Wine Tour to South Africa: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and more!
Meet the ambitious and talented winemakers with us
— In the last twenty years South African wine country has gone through a revolution. Today South Africa is a major producer of quality wines. The new generation winemakers have increased the quality dramatically. There is a lot of new thinking and experimentation. And the producers listen closely to what the wine consumers want.
South Africa is also a spectacular country to visit, not just for the wines: dramatic mountain ranges and rocky shores, wildlife with a stunning richness. Yes, exceptional safaris, but not only that. South Africa has its own gastronomy with many exciting and high quality restaurants to enjoy. In short: this is a wine tour with many outstanding wines, excellent food, nature and beautiful scenery.
The wines of South Africa do not really need any introduction. We all know the great success that the wines have had internationally after the end of apartheid at the beginning of the 1990s. The country opened its doors and wine consumers all over the world had the opportunity to taste the full-bodied and fruity wines from the regions around Cape Town. And the quality is now excellent. There is a steady supply of good wines today. Many of the new wine producers are exceptionally ambitious. They make wines that can often hold their place in competition with other top quality wines from around the world.
As a wine country South Africa is considered as The New World, but it is “new” with a long history. The Dutchman Jan Van Riebeek planted the first vines in 1655 not far from Cape Town.
Then came the Huguenots from France at the end of the 17th century. The sweet wines from Constantia were world famous already in the 18th century.
The climate in South Africa is similar to around the Mediterranean. Our wine tour takes place at the beginning of March when we can expect very comfortable temperatures without the summer’s sometimes excessive heat.
It is the very beginning of autumn with a weather that is more like summer in central Europe. Harvest is in full swing and it is busy times in the wineries.
We will visit the famous wine regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and also the not yet so well known Swartland. You will be among the first to discover this new quality region.
We will also have plenty of time to enjoy South Africa as a country. We will visit the Cape of Good Hope and the Table Mountain as well as some other “must do:s”.
We will enjoy many excellent meals featuring the local gastronomy. We will have time to stroll around the towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch as well as the bigger city of Cape Town. And there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fabulous South Africa scenery.
And if you have the time to spend a few additional days in South Africa you should not miss the safari add-on program! You will be at a luxurious five-star private game reserve, close to Port Elizabeth, where you will be royally treated, each “room” being an individual bungalow with its own small pool with views over the wilderness.
When you come on this trip you will also be contributing concretely to the development of the South African society and to the education of South African children. See more details below.
We have written a lot about the South Africa and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.
Here you can find more about travelling in South Africa.
You can also find more information on South African wines on BKWine Magazine.
We have made two photo galleries with pictures from previous trips to South Africa to give you a better feeling for what you will experience on this exceptional trip:
- Travel photography from the wine and food tour in South Africa
- Travel photography from the safari on the wine tour to South Africa
The pictures were all taken by us on previous editions of this fabulous tour to the tip of the African continent. It is all genuine; nothing is stock photography from other sources or general tourism promotion images!
Travel reportage on video
We also have a few videos from early tours:
Program — Wine Tour to South Africa
There may be changes to some details of the program, e.g. which wineries we visit. As always on our wine tours we put a great emphasis on that the visit will be exceptional and memorable. We do not always visit the most well-known or “famous” wineries (those that have half a dozen guides employed) but instead those that will give you a unique experience.
For more details, contact BKWine.
- Day 1 — Leave home
- Day 2 — Arrival, welcome to Cape Town
- Day 3 — The Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope
- Day 4 — Constantia, introduction to South African wine
- Day 5 — Swartland, the new and trendy wine region
- Day 6 — Paarl and Franschhoek, classic wines
- Day 7 — Franschhoek, blend-your-own-wine workshop
- Day 8 — Stellenbosch, the capital of wine production
- Day 9 — Stellenbosch
- Day 10 — Departure from Cape Town
- Day 11 — Arrival back home
If you choose the add-on safari program the last days will instead be:
- Day 10 — To Port Elizabeth, your fists day of safari
- Day 11 — Safari at the game reserve
- Day 12 — Early morning safari, transfer from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town and departure
- Day 13 — Arrival back home
Friday February 28 — Leave home
You leave your home destination, probably with an overnight flight into Cape Town. (NB: See below under “flight” for important comments.)
