While in Africa, I got to check off number 43 from my 101 list- “go wine tasting again.” Kimbo planned an awesome day for us in the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek regions of South Africa (about a 45 minute drive from Cape Town). There’s not too much to say about wine tasting other than it was beautiful, delicious and we all got a tad boozy. It was quite a unique experience though, a bit different than most of my wine tasting adventures in the past. We hired a guy (and a friend) to drive us around in his taxi van all day so none of us would have to drive. You would not believe how cheap it is to hire a driver for a day in Cape Town!! Evidently though, drving 9 foreigners around all day is a tiring job.
The first winery we went to had AMAZING views and gave us lovely hummus with our wine.
The 2nd winery allowed you to pick the different types of wines you wanted to try- which was quite nice since we could sample many more varieties than we would normally be able to. Next we had a picnic lunch at one of the wineries and they brought out these big baskets of breads, cheeses, salads, pastries, dips and sweets. All the food was delicious and I absolutely stuffed myself.
We headed to one more winery after lunch but I was too full to even try anything. Finally we headed to one last place. It wasn’t exactly a winery, it was more like a really large outdoor restaurant/bar. It had the coolest atmosphere and we got some African face painting done and we each had a cocktail. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to spend here because we only had our drivers until 7, so we packed up our things and headed off to dinner (which I STILL was not hungry for).
I’d definitely say that was one of the best wine tasting experiences I’ve ever had!