Stellenbosch Tours
Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Southern Route
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Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Southern Route

By Vine Hopper
Recommended by 93% of travellers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
This hop-on hop-off minibus service means nobody has to miss out on tasting as you explore the Stellenbosch Wine Route. The driver visits six stops: Spier Wine Farm, Kleine Zalze, Neethlingshof Estate, Van Ryn’s Distillery, Bilton Wines, and Alto Wine Estate. You choose your pickup time and decide how long you want to spend at each location; after your last winery, the tour finishes at your guesthouse or hotel.
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Duration: 8h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Explore the Stellenbosch Wine Route independently by hop-on hop-off minibus
  • Great-value tour includes hotel transfers and stops at six separate wineries
  • Choose between five pickup times throughout the day
  • No need for a designated driver: A professional does the work

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Stellenbosch area
  • Hop-on hop-off tour in minivan
What's not included
  • Wine tastings payable at farms that you choose to visit (Aproximately R25-R50 per farm)
  • Food and drinks

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10328P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise your pick up location in Stellenbosch or meet us at the Tourism Information Centre at 47 Church Street
  • Please advise your pick up time selected. 8:45, 10:15, 12:00, 13:30 or 14:40
  • Most travellers can participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10328P3

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  • Vine Hopper
    337
    South Africa
    Joined in November 2009
  • IanUK721
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vineyards great but customer service on this route???
    Touring the vineyards is a great experience and well worth the visit. However we were on the eastern route and the first people on for the 10am tour. Delivered us to the first stop and all good but the cellar tour took longer than the overall hour we were allocated so we were left at the vineyard. Remember we were first so nobody else on the route. The courier took the decision to go back to town to pick up the twp people that were for the next tour an hour later so he then had a full truck. We were stuck waiting for him. All well after that until another stop when we were three minutes late and again he left us. Apparently one of the ladies that did make the truck asked the driver if he was going to leave us for three minutes and he said YES. Wow! This meant that the last vineyard we had hardly any time after we had to ring the office to ask for the truck to come back. One couple actually sent for an Uber because of the wait. The when we got back to town we were told it’s close to here when he stopped and we would be better to walk with us having absolutely no idea when to go. Resorted to Google maps. One couple cancelled a tour and decided to do it by Uber. I can say no more except the tip is to stop leaving people especially when you have the phone numbers for contact.
    Written 17 April 2024
  • jessicaaW2354YG
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Day in Stellenbosch
    This was one of the highlights of our honeymoon! Can’t imagine a better way to tour multiple fabulous wineries! So glad we picked this tour and this route!
    Written 5 January 2024
  • 119stevey
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eastern Wine Route
    Not as good as the northern/southern route. We were met with a safari type truck, with open air seating. So, you had to climb up and down to get in! Really no interaction with the driver/guide as you get on the northern/southern route with Marchall!! Enjoyed the day, but could have been better.
    Written 30 October 2023
  • 119stevey
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another GREAT day with Marchall
    Our 2nd outing with Marchall!! We did the southern route with Marchall and he was our driver/guide for the northern route as well!! What more can I say about this GREAT guy!! IF you are lucky enough to get Marchall, you'll have a VERY eventful day. Very entertaining young man that makes this tour awesome!! Nice wineries to visits...stop at all six or enjoy a few. That's why it's a hop on hop off van!!
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Fearless16430579611
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boozy day in Stellenbosch
    Well organised route with some excellent vineyards, including 2 of the oldest in South Africa. Marshall, the guide, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. He made sure no one was left behind and everyone kept to the timetable. We would highly recommend Vine Hopper Eastern route and, in particular, Marshall.
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Sarah W
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    🍷
    Ronnie was our driver for the Northern route tour and provided lots of information as we went along and kept us entertained with his stories. Loved the wine tasting experience . Also great picnic booked at Warwick on the lawn. Last two vineyards were our favourites 🍷
    Written 19 January 2023