Saturday March 1 — Arrival in Cape Town
Arrival at Cape Town airport in the morning. We pick you up at the airport. Around 11 AM, when everyone has landed, we head out to our waiting bus.
Our first stop will be the impressive Rhodes Memorial which is on the north side of the Table Mountain. Here we will have a welcome meeting and a light buffet lunch where we will go through some of the details of the program. After lunch we hope that we have luck with the weather so that the cable car that takes you up to the mountain is open (it is closed if the wind is too strong). From the top of Table Mountain you have a breath-taking view over Cape Town, the Waterfront and all the surrounding landscape and sea.
After Table Mountain we check into our hotel, the Strand Tower**** (www.strandtowerhotel.co.za), very centrally located near the city centre and shopping district, and also not far from the famous Waterfront district. We will stay here for two days. Settle in, relax and then later in the evening it is time for our welcome dinner in the city.
Sunday March 2 — Day trip to the Cape Peninsula
After breakfast we head towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the south-westernmost part of Africa. Here it is almost always sunny and very windy.
The entire tip of the peninsula is a nature reserve with an extraordinary flora and fauna. The famous South African feinbos, with more species that almost anywhere else in the world. There are ostriches, antelopes, springbok, baboon and much more. Do be careful with the baboons – they are very curious and grab every little thing or piece of food they can.
This is also where the Flying Dutchman supposedly sank!
We will visit Boulders Beach that is famous for the many penguins that live there and also the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive, a recently opened road along the coast that clings perilously to the side of the cliffs. It takes us along the Atlantic Ocean past Noordhoek.
We take the funicular at Cape Point up to the historic lighthouse with a 360 degree view over the area. Definitely, and literally, one of the high points of the trip. Not far from there we stop at the Cape of Good Hope. Perhaps the local ostrich colony (!) will join us.
We will have a late lunch near the small naval base town called Simon’s Town.
Late afternoon we are back in Cape Town. The evening is free to explore the city and to relax.
We can recommend a visit to the charming Waterfront, the old harbour that has been remodelled as a luxurious residential area and a centre for many restaurant as well as shops and museums, many also open in the evening.
Monday March 3 — Constantia
Time to start on the wine! We begin our journey of discovery in the South African wine regions in Constantia, just south of Cape Town.
Today we explore the Constantia Valley, the oldest wine region in South Africa. Today there are eight different wine estates and we will visit some of the classic properties such as Groot Constantia, High Constantia and the very elegantly and modern winery and restaurant at Steenberg.
At High Constantia we will meet with David van Niekerk who is a very talented winemaker. He has revived High Constantia from its Cinderella sleep and is now solidly positioned as one of the very top wineries. He also makes an excellent Methode Cap Classic, or MCC, the South African version of Champagne (as it cannot be called, of course). He ages it for three years on the lees and the result gives the “real” champagnes fight for the top spot.
At Steenberg they are fortunate to have the cool winds coming in from the sea. It gives their excellent sauvignon blanc that extra freshness. They also make a very unusual nebbiolo! One of the few in South Africa. The winery also has a stylish restaurant, designed by Richard Perfect, and this is where we will enjoy lunch today.
Late afternoon we continue our journey to the region of Paarl. We check in at our small, high class boutique hotel Cascade Manor (www.cascademanor.co.za). Here we will stay for two nights. After you have settled in we will meet for something very South African, a braai. A braai is the typical South African barbecue party. The word is of Afrikaans origin but today it is used by everyone in South Africa. There will be all sorts of goodies on the grill: meat of different kinds, sausages, chicken etc.
Tuesday March 4 — Swartland
Today we go north to the region of Swartland. This is a fairly new wine region and shot up as one of the most exciting wine regions in South Africa.
The summers here are very hot but the nights are cool so the producers are able to keep the freshness in their wines. And they also get a lot of character in the wines.
We will pass the beautiful Paardeberg mountains which are on the border between Paarl and Swartland.
We will visit three different producers here in Swartland. One is Lammershoek, a high quality estate with around 100 hectares of vines, owned since 1995 by Paul and Anna Kretzel. They have over 50 year old chenin blanc and syrah but also more newly planted carignan, tinta barocca (as tinta barroca is sometimes spelled in South Africa) and even the Hungarian variety harslévelü. The estate is organic since a few years back.
On the program is also Paardebosch winery with their “natural” wines and the new star AA Badenhorst Family Wines.
We will have lunch at one of these estates.
