South Africa Wine Tour

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Come with us to meet South Africa's ambitious, talented winemakers

— In the last twenty years South Africa’s wine industry has gone through a revolution, and today the country is a major producer of quality wines. Thanks to the new generation of winemakers, quality has increased dramatically. There is a lot of new thinking and experimentation, and producers listen closely to what consumers want.

South Africa is also a spectacular country to visit in terms of scenery and landscape, boasting dramatic mountain ranges and rocky shores, indigenous flora and fauna, and  of course legendary wildlife safaris. South Africa has its own culinary traditions which are showcased by the top-quality restaurants found here. In short: this is a tour that features outstanding wines, excellent food, breathtaking nature and stunning scenery.

Tour Highlights

  • 9 days, plus travel days
  • Many winery visits
  • Gourmet meals
  • Magnificent landscapes
  • Expert wine guide
  • [sample programme]
  • Franschhoek
  • Stellenbosch
  • Walker Bay
  • Hermanus
  • Hemel en Aarde
  • Cape Town

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Please Note: This Is A Sample Programme

This is a sample programme, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the programme, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

The wines of South Africa need little introduction, thanks to the overwhelming success they had at international level after the end of apartheid in the early 1990s. The country opened its doors and wine lovers from around the world were finally able to discover fruity, full-bodied wines made in the regions around Cape Town, and the quality today is excellent. Many of the newer producers are exceptionally ambitious and make wines that can hold their own when tasted alongside other top-quality bottles from the world’s leading wine producers.

South Africa is considered to be part of the New World in terms of wine making, but its viticultural heritage dates back to 1655 when Dutchman Jan Van Riebeek planted the first vines near Cape Town, followed by the Huguenots who arrived from France at the end of the 17th century; the sweet wines from Constantia were already world famous by the 18th century.

Vineyards and a winery at the foot of a mountain in Franschhoek, South Africa
Vineyards and a winery at the foot of a mountain in Franschhoek, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
A winery and vineyards below a mountain, Franschhoek
A winery and vineyards below a mountain, Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

There will be plenty of time for sightseeing here. We will visit the Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain as part of our itinerary, enjoying many excellent meals featuring local produce and dishes along the way. We will have time to stroll around the towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, as well as the city of Cape Town, and there will be lots of opportunities to enjoy South Africa’s fabulous scenery.

The tour is led and managed by BKWine’s internationally-known wine expert and co-founder Britt Karlsson. Voted Wine Personality of the Year 2011, she is also a columnist for Forbes.com and author of several wine books, including The Creation of a Wine (voted World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals by the Gourmand Awards). There will also be a local South African guide on the trip.

Visiting the a vineyard in Franschhoek, South Africa
Visiting the a vineyard in Franschhoek, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Merlot vineyards in Franschhoek
Merlot vineyards in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

Programme — South Africa wine tour

Preliminary programme.

Contact BKWine for more details.

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Programme overview

  • Day – – — Leave home for Cape Town
  • Day 1 — Arrival, welcome to Cape Town
  • Day 2 — The Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Day 3 — Somerset West and Elgin
  • Day 4 — Hermanus and Walker Bay on the south coast
  • Day 5 — Over the mountains to Franschhoek
  • Day 6 — Franschhoek, the famous valley
  • Day 7 — Stellenbosch, the capital of wine
  • Day 8 — Stellenbosch
  • Day 9 — Departure from Cape Town
  • Day – – — Arrival back home

Day – – — Leave home

How you travel to South Africa depends on your starting point. Most long-haul flights are overnight, meaning that you arrive in Cape Town in the morning. You may like to arrive a few days early (we can arrange extra hotel nights for you), but whatever you do, you need to be in Cape Town on the morning that the tour kicks off, ie. Day 1. (NB: See below under “flights” for important information).

Near the Cape of Good Hope on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Near the Cape of Good Hope on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Vertiginous views at Cape Point
Vertiginous views at Cape Point, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 1 — Arrival in Cape Town

Arrival at Cape Town airport in the morning and pickup at the airport, unless you have arrived earlier. At around noon we head out to our waiting bus, going first to our hotel where we may be able to check in already. If not, we will start with a light lunch and a few good wines.

After lunch we will get back on the bus and head over to Table Mountain. If we are lucky and the wind is not too strong, the cable car that goes up the mountain will be running (it is closed if the weather is poor). From the top of Table Mountain there is a breath-taking view over Cape Town, the Waterfront, the sea, and the vast surrounding landscape.

