Biking the Winelands

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B&R South Africa

In the April issue, contributing editor Carla Hunt put together a few tasty culinary journeys through Africa in the African Adventures in Food & Wine feature. Here’s yet one more tasty morsel—a bike tour in South Africa that offers up a grand sampling of Winelands wines.

In the introduction to its 6-night Cape Town & Winelands Multi-Active Private Tour, Butterfield & Robinson points out that “it’s hard to believe that so much beauty, diversity and wine is found close to Cape Town, as well as spectacular biking from one elegant hotel to the next.”  Travelers stay in Cape Town at the luxury Manna Bay boutique hotel, visiting the Cape of Good Hope with a cliff hike to Cape Point for lunch, and tackling Table Mountain by foot or cable car and atop enjoy a home-hosted lunch. In the Winelands, home base is Le Quartier Francais, a Victorian residence hidden away in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley’s vineyards. The biking is super-scenic, and during their stay, bikers will take in the sweeping panoramas of the Hottentots Holland mountain range and the Slanghoek valley, picnic under the oaks, lunch at the Bergsig Estate, and have many a wine tasting and cellar tours. Best times to visit: March/April/May and September/October. Tour costs start at $4,495 pp dbl. For more information, call (866) 551-9090 or visit butterfield.com.