Our other tour guide, Ryan, picked us up at 8:30 am on this very cold day in Capetown for a full day Wine Safari. Because I accidentally did not book this on “private basis” there was going to be another couple with us for the day. Thankfully they were a lovely English speaking couple from Norway that is doing our holiday in reverse.
Africa is famous for their Cape Winelands and it is actually one of my 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. The Cape Winelands are a mix of spectacular scenery and fabulous wine and cuisine. The first winery was Fairview Winery in Paarl. As soon as we arrived we saw a large tower with a wrap around staircase that house 3 goatls. The large Billy Goat came out of his tower to play with us. Bret and I had fun playing with him and feeding him leaves. We’ve never fed a goat at a winery before, so I wonder what kind of other animals we’ll see today. Here we tasted a variety of 5 wines and 10 different cheeses and purchased a bottle of Savignon Blanc.
The second winery was Lynx in Franschhoek. I am at a loss of words to describe how beautiful Franschhoek is. The name Franschhoek comes from the fact that the French initially settled this part of South Africa and hoek means “corner”. We were guided by a young man who the assistant winemaker here. All he does is get drunk all day and he really seems to love his job! It was the smallest winery we went to but it had a monster view. Their “accidental sweet wine” was delicious and was the best sweet wine I have ever had, coincidentally, from a country that isn’t known for it’s sweet wines.
For lunch we headed to ROCA. While the Cape Winelands are the most beautiful places I have ever been nothing could have prepared me for the view that we had from ROCA. It literally took our breathes away. We had a panoramic view of the steep mountains and rolling wineries from our table. I would have loved to get married on their grounds (Possible vow renewal Bret?!?!?!)!!! The other couple inquired about how much homes would cost in this area. He said 1-5 million RAND. I’m thinking is this something Bret and I need to seriously consider. Our tour guide made us try a local hybrid fruit called a peppadew. They are a cross breed of red peppers and cherry tomatoes. They are delicious but can be very spicy!
I’m feeling a little jetlagged at this point but WE MUST DRINK MORE WINE so on we go. The 3rd winery is Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch was founded in 1679 and is home to many fine examples of Dutch architecture, Stellenbosch Univ. and lots of fine wine. We were in awe of the grounds of Delaire Graff, they were AMAZING. The hotel was spectacular but it was also 10,000 Rand a night. The staff was gracious enough to give us a tour and show us what we were missing out on 😉 We tasted a lot of wine here and ended up buying a bottle of their world famous Savignon Blanc. We’re not always the most refined wine tasters so we look for things such as “world famous” to point us in the right direction. South Africa’s climate is perfect for Savignon Blanc so I am starting to like it out of necessity. Our tour guide Ryan arranged for a golf cart ride around the property where we took quite a few pictures. WOW!
After this we had a 30 minute ride back to Capetown. Ryan told us some hilarious wine safari stories, one of which involved an group of guys who flew all the way to SA for a bachelor party winery tour. It did not end well, but I am definately open to this idea for a friend in the future. Bret and I took a small nap (ugh jet lag) and went to dinner at a small restaurant within walking distance of our hotel named Davincis. Bret and I shared a peppadew pizza with garlic and chili (Bret is putting that crap on everything now) and drank some local Black Jack Ale!