By late afternoon we will be back at the hotel and those who have not already done so can check in. We will be staying for two nights at Cape Town’s four-star Hotel Southern Sun Cape Sun. Our hotel has a gym, restaurant and bar, and is located in the city centre and shopping district near the famous Waterfront. You can settle in and relax before our welcome dinner in the city. We will be dining at a small, friendly restaurant near our hotel (the bus will take us there in 10 minutes) which serves local Malay cuisine.

One of the colourful houses on Long Street in Cape Town, South Africa
One of the colourful houses on Long Street in Cape Town, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
A colourful house on Long Street in Cape Town
A colourful house on Long Street in Cape Town, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 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 where according to legend, the Flying Dutchman sank. It is almost always sunny and very windy here. The entire tip of the peninsula is a nature reserve with the most extraordinary flora and fauna, and the natural South African fynbos (scrubland) features more species than almost anywhere else in the world. Amongst the wildlife found here are ostriches, antelopes, springbok and baboon (be careful of the latter, as they are very curious and may well grab food or other items, given the chance).

We will visit the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive, a recently opened road along the coast that clings perilously to the side of the cliffs, taking us along the Atlantic Ocean past Noordhoek. At Cape Point we take the funicular up to the historic lighthouse with a 360-degree view over the area: this is certainly (and literally) one of the high points of the trip, after which we will continue on to the Cape of Good Hope.

We will have lunch together today. In the afternoon we will head back to Cape Town for a short stop at the hotel before getting back on the bus and driving up to Signal Hill. Here, we will enjoy the sunset and city views, with canapés and some delicious South African sparkling wine to celebrate the start of our adventure.

After sunset the rest of the evening is free. You may like to spend some time down at the charming Waterfront, where the old harbour has been remodelled to create an upmarket residential area and a centre with shops, museums and restaurants, many of which are open in the evening. The bus can drop you here before continuing on to the hotel, and it is easy to take a taxi from the Waterfront back to the hotel later in the evening.

The west side of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
The west side of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Imposing mountains in Camps Bay, Cape Town
Imposing mountains in Camps Bay, Cape Town, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 3 — Elgin, Overberg and Hermanus

Today we start learning about wine.

We will check out from our Cape Town hotel and we will head for the south coast. But before we reach the coast we will stop in the region of Elgin.

This area has a relatively cool climate and thus winemakers here have focused on varieties such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer. Elgin is known for its apples, and is a relatively young wine region.

You find some very ambitious producers here, making wines full of character and freshness.

After our morning visit in Elgin we will continue to the neighbouring region of Overberg. Here we will visit a fabulous estate called Gabrielskloof, which has seen many improvements since top wine maker Peter-Alan Finlayson was hired a few years ago

We will have a visit, a tasting and a superb lunch here at Gabrielskloof.

Late afternoon we will make our way down to the south coast of Western Cape and the small town of Hermanus, in the Walker Bay wine region. We will check in at Harbour House Hotel, where we’ll be staying for two nights. Situated in the town centre on the water front, it’s a perfect location to explore the town and has stunning sea views. The evening is free, so enjoy some down time in this pretty little town by the sea.

Vineyards and a winery at the foot of a mountain in Franschhoek, South Africa
Vineyards and a winery at the foot of a mountain in Franschhoek, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
A mountain protecting the winery and vineyards, Franschhoek
A mountain protecting the winery and vineyards, Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 4 — Hermanus and Walker Bay on the South Coast

Today we will visit some interesting wineries in Walker Bay. This is a relatively new wine region whose elegant wines have received much attention in recent years. Proximity to the ocean means a cool environment for the vines, resulting in quality wines with good acidity and freshness made from grapes such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Many of the famous names in Walker Bay are situated in the valley known as Hemel-en-Aarde. It is a spectacular setting, between the sea and two impressive mountain ranges, and there are many excellent producers along the Hermanus Wine Route, producing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hamilton Russel, Newton Johnson (both Pinot Noir pioneers), Creation wines are a few examples. We will do a morning visit here in this beautiful valley.

Near the small town of Sandford we will call in at Springfontein, an estate whose highly creative winemaker is turning out original, thought-provoking wines. Here we will also enjoy a gorgeous multi-course lunch with a focus on pairing food and wine. By early evening we will be back in Hermanus, and the evening is free for you to explore the small town and its restaurants.

Evening by the sea in Cape Town, South Africa
Evening by the sea in Cape Town, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Evening in Camps Bay in Cape Town
Evening in Camps Bay in Cape Town, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 5 — Over the mountains to Franschhoek

After breakfast, we pack our bags and leave Hermanus. We are going north, over the mountains, to Franschhoek, driving through spectacular landscapes and stopping along the way to admire the wonderful views. Franschhoek (the name means the French corner) is where the French Huguenots settled in the 1600s. We will have a winery visit and lunch here at a charming, historic estate that dates back to the 17th century. This spectacular location is a classified historical monument, and its new owners have been working hard for several years to bring new momentum and energy to wines.

