The Best Time for a Wine Tour


The Best Time for a Wine Tour

Embarking on a wine tour in South Africa is a journey that engages all your senses, combining the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Western Cape, renowned vineyards and the pleasure of exquisite wine tastings. While each season holds its own allure, certain times of the year truly bring out the magic of South African wine in the southwestern corner of the country. If you crave the excitement of witnessing the winemaking process from grape to glass, the harvest season is the perfect time to go on a South African wine tour.

When to go on a Wine Tour in South Africa

From January to March, vineyards come alive with the energy of harvesters and winemakers. Explore the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl regions, where you can participate in grape-picking, cellar tours and even grape stomping. It’s an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the essence of winemaking and taste the freshest wines straight from the barrels. South Africa’s wine regions reveal their autumn splendour in the months of April and May. The weather is still pleasant, with warm days and cooler nights, making it an ideal time to explore vineyards and indulge in wine tastings. The lush green vineyards transform into a tapestry of red, orange and gold, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your wine tour. With fewer crowds, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a more intimate experience at wineries and savour the delectable flavours without the rush.

The winter in South Africa is a remarkable time for a wine tour. From June to August, the vineyards are transformed into serene landscapes, often blanketed in a misty ambience. The cooler weather brings out the robust flavours in red wines, making it an ideal time for red wine enthusiasts. Picture cosying up next to a fireplace, sipping a glass of velvety Pinotage or Shiraz, and relishing the tranquillity of the wineries. Many wineries also offer special winter packages, including cellar tours and intimate tastings.

Spring in South Africa, between September to October, is a time of renewal and rebirth. The landscapes burst into life with vibrant wildflowers, creating a kaleidoscope of colours against the backdrop of rolling vineyards. Delight in the crisp, refreshing white wines, including Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, as you indulge in picnics amidst the blooming beauty. Take part in wine festivals and cellar tours and be part of the joyous spirit of the season.

The summertime between November and February offers the perfect blend of sunny days, balmy evenings and a vibrant atmosphere. With longer daylight hours and warm temperatures, you can bask in the sun-drenched vineyards while sampling exquisite wines. Many wineries organise outdoor events, like concerts and sundowner sessions, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Experience one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa as you hop between wine farms and estates, sampling exactly what this wine-growing region is so famous for on the Cape Winelands Full Day Tour from Cape Town Safaris. Taste wine and other delectable treats and wander the oak-lined streets of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on an enthralling day of discovering the captivating world of South African wines. Cheers!

At JENMAN African Safari, we specialize in crafting tailor-made itineraries, meticulously designed to ensure an unforgettable experience during your trip to Cape Town.


Talk To Us: +27 21 683 7826

We are a leading tour operator that provides world-class guided group safaris and tailor-made packages throughout Southern Africa, East Africa, and Madagascar, ensuring unique wildlife experiences.

Build Your Trip

With the power to specify your travel dates, the number of travelers in your party, and your preferred destinations, we’ve made it incredibly convenient for our travel consultants to curate the perfect expedition for you.

JENMAN African Safaris
Sign up for travel inspiration, exclusive offers and breaking travel news.