The town of Franschhoek and the wine route that surrounds it owe their existence to the French Huguenot settlers of the 18th century.
Time will be devoted to exploring the town and the memorial to the French Huguenots. The memorial is set in lovely gardens against a backdrop of imposing mountains. Thereafter a visit is made to three fine wine estates of the Franschhoek Wine Route, all which are internationally recognized for the exceptional quality of their wines. All the noble cultivars and classic styles are on show here, from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc to the rich reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
During the tour of the wine estates, the process of wine making and aging is explained in some detail by a local wine maker. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a range of wines that are produced at each of the estates. The tour then makes its way back to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
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