After a tour of the vineyard and cellar we’ll enjoy an aperitif on the stoep (Afrikaans for porch) of a dazzling white Cape Dutch style building, followed by a delicious lunch of local specialities. There will be a second visit in the Franschhoek area in the afternoon, giving us the opportunity to focus on organic wine production and the challenges faced by South African growers making wine in this way.

In the late afternoon we will arrive at the small town of Franschhoek itself where we’ll check in at our hotel, Protea Hotel Franschhoek **** . It is situated in the middle of town, and we’ll be staying here for two nights. The evening is free so you’ll be able to relax and maybe check out one of the many excellent hotels in the town. Alternatively, our hotel also has a restaurant.

Majestic mountains and vineyards at sunset in Franschhoek, South Africa
Majestic mountains and vineyards at sunset in Franschhoek, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
The lunch and wine tasting at the winery is over, Walker Bay
The lunch and wine tasting at the winery is over, Walker Bay, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 6 — Franschhoek, the famous valley

Today we will continue to explore Franschhoek, with two winery visits and tastings with local producers.

At Lynx Wine Estate we will meet their winemaker Helgard van Schalkwyk who is very happy to explain how he works. This is one of the smallest wine estates in Franschhoek. Helgard and his team make interesting wines from Roussanne, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc (a favourite of Helgard’s) and Viognier. The surroundings are superb with views of Simonsberg and the Klein Drakenstein Mountains.

Our lunch today will be at Glenwood Estate, a 30-hectare winery in the attractive Roberstvlei Valley growing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Shiraz. It has been owned since 1986 by Alastair Wood, and has a high-profile winemaker in the shape of DP Burger. After a cellar visit and wine tasting with DP it will be time for an outdoor lunch in Glenwood’s restaurant, where the views are just as memorable as the food.

In the afternoon we’ll return to town, and the rest of the day is free. Depending on your mood you might do a little shopping, enjoy some coffee and a stroll, or just relax in the sun by the swimming pool. If you want to dine at one of Franschhoek’s famous restaurants you’ll need to book well in advance, but we can help you with that if you give us some notice.

Fermenting grapes in Franschhoek, South Africa
Fermenting grapes in Franschhoek, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Fermenting syrah in a winery
Fermenting syrah in a winery, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 7 — Stellenbosch, the wine capital

Today we will begin exploring Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s best-known wine regions and home to many famous estates. An attractive, lively university town, Stellenbosch has a fascinating history.

We will visit three top estates in Stellenbosch today. One of the visits will be an organic pioneer in Simonsberg and we will learn about the specific issues in the vineyards that a wine grower in South Africa has to deal with. The visit ends with a tasting of some delicious wines, some made from very old bush vines of Chenin Blanc.

We will have lunch at the cosy and lush Garden Restaurant at Delheim Wines. They specialize in the Malay cuisine and some of the wild ferment Chenin Blanc and slightly off-dry Gewurztraminer are perfect matches with the food.

At the end of the afternoon we will arrive at our hotel in Stellenbosch where we’ll be staying for two nights. Our hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of restaurants, shops and bars. This is good news, as Stellenbosch and its pristine white Cape Dutch architecture certainly warrants exploring and there will be some free time before we meet in the evening for a traditional South African braai (a South African-style barbecue that is almost more of a social event than a meal).

Egg-tanks in a winery in South Africa
Egg-tanks in a winery in South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Egg tanks in a winery in Franschhoek, South Africa
Egg tanks in a winery in Franschhoek, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 8 — Stellenbosch

Today we’ll continue exploring Stellenbosch and familiarise ourselves with some of the sub-regions such as Banghoek, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills and Simonsberg, each of which has its own specific terroir.

In the morning we have a visit to a winery considered to be one of South Africa’s Pinotage specialists. A cross between Pinot Noir and the southern French grape Cinsault, Pinotage can make wonderfully fruity and spicy wines. It was created almost 100 years ago here in South Africa and is the country’s emblematic grape.

From here we will continue to the eastern part of Stellenbosch, to a winery in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley. This is a small family estate with 40 hectares of vines, where Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are the two most prolific varieties. The winemaking is inspired by Burgundian methods, with fermentation in open tanks and manual punch down of the skins.

