Excelsior Wine Walks

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Experience the ultimate wine-tasting adventure with the Excelsior Wine Walk, a three-day excursion that will take you on a journey through some of the most prominent wine estates in the area. With daily distances ranging between 8 to 14 kilometers, this exciting tour is the perfect way to explore the stunning vineyards and taste some of the best wines of the region. Starting and ending at the picturesque Excelsior Manor, the Wine Walk features eight stops at carefully selected wine estates, each offering unique blends and experiences. But that’s not all! Along the way, you will also discover some exciting non-wine related surprises that will add an extra dimension to your trip.

Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priority. That’s why we serve a full continental and cooked breakfast buffet at the Manor House, and gourmet three-course dinners (featuring exquisite Excelsior wines) every evening. Lunch will also be provided at a venue along the route, so you can enjoy a delicious meal while admiring the beautiful surroundings. Get ready to indulge in a world of flavors and sensations as you embark on the Excelsior Wine Walk. We guarantee it will be an unforgettable experience!

3 Night Package:

  • 2023: R6150pp sharing / R7800 single
  • 2024: R6750pp sharing / R7950 single

Rate includes superior Accommodation, full continental and cooked breakfasts, Gourmet lunches on route, 3 course Dinners & wine, 10 Farm Visits to various Estates, River cruise, Wine Blending @ Excelsior & accredited Guide

Excelsior Wine Walks
Excelsior Wine Walks

Goudmyn Walk: 14 km

After a scrumptious breakfast, we depart from Excelsior Manor and follow the Cogmanskloof river down to its confluence with the Breede River. Our first stop is the grandiose House of Chardonnay, the tasting room at DeWetshof Estate, for an early morning wine tasting. From here it is a short walk to the Van Loveren Family Vineyards. The lush gardens, which have been lovingly cultivated over generations, create the perfect setting for a tantalising MCC tasting and pairing. From Van Loveren the walk ambles through vineyards and crosses over the Breede River were the hikers can enjoy the coolness and birdlife. The trail continues along the foothills of the Elandsberg Mountains, with a panoramic view over the Goudmyn area. Down to the river once again, where hikers will be picked up by the Viljoensdrift river barge for a well-earned picnic lunch on board the boat! Washed down, of course, with a variety of Viljoensdrift’s fine wines. Leaving Viljoensdrift it is a leisurely 3 km walk back to Excelsior.

Excelsior Wine Walks
Excelsior Wine Walks

Zandvliet Walk: 9 or 12 km (your choice!)

After another hearty breakfast, we depart Excelsior heading to Arabella Wine Estate. Along the way, you might be lucky enough to see a newborn foal, as Arabella has a long-standing affinity for thoroughbred race horses! A short 3km walk brings you to the next wine tasting of the day: Zandvliet Estate – birthplace of the famous race horse Pocket Power and well known for their exceptional Shiraz. You will be treated to award winning wines in their beautiful Kalkveld Lounge. Hopping on the Wine Valley Safaris bus, we drive to Kleinhoekkloof, our last destination of the day: A family owned boutique wine estate that also specialise in handmade charcuteries. Here you will be spoiled with lunch platters and their excellent wine, followed by an optional 3km hike on the farm. Those that don’t feel up to more walking, can relax in the garden. A tasting of their other Boutique wines wraps up the day, before heading back to Excelsior by bus.

Excelsior Wine Walks
Excelsior Wine Walks

Klaasvoogds Walk: 9 km

This day starts with a quick bus ride to our starting point in the Klaasvoogds valley: a walk through the Sheilam Cactus Gardens. Boasting approximately 2000 species of plants, the nursery is recognised by authorities as one of the finest collections of specimen plants! 3kms away is our first official stop of the day: Owls Rest Lavender Farm. A short introduction to Lavender farming is explained, including the many uses and healing properties it has! A refreshing drink will be served, but alas, no wine yet! Don’t worry, only another 3 kms away is our first wine tasting stop of the day, Kranskop. Here, an exquisite and informative tasting of their award winning wines is offered. Panoramic views over the Klaasvoogds valley will entice you to linger longer… However, you won’t want to miss out on the final stop of the day, where Clive and Briony captivate you by their passion and knowledge for all things olive at Marbrin Olive Farm! Enjoy olive oil and olive tastings, whilst a 3 course vegetarian lunch is being prepared, and will be paired with our Excelsior wines. The Wine Valley Safari bus will meet you at Marbrin to bring you back to Excelsior.

Excelsior Wine Walks
Excelsior Wine Walks

Proposed Itinerary

Every walk starts at 08:15 and ends around 15:30 each day! There will be a talk each evening explaining the next days’ itinerary so that you know what to expect. We do recommend staying an additional night in the nearby vicinity so that you can enjoy the last day’s tour and tastings to the fullest! Alternatively the 4 night package can be reserved on certain tour dates.

Excelsior Wine Walks
Excelsior Wine Walks

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum of 6 guests per walk required in order to start a new tour date. Maximum of 20 guests (10 rooms)
  • Once a tour date is established any amount of guests can join the group until all our rooms are full.
  • In order to book the guesthouse exclusively for your group, a minimum of 9 rooms need to be booked.
  • Walks are offered in the months of March to November: There are 3 night and 4 night packages – please enquire for available dates! The 4 night package has the benefit of not having to pack up your bags the morning of the last day’s tour.
  • All wine tastings & activities are subject to availability.
  • Guests need to be 18 years or older to participate

Many guests opt to walk in the rain with ponchos, however if it is really coming down heavily, we have a backup bus that will take you to all the various destinations, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun, only the walking. If you only want to skip a portion of the walk, and require a drop-off, there will be a R80 fee to cover the expenses of using our vehicle.

To make a reservation contact Kirstin on:
023 615 2050 / 082 850 2267
or Email: guesthouse@excelsior.co.za
Website link: www.excelsiorguesthouse.co.za/

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