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Vine hopper - Eastern route


Activity Description

The Eastern Route wine tour in Stellenbosch operates every day Monday to Friday and showcases some of the best wines and views Stellenbosch has to offer. Experience the splendour of the Helshoogte pass and it’s wine farms on this tour. Start your day with a unique Chocolate and wine pairing at Lanzerac, Enjoy great restaurants at Zorgvliet and Boschendal. Combine your wine tasting with a meat and cheese platter at Neil Ellis wines and treat yourself in sampling lovely wines at Camberley. Fantastic scenery from the pass, and lovely relaxed settings make this a must do route. . Remember, you can decide if you want to go to all 5 estates or just visit a few and stay longer at certain farms.

Operates: Monday to Friday
Departure Times from Stellenbosch Town.
10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 13:00; 14:00 15:00; 16:00
(Please be advised that the later you depart the less farms you will be able to see)


DurationOpen Ended
WhenClosed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's day and Sundays Please contact us for group bookings on Sundays
WhereWe start with collections at central Stellenbosch Guesthouses 15 minutes before your chosen departure time. Please make sure to be ready at your guesthouse for collection from 15 minutes before departure time if you provided us with your Stellenbosch Central guesthouse name on booking. Otherwise you can meet us at the Tourism Info office at 36 Market Street. (Cape Town pick ups can be arranged at an additional fee if available. Please contact us to arrange this!)
WeatherOnly extreme weather conditions will have an impact on the tour
What to WearWear something comfortable with comfortable shoes
Things to BringBring your camera or phone, a hat and some sunscreen. Drink a lot of water during the day and be open to meet other people.
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed, only paying guests


Minimum Age2 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Transport and driver.
Collection in Stellenbosch central free
Collections in Cape Town area can be arranged at an additional fee.


Wine tastings rates are not included but it ranges from R20.00 to R65.00 per person per tasting.
Cape Town collections can be arranged subject to availability at a once of fee of R 700 per pick up location. Includes return transfer.
Cape Town collections can only be done in the mornings at 8:30- 9:00 and return only after tour has ended leaving Stellenbosch at 17:15-17:30


The Vine Hopper day ticket is the most cost effective way to experience the Stellenbosch Wine Route. You can decide on what you want to do on the different farms and pay for tastings, tours or activities as you go along.

Please be ready for pick up at your Stellenbosch Central Guesthouse 15 minutes before departure time! You can also meet us at the Tourism Info office at 36 Market Street.

This is a great way to still be independent and not linked to a group but having the comfort of being transported, enabling you to enjoy your tastings at your own time without worries of how you are getting home!

Customer Reviews

We had great fun on the Vine Hopper bus, we organially thought we would stay for just three of the vineyards but ended up staying for all 5. Be prepared to drink a lot! We went as a couple and at the first two (on the eastern route) you get to choose to do it on your own or in a group. The other three you are more or less put into a group, which is great as we got on with everyone else, but I assume you could have sat on your own on if you wished. Apart from the last vineyard which unfortunately insisted everyone sat together and had the same wine, which was ok for us but a disappointment for another couple as they didnt like white wine and the vineyard wouldn’t change the option for them. This didnt bother us as we had a fantastic time and the wine is amazing!! All vineyards have fab wine and are so different in character it was great to experience. Highly recommend it. They can pick you up from your hotel as well which saves trying to find your way home when you have had one too many! - Emma and Joel

The guide was great - for much of the time it was just us on the tour bus so it was a pleasant experience. We chose 5 stops - most were good but two of them were quite poor - just a lack of interest or care from the people doing the tasting so I would suggest a different tour with the same company. - Ian Creamer

Very nice tour. The same driver took us all around and he was very serviceminded and was telling us a lot about the surrondings. There was no hurry, he waited until everyone was done. He also picked us from the hotel and left us at the hotel I really recommend this tour. - Marie Lissel

Wij zijn pas om 12 uur vertrokken en hebben 3 estates bezocht. Erg leuk en zeker de moeite waard. Vertrek je smorgens dan kun je ze alle 5 bezoeken. Ideaal je kunt zo overal wijn proeven - Jacoba martens

We had an absolutely amazing time! All of the vineyards were incredible and unique in their own ways. The Vine Hopper staff was great, too! Overall, it was one of the more memorable experiences of our trip! - Camilla Mampieri

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