Classic Wine Pairing Tour in 3 Regions of the Cape Winelands

Classic Wine Pairing Tour in 3 Regions of the Cape Winelands

1 Day

There are few things more pleasurable than an excellent pairing of food and wine. Correctly paired food and wine can turn a regular meal into a five-star dining experience. Pairing food and wine does not have to be reserved for special occasions. If one knows which wines pair best with which entrees, a successful gustatory marriage can happen nightly.

One might wonder why food and wine pairing has been growing in popularity over the past 30 years. The primary reason why is because experts are discovering that there actually is something behind the perfect glass of wine with certain types of foods. Wine has several properties, each of which interacts with the foods people eat and their own taste buds. Science actually supports food and wine pairing and the differences in which types of wine match best with which types of food.

Places of Interest


Paarl wines are now world renowned, primarily for the quality of their Shiraz while Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon are also increasingly well regarded, and the region is home to some of the Western Cape’s most influential wineries.

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the region north of Stellenbosch has earned international acclaim not only for its Paarl wines but also the breathtaking beauty of its natural surroundings. The name Paarl means ‘pearl’ and reflects the way the ancient granite mountains, which early Dutch settlers called ‘den Diamont ende Peerlbergh’ (‘the diamond and pearl mountain’), glisten in the distance.

First Vineyard

First and foremost, Fairview is a working farm, housing a collection of micro-businesses all sharing in a common goal – to create artisanal and sustainable produce, with a focus on fine wine and cheese. We’ve been caring custodians of our land since 1693, and invite you to come and visit us and see for yourself how our farm operates, supports the environment and contributes to a more holistic lifestyle. Everything we do is driven by our philosophy of being honest, honouring our heritage and ensuring that ingenuity perpetually flows from our soils and cellars and straight into the heart of your relationship with us. After all, at Fairview, we do things differently.

The birth of Afrikaans as the world’s youngest language is celebrated by the iconic Afrikaans Language Monument that stands prominently on the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain. The town itself is the largest and one of the oldest European settlements in the country’s Cape Winelands – where the well preserved colonial architecture, museums and galleries give visitors a distinctly historical feel.


As you make your way into Franschhoek you will notice that most of the farms still bear their original French names, some complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and rolling vineyards. You will find an array of cellars, ranging from quaint boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to the large cellars that offer visitors organised tours and tastings.

The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The area also produces some of the country’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques, which can all be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.

The wines made by the Vignerons de Franschhoek can be tasted, paired with wonderful food available from Franschhoek’s restaurants, many of which are found on the wine estates. Have a look at the Franschhoek Food and Wine Route for more options.

Second Vineyard

Franschhoek Cellar, a beautiful asset to the Franschhoek wine route, combines the charms of leisurely country life with the elegance of a world-class venue. Enjoy wine tastings paired with Belgian chocolate or handmade cheese. Dine on alfresco style lunches in our fabulous garden, or sip on an artisanal beer in our bistro & beer garden. Franschhoek Cellar has a special selection of unique event venues within the space to ensure we host your most memorable occasion.

Third Vineyard

Originally from Bordeaux where our family owns 3 wine estates, we fell in love with South Africa during our many travels to the country.

Manual harvesting, selection of the best grapes, French oak and Acacia barrel ageing, combined with a French “savoir-faire” from our South-African winemaker Jos Van Wyk, will lead you to explore some of the finest wines produced in the region. At Marianne we are privileged to have two state of the art boutique wineries, each perfectly equipped to elaborate fine, hand crafted wines. Influenced by our French heritage and international savoir-faire, we strive to make French style wines with a touch of South African vibes. At Marianne we believe in natural, minimal intervention winemaking, with the firm believe that the secret to a great wine lies in the vineyard and in the beautiful landscape that surrounds it.


Day 1 :

Our first visit is to one of the most popular vineyards in the Cape Winelands region with a reputation that stretches back to 1693
Enjoy a selection of wines in their world-renowned tasting room expertly paired with cow and goats milk cheeses.
The next stop is at a well-known vineyard in Franschoek. In a relaxed atmosphere you will enjoy an amazing chocolate and wine pairing.
Enjoy a walk within the town of Franschoek and stop for a photo at the Huguenot Monument.
Our last stop will be within Stellenbosch at one of the French owned vineyard that strives to make French style wines with a touch of South African vibes. Enjoy a wine and biltong pairing overlooking the lush vineyards of the estate.

The Tour Includes:

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Qualified tourist guide
  • Wine expertly paired with cow and goats milk cheeses (Vineyard within Paarl)
  • Wine paired with chocolate (Vineyard within Franschoek)
  • Wine paired with biltong/meat (Vineyard within Stellenbosch

The Tour Excludes:

  • Meals
  • Any additional purchases to the itinerary

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Classic Wine Pairing Tour in 3 Regions of the Cape Winelands