Alternative Cape winelands tour – Route 62 and Franschhoek

Nuy Valley wine estateOur tour of the Route62- and Franschhoek wine lands region includes driving through – and over one of the most beautiful valleys and mountain passes in the world. On your adventure into this stunning and diverse area, you will enjoy engaging and informative local encounters; visiting a wine estate still owned and managed today by the descendants of the first pioneers to the area, mouth water local food and wine tasting of award winning wines produced on site and thus your thought provoking visit to the French Huguenot memorial, will remind you that the ancestors of the first settlers in the wine lands still live and make wines steeped in history and tradition. We make a point of supporting wine estates where fair labour practice is assured and we offer a refreshing perspective, understanding and insight into the development of this stunning region of South Africa.

In keeping with our mission to make Nelson Mandela’s dream for a “better life for his people, when he delivered his speech on the steps of the Cape Town Hall not far away, work. We make it our task to ensure that the benefits of the many tourists who visit the wine lands are accessed by local community entrepreneurs and empowered workers, whilst simultaneously exposing the discerning visitor to a new wine lands experience they never new existed.

We invite you to join us to discover a new wine lands full of exciting encounters.
Welcome!

What does the tour involve?

This is a full day tour and departing on time ensures you get the most out of your day. You can also stay overnight if you drive yourself or your group chooses to do so.

09h00- Meet your registered tour guide/driver in the foyer of your accommodation and drive through stunning scenery, pashing through lush wine lands and verdant valleys to reach Franschhoek. Visit the Huguenot Museum, built in 1948 and dedicated to the French Huguenots and pioneers who left France to settle in what is today known as “The French Quarter “,the life and existence of the pioneers are exposed.

Depart for the Nuy Valley region via Villiersdorp, a quaint town depicting local life as lived in a small town in South Africa where fruit and wine farming abounds. Stop over at a Local Farm stall for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee and purchase of local regional grown farm produce and treats.

Leaving Villiersdorp behind you pass the Theewaterskloof dam, one of the largest domestic and farming servicing dams in the country, as you start the incline to ascend the stunning mountain pass to reach Worcester and the Nuy Valley region.

Anthea at Nuy creche MedresDriving down the R62, flanked by verdant farmlands, you enter the Nuy Valley and arrive at the Nuy Valley Wine Estate and Guest farm. This estate has been owned and run by the Conradie family and dates back to the first pioneers in the region. Boasting its own working wine cellar, the talented families have astounded even the most discerning vintners by producing world class and multi-award winning wines. The Conradie family are a close-knit unit who have formed a most empowering bond with the labourers and their extended families. Investing heavily in the development and empowerment of their staff, the estate has a primary school, crèche on site where the children of staff can enjoy top class caring and education in preparation for their future. When reaching adulthood most of the workers find gainful employment on the estate where they are nurtured and trained. One of their chefs, Rosaline has developed to be the head chef, cooking mouth watering local traditional meals of which a true “Farmer (Boere) BBQ” is an option. One of the wines in their wide range, is named after her and is called “Sweet Rosaline”, celebrating her career development from humble beginnings.

Your experience at Nuy Valley is stripped of ‘staged culture” and offers a true “Taste of local Reality”. It is real and heart warming experience for the adventurous and socially discerning visitor and family traveler where the lifestyle and traditions of the area are exposed. Learn fist hand, in the private cellar from the vintners themselves what inspired their wines at the private cellar on site before you tuck into fabulous cuisine prepared especially for you by the proud Rosaline and her team. You can also take a walk into the vineyards after lunch to breath free and enjoy the fresh, unpolluted air to visit the local crèche.

On taking your leave of this beautiful wine estate and drive back to Cape Town via Worcester, stunning views unfold as you drive over the Du Toits Kloof mountain range, where hot water springs have offered medical and relaxing benefits for centuries for those who visit the area. Crossing over the summit of the mountain, the stunning view of the greater Cape Flats and wine lands unfolds before you.

17h30 Arrive back at your accommodation in Cape Town.

NOTE: We can offer visitors who drive themselves, the chance to spend the night at either a Homestay with Kamamma, or in Nuy which offers unique accommodation experiences of which one is in the original settler homestead and the other offers the chance for visitors to sleep over in a real wine cellar! This is especially recommended if you are on your way to the Garden Route or from the Garden Route. Both accommodations are ideal to stay over at.

If spending the night closer to Cape Town is required, we arrange that with our hand chosen Eikendal Lodge with Table Mountain as your backdrop as you sip wine from their local cellar after a stroll through the vineyards before turning in for a very comfortable night..

You will not only have seen nature and immersed yourself in good food and wine today: Added to this great experience, you have discovered the generous and welcoming nature of the people who live, till the lands and produce great wines in this beautiful region. MOST significantly you are contributing directly to the future quality of life of all the people and their children and taking unique memories, knowledge and insight with you.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity of introducing you to the locals and communities in the real Greater Cape Wine lands region.

Included

  • Experienced and registered tour guides and transport.
  • Pick up and drop of at your accommodation assuming you depart from Cape Town.
  • Coffee + Tea en route
  • Entrances
  • Wine tasting
  • Lunch using local regional produce and prepared in traditional style
  • If you spend the night, the cost of your bed and breakfast.

EXCLUDES: Additional wine at the table if required. Please indicate to your guide or the staff if you would like to enjoy more wine at the table. Please note that Nuy private cellar is licensed for the sale of their wines. You can buy some to take away on site.

Time or Duration of the Day Tour

You start at 9:00 AM in the morning and will finish approximately at 5:30 PM (except if you spend the night).

Current Rates

  • All rates exclusive of VAT.
  • VAT and MANDATORY LEVIES: We are VAT registered and accountable to the South African Revenue services. Please add 14% for vat onto our quoted rate per person. These costs are indicated separately on invoices.
  • All quoted rates are per person and we have a minimum number of 2 persons per booking.

Rates

  • ZAR 1.695 per person – Exclusive of VAT & Tourism levies of 15% (minimum is two adults).
  • Children 12 years and younger: Half price and wine is replaced with grape juices.

You can purchase wine at the private family run cellar on site. Please indicate your interest. It is also possible to arrange to have the name of your tour embellished on your wine bottles purchased.

Groups

Our experiences are ideal and conducive to individuals, family and small group travel of up to 8 people. Small group rates of more than 8 persons and rates for an individuals can be accommodated in special circumstances. We deal with this on a one to one basis. Mindful of the impact of groups of more than 14 on a working wine estate and mindful of the quality of the experience, which is authentic local contact, could be compromised, Dreamcatcher does not offer our personalized Taste of Reality tours to groups of larger than 14 persons unless special arrangements are made where we will split up the group into 2 vehicles to ensure that the experience is not compromised.

NOTE: Toilet facilities on site.