I requested a one-day tour of selected Stellenbosch wineries a couple weeks prior to arriving in Cape Town and asked for Riaan de Kock specifically because of the laudatory reviews he has received from other travelers. Gert Maritz, my initial contact with Go Cape, handled the preliminary arrangements expertly, and we settled on a date, time, and price. Riaan prepared an itinerary in advance and we immediately accepted it, as it met our requirements. Riaan picked us up on time at our hotel in Cape Town and took us into the Winelands in a comfortable car. We visited four well-regarded wineries, two before and two after lunch. Riaan had made a reservation for lunch at one of the region's best restaurants, Tokara, an excellent choice. The experience at each of the wineries was superb, aided no doubt by the fact that Riaan personally knows people well at these wineries.
Riaan, a lifelong resident of Stellenbosch, proved to be an excellent guide of that town and someone who could provide informative detail about the region and South Africa as a whole, not just the wineries. Frequently leading extensive, multi-week tours throughout South Africa and neighboring countries, he knows whereof he speaks. We give him and his company our highest recommendation.
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