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“A perfect day”

Wine Escapes - Exclusive Cellar & Vineyard Tours
Ranked #1 of 8 Tours in Somerset West
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Owner description: Wine Escapes was born out of a love for South Africa, its great wine and a passion to share our wine culture and heritage. Our vision is thus to partner with various wine farms in building South Africa's reputation as a wine destination of choice. To do this we offer specialized, exclusive wine tours where guests are introduced to some of the best Estates and wines, whilst providing them with excellent service and hospitality.
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“A perfect day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

My husband and I had a fantastic day with John and Wine Escapes. They helped us put together a great itinerary, and had a wonderful recommendation for lunch. Its clear that John knows a lot about the wines and the history and characteristics of the region. We learned a lot, had special treatment at the vineyards, and enjoyed the itinerary and customer service. I highly recommend Wine Escapes for any customer - international or local visitors!

Visited August 2013
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Sherry-Linn, Owner at Wine Escapes - Exclusive Cellar & Vineyard Tours, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to send us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed the day and the wines of course, some special ones were brought out!! See you next time you are in SA!,
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

The tour with John was absolutely perfect. His polite and kind nature, his knowledge of wine, the history of wine and the history of the Western Cape were admirable and made for stimulating and fascinating conversation. John picked a great range of wineries in the Stellenbosch and Franschkoek areas and gave me a highly interesting overview of larger as well as smaller boutique wineries.
I cannot recommend a tour with Wine Escapes too highly! It will be a perfect, unforgettable and, above all, a very tasteful day.

Visited August 2013
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Sherry-Linn, Owner at Wine Escapes - Exclusive Cellar & Vineyard Tours, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you so much for sending us a review. It was a great pleasure spending the day with you and are very glad you enjoyed the wines. South Africa's history and wines are so interesting and we love sharing them with our guests. See you back in SA soon!
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London, United Kingdom
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“Two great days!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

After some research on trip advisor we booked John for two days, one touring the Cape Peninsula and one touring the winelands around Stellenbosch.

John's knowledge of South African wines is surely unsurpassed by any other guide. We often found him adding to descriptions of what we were drinking and how it was made given to us by the staff on the estates.

Both days out were well paced and the restaurants he arranged for us (Harbour House at Kalk Bay and Glen Carlou) turned out to be two of the best of the whole trip with great views and food. I'm sure we wouldn't have found them by ourselves.

John is obviously a people person. He is a disarmingly nice guy and when we return to South Africa we will look no further than Wine Escapes for our excursions in the Cape. We very much enjoyed ourselves in his effortless company.

Visited August 2013
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Sherry-Linn, Owner at Wine Escapes - Exclusive Cellar & Vineyard Tours, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you very much for sending such a glowing review. It was a great pleasure spending the two days with you both, we are so glad you enjoyed it!! We look forward very much to seeing you again!
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Tampa, Florida
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“Absolute must do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We would absolutely recommend spending a day on a wine tour with John Grant at Wine Escapes. Before arriving, we had communicated by email with him about what type of wines we liked and he chose the wineries and gave us a first class tour. We spent one wonderful day with John on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. We were very pleased to have someone chaffeur us around so that we could enjoy the wine and the scenery. We are a family of 4. The kids (ages 11 and 13) also enjoyed the tour too. John was a fabulous wine tour guide. He is very enthusiastic about his country's accomplishments, the local wines, and the future of South Africa. He is a charming and lovely person who is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about wines. He took us to beautiful wineries and introduced us to many amazing wines. He also gave us a wonderful tour of the region and told us about South Africa's history as we drove around Cape Town. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. We are definitely planning to come back to Cape Town and spend a few days visiting the vineyards with Wine Escapes again.

Visited July 2013
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Sherry-Linn, Owner at Wine Escapes - Exclusive Cellar & Vineyard Tours, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you very much for the review. We are very glad you enjoyed your time with us and, of course, the wines!! We look forward to seeing you when you are back in SA, enjoy the wines you took home!!
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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“Perfect way to spend a day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

From the pre-tour e-mails exchanged with John, where he asked us about our likes and dislikes, and our aims for the day, to the gift bag greeting as John picked us up from our country inn, to the knowledge imparted as we drove between the estates we visited, this was such a perfect day.

Whilst the estates we visited were excellent, and the recommendation for lunch was equally so, what made this day was the way that John became like an extra part of our group, regaling us with stories of his experiences and improving our knowledge of the Cape winelands.

If you're looking for a tour with a personal touch, want to actually learn about the wine you're drinking and the region and country you're visiting, I can't recommend Wine Escapes more highly.

Visited April 2013
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Sherry-Linn, Owner at Wine Escapes - Exclusive Cellar & Vineyard Tours, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for the review. It was a great pleasure showing you around our Winelands. We hope you managed to hold onto those special wines you found for a special occasion. Look forward to seeing you again when you are back in SA.
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