Gansbaai Wine Tours
Custom, private wine tours in the Overberg
Cape Whale Coast Wines
Touched by the cool ocean breeze and warm African sun, surrounded by the tranquillity of farm life, grapes are turned into world class wine. History, family traditions and modern winemaking come together in this iconic part of South Africa where two oceans meet.
Breathe in fresh air laced with the smell of fynbos, plants endemic to the Cape Floral Region that includes Proteas. Enjoy the natural beauty and maritime history influences of the Cape Whale Coast in the Overberg (Overstrand) and Cape Agulhas regions while being responsible by not drinking and driving.
The region is famous for its cool climate wines. The Stanford Wine Route produces a range of wines, beers and spirits on farms surrounding the heritage town of Stanford. Cape Agulhas Wine Route includes the Southernmost wine farm in Africa and farms producing award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. The Hermanus Wine Route includes the Hemel-en-Aarde Road which allows visitors the opportunity to experience world renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as other cultivars, while enjoying stunning views of the mountains and valleys.
Our tours are customised based on the route you would like to visit and the number of wine farms to be visited. Your host is a Western Cape accredited Tour Guide and speaks Afrikaans, English and Dutch. All operating permits and the necessary insurance are in place for your safety.
Cape Agulhas Wine Route
The Cape Agulhas Wine Route will introduce you to Baardskeerdersbos, a small artist town, and missionary town Elim, established in 1824 by German missionaries. Elim is a pretty, well-preserved town with a church from 1835 and the oldest working clock in South Africa.
Cape Agulhas gets its name from Cabo das Agulhas, which is Portuguese for Cape of the Needles, because of the fact that compass needles show no deviation between true north and magnetic north; French influence later turned it to L’Agulhas.
Cape Agulhas is the southernmost tip of Africa and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. It is possible to combine your wine tour with a trip to the lighthouse and the monument at Cape Agulhas, or book a sightseeing trip to visit this bucket list item.
Stanford Wine Route
Stanford was founded in 1857 and named after Sir Robert Stanford. The village has been declared a Heritage Site known for its beautifully preserved and renovated Cape Victorian and Edwardian style houses and buildings. Wine tours to Stanford include a sightseeing trip to this quaint village next to the Klein River. During this tour, we share the story of Sir Robert Stanford and the history of the town with you while pointing out historic buildings such as the original farmhouse and the oldest existing church building in Stanford, St Thomas Anglican Church, built around 1880.
Hermanus Wine Route
Hermanus was founded in the early 1800’s by a man called Hermanus Pieters, a traveling teacher. During summer months, he started herding his flocks of sheep and cattle from Caledon, down the Elephant Pass, now known as the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, to the coast, where he found fresh water and good grazing. Soon, other farmers and fishermen followed him down the valley. From then on, the area was named Hermanuspietersfontein, which slowly started to grow into a permanent settlement. The local postmaster, Mr. Gift, was complaining about having to write out a long name like Hermanuspietersfontein, and the name was shortened to Hermanus in 1902, while the town received municipal rights in 1904.
One of the main attractions of Hermanus is its whale watching opportunities and it is one of the best places in the world to view Southern Right Whales. They can be seen from the shore and boat trips are also available for a closer look. Every year Southern Right Whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The best time to visit Hermanus and Gansbaai for whale watching is September to November.
The Gansbaai Area
Gansbaai is famous for Great White Shark cage diving and Whale Watching. It is a favourite holiday destination among South Africans as well as international visitors. The wine routes are relatively young and still developing. Many of the wine farms are small scale and family run, off the beaten track. Some farms are accessible by dirt roads and set in rustic settings with fabulous views and country hospitality.
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