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The landscape around Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek

Glenwood Vineyards is hidden in a Franschhoek side valley; do try and find it!

Franschhoek can almost be too quaint, too pretty as a wine region. The wineries are dotted along the main road – the only road – along the valley like pearls on a string. They are surrounded by beautiful real estate developments where the villas have stunning views over the mountains. The village of Franschhoek itself […]

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South Africa, February 23 – March 5, 2018

South Africa, February 23 – March 5, 2018

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 […]

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An open-top fermenter at Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek

Dare leave the main road in Franschhoek and discover Glenwood Vineyards

Glenwood Vineyards is hidden away in a small valley a few kilometres away from the busy town of Franschhoek. It is tucked away in the Robertsvlei Valley, with a micro climate all of its own. Cooler than down in the main Franschhoek Valley and not so dry. Actually, in winter it is one of the […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch

South Africa, amazing wines with quality and ambition | wine tour

In the mid-1990s the export market opened up for South Africa. And since then we have not stopped drinking their wines. South African wine has changed a lot during these 20 years. Some associate South Africa with simple, well-made wines. These wines, often shipped in bulk to different countries, make up quite a big part […]

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A winery in Franschhoek in Cape Dutch style

South Africa, wine, gastronomy and nature – an unbeatable combination | wine tour

We have now also published our program for South Africa 2018. The tour starts at the end of February, when it is still summer in South Africa. The harvest has just begun and there will be lots of activities going on, both in the cellars and in the vineyards. We start the tour in Cape […]

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Explore South Africa’s many wine regions on the wine tour

South Africa’s vineyards cover an area of just over 100,000 hectares (a little less than Bordeaux). The production is around 10 million hectolitres, which means that the country ends up as number seven in the world in terms of wine production. The acreage has been stable in recent years. What has changed is that more […]

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South African wines, a success story worth a voyage

It is only 20 years since we started drinking South African wines. But now we take them for granted. The quality of the cheap wines is reliable. And the more ambitious wines become more and more interesting. This we have noticed since coming here for the first time in 2010. More and more producers are […]

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The beach at Camps Bay in Cape Town

Top quality wines, wine entrepreneurs and beautiful landscapes, the wine tour to South Africa

To call South Africa a New World country when it comes to wine is really wrong. A few years ago it celebrated the 350th anniversary of the first wine made in South Africa, so they made wine here before vines were grown in the Medoc. But at the same time it is correct. It was […]

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TWE Best Wine Travel Destination: Franschhoek in South Africa

The Wine Enthusiast recently did a special feature on what they think are the World’s Best Wine Tour Destinations for 2016. Here are some more details on one of the destinations on their list: Franschhoek in South Africa. You can see the Wine Enthusiast’s full list of best wine travel destinations in my previous post […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch – FEATURE

An introduction to the wines and wine regions of South Africa

South Africa is a fantastic wine country to travel in. The wines are very good, you can find world class wines here if you know where to look. After having visited the South African wine regions several times over the past few years we have several very good “addresses” to show you. The landscape itself […]

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The veranda at the Royal Riebeek Hotel

Live like a king on our new wine tour to South Africa

South Africa has not only fine wines and excellent food; there are also hotels with a charm like in few other places. On our next wine and gourmet tour to South Africa (March 2016), you will get the chance to stay in a rather unique hotel, The Royal Riebeek Hotel in the town named Riebeek. […]

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Eating out in South Africa. Wine touring tips.

South Africa has a very diverse restaurant scene. You can find excellent and very affordable restaurants, as well as very expensive. I would not dare to characterise the Western Cape cuisine (which is the extent of my experience) in any particular way. I find it very eclectic. Anything from pizza (very good!) to French style […]

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Wine, lashes, elephants and MCC in the Cape Winelands

“In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town wrote in his log book that a certain Jan Blanx, arquebusier on the ship, was sentenced to fall from the yard arm [a boom half way up the mast] and to receive 50 lashes for having wilfully and petulantly defied the captain…” Teddy Hall tells […]

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New program and final pricing published for the wine tour to South Africa 2015

We have changed the planning somewhat for the wine tour to South Africa in March 2015. We hope that you will think that the new program is even more exciting. We have of course kept the classic wine regions of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia. New this year is that we have added the districts Hermanus […]

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Tasting wines in the garden at Rickety Bridge Winery in Franschhoek, South Africa

Pouring over the edge in the Franschhoek vineyards

Travelling in the South African wine regions can be full of surprises at Rickety Bridge Winery It looked very curious. The clouds were pouring over the edge of the mountain tops in the Franschhoek Valley. It looked almost like a waterfall that was falling down on us. Luckily the “waterfall” evaporated before it reached the […]

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Press release: Winter wine and food tours: South America and South Africa with BKWine

press release Paris, 2013-08-06 Winter wine and food tours: South America and South Africa with BKWine The wine and food tour specialist BKWine has launched the coming winter’s wine and gourmet tours. There are two tours to New World wine countries: Chile and Argentina in South America in February, and South Africa in March. Both […]

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Press release: Two new wine tour destinations, Chile-Argentina and South Africa, with BKWine Tours

Here is our latest press release, on the two new wine tours to Chile & Argentina, and to South Africa. Two genuinely exceptional tours that will give the travellers a unique insight into these very exciting wine countries. We also feature prominently on these tours wine and food in combination and the local gastronomy. Two […]

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The impressive cliffs along the coast

Wine and food tour to South Africa in pictures

The best way to try and give you a feeling for what you will experience on a wine and food tour to South Africa is with photos, so here is a selection of photography from our wine and food tour to South Africa. All pictures in this selection were taken on one of our wine […]

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Dinner outside with friends in Franschhoek, South Africa

“A wonderful experience with excellent food and wine, and good company!”

On of the guests on our wine tour to South Africa that took place in March sent us a short email: A big thank you for the wonderful vacation that we have just had in South Africa! A fantastic experience with good food, excellent wines, and terrific company, not to mention the safari that we […]

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