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“Personal Wine Tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Rochelle Wine Tours

La Rochelle Wine Tours
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Full-Day Wine Tour from Stellenbosch
Ranked #1 of 10 Tours in Franschhoek
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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 when possible. 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! We now also offer restaurant (lunch/dinner) transfers in Franschhoek (until 22h00 daily). Transfers to and from Franschhoek and Cape Town International Airport now also available. Collections for wine tours from Franschhoek, Stellenbosch & Paarl. Contact us directly when booking to ensure we plan the best possible day for you! The Team: Danelle, Aylmer (Tour Guides), Johan & Thabo (Drivers)
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Personal Wine Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

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.

Visited November 2012
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Bunratty West, Clare, Ireland
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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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
2 reviews
“Great day of tasting”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited October 2012
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