  • 370ailinl
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tours
    Great tours of beautiful vineyards. We felt a bit rushed since we only had 1hr at each stop. Wish the service was faster at each vineyard and it would have been nice if we got a tour or could learn more about the history of each location. The bus drivers were incredible at keeping us on time.
    Written 5 December 2022
  • Bucket16
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great and safe way to visit Stellenbosch wineries!
    Great way to safely visit 4-6 wineries in Stellenbosch under the guidance of a true professional. Marshall drove us throughout the day and was a very safe driver. He had boxes of wine in his van and knew exactly which box went with each person. He was fun, informative and had a passion for Stellenbosch and wine in general. Great experience and highly, highly recommended!!!
    Written 2 December 2022
  • Ejemannen
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    where is the start stop?
    It does not say anything, anywhere, where they start is in Stellenbousch. Where are the stops? Especially the start stop. Anyone knows?
    Written 20 November 2022
  • ronakd935
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    V. Good! Defo worth a go!
    Northern route! We chose this because we recognised to of the vineyards. Route was great, a good range of vineyards tbh! We managed to do 4 of 6, we had time for the 5th, but we had enough wine by then! Marshal was great! Funny , helpful and great with time. I would recommend do your research on 6 so you can chose which you prefer of them all, becuase you will not able to do all (they also warn you of this too so it’s no sunrise! )
    Written 18 November 2022
  • tomatbird
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out with plenty of wine
    Great day out. It’s a brilliant way to see some of the vineyards in the area. There was 6 vineyards available but we only managed to get to 4 as we stopped for a couple of hours at Warwick vineyard for lunch. We pre booked the picnic on Warwick vineyards website and it was amazing. Definitely worth the money. Each vineyard charged for the tasters but it average £3 per tasting which included 6 types of wine
    Written 3 October 2022
  • Meander237266
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rip-off
    Paid for northern 6 vineyard stops/tastings Got only 2 and worse yet, spent an hour and forty minutes getting back to drop-off point. Totally a rip-off. Buyers beware
    Written 23 September 2022
  • ColetteF_13
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun!!
    Excellent tour , great fun and our tour guideMarshall was great fun!😊 We stopped at Simonsig, Delheim, Rehmoogte and La’Veneir. We ate lunch and had the cupcake pairing in Delheim it was brilliant!! 😊
    Written 29 July 2022
  • 796bridgetn
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Northern Route Vine Hopper experience
    Marshall was our guide and he was very friendly and engaging. He accomodated us and our needs. We had an awesome lunch at Delheim and the cupcake pairing was awesome. We managed to cover 4 of the 6 farms that were scheduled which was great. Will definitely go back for the Eastern and Southern route.
    Written 27 April 2022
  • JaganDeehan
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic tour with an outstanding guide!
    This was our first time in Stellenbosch and we thought we'd give this tour a try. We were EXTREMELY lucky to have Ronnie as our guide as he instantly made us feel like VIPs, and he was a wealth of knowledge when it came to the history and wine culture of the area. We would highly recommend this tour, and if possible, request Ronnie as a guide. He will ensure that this is an experience you will never forget!
    Written 1 March 2022
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Daniel
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We had a very good time on our vine hopper tour with Ronny. We visited 4 out of 6 possible venues, which was more than enough for us. Our guide was very helpful by choosing the right vineyards for us and managed the tour perfectly according to our individual requirements.
We would definitively recommend the tour and specifically want to thank Ronny for the great time we had!!
Written 25 April 2022
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Thank you for the wonderful review. Ronnie would be very pleased. Hope we will see you again soon on one of our other routes.
Written 26 April 2022
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Peadars1
Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
We went on the vine hopper tour a few months ago and have to say it was a perfect day’s entertainment.

As we were staying in Spier and had already done their excellent tastings we concentrated on the other farms. We did Neethlingshof, Haskell, Kleine Zalze wine farms and also took in the Van Ryn Brandy distillery.

The locations were all magnificent, idyllic settings. The wine and brandy were absolute top drawer ! The idea of the tour is simple but brilliantly effective and the countryside is incredible.

I really must (as others I notice have also done) give compliments to the Tour Guide/Driver named Marshall - he was a very cool, informative, interesting chap and made excellent suggestions to us to get more from the day.

