I have just returned from the Cape where I took a little holiday to enjoy some of the wine farms in that region. Cape Town is probably one of the top destinations in Africa for foreign visitors so it is important to choose the right time of year to visit so that you don’t end up paying an arm and a leg! The Cape is well known for its high quality wines and with the perfect weather (for most of the year) it is hard to beat. There is nothing like sitting in the beautiful surroundings and trying out some high quality chilled wines with a nice cheese selection!
I have a friend who lives in the Stellenbosch area – we have known each other for years – and this makes life a little easier (and cheaper!) when compared to paying out for guest houses. There are plenty in the area and if you are paying with foreign currency then it will be fairly cheap but for us locals we have to consider these things
Although I visited quite a few different venues while I was there I must say my trip to Spier really stood out in my mind. The whole place is big with plenty to do and see. They also have a restaurant called Moyos there which makes one of the most awesome curries – something you just have to try if you get a chance to visit. I have actually been to this one in a previous visit some years back, at that time they have a cheetah sanctuary where they took care of injured cats from some of the game parks – that has been moved now which is a shame as it was great for small children to visit. Of course, the wine is fantastic and comes highly recommended – it will also look great in my New Air wine fridge at home to share with my girlfriend.
One of the other most notable wine farms I managed to visit was Verkelken. This still has much of the original buildings and farm lands that have been there for years. It really does give you a sense of the past and they also have a really pretty woodland where you can choose to sit and have a picnic. Obviously, you can enjoy the wines as well and it makes for a wonderful day out.
The amount of different properties you can choose to visit is almost never ending and once you get your car onto the main wine route you will be spoiled for choice. There simply is not enough time to visit them all so it is best to plan out your route before you go to make sure you get to visit the farms at the top of your list.