Early evening we are back at our hotel in Paarl and after a short rest we meet again for a dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Wednesday March 5 — Paarl and Franschhoek
After breakfast we board our bus, with our luggage. We will head for Franschhoek but before we get there we have two visits here in Paarl.
We will visit Nelson Wine Estate that makes an outstanding pinotage, among other things.
Alan Nelson acquired the estate in 1987 and several of the Nelson family members are now involved in the business and in the winemaking. We will first take a walk in the vineyard before going into the cellar to taste the wines.
When it is time for lunch we aim for the Spice Route Winery in Paarl. The food they will serve us for lunch is of course inspired by the name of the winery.
After lunch we will head towards Franschhoek, “the French corner”, where the French Huguenots settled in the 17th century. We will have one after-noon wine visit here today.
After that we will check in at the family run and very welcoming La Fontaine Guesthouse**** in Franschhoek (www.lafontainefranschhoek.co.za). Country hotels in South Africa are often called guest-houses, for a reason. At La Fontaine it almost feels as if you are a personal guest of the family. The architecture is colonial and there is a quiet garden, where you can have breakfast, and a pool. We will stay here for two nights.
The evening is free for your own culinary discoveries. There are several very good restaurants to choose from. We will be happy to tell you which are our favourites.
Thursday March 6 — Franschhoek
Today we will not travel very far but stay in Franschhoek. We will both do a “normal” winery visit and a unique winemaker’s workshop with one of the best winemakers in Franschhoek.
We will start off with Boekenhoutskloof that in spite of its impossible name has become one of the very top wineries in South Africa. It is at the very end of the valley, dramatically located just beneath the cliffs, as far south-east as you can get in Franschhoek.
We will next go to Rickety Bridge and meet with their charming young winemaker Wynand Grobler. Here we will a “blend your own wine” seminar. The final blending of the wine is of course very important for the wine maker, especially if he uses many different grape varieties. Now you will see how difficult – or easy! – it is.
At Rickety Bridge we will have a “picnic” lunch, but of the more civilised and exclusive kind. Do not expect blankets on the lawn… We will taste their range of wines that are all of very good quality. The style is quite “European” with very good structure, very well built wines both from cabernet and syrah grapes.
We are back in town early afternoon and you can spend the rest of the day shopping, enjoying an espresso in a café, perhaps a chocolate from the famous Franschhoek chocolatier, or in the pool. The evening is free to enjoy the restaurant of your choice.
Friday March 7 — Stellenbosch
Today we will begin exploring what is perhaps the most famous of the South African wine regions, Stellenbosch.
We will visit, among others, Stellekaya with the very talented winemaker Ntsiki Biyela. She is one of the few black female winemakers in the country. Her way of making wine is a little bit special, as you will see, but the wines have an exceptionally clean and fresh fruit.
Literally next door is Dallacia, where Giorgio Dalla Cia and his family nurture his Italian heritage. In addition to excellent wines they make, of course, delicious grappa! Giorgio is one of South Africa’s most famous winemakers. He spent many years at Meerlust before creating his own winery and was one of the pioneers for quality wines in the country. We will have a South African-Italian lunch at the Dallacia family’s restaurant Pane e Vino.
Late afternoon we check in at our hotel in Stellenbosch, d’Ouwe Werf Hotel****. It is on Church Street, in the historic centre of the town (www.ouwewerf.co.za). It is said to be the oldest hotel in South Africa, and we have no reason to doubt that. It is a charming old hotel recently renovated. We will stay two nights here.
The evening is free to enjoy Stellenbosch. The hotel is at walking distance from all the restaurants, shops, cafés and bards. Stellenbosch has become the main town in the wine districts and there are many exiting restaurants as well as other attractions.
Saturday March 8 — Stellenbosch
We continue exploring Stellenbosch. We will meet one of the great personalities on the South African wine scene and will celebrate with a glorious farewell lunch.
Our first meeting is with Teddy Hall who left a career in finance in 1994 to dedicate himself to his great passion: wine.
Teddy Hall wants to make approachable wines with good fruit expression. Balance is his keyword. His chenin blanc wines are exceptional and considered among the very best in South Africa.
After that it is time for the farewell lunch of this tour! We will have this excellent lunch at the fashionable Delaire Graff Estate. The owner of this luxurious estate is Laurence Graff, an important figure in the South African diamond trade. He bought the estate in 2003.
