5 South African Wine Adventures

South African Wine Adventures
The Tulbagh region outside Cape Town, South Africa

This is a country rich in winemaking tradition, and many South African wine adventures are accessible for groups visiting the Western Cape.

The most popular wine routes are those in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, with the Robertson and Durbanville areas emerging as well—18 wine routes in all. With a season that runs year-round—in summer and autumn, the vineyards are most scenic, and harvest takes place from January through March—the possibilities are endless.

Following are 5 wine adventures for groups:

Wineland adventures in the sky

Try paragliding or gliding, or for a more relaxed view from the air choose a helicopter, gyrocopter or hot air balloon for panoramic views of wine country below.

Meet the winemakers

Vineyard Ventures is the oldest and most established wine tour company in the Cape, or contact one of the region’s many wine celebrities. Fiona MacDonald, former editor of Wine Magazine, arranges behind-the-scenes tours with winemakers of note, as well as up-and-coming ones.

Learn Karoo cookery

Attendees can learn traditional Karoo cuisine from visiting local and international chefs at African Relish, a recreational cooking school in Prince Albert.

Make your own wine

There are various options, such as Overhex Private Cellar, where groups can dip into whichever vintages are available that day to create their own blend, with the help of an assistant winemaker. Attendees also get to design the labels for their bottles.

Add cheese and coffee

The Gournet Delights tour by Franschhoek Wine Tours  includes such treats as a cheese and wine tasting at Cotage Fromage and a visit to a local coffee roaster to see how they roast their delicious coffee beans and sample the coffees.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.