CAPE TOWN, DAY 4
Let me start with a disclaimer, I’m not known for my love of wine but believe I am turning a corner for the red variety!
THE DOUBLE VISION KICKED IN AND WE STILL HAD 3 WINERIES TO GO
As South Africa is one of the biggest manufactures of wine it only makes sense to “do as the Romans do” and go on a winery tour to no less than 5 wineries.
WHERE IS STELLENBOSCH?
SOUTH AFRICA’S WINE CAPITAL
After one of the most horrendous break checks I have ever been involved in we arrived in Stellenbosch, the country’s second oldest town and wine capital. There is much more than just wine here. Whether you are going to a winery or not it makes sense to visit Stellenbosch so you can experience the stunning Cape Dutch architecture and sample the olive oils and vinegars.
SOUTH AFRICAN WINE…
- South Africa produces 1.2million tonnes of wine per year
- The first vines were planted in the 1650s by Dutch colonists
- From then it was requested French vines be imported and used instead
- White wine grapes make up for 55% of all grapes grown in South Africa
TASTING LIKE A PRO
It was all going so well and as backpackers we felt we were bluffing our way through the first 2 wineries as if we were experts; legs crossed, giving the wine a swirl before dipping our nose in for a good smell when in fact we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. Not one bit of wine was wasted and spat into a bucket which would immediately prove to be the death of me.
Getting onto the 4th and then the 5th and final winery I was gone and I wasn’t the only one. There was no more smelling for those subtle hints of blueberry and oak as I could no longer operate my senses! Not to mentioned I since became victim to a horrendous headache, the reason why I don’t drink white wine.
After the initial drive out to Stellenbosch was fairly reserved the drive back was a completely different affair and if you were shy to get to know the others on the tour then you no longer had to worry!
Not one to sound like a broken record but coming to South Africa and not doing a winery tour is like visiting the Bahamas and not going to the beach, it’s a must.
City tour, old friends and Butter chicken, sounds like a good day! Click to read
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of the Southern Africa Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
- Do you like wine?
- Have you done a wine tour?
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