The restaurant is considered to be one of the best in the region. The winery is, as one would expect, very elegant and has fabulous views over the vineyards and the mountains. We have chosen to have a farewell lunch instead of dinner since it will be an early morning the following day.
After our gourmet lunch we will return to Stellenbosch and the rest of the day will be spent strolling in the town, shopping, going to a museum, take a dip in the pool, or just relaxing. The evening is free.
Sunday March 9 — End of the wine tour
Transfer to the airport in Cape Town to catch your return flight home or to Port Elizabeth if you are going on the safari. If you return home you will probably be catching one of the overnight flights that will get you home in the morning the following day.
Monday March 10 — Arrival home
You arrive back home.
The program may be subject to minor modifications.
Fact sheet — Wine tour to South Africa
Dates: February 28 – March 10, 2014
Price per person: 2800 euro
Single room supplement: 350 euro
Included in the price:
- 8 nights in four star hotels, double occupancy, including breakfast
- 2 nights in Cape Town, 2 nights in Paarl, 2 nights in Franschhoek, and 2 nights in Stellenbosch
- Meals as described in the program (*) :
- 8 gastronomic multi-course lunches with regional specialities at wineries or in restaurants, all including wines
- 3 dinners, gastronomic multi-course meals, on of which is a braai, all including wines
- Start and end point: Cape Town
- Bus transport during the whole trip
- All vineyard and winery visits, as per the program
- Private, high quality tastings at wineries
- Day trips, as described in the program
- Local, English speaking guide
- Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide: Britt Karlsson
- Porterage at hotel check-in and check-out
(*) See below for more important information on our meals.
- Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.
You organise your travel to Cape Town yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.
We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.
For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 12 participants registered at the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 22.
Wine guide: Britt Karlsson, BKWine
Britt is co-founder of BKWine Tours, named World’s Top Wine Tours by Travel+Leisure Magazines. She is the author of “The Creation of a Wine” that won the World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals award by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards as well as Best Wine Book of the Year in Sweden in 2010. In 2012 she published “Wine and the Environment” that was named Best Wine Book for Professionals in Sweden and won second place as World’s Best Educational Wine Book in 2013. In 2011 she was also chosen as Wine Personality of the Year by Munskankarna and has been named one of the five most influential wine writers in Sweden.
This wine tour is organised in collaboration with a local travel operator in South Africa. To assure the best possible organisation and a unique experience it is important with very good local knowledge, not least in South Africa. In South Africa it is also a legal requirement to have a South African licensed guide on a tour. So on this tour we will have two guides, each expert in his field: South Africa and wine respectively.
South Africa guide: local, licensed South African guide, who can tell us all not only about tourist sites, but also about the society, the culture and the history of the country.
We have chosen to not include the flights in this tour. Here’s why.
We have customers coming from many different countries, and even different continents. By allowing you to book your own flights it gives you maximum flexibility in how and when to travel.
Today it is also in many cases cheaper to buy flight tickets as an individual than as a tour operator (especially a small and very specialised niche tour operator). We have chosen to put all our effort into creating an exceptional travel program and still keep the cost reasonable, instead of including a flight booking service and therefore have to cut corners on the on-location program. In this way, you as a travel guest, get much more value for your money we believe.
We will do all we can to make it easy for you to arrange your travel and can also put you in contact with a travel agent partner if you want more assistance with booking flights. Do contact us if you have any questions regarding flight arrangements.
Booking your flight to South Africa
We recommend that you book a flight that arrives in the morning of March 1. Depending on your home location that is likely to be an overnight flight leaving on February 28. In the morning of March 1 we have a meeting point with all travellers at the airport. This is the start of the program. If you choose to arrive earlier, for example with a day flight, we can help to arrange additional hotel nights at our hotel.
Special booking conditions
For the South Africa wine tour special booking conditions apply, different from those in our general Terms & Conditions.
Cancellation of booking can be done according to the following:
- More than 45 days before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays a fee equivalent to the Booking Fee
- 31-45 days before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays a fee equivalent to 25% of the total price
- 11-30 days before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays a fee equivalent to 50% of the total price
- 10 days or less before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays the full fee
Please note: BKWine does not sell “cancellation insurance” or “travel insurance”. We advice you to contact you regular insurer or a travel insurance specialist.
