WINE WALKS

The Excelsior Wine Walk is an exciting three-day excursion with daily distances of between 9 to 14 kilometres. It stops off at more than half a dozen prominent wine estates and there are some non-wine related surprises along the way! Excelsior Manor is the starting and ending point for the 3 days.

A full continental and cooked breakfast buffet and gourmet 3 course dinners, inclusive of Excelsior wines, are served at the Manor House, whilst lunch is enjoyed at a venue along the route.

Wine Walk Article (click to download pdf)

WINE WALK COSTING:

2024 (3 night package) 
R6750 pp sharing
R7950 pp single

2024 (4 night package)
R8000 pp sharing
R9200 pp single

(Please note: in order to keep the single supplement low, our smaller rooms will be utilised
for single guests)

To make a reservation contact Kirstin on +27 23 615 2050 / +27 82 850 2267 or guesthouse@excelsior.co.za


 

Description of trails in no specific order:

GOUDMYN WALK: 14kms

After a scrumptious breakfast, we depart from Excelsior Manor and follow the Cogmanskloof river down to its confluence with the Breede River. Our first stop is the grandiose House of Chardonnay, the tasting room at DeWetshof Estate, for an early morning wine tasting. From here it is a short walk to the Van Loveren Family Vineyards. The lush gardens, which have been lovingly cultivated over generations, create the perfect setting for a tantalising MCC tasting and pairing.

From Van Loveren the walk ambles through vineyards and crosses over the Breede River were the hikers can enjoy the coolness and birdlife. The trail continues along the foothills of the Elandsberg Mountains, with a panoramic view over the Goudmyn area. Down to the river once again, where hikers will be picked up by the Viljoensdrift river barge for a well-earned picnic lunch on board the boat! Washed down, of course, with a variety of Viljoensdrift’s fine wines. Leaving Viljoensdrift it is a leisurely 3 km walk back to Excelsior.


 

ZANDVLIET WALK: 9 or 12kms (your choice!)

After another hearty breakfast, we depart Excelsior heading to Arabella Wine Estate, for our first wine tasting. Along the way, you might be lucky enough to see a new-born foal, as Arabella has a long-standing affinity for thoroughbred race horses! A short 3km walk brings you to the next wine tasting of the day: Zandvliet Estate – birth place of the famous race horse Pocket Power and well known for their exceptional Shiraz. You will be treated to award winning wines in their beautiful Kalkveld Lounge.

Hopping on the Wine Valley Safaris bus, we drive to Kleinhoekkloof, our last destination of the day: A family owned boutique wine estate that also specialise in handmade charcuteries. Here you will be spoiled with lunch platters and their excellent wine, followed by an optional 3km hike on the farm. Those that don’t feel up to more walking, can relax in the garden. A tasting of their other Boutique wines wraps up the day, before heading back to Excelsior by bus.


 

KLAASVOOGDS WALK: 9kms

This day starts with a quick bus ride to our starting point in the Klaasvoogds valley: a walk through the Sheilam Cactus Gardens. Boasting approximately 2000 species of plants, the nursery is recognised by authorities as one of the finest collections of specimen plants! 3kms away is our first official stop of the day: Owls Rest Lavender Farm. A short introduction to Lavender farming is explained, including the many uses and healing properties it has! A refreshing drink will be served, but alas, no wine yet!

Don’t worry, only another 3 kms away is our first wine tasting stop of the day, Kranskop. Here, an exquisite and informative tasting of their award winning wines is offered. Panoramic views over the Klaasvoogds valley will entice you to linger longer… However, you won’t want to miss out on the final stop of the day, where Clive and Briony captivate you by their passion and knowledge for all things olive at Marbrin Olive Farm! Enjoy olive oil and olive tastings, whilst a 3 course vegetarian lunch is being prepared, and will be paired with our Excelsior wines. The Wine Valley Safari bus will meet you at Marbrin to bring you back to Excelsior.


 

PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Every walk starts at 08:15 and ends around 15:30 each day! There will be a talk each evening explaining the next days’ itinerary so that you know what to expect. We do recommend staying an additional night in the nearby vicinity so that you can enjoy the last day’s tour and tastings to the fullest! Alternatively the 4 night package can be reserved on certain tour dates.

Day 1:

– Arrival – check in between 14:00 & 18:00
– A short introduction by the owner before dinner – depending on availability.
– 3 course set Dinner including Excelsior wines

Day 2:

– Continental & cooked breakfast buffet.
– Meet your tour guide that will walk with you for the next 3 days.
– First day of walking and tasting begins.
– Lunch at one of the Estates with wine.
– Walk/transported back to Excelsior.
– Leisure time.
– Excelsior Reserve Wine Tasting & Blending Experience.
– 3 course set Dinner including Excelsior wines

Day 3:

– Continental & cooked breakfast buffet.
– Day 2 of walking and tastings begin.
– Lunch at one of the Estates with wine.
– Walk/transported back to Excelsior
– Leisure time.
– 3 course set Dinner including Excelsior wines

Day 4: (for 3 night package):

– Continental & cooked breakfast buffet
– Bags need to be packed and rooms vacated in morning before tour so that we can clean rooms
– Last day of walking and tastings begin
– Lunch at one of the Estates with wine
– Walk/ transported back to Excelsior
– Departure

Day 4: (for 4 night package only):

– Continental & cooked breakfast buffet
– Last day of walking and tastings begin
– Lunch at one of the Estates with wine
– Walk/ transported back to Excelsior
– Leisure time
– 3 course set Dinner including Excelsior wines

Day 5: (for 4 night package only):

– Continental & cooked breakfast
– Departure by 10:00


 

AT THE MANOR GUESTHOUSE

Excelsior Estate offers a wide range of outdoor activities includes fishing (rods are available), scenic walks,mountain biking and bird watching.
Soak up the surroundings during a leisurely stroll around the dam or through the vineyards. For the more adventurous explore the farm and scenic view points by mountain bike or golf cart.

Cellar tours provide insight into our wine making process and we welcome guest participation during harvest. Our full range of Excelsior’s award winning wines are available for tasting in the wooden beamed tasting facility, which hosts a deck extending over the dam. (Subject to Availability)

Wine blending allows guests and visitors to take up the tradition of blending our red varietals, bottle, cork and label your wine and return home with your very own creation that combines generations of skill and flair with your own style.

Summer days can be spent beside the deep blue Swimming Pool which is situated on an elevated, yet secluded wooden deck on the southern face of the house. With breathtakingly panoramic views of the vineyards and the Langeberg Mountain ranges.

A Dinner paired with Excelsior wines in the opulent dining room is the perfect way to end the day.
Attractions in the area include:

  • Lazy river cruise down the Breede River

  • Tractor ride up the Langeberg Mountain

  • River rafting

  • Nature hikes in Dassieshoek Nature Reserve,

  • Game drives at Klaasvoogds Game Reserve

  • Robertson Golf Course

  • Robertson Art Gallery

  • The Robertson Museum

  • Wine Tours

  • Marbrin Olive Farm

  • Owls Rest Lavender Farm

  • Horseriding

  • Sheilam Cactus Garden

  • Saggy Stone Brewing Company

  • Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

All activities can be booked and arranged through Excelsior Manor Guesthouse at:
guesthouse@excelsior.co.za


 

GOLF CART

The Golf Cart is available for guests staying at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse. Use it to explore the estate and find a secluded spot for sundowners. We can pack you a picnic basket with some Excelsior wine and nibbles.

Please note that the golf cart is subject to availability and works on a first come first serve basis.