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“Highly Recommended” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Rochelle Wine Tours - Day Tours

La Rochelle Wine Tours - Day Tours
PO Box 169, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 83 301 6774
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Owner description: La Rochelle Tours was established in 2000 with the main focus being on conducting personalised wine tours in small groups and visiting less commercial wineries. Our specialized wine tourism guides are all educated by the Cape Wine Academy. All guided tours and transfers by La Rochelle Tours are done in a professional way and we exceed expectations on a daily basis.We like to share information about wine in a fun and relaxing manner...wine should be enjoyed and learning more about it can be fun.We are based in Franschhoek and we would love to share our passion for wine with you! Contact us directly when booking to ensure we plan the best possible day for you!
Bunratty West, Clare, Ireland
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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Having arrived in Franschhoek on saturday afternoon, and needing to be in Capetown on monday morning, left us with only sunday to take a wine tour... Not ideal!

Danelle was recommended to us by a local shopkeeper, and collected us within 20 minutes of making the call. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and went out of her way to make sure we got a tour we would enjoy (not just some set-list itinerary trotted out every day by someone bored out of their mind!). Her enthusiasm was contagious, and she seems to have a good working relationship with the vineyards she brought us to, one of which was closed altogether on sundays and received us specially at her request!

There was no strict timetable, which allowed us to keep an arranged lunch reservation, and take our time at it, which was brilliant. There was one other couple on the tour with us, and Danelle took them on to their own lunch booking, before meeting up with us for the afternoon part of the tour.

I gather there are cheaper ways to tour Franschhoek (as long as its not a sunday...), but for the few extra rand I would highly recommend a private/semi-private tour like ours with Danelle and La Rochelle Tours. You wont be disappointed!

Visited October 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“Winning wine tour in South Africa should not be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

After 12 days of safari, Capetown, climbing to peaks of interest (Cape of Good Hope, and more), we were ready for a complete shift to the cooler climate and vineyard heaven. We were not disappointed. Not only was our acccomodations with Akademie Street Guest House superb, but their recommendation of La Rochelle Wine Tours was spot-on. Danelle is high-energy (great for weary tourists), knowledge and respect for the winemakers' skills, and intuitively tuned in to the needs and preferences of her clients. I would love to travel more countries with her and get to know more fabulous wine from small wineries. We simply were not disappointed with any moment of the day!

Visited October 2012
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Oakville, Canada
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“Great day of tasting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

My husband and I did this tour and had an amazing day.

Danielle was so knowledgable and had a great sense of humour. Couldn't have picked a more enjoyable guide. We had our tastings in small intimate areas and you felt like you were special guests of the wineries. We learned so much about wine on this tour. Lunch too was amazing.

We would not hesitate to recommend this company and of course Danielle.

Visited October 2012
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Gainsborough
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We were not sure what to suspect as the tour had been booked through our hotel and it was take it or leave it. In fact my wife and I had a superb day in the company of our guide and another couple who were in South Africa to get married. Danelle(?) was wonderful - amusing, interesting, interested and really great fun. She was obviously well known to the people at the wineries we visited and kept the day going really well - despite a poor start when she forgot it was Monday and took us to a winery that was closed. Fortunately we were all able to tease her about this for the rest of the day, which set an appropriate tone. She had a great knolwedge of her subject and took great pride in sharing it.
Pam and Anthony Chapman

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Petaluma, California
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“What a fabulous day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to spend the day with Danielle tasting wine at three small family-owned wineries. I left it to her to select wineries that she felt were representative of the best wines in the area, and she delivered! We had in-depth visits at all three locations -- meeting with the owners/winemakers, which is exactly what I requested (I am in the wine business). All of the wines tasted exceeded my expectations, and the hospitality at the wineries and her upbeat personality made the day even more memorable.

Danielle certainly knows her wines and the local industry, so if you are looking for an informative and fun insider's visit to the Winelands, look no further.

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