon – Fri | 09:00 – 17:00; Sat | 10:00 – 17:00
Price: R1,150.00 pp
Table Mountain Wine Safari with Durbanville Hills
Undoubtedly the most popular landmark in Cape Town and crowned one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is the setting for our fourth and final wine safari experience. Rich with history and offering uninterrupted views of the city, Table Bay, False Bay and stretching out to the Durbanville Hills, this is a truly unique experience for both locals and visitors.
Led by your guide, you’ll hear all about Cape Town’s history and the people that once roamed the mountain hundreds of years ago. After driving along the mountain trails that are exclusively available for this experience, you’ll stop at a viewing point decked out with chairs and tables. Sit back and relax with a selection of Durbanville Hills wines and tuck into tasty snacks all while taking in spectacular views — this is definitely one of the most unique wine safaris in Cape Town!
Open: Mon – Thu | 11:00; Fri | 10:00 & 15:00; Sat | 11:00
Price: R500.00 pp
Does this sound like your cup of tea, or rather, your glass of wine? Be sure to check out one of these wine safaris in Cape Town. And if you’ve tried out one of them before, let us know how it was or tag us in your Instagram photos using #travelstart.
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