On Tuesday I went on a tour not too far from home – a Wine, Wors and Whale tour! I have the advantage of living in this gorgeous city of ours so I already knew it was going to be great, but watching all the tourists experience it made it even better!
The Wine Flies minibus fetches you from a pre-arranged location, super convenient, and then after a 45 min drive you arrive at your first stop in Stellenbosch, Oom Samie se Winkel. A national monument, it’s been around since 1904, full of interesting antiques and random finds, it’s definitely worth a look. Once we had grabbed a coffee from the Melissa’s next door (and a slice of breakfast cheesecake – don’t judge me) we took a quick drive around to Middelvlei Wine Estate.
This beautiful estate had some lovely wines, some of which we tasted straight out of the barrel! The moody sky over us only added to the appeal.
They have so many animals, and because it’s spring time there were lots of baby animals. I found it very difficult to concentrate on anything but the kids (the baby goat kind), chicks, tortoises, and wallabies! Yes I said wallaby… I couldn’t get a photo, they’re really fast, but the back story is that some Australians enjoyed themselves so much at the estate they sent them wallabies! On that note, if any Australians are reading this and feel like sending me a wallaby, please go right ahead…
Our next stop was over an hour away in Grabouw, this gave us some time to get to know everyone on the tour… We had a group of students from Britain, two ladies from the USA, and me. We all loved our guide Terance, a fountain of information, ask him anything – he dares you! He called us his “family for the day” and we felt like it, a tour guide can really make or break an experience and Terance made this one great!
After a lot of twists and turns we arrived at Eversons Cider, met the owner and winemaker William Everson, and marvelled at our surroundings. First we tasted some of the wine (paired with biltong), they only make a small amount and it can be found in restaurants in Cape Town, usually under the restaurants house label.
He adapted his wine making skills with an aim to create the perfect cider. We tested this theory, along with all the ciders, and paired it with some delicious boerewors! I personally enjoyed the apple and pear ciders most, the cloudy cider coming in a close second. They also have a mulled cider which has a spicy “fruit cake” flavour (drink it warm) that I didn’t like but everyone else loved it. I’ve never been a big fan of cloves or all spice though.
Our next long drive was to Hermanus, the music was good and the conversation interesting. It’s funny how we don’t notice how “South African” we are until foreigners ask us questions or don’t understand a word/phrase we’ve used. Between this trip and the last one with my two new Texan friends, I’ve had quite a laugh at myself!
Our lunch spot was right on the water at a place called Bientang’s Cave, where you are so close to the water you can feel the sea spray!
We spent some time looking out for Whales, unfortunately they weren’t having it so we didn’t get to see any, but while we waited we were entertained by a herd of Dassies. A herd?? Well their closest living relative is an elephant so it makes sense, as much sense as them being related to elephants does.
What a stunning view!
Our next stop was some beer tasting at Honingklip Brewery, a pretty stop with good beer, just a bit too “crafty” for me.
On to Wildekrans Wine Estate for wine and chocolate… I loved their Sauvignon Blanc, so refreshing, in between bites of delicious kudu droëwors. We then had a few red wines paired with different types of chocolate, lovely. After the wine we got little shots of Grappa, made all of our hair stand up a bit higher!
Final stop for the day was at the viewpoint at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass. A perfect way to end off a great day! Wine flies tours are fun for locals and a must do for tourists!
Thank you to Wine flies tours for having me. Opinions expressed are my own, as always.
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