Kim D. South Africa
When our Stellenbosch Wine Tour was arranged, initially I felt it sounded like a really long day. We were proved so incorrect! We had such fun, and the time just flew. Tony Staadecker, our Explore Sideways tour guide, collected my hubby and I from our accommodation promptly that morning, and we were at once struck by his genuinely friendly, warm nature - not to mention his extensive knowledge of the surrounding wine country, general knowledge, and a quirky curiosity as to what interested us. The tour day was relaxed and flexible. We visited the most impressively beautiful wine farms, including De Morgenzon, Jordan, Cavalli, and others - tasted enviable wines and met some truly incredible people. Our lunch stop happened to be at a restaurant named Equus located on the Cavalli Wine/Stud Farm - what a treat! I've since recommended this restaurant to friends of ours who live in Cape Town, a magnificent place. I would most certainly recommend an Explore Sideways tour to anyone, and it's definitely something we will entertain in the future when visiting the beautiful Cape again!
a traveler United States
Explore Sideways set up the perfect day in Frranschoek for us, with trips to five amazing wineries and an excellent lunch recommendation. Jonathan was a perfect tour guide. Very knowledgeable and informative, but also laid back and fun. No pretension at all. Was an amazing day!
I like drinking wine, but don't really care for wine tasting trips. I've been to Napa Valley, Upstate NYC, and Sienna vineyards, and there were all ok experiences. I joined this wine tour as a part of a pre-wedding festivities, just to hang out with my friends. And I was blown away by the awesomeness of the way Britanny had planned this whole tour. We did 3 vineyards from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - started with boutique bubbly tour which extended from tasting fresh squeezed grape to final bubbly (3-year fermentation). Then, we had an awesome garden lunch with amazing story telling and wines and finally, finished with bubbly paired with Nougats. The variety and presentation made it memorable.
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Fantastic tour of Franschhoek with multiple top quality wine tastings (too many to remember!) and delicious food combined with breathtaking scenery. Anne-Marie provided a real personalized service and we learned and saw things no conventional wine tour would have covered. Thoroughly recommended and great value for money.
Explore Sideways website
Babylonstoren gardens are beautiful. I was very happy to taste local wine and foods like biltong. What a pretty town Franschhoek is as well, I had a delicious lunch at Foliage restaurant. Thank you for the recommendation.
Anne United States
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It was wonderful to have someone pick me up, give us a great tour, and take us to the wineries. Our driver was a great type guide, with plenty of background information for us. The only thing that could make this better was more wineries as an option. I would rather get a quick lunch and go to another winery in the day. We typically had 3 wineries, but could have time for a couple more. The driving tours were great and I would definitely use Explore Sideways again!
Veronica South Africa
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Explore Sideways put together a personalized wine tasting experience for me when I had friends visiting me from the USA. We were picked up in Cape Town and visited four different wine farms in the Stellenbosch area. The tour guide was very professional and knowledgeable. The highlight was definitely the wine tasting and lunch at Cavalli Estate! The Explore Sideways team was incredibly helpful in arranging and booking this tour for us!
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