How you as a traveller on this tour contribute to the society in South Africa
In 20 years there has been a tremendous development of the South African society. But much remains to be done. Each tourist that arrives in the country actually represents one more employment for a South African. But not only that!
When you join this trip you also contribute to the development of the South African society through development programs that BKWine’s South African partner is actively engaged in. These social programs are primarily focussed on children, schools and education, health care and to help people find employment.
- Sponsoring of tuition fees for two children in the Fish Hoek Primary School
- Contributing school equipment and volunteer work at the Talhado school
- Volunteer work at the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town
- Sponsoring of rugby sweaters to the team at the Fish Hoek School and equipment to the sports club
You contribute concretely to all this by coming on this trip through our partner in South Africa who is engaged in all these projects, as well as others. All contributions are important, big and small.
You can also contribute more specifically when you come on this trip: Bring writing equipment (writing pads, pens etc), educational toys (jigsaw puzzles etc) and other things that can be used in schools and children’s hospitals. Perhaps you have something at home that children or grand-children no longer use?
Safari add-on module, March 9-11
The safari program is a separate add-on module that you can choose to include or not. Our safari is at the Pumba Private Game Reserve and is led by their staff, not by BKWine.
We absolutely recommend it! It is a very luxurious all-inclusive package.
Pumba Private Game Reserve is a 5-star lodge 105 kilometres east of Port Elizabeth, close to the historic Grahamstown. It extends over 6000 hectares (15,000 acres) and offers breathtaking nature and wildlife experiences. There is a very rich fauna, including The Big Five, elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo, and leopard.
You will stay in very luxurious rooms and be well taken care of by the kind staff. Your “room” is actually an independent lodge, very private, each with a small pool. It almost feels a bit like paradise when you stand on your private deck, having a shower, looking out over the African nature.
You will do four safari excursions during your stay at different times of the day. The park is free from malaria.
More details: www.pumbagamereserve.co.za
Travel photos from the safari
Curious to know how it looks and what you will see? We have put together a page with photography from the safari. All pictures on that page come from a two day stay at the game reserve.
Sunday, March 9 (safari day 1)
Morning: flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Transfer to Pumba Private Game Reserve.
We recommend the 9 AM flight from Cape Town with South African Airlines that arrives at 10.30 AM at Port Elizabeth. (not included in the program)
You will make a first safari excursion in the evening.
Monday, March 10 (safari day 2)
There is one morning and one evening safari at the Pumba Private Game Reserve. If you prefer to relax in your very comfortable lodge you can do that too. Or you can ask for a special spa and massage treatment (they have a professional massage service).
Tuesday, March 11 (safari day 3)
A morning safari and then transfer to Port Elizabeth to catch your flight back to Cape Town (if that is your chosen travel route). To have plenty of time for the morning safari we recommend the 3 PM flight from Port Elizabeth that arrives in Cape Town at 4.40 PM.
You continue home, or stay a few extra days in Cape Town according to your own personal planning.
The program may be subject to minor modifications.
Fact sheet – Safari (add-on to wine tour to South Africa)
Dates: March 9-11, 2014
Price per person: 750 euro
Single room supplement: 280 euro
Included in the price (luxurious all-inclusive):
- Transfer from and to the Port Elizabeth airport
- 2 nights in double occupancy in your private lodge at Pumba Private Game Reserve
- All meals, including local beverages
- Two safari excursions each (full) day, in total four, in an open jeep with a safari ranger
- Domestic flight Cape Town-Port Elizabeth (the cost is modest, around 180 euro return flight)
It is easy to book the tickets directly on the internet with South African Airlines, www.flysaa.com. If you do not want to do the booking yourself we can put you in touch with a travel agent who can help you.
Book this trip!
Book before: 15 November 2013
Registration is confirmed by paying the registration fee of 400 EUR. The remaining fee should be paid at the latest 45 days before the departure date.
Important: When you register you need to specify if you want to book the add-on safari program too. Registration fee for the safari program is 200 EUR.
Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register. See also our terms and conditions.
You book by contacting Britt Karlsson, BKWine:
- phone: +33 1 58 88 04 66 or +33 6 80 45 35 70 (+33 is the country code for France)
- email: info at bkwine dot com
- skype: bkwine
About the wine producers and wineries we visit
Our aim is that you shall experience some of the best and most interesting that the wine region has to offer, both of wine and food.
