Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery
(Closed on Sundays)
Franschhoek - Lunch
KWV Brandy & Chocolate Tasting
Taal Monument - Paarl
Duration +/- 8hrs
8:30am Hotel Pick-up
Qualified local Guide
All Entrance Fees
4:30pm Hotel Drop-off
Stellenbosch - Museum
Lunch - Own Account
We waste no time on our Cape Brandy & Chocolate Tasting tour and head directly to Van Ryn’s Distillery (Closed on Sundays). Van Ryn’s is located along the Stellenbosch Wine Route and they are known around the world as the world’s finest brandy maker. The Van Ryn family arrived in the Cape from Holland in 1845 and since then this successful distillery has grown from strength to strength winning their first international award in 1884, which set them on the path to open their brandy distillery which launched its first bottle of superb brandy in 1905. The tour of the distillery offers you a friendly, unhurried, tranquil and knowledgeable experience with staff that loves to share their enthusiasm of fine brandy.
Once the tour is complete, we head off into the town of Stellenbosch. With the Hottentots Holland Mountains as a backdrop, this town is no doubt one of the quaintest in South Africa. All the streets are lined with big Oak trees and the combination of this and the gable Cape Dutch homesteads give this village a charm that is hard to forget.
You will have time at this stop to wander around the village and visit the various art & craft shops, you may also visit the Stellenbosch museum (own account) which gives you great insight into the history of South Africa and the background to the culture of Stellenbosch itself.
Next we travel to the Franschhoek Valley which is acclaimed as the wine and food heartland of South Africa. Sheltered amongst the mountains, you can sometimes even feel like you have been transported to Switzerland.
You will be surrounded by picturesque scenery, delicious cuisine, generous hospitality and the finest wines, not a place you will easily forget. You will be given time to have lunch in Franschhoek (own account), so why not try some fresh trout, which is another produce Franschhoek is known for.
After Franschhoek, we travel to Paarl to visit the KWV Distillery. The KWV distillery is amongst South Africa’s prominent wine and spirit producers. Established in 1918, KWV Master Distillers have a consistent and strong reputation of crafting the best quality brandies, dating back to 1926.
Internationally recognised for its brands such as KWV wines, Golden Kaan, Café Culture, Roodeberg, Laborie, Cathedral Cellar, Wild Africa Cream and of course the KWV 3,5,10,15 & 20 Year Old brandies. On your tasting tour you will be teased with the tantalizing tastes of the award-winning KWV branding paired together with deluxe chocolates from Belgium.
To end the day we visit the famous Afrikaans Language Monument or the Taal Monument. This is the most famous Afrikaans icon, known as “die Afrikaanse Taalmonument”, it is situated at the top of Paarl rock and was erected in 1975. This monument memorializes the semi-centenary of Afrikaans as an official language of South Africa, officially detached from Dutch. This monument overlooks Paarl and Stellenbosch.