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3 Days Culinary Holidays & Wine Tours South Africa

Culinary and Wine Tasting South Africa

If you really want to experience South Africa with all your senses, treat your palate to the ultimate foodie bucket list destination, the Cape winelands. In this private tour, your specialist food and wine guide will expose your taste buds to the hidden gems of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and the Hemel-en-Aarde wine valleys. Explore Sideways has curated this specialist experience for those travelers that want to get off the beaten track and get into the vineyards and cellars of some of South Africa's top wine producers and culinary masterminds.


  • Taste gourmet delicacies
  • Participate in food and wine pairings
  • Learn about South African cheese production
  • Discover the diverse appeal of South African wines
  • Walk through the gardens of Babylonstoren
  • Learn how to sabrage a bottle of MCC
  • Visit boutique wine estates
  • 2 nights accommodation


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Each of your nights at Franschhoek or Stellenbosch, and Hermanus will be in a luxury accommodation so you can rest and enjoy your culinary activities.


Day 1 - Ultimate foodie tour of Franschhoek

  • A private, specialist guide will pick you up from your accommodation to taste excellent food and superb wine from some of the best estates in South Africa's culinary capital, Franschhoek.
  • Walk through the gardens of Babylonstoren and then enjoy one wine tasting and three wine and food pairings with premium wines, biltong, chocolate, cheese, and charcuterie.
  • After this delightful experience, your private, specialist guide will take you back to your luxury accommodation.
  • You will spend one night at Franschhoek.

Day 2 - Cheese mongers tour in Stellenbosch

  • Indulge in one of the oldest food pairings, cheese and wine, at some of the most legendary wine farms in the South African winelands.
  • Experience one fun wine tasting, three cheese and wine pairings, and visit some of the most incredible cheese factories to learn how South African cheese is made.
  • You will even pay a visit to the famous Goat Tower, the home to more than 1000 goats who provide milk to the vineyard cheesery each day.
  • You will spend one night in a luxury accommodation at Stellenbosch.

Day 3 - Hemel-en-Aarde cool climate wine and culinary tour

  • Spend an exceptional day exploring the boutique wine producers of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Known for its award winning cool climate pinot and chardonnays, this region is a delight to true wine connoisseurs that want to discover the diverse appeal of South African wines.
  • Visit two boutique wine estates followed by a decadent food and wine pairing.
  • Afterwards, enjoy a cellar tour and a vineyard walk. You will even learn how to sabrage a bottle of MCC, a South African bubbly.
  • Sabrage is when you use a large, blunt knife or saber to slide over the bottle and pop off the cork with the glass with it. This experience is offered exclusively for Explore Sideways guests and is really not to be missed.
  • You will spend one night in a luxury accommodation at Hermanus.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy a cellar tour and a vineyard walk
  • Explore incredible cheese factories and enjoy cheese tastings
  • Explore legendary wine farms in the South African winelands
  • Visit boutique wine estates
  • Visit to the famous Goat Tower
  • Walking tour of Babylonstoren gardens


This wine holiday will take place in South Africa, visiting Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.


Hailed as the South Africas food and wine destination, Franschhoek is a gourmands dream. Stuffed to the brim with incredible restaurants and lying in a valley between majestic mountains, it is also home to some beautiful Methode Cap Classiques.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Make your ascent into the adjacent Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, with dramatic mountain landscapes and endless vineyard views. There is no question why this valley appropriately named Heaven on Earth in Afrikaans. This regions close proximity to the ocean makes it prime for cool climate wines, mainly of a French, German, and Northern Italian descent. Wines like pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, mourvedre, chardonnay, and even some great bubbles are all produced in this hidden gem of a region. All the wineries here are boutique and small production, but are growing rapidly in terms of a world class recognition.


Stellenbosch and the surrounding wine regions have long been recognized as places worth celebrating. From beautiful vineyards that are planted in some of the oldest soils in the world, to the avenues of oak trees that line the streets of the town of Stellenbosch. People in South Africa likes to celebrate life. They do that through food, wine, and culture. Stellenbosch is one of those places that combines all those elements and more to create the perfect destination to escape to. Come take a journey of the senses in one of South Africa's most highly acclaimed wine producing regions.


During each day of this culinary and wine vacation, you will participate in formidable food and wine pairings, three on the first two days and one food and wine pairing lunch on the third day. In them, you will taste some of the best South African wines and cheeses, as well as biltong, chocolate, and charcuterie. Explore Sideways can prearrange lunch and dinner, although these cannot be guaranteed.

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore by yourself the surrounding areas of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in your free time
  • Have lunch and dinner in fantastic restaurants
  • Take optional visits to get to know deeper the South African treasures

What's included

  • 1 cellar tour
  • 1 food and wine pairing lunch
  • 1 sabrage session
  • 1 vineyard walk
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 wine tasting sessions
  • 3 boutique wine tastings
  • 6 wine and food pairings
  • Garden entrance fees
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation
  • Private, specialist guide / driver

What's not included

  • 2 lunches
  • Additional lunch beverages
  • Airfare
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Optional visits
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

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