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The beauiful Swartland and Breede River Valley of South Africa's Western Cape, Winelands
Franschhoek on the Western Cape of South Africa is the most charming French corner of the wine regions. Settled by French Huguenots in the 17th century it retains its charm and beauty.
Simons Town and Kalk Bay are close to each other and on the coast of South Africa, quite close to both Cape Point and Cape Town
“Wine is not wine alone; wine is part of life.”

I’ve chosen the areas on this tour because they’re unique -- everyone goes to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. We will too, but we’ll also visit Hemel en Aarde, Hermanus, Walker Bay, and Elgin, cool-climate areas on the Western Cape. Each is uniquely, profoundly lovely with complex and exciting wines. You might see Southern Right whales breaching on the coast of Hermanus. You’ll enjoy world-class food at breathtaking vineyards. You will see the sunset over Table Mountain. 

I call this the Winemaker Tour because it’s not your average Wine Tour. We’re going slightly off the beaten track, backstage, so to speak, hanging out with our favorite winemakers, enjoying a harvest dinner with the crew from Creation, visiting the home of Alvi & Junel, and with a tasting led by the master of wine, Junel. I call this the Winemaker Tour because the focus is on the winemaker and on you having the experience of your life. 

I chose these dates because I love April in South Africa, late summer, very early autumn, the super-hot summer days are behind us, and the warm breezes and cooler evenings are upon us. Everything is still green but there’s a magical bittersweet sense of high season -- when all the tourists crowd the locals out -- coming to a close. It’s just post-harvest so we’ll have the time and attention of our winemakers. I love to visit when the tourist season has come and gone, yet it’s still summery 

The price includes most of your meals, including 5-star restaurants at Creation, Le Lude, and in Cape Town, cozy lunches at farm stalls and luxe rustic venues on vineyards, all breakfasts, drinks, and transportation. All accommodations are at charming guesthouses.  --Tania

Robertson, South Africa on the Breede River Valley
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