Lunch will be taken at the winery restaurant, surrounded by mountains, with a range of wines to be tasted with the carefully prepared dishes. After this, it’s back to Stellenbosch for some free time, before our farewell aperitif in the early evening. You are free to dine as you choose tonight.

Sorting grapes in from harvest in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sorting grapes in from harvest in Stellenbosch, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Punching down fermenting grapes in a winery
Punching down fermenting grapes in a winery, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 9 — End of the wine tour

Transfer to the airport in Cape Town to catch your return flight home. If you are going straight home (ie. not staying on for some extra days in South Africa) you will probably be catching one of the overnight flights that will get you home in the morning the following day. We will have two transfers to the airport, one in the early morning, and another in the afternoon for travellers leaving in the evening.

If you would like to extend your stay for a few days, let us know. We can help you organise extra hotel nights.

Vineyards and a winery in hot and sunny Swartland, South Africa
Vineyards and a winery in hot and sunny Swartland, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
A sign to the wine cellar in Swartland
A sign to the wine cellar in Swartland, copyright BKWine Photography

Day – – — Arrival home

You arrive back home.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Go For It!

We’d love to have you with us.

Grocery delivery in Stellenbosch to a Cape Dutch style house, South Africa
Grocery delivery in Stellenbosch to a Cape Dutch style house, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
Delivery in front of a traditional house in Stellenbosch
Delivery in front of a traditional house in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography

Add-on options: safari and golf

To go on a safari in South Africa is a special experience. On this tour we will visit the nature reserve at Cape Point, but a safari is not part of this programme. If you want to combine this tour with a safari, we offer a safari add-on (see details below).

South Africa is also wonderful golf country, so we are offering you the chance to combine this tour with some of the best golf to be had (see more information on these options after the wine tour programme below).

A restaurant at a winery in Stellenbosch
A restaurant at a winery in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography
A winery restaurant in Stellenbosch
A winery restaurant in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography

More info

We have written a lot about wine tourism in South Africa, including what to do and what to expect.

Read more about travelling in South Africa on our travel blog.

You can find more information on South African wines in BKWine Magazine, our online wine magazine.

Travel pictures

We have made two photo galleries with pictures from previous trips to South Africa to give you a better feel for what you will experience on this exceptional trip.

The pictures were all taken by BKWine on previous editions of this fabulous tour to the tip of the African continent.

Travel reportage on video

We also have a few videos from previous tours:

More pictures and videos

You can find more pictures and videos of wine tours and safaris in this exciting wine country on our Facebook pages:

A winery in Franschhoek in Cape Dutch style, South Africa
A winery in Franschhoek in Cape Dutch style, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography
A Cape Dutch winery in Franschhoek
A Cape Dutch winery in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

Tour Details — Wine tour of South Africa

Dates: [this is a sample programme]

Price per person: [this is a sample programme]

Single room supplement: [this is a sample programme]

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

Included in the price:

  • 8 nights in four-star hotels, double occupancy, including breakfast
    • 2 nights in Cape Town, 2 nights in Hermanus, 2 nights in Franschhoek, and 2 nights in Stellenbosch
  • Meals as described in the programme (*) :
    • 8 gourmet multi-course lunches with regional specialities at wineries or in restaurants, all including wines
    • 2 gourmet, multi-course dinners, one 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 programme
  • Private, top-quality tastings at wineries
  • Early evening sunset aperitif with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Day trips, as described in the programme
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by expert BKWine guides: Britt Karlsson and Per Karlsson, founders of BKWine
  • Porterage at hotel check-in and check-out

 (*) See below for more important information on our meals.

Not included:

  • Travel (flights etc) to the destination and back, from your home location.

You are responsible for organising and your travel to Cape Town yourself.

If you would like assistance organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We recommend taking a few extra days to prolong your vacation in this wonderful destination. We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.

For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 14 participants registered by the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 22.

Guide

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 (voted World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals in 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 (voted Best Wine Book for Professionals in Sweden and second place winner in the World’s Best Educational Wine Book awards 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 ensure the best possible organisation and a unique experience it is important to have excellent local knowledge, and in South Africa it is also a legal requirement to have a South African licensed guide on a tour. Hence there will be two guides, each expert in his/her field of South African tourism and wine respectively. Our local guide will be able to tell us about the sites we will visit but also about the culture, history and traditions of the country.

Flights

We have chosen not to include the cost of flights in this tour. Here’s why.

Our clients come from many different countries and continents. By booking your own flights, you have maximum flexibility when choosing how and when to travel.

In many cases it is cheaper to buy flight tickets as an individual than as a tour operator (and we are a small and very specialised tour operator). We have chosen to put all our effort into creating an exceptional tour programme while keeping the costs reasonable, rather than including a flight booking service and then having to cut corners on the tour programme. We believe that this give you much better value for your money.

