Today we finally got to SEE Cape Town, We drove in last night and it was too dark to really see the city. We had breakfast at our hotel, which was just steps outside our room. We could have gone in our PJ’s, but got dressed, as we planned to head out for a wine tour right after.
We signed up for an all day wine tour of the Stellenbosch area – this area is one of the most famous wine regions in South Africa – Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon are popular wines from the region. Our tour included 5 different wineries with a stop for lunch in the middle. Thanks to Mom and Dad for the wine tour! For Christmas they gave us an elephant ride, but we decided to do a wine tour instead. After seeing elephants in the wild, it didn’t feel right to ride some that had been in captivity.
Our friend Erin that we met during the marathon wanted to join and was texting about signing up for the same tour, so we went with her and her boyfriend Jake. It was fun knowing some people on the tour before we even got on it. But, after a few glasses of wine, everyone was friends. There were the two of them +1 more from England, 4 people from Brazil and 3 of us from the US. A fun group, though the Brazilians were in it more for the drinking than the tasting. 😉
We went to a big variety of vineyards including Mitre’s Edge, Villiera, Middelvlei, Lovane (which only sells it’s wine at the estate) and Vergenodegd (with ducks). I think our favorite was probably Louvane for the taste of the wines, Middelvlei (because of the yummy lunch) and Lovane it was so small; we were tasting wine in someone’s basement cellar!
It ended up being a great day to do a wine tasting, as it rained off and on for most of the day, so we didn’t feel like we were missing anything in town.
We got back to our hotel around 5:30 and met up with Erin and Jake at a taco place for dinner – we had margaritas, I think we were all four pretty wined out!
Here’s a photo of us at Villiera – We met Erin during the marathon and met up with her and her boyfriend in Cape Town b/c we both planned to travel there after the race. It was fun to see them outside Entabeni! She’s coming to Vegas in the fall and I told her maybe we’d meet up again then. Meeting people from all over the world has been one of my favorite parts of the trip!
I suppose a wine tour would have been very different in the spring/summer or even the fall during harvest, but not much is growing in the winter… still interesting to see the vines. This was my first time to a vineyard and I had no idea that the vines grew almost in a T shape!
At the Middelvlei winery, we got to taste wine straight out of the barrel. This was fairly new Shiraz from 2017, so it hadn’t aged very long, but still tasted ok. We talked to the tour guide and he said that at this point he can always tell who’s doing the tour to get drunk and who’s doing it to learn and taste wine by how big of a glass they pour themselves. The Brazilians poured huge glasses! We did not.
I really liked the wine at Lovane – it was all pretty unique blends, we ended up buying a blend of 3 different wines. You can only buy Lovane wine at the vineyard, so it’ll be an extra special bottle, since we won’t be able to find it in the US.
At the Vergenodegd winery, they had lots of geese and ducks that help to “fertilize and protect” the vines. Here’s one of the nicest geese I’ve ever met (I don’t normally like geese) – Chris is holding his hand out – I took the photo b/c I was too scared.