4 passes winelands tour

Scenic drive over 4 popular passes between the winelands – taste exceptional wines at award-winning estates in Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

*This tour leaves from either Cape Town or Hermanus.


Experience the beauty of the Cape Winelands as you drive over a total of four passes! Enjoy scenic mountain backdrops, historical Cape Dutch architecture and beautiful vineyard views as you drive along. You will stop at a few great wine farms to savor some award-winning wines.


  • Enjoy meticulously kept gardens amongst ancient oaks at a historic South African wine estate
  • Wine tasting at a classic estate in Somerset West
  • Stellenbosch orientation and wine tasting at a premier estate
  • Visit architecturally beautiful, historically rich and quaint town of Franschhoek
  • Wine tasting at a leading wine estate with a unique tasting room in Franschhoek
  • Stop at a local favourite farm stall
  • Drive over four passes with spectacular views: Viljoen’s-, Sir Lowry’s-, Helshoogte- and Franschhoek Pass.


This tour is for those wanting to get a good taste of the Cape Winelands. You’ll realise why it’s such a sought after destination, and you’ll taste why people keep coming back for more.

Drive over the historic and scenically beautiful Sir Lowry’s Pass. Once called the Gantouw Pass (pass of the eland), this pass was the gateway into the Overberg. By the 1820s more than 4500 wagons passed through this kloof per year, but it was not easy at all. Apparently around 20% of these wagons never made it over the pass – that’s how treacherous it was…

You’ll arrive in Somerset West soon after driving over the pass, and the next stop will be at Vergelegen Wine Estate. The estate was founded on 1 February 1700, and the name means ‘situated far away’. A visit to Vergelegen is a total sensory experience, with its handcrafted wines, expansive and elegant gardens, rich history spanning over 300 years and its refined cuisine. Enjoy a superb wine tasting with beautiful views, walk through the immaculately kept gardens and dine at an exquisite restaurant serving top class cuisine. 

After lunch, arrive in Stellenbosch and take a quick stroll through Dorp Street (second oldest street in S.A.), which boasts one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any major town in South Africa. Admire the unique Cape Dutch- and Victorian architecture of many surviving buildings, and experience the tranquil atmosphere along the oak-lined streets of the town. 

Proceed to the Helshoogte Pass, that links Stellenbosch to the Drakenstein Valley. After driving along the scenic route, stop at Boschendal Estate founded in 1685. Enjoy the experience of the Connoisseur Tasting of 5 limited release wines in an exclusive lounge setting in the Manor House (1 hour). On this pass you’ll wind your way past fruit farms and vineyards all the way. 

The final wine tasting will be in one of the oldest towns in South Africa, with a unique French influence – Franschhoek (meaning “French Corner”). It has even been dubbed ‘the food and wine capital’ of South Africa, and rightly so – with its award-winning wines and top-class culinary offerings. This, combined with its natural beauty, art galleries, antique shops and architectural beauty makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cape Winelands.

Have a wine tasting in an elegant and unique tasting room, and enjoy wines internationally renowned for their exceptional quality. You will also have a quick stop at the Huguenot Monument before leaving. 

Drive up the Franschhoek pass, and stop for a photo opportunity at the top of the beautiful valley down below. Once known as Olifantshoek (“Elephants’ Corner”), as it is believed that elephants used this route to move between the valleys as the seasons changed. Whether or not there were actually elephants is a subject that’s open to dispute.  What IS known though, is that Capetonians include this route on their Sunday drives to savour the amazing vistas!

You’ll drive over the Theewaterskloof Dam, and enter Viljoen’s Pass. So named after the man who founded the area’s famous apple industry in 1902 – Dr Antonie Viljoen. You’ll enter Grabouw, and head to a local classic stop when en route to basically any destination inland – the padstal (farm stall). Peregrine Farm Stall is a favourite stop for those crossing Sir Lowry’s Pass and heading to the N2 to travel further inland. They pride themselves with their ‘honest homemade fare and warm country hospitality.’ 

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DURATION:   8,5h

DEPART:       09h00

RETURN:   ± 17h30

COST: R3,980 for 1 person / R1,970 p.p. for 2 people / R1,630 p.p. for 3 people/ R1,350 for 4 people.

INCLUDED in rate:

  • registered private guide/driver
  • private transportation in A/C 4x4 vehicle (no additional persons added to tour)
  • pick-up & drop-off at your hotel/B&B
  • all tasting fees

EXCLUDED from rate:

  • additional beverages or snacks
  • lunch
  • gratuity

NOTE: Rates seen are per person (p.p.). Itinerary may be subject to change in circumstances beyond our control.

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