We will do everything possible to make it easy for you to arrange your travel, and we can put you in touch with one of our travel agent partners if you would like assistance. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your flight arrangements.

Booking your flight to South Africa

We suggest that you book a flight that arrives in the morning of Day 1 (or earlier). Depending on your home location, this is likely to be an overnight flight. On Day 1 we will all meet for lunch, and this is the start of the programme. If you choose to arrive earlier, we can help to arrange additional hotel nights at our hotel.

Special booking conditions

Please note that special booking conditions apply for this wine tour. These conditions are different to those in our general Terms & Conditions.

Cancellation of booking can be made as follows:

  • More than 60 days before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays a fee equivalent to the Booking Fee
  • 31-60 days before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays a fee equivalent to 75% of the total price
  • 30 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 advise you to contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

Safari: a possible post-trip extension

If you would like to extend your trip to South Africa with a few days of safari, please contact us. We can offer a two-night safari in a malaria-free, private game reserve in Eastern Cape, an hour’s flight time from Cape Town. It is common (though of course not guaranteed) to see all of the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard. If you are interested in this option, let us know when you book the wine tour and we will get back to you with more details.

Travel photos from the safari

Curious to know what it looks like and what you will see?

Under the heading “More info” above you can find several links to pages with photography from our previous safaris that have followed-on to the wine tour. It is a wonderful experience.

Golf in South Africa: a possible trip extension

If you are an enthusiastic golfer, we can offer you the opportunity to combine the wine tour with a few days of golf before or after our tour. South Africa is a perfect destination for golfers. It has world-class golf courses located in breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. The climate is warm but generally not exceedingly hot, not even in summer, and the sea is never far away in Cape golf country. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to play on some of South Africa’s best competition-grade courses.

You can choose to add this golf experience before or after our wine tour. There’s more information on how a golf add-on can look here. If you are interested in a golf add-on, please tell us when you book the wine tour.

Book This Tour

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Booking is confirmed by paying the booking fee of [sample programme, this varies by trip]. Full payment should be received at the latest [sample programme, one month or 60 days, depending on the trip] before the departure date (see our terms and conditions). Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register.

It is important that your read our travel booking terms and conditions.

We also invite you to read more on why you should travel with BKWine, about customer protection, and about what you can expect from our wine tours in the section below “More on our wine tours”.

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)
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More on our wine tours

Why travel with BKWine?

We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously – it is not a sideline or a hobby – and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

Read more on why you should choose BKWine for your wine and food tour.

Thousands of happy customers

Over the years, thousands of wine lovers have travelled with us. Many come back to tour again and again with BKWine to new wine regions. Our record-breaking client has been on more than ten BKWine tours. We are happy and proud to have such faithful customers.

Read more on what travellers have said about our tours.

Awards and Mentions

We’re pleased and proud to have received many accolades, including:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours”, Travel+Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
  • “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
  • “Recommended Wine Tours”, Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year”, Gourmand International awards, and many other book prizes
  • Three OIV book awards, International Organisation of Vine and Wine
  • “Wine Personality of the Year”, an honour bestowed on Britt Karlsson by Munskänkarna in 2011, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • Inclusion on the Wine Media Power List, by Wine Business International magazine

About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On those kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

Read more on the wine producers and wineries we visit.

A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

Read more On Meals: Food and Gastronomy on Our Tours.

Customer Protection,  Financial Travel Guarantee, and Terms and Conditions

You can always feel safe when you book your tour with BKWine. BKWine has a bonded bank guarantee that gives full protection according to EU and Swedish law. BKWine is a Swedish limited company and as such is regulated by strict rules.

Read more on Customer Protection, Financial Travel Guarantee. and our Terms and Conditions.

When you book a tour it is important that you read the terms and conditions. BKWine’s booking terms and conditions follow the guidelines developed by the Consumer Protection Agency.

Health, vaccination and allergies

Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

Read more in our FAQ and in our Terms and Conditions.

Travel insurance

BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance, check if your regular home insurance policy includes some kind of travel insurance, or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

Custom Tours

We also offer custom wine and food tours if you want to travel on different dates, or if you want something different to what we currently offer on our scheduled tours. This tailor-made service can be offered for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

Important information

Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

Read the BKWine Booking Terms and Conditions here. They are important to you!

You are expected to organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours, but once you are at the location, we take care of everything.

For more inspiration

Read our wine travel blog. For more, read our online wine magazine the BKWine Magazine with articles from all over the wine world.

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