We put a big effort into finding and creating outstanding winery visits. Often it will not be the most “famous” and internationally well-known wineries that will give you the best and most unique experiences…
It is usually when you get to meet the winemaker or winery owner himself (or often herself) that the visits become really exciting. And perhaps we even meet the whole family at the estate.
You start discussing and start to understand what it is they do and why in the winery and in the vineyard. Maybe we will also have lunch in the winery or at their home. Need we say we invariably have private wine tastings at the wineries?
That is why our trips are not “jam packed” with visits at wineries. Nevertheless we often run short of time since the discussions – and the wine tastings – can easily become very engaging…
Our wine country tours typically include a mix of small family producers, exclusive boutique wineries and larger internationally well-known wine estates, all selected with great care so that it will give you a unique experience of the people and of the behind-the-scenes in the winery and a good understanding of the wine district’s characteristics, tradition and culture.
At the time of publishing a travel program not all visits have been finalised. We are continuously working on improving the program. The domaines / wineries / châteaux that we visit on a tour may therefore sometimes differ from what was written in the original program. Contact us if you want more details, or if you have any special requests.
On meals: food and gastronomy
Wine and food are intimately linked. That is part of our wine travel philosophy; wine is an integral part of the gastronomy.
A wine tour with BKWine will therefore also be a gastronomic experience.
The meals that are included in a tour with BKWine are on a gourmet level and of very high standard.
Sometimes we will have a meal with a winemaker, perhaps in the wine cellar or at the winery, or even in their home. This is a unique experience that is generally not open to other visitors to wineries. It is an occasion to experience exciting combinations of food and wine while discussing with the people who made the wine.
Sometimes we will have a luxurious meal at a gourmet restaurant. At other times it may be not at a prestigious luxury address but at a local restaurant selected for its presentation of local gastronomic specialities, its atmosphere and its quality – a place where locals go. Or perhaps it will be a buffet lunch made at home by the winemaker and his wife. In all cases we want to show you local gastronomic specialities and the local food and wine pairings.
Do not expect a picnic with salad and sausage from the supermarket and wine in plastic mugs… Think instead of a wine-and-dine experience with specially composed menu with three or four courses and delicious wines.
A wine tour with BKWine is also a culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A gourmet wine tour!
Why travel with BKWine?
We are experts and specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also in wine in a broader perspective.
We write in specialised wine magazines and one of our books has won the prize as best wine book in the world. We are regularly called on to be part of judging panels in wine competitions.
We personally visit some 300 vineyards every year. We have organised several hundreds of wine and food tours with an experience going back more than twenty years. We are invited as speakers at wine tourism and culinary touring conferences.
We choose our tour destinations and winery visits with great care. Not because a winery happens to be carrying a “famous name” but because they will give our guests a unique and special experience. You may be looking for a short wine week-end holiday or a longer wine vacation – in all cases you can be confident that you will get a top quality tour, an experience of a lifetime. Or at least until the next time you come on a wine tour with BKWine. Many of our travellers are returning clients.
A wine and food tour with BKWine is always guided by a knowledgeable and experienced BKWine guide and tour manager, someone who knows the ins and outs of wine, of the local gastronomy, of the culture and who speaks the language.
Some accolades we at BKWine and our wine and food tours have received:
- “World’s Top Wine Tours” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
- “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
- “Recommended Wine Tours” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year in Sweden” 2010 for the book The Creation of a Wine
- “Best wine book in Sweden for Professionals” 2012 as well as silver, second place, as “World’s Best Educational Wine Book” for the book Wine and the Environment
- “Wine Personality of the Year” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- On the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International Magazine (Britt, 2012)
Read more on why to choose BKWine for a wine and food tour.
Read more on what previous travellers have said about our tours.
Our groups are always small. The group size may vary, sometimes maximum 8, sometimes 20, but always of a modest size (we do not do “minimum 20, maximum 45″). Check the details in each program. This is important since it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.
BKWine is a Swedish registered travel organiser. BKWine has a bonded travel guarantee deposit so that you can feel safe when booking with us. We fully comply with European and Swedish travel guarantee regulations. British travellers may be familiar with the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) protection scheme which is a similar model. BKWine follows the code of conduct and financial safeguards defined by the Swedish Consumer Agency and The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (“Kammarkollegiet”, with a history dating back to 1539). Read more about this in our Booking Terms and Conditions.
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