About Us

Cape Food & Wine Tours is the brainchild of three food and wine lovers: Hendrik & Chrissy Human and Charlene Pepler. Hendrik and Chrissy are owners of Earthstompers Adventures, which has been operating Garden Route tours for more than a decade. Charlene came into the picture in 2014, having studied Viticulture and Winery at the University of Stellenbosch, and worked on several wine estates both in the region and abroad.

Building on our experience in the tourism industry and our love for all things foodie, we launched Cape Food & Wine in 2015. We believe that Cape Town is one of the world’s most interesting and under-explored culinary destinations, and it is our mission to show tourists the best local food, beer and wine that South Africa has to offer.

Meet the team

Charlene

What is your favorite restaurant to take friends to?

  • We love eating locally. To walk down to the beach where we live in Muizenberg is the best. At the moment my favorite is a new seafood restaurant called Live Bait. It has a great sea view. My friends always let me do the ordering, and I usually go for the whole fish, Greek mezes, crispy flatbreads, salads, and other seafood dishes for all to share. That is my favorite way to eat, sharing with loved ones!

What was your best fine dining experience?

  • I love fine dining and am all for saving some money up to go for that special meal. I guess it's a bit cliche to choose the top rated restaurant in South Africa, but my experience at The Test Kitchen, doing their 12 courses paired with wine, was absolutely unforgettable!! Recently my boyfriend and I went to Waterkloof Wine Estate's restaurant, and was blown away by chef Gregory Czarnecki's talent for making his food look like art and taste amazing at the same time!

What is your favorite South African meal?

  • Nothing beats a good old traditional braai (cooking meat on the open fire). In South Africa we are blessed with good weather almost 10 months out of the year, so our braai stand gets used a lot! Our favorite meat on the braai is Karoo lamb ribs.

Who's your favorite celebrity chef?

  • I really like the Italian chef, Giorgio Locatelli. He is just so relaxed and funny but really has that brilliant Italian flair in the kitchen. I own all his cookbooks and have been lucky enough to get treated to a meal at his restaurant in London called Locanda Locatelli, as a 30th birthday present from my boyfriend. He knows me so well :)

Where would you like to travel to next?

  • I would love to go to explore Europe a bit more. I am currently researching hiking trips in either Italy, Spain, Portugal or Croatia, and my main aim would be eating my way through the small villages. I was inspired by the South African, Dee Nolan's cookbook called, "A Food Lover's pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela - food, wine and walking along the Camino through Southern France and the North of Spain." 

What is your favorite wine cultivar at the moment?

  • I have a newfound love for Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, as they are making many more unwooded or only slightly wooded options than before. I also like it when they use wild yeast or even aging on the leese, that makes these two cultivars so rich and creamy. As for reds, I love any Pinot Noir from the Hemel and Aarde valley right now. Light and summery!

Chrissy

What is your favourite dive?

  • It's not a complete dive, but I enjoy Panama Jack's. You have to drive through the working harbour to get there, and it looks like nothing from the outside, but the seafood is amazing and fresh, and you are often dining with fisherman from the boats.

What is your favourite South African food?

  • I cannot stay out of rusks. It's a dried biscuit, meant to be dunked in hot coffee or tea.

What is the best meal you've eaten recently?

  • I would be lying if I didn't say my husband's potjiekos. I "potjie" is a big black cast iron pot for cooking on the fire. He made a stew with lamb, potatoes, and veggie for a Sunday afternoon with friends, and it was just perfect.

Whats your favourite type of food?

  • I'm an American by birth, and the only food I really miss is Mexican. A really good place to scratch that itch is at Cosecha, the Californian/Mexican restaurant at Noble Hill Winery. It's a lovely outdoor setting, and they even make guacamole fresh at your table. 

What is the best meal you have had under R100?

  • You cannot beat Ooskus fish & chips in Gordon's Bay. The freshest fish, expertly prepared. We get a takeaway and eat it picnic-style by the sea.

Hendrik

What is your favorite restaurant to take friends to? 

  • 96 Winery road in the Cape Winelands. I find any excuse to go there, such an awesome spot, great setting, great service, fun and relaxed atmosphere and most importantly great food! This is also one of my favorite steak houses in the winelands. The meat is all free range and hand selected and well aged before perfectly prepared by the team at 96 Winery Road.

What was your best fine dining experience? 

  • This is a difficult one as we have some of the most amazing fine dining restaurants within an half hour radius of where we live, but I have to go with Rust & Vrede on Rust & Vrede Wine Estate between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. The wine and food pairing menu is so well thought out and they make use of only the best, freshest local produce and mostly wines from the direct area. The venue is unreal - it is so beautiful, old, yet stylish.

What the best meal you've had under R100? 

  • Fish and Chips in Cape Town, you can not find better value! I have a few favorite spots, Ooskus in Gordons Bay, Kalkies in Kalk Baai and Snoekies in Hout Bay just to mention a few. I always order the Hake & Calamari. Beautiful fresh hake is difficult to beat.

What's your favorite type of food?  

  • They call it BBQ all over the world, but in South Africa we call it braai. This is a favorite pastime for South Africans and it is so special, not only because of the food, but the whole experience. We do it when we are sad to cheer us up, when we are stressed to help us relax, when we celebrate something and always when we have friends over. Nothing better than to sit around a fire after a long day to make you unwind. My favorite braai meal on the fire is Kalahari Lamb Chops and boerewors from my cousin's farm in the Kalahari.

What do you love most about your job? 

  • Obviously EATING and Drinking! :) I'm a real showoff and I love it to impress people from all over the world with the beauty of our country, the friendliness and hospitality of our people and then take their breath away with the different tastes and flavors of the Western Cape.