This trip is excellent value for it is a wonderful experience. I highly recommend it.
Written 13 January 2020
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Tanja
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We had a great tour with driver Marshall who gets a 5/5 himself ☺️ The vineyards are beautiful, the vine at the different locations are nice and the staff serviceminded. A bit of waiting for the food in small portions at Haskell. All in all we truly recommend the vinehopper tour with Adventureshop 🌞
Written 4 March 2020
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Great to hear that you had a lovely day and tour with Marshall. We hope to see you here back in Stellenbosch. Stay safe!
Written 18 March 2020
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David
Worcester, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a really great way to visit several vineyards in one day with a very good degree of independence. The minibus service operates to a timetable circulating around six vineyards with days of the week adopting different timetables and different vineyards. The guides/drivers are very knowledgeable. Each drop off from the Transport at a vineyard approximately one hour before the next minibus collection arrives and this does allow for six vineyards to be visited in one day. However, if more time is taken at any particular vineyard then the number of Vineyards able to be visited that day will be restricted. From what we saw and learned from our driver - it is evident that the majority of visitors are intent on maximising wine consumption, rather than tasting - also illustrated by an absence of spittoons which are only provided upon request
. All vineyards visited offered different facilities and appealed in different ways. Overall, it is a good experience, and of course – an obligatory
thing to do when visiting South Africa.
Written 4 October 2023
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316franziska
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We had quite a private tour, only one other couple. Ronny our driver was the best: High energy, funny, positive and he amended the tour to suit our wishes. In the end we have been to Nedlingshof, KleineZalze, Alto and Haskells which we all loved from the vines as well as the scenery. Thank you, Ronny!
Written 19 April 2022
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Thank you for the great review. Ronnie would be very pleased. Happy to hear that you had a great day with Vine Hopper. Hope we will see you again on one of our other routes.
Written 26 April 2022
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Ray W
Sydney, Australia82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We all had a great day on this tour - even the non-drinkers! The wineries we visited such as Spier and Alto were in such beautiful settings and the people were all helpful and friendly. The Eagle Encounter was an unexpected highlight - great to be able to hold and cuddle with owls! Our driver Marshall was a real hoot and provided frank answers to our questions about the country. Highly reccommend!
Written 24 September 2023
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Susan K
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Highly recommend this if you like wines. We did the Southern Route, leaving Stellenbosch on the first shuttle and returning on the last of the day. We were able to visit all wineries, but skipped the Brandy Distillery. Marshall drove us and kept us on schedule. His instructions are clear and he takes a few extra minutes of his time to get out at the wineries, making sure to point out where restaurants/tastings/toilets are located. We liked the tasting experience at Neethlingshof, (interesting Pinotage) mainly because of the young woman's beautiful descriptions of each wine and suggestions for food pairings. Reds were tasty at Alto and Kleine Zalze, particularly the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Written 12 March 2023
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Thank you for the nice review. Marchall and we in the office are glad you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you again soon on one of the other routes
Written 13 March 2023
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Val S
Donaghadee, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wonderful Southern tour in a comfortable minivan. Depending on what time you start will depend on how many wine stops you are able to do. We started at 11am and were able to do 3 stops which included us having a shared platter for lunch. The wine and scenery was wonderful. I don’t think we could cope with 4 stops as were quite jolly after 3 stops 🤣🍷🥂
Written 23 February 2024
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storm76
Selkirk, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely fantastic few hours wine tasting. Marshall was our driver and was very knowledgable about Stellenbosch and the wine farms. Marshall was friendly and on time at every stop. He made sure every one understood the timetable and booked us lunch at Haskell which has views which arevamazing.
We were picked up at 9.30 and did tastings at 4 out of the 6 places. The staff at all the places were friendly and helpful. We didnt feel rushed at all as you can stay as long as you want at any of the places. The longer you stay the less farms you visit though.
Written 18 February 2023
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Thanks for the extensive review and glad you enjoyed the tour with us!!
Written 20 February 2023
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Victor S
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We had been to Franshoek before but not Stellenbosch so wanted to explore the area. The vine hopper was a great way of doing it and we were really lucky to have Marshall as our driver. Such an enthusiastic and helpful guy.
This is a hop on hop off service which does circuits throughout the day. I think we could have gone to 7 winery's potentially and ended up with 5.
The tastings were amazing and certainly generous. We also had snacks with some of them.
We did the southern tour. We found Spier to be over commercial. The others were all "boutique" and really excellent.
Tip would be to maybe book in advance if you want to have a proper meal.
Enjoy!
Written 13 February 2023
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