At a glance
Spend a week tasting some of the finest wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa as you learn about the importance of ethical consumerism. You’ll learn about organic wine practices and fair trade, local wine styles and the effect grape varietals have on food and flavour. You’ll experience the different scales of wine production through guided wine tours of both global and boutique wineries.
Delve into the history of this industry and learn about the culture and the challenges faced by local wine farmworkers. Find out firsthand the key role the wine industry plays in rural development and the future of many young South Africans. You’ll also have the chance to participate in a community day where you’ll use wine bottles, recyclable materials and paint to uplift a school in the local community.
You’ll live in a guesthouse in Stellenbosch, the country’s premier fine wine region. You’ll be surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries, which our staff will be sure to include in your itinerary.
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Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Is an ethical consumerism project about wine right for me?
If you want to explore the depths of a new culture while tasting some of the finest wines in South Africa, then this project is for you. You’ll get to travel and do something different with a group of like-minded people.
You don’t need previous experience to join, as this will be a full learning experience. You’ll complete a Level 1 South African Wine Course and learn about the history behind this industry. This is a great way to pursue personal enrichment, travel safely with a group and explore a new country.
Our staff have put together a one-week itinerary filled with activities and weekend trips. When you aren’t swirling, sniffing and sipping wine, you’ll visit famous Cape Town landmarks like Table Mountain and the Zeitz Mocaa museum. You’ll even get to learn some Afrikaans, a local language used predominantly in farming communities.
Learn about the wine industry and farming community
After this programme, you’ll understand what organic and fair trade mean when it comes to wine. You’ll learn firsthand the key role the wine industry has in rural development and the future of many young South Africans. The history of winemaking in South Africa is also an interesting one. You’ll hear all about the culture of the area and the inequality experienced by local farmworkers. This includes the history of the “dop system” where workers were paid with jugs of sweet wine, contributing to extreme alcoholism in farming communities.
As part of your community work, you’ll help uplift the learning environment at a local school. You’ll use old wine bottles and other recyclable materials to improve the school grounds while adding a coat of paint and educational murals to the walls. We encourage you to take this opportunity to engage with the locals in the farming community. They’ll be just as interested in getting to know you as you are to learn about them.
Complete the Level 1 South African Wine Course
Learn the art of the swirl, sniff and sip! This course takes you on a journey around the South African Winelands. You’ll learn about the best winemaking practices, local wine styles and grape varietals, and the effect they have on food and flavour. You’ll explore vineyards and discover winemaking practices and how they contribute towards the making of quality wine.
Taste some of the finest wines in Stellenbosch
You’ll have the chance to taste some of the finest wines in the Western Cape, paired with chocolate, biltong, salt and botanicals. Experience different scales of wine production through guided wine tours of both global and boutique wineries.
Immerse yourself in the culture and explore the country
As delicious as the wines are, South Africa has so much more to offer. You’ll have plenty of free time for sightseeing and cultural activities. Our staff have arranged an action-packed itinerary including a weekend trip to Cape Town. You’ll visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. You’ll also visit the most iconic landmark in South Africa, Table Mountain. While in Cape Town, you’ll stay with one of our local host families so you can experience true South African culture firsthand.
Where will my wine programme take place in South Africa?
You’ll be based in Stellenbosch, the country’s premier fine wine region and the second oldest town in South Africa.
Stellenbosch is known for its natural beauty and oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch architecture, history and culture – and, of course, its wine routes. The town is surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and mountainous nature reserves. The town is abuzz with hotels, wine shops, cafés, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums so you’ll never run out of things to see and do.
What are the aims and impact of this trip?
The aim of this programme is to provide you with a culturally immersive experience while promoting ethical consumerism in wine production. You’ll go on some of the best wine tours in South Africa while and learn all about wine production and the importance of knowing how your wine is made and what goes into it.
With some of South Africa’s wine farms dating back 300 years, there is plenty of history to unpack. Some shrouded in controversy, especially when it came to the payment of farmworkers. You’ll get an insight into the history of the wine industry, and the key role it plays in rural development and the future of many South Africans. Use this opportunity to engage with the local community and learn more about the rural areas and the culture that goes with it.
Join us and take part in a unique South African experience that you’ll never forget.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay in a guesthouse in Stellenbosch, together with your fellow travellers. The guesthouse will be located close to restaurants, shops, and historic buildings.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
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Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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