We normally do a lot of homework before booking an activity or hotel. In this case I will admit that we let our hotel do the booking and it could not have turned out better. What sets La Rochelle apart is the tour guide.
They will tell you when you schedule that the wineries are selected once everyone has been picked up. This is not a ploy to take you to some pre-determined wineries that you may not have desired before signing up. They do this so they can hear where everyone has already been and select the best options of the area that have not been visited. We had already visited two very nice and highly recommended wineries the day before so this allowed our guide Alymer to pick some others based on our wine preferences, nostalgia and places we had not visited.
Alymer was not your typical bus driver. He was not only incredibly knowledgable on the history of the area, people and land but was also quite the wine expert himself. As he drove us from each winery he gave us information related to the local people, history of South Africa, local business, current events and more. I also asked a lot of questions to see if the information was coached or not. I found it difficult to ask anything he could not answer. As we entered each winery Alymer would give us the history of the wine, take us around the property and sit with us to describe what we might be tasting and foods that might compliment each wine.
We ended up visiting 4 wineries including the one at lunch at. Lunch is not included but Alymer will ask what you might be in the mood for and select appropriately. All of your wine tastings are included which for us was well worth the cost considering the service and wines we were able to try throughout the day. Alymer was prompt to pick us up in the morning and had us back on time. We shared the tour with another couple which we enjoyed their company.
This company really does offer a great personalized tour. We would do it again.
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