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Day 18 – Wine Tasting in Franschhoek

More of the Cape Winelands

sunny 68 °F

Gwen and I got a late start since my cold/flu/sinus infection finally caught up with me. But we did get out and to the Wine Region before noon time. We drove to Franschhoek and made our way back to Cape Town. First stop was Cabriere. They were nestled on the Franschhoek mountains and displayed the gorgeous weather well.
We walked through the cute little town and had a nice lunch outside. There were many interesting buildings in the town.
Next was La Motte vineyard. This was a very nice one with immaculate grounds and an impressive tasting room. Their wines were quite good as well and we picked up a couple of bottles from here.
Next was Boschendal wines. They had a very lovely outdoor place for tasting. However, they mixed up the order of their average (but cheap) wines, so we weren’t positive which wines we were tasting. But the gorgeous grounds and day made it a completely enjoyable experience nonetheless.
There were two vineyards left on our wish list, but the daylight was fading as was our resolve. So we chose the one that we came upon first, Delaire. It was very, very high end as far as the grounds, restaurant and tasting area. It was very modern, matching their production process (mostly steel vats instead of oak barrels). . The server was very informative as nice, but was quite busy with unexpected party. Though quite manicured, their wines were very reasonably priced. Unfortunately, we had reached our limit of bottles to try and take home
Between the late start, slowest of the last place and some unexpected traffic jams, we only caught some of the Netherlands vs. Slovakia game on the radio. It gets dark here a 6pm which is about the time the first game ends. But they replay all of the games in both their full version as well as a long highlight version. We had dinner at the Chef Pons Asian place around the corner and just watched the Brazil vs. Chile game at home since we were both very tired from the day.

Quip of the day: It's too bad that South Africa is so far away, it would be nice to visit each winter.

Posted by wc2006 01:38 Archived in South Africa Tagged events

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