wine tasting cape town

Wine Tasting Cape Town

Beyond climbing table mountain, and wanting to cage dive with great whites, priority number three on my Cape Town agenda was doing a wine tour so I could enjoy some of the fabulous wines South Africa has to offer, so I signed up with Wine Flies Wine Tour to do my wine tasting Cape Town.  Today we  headed to the Stellenbosch region to see several wineries and what they had to offer.

First stop was Fairview estate.  Fairview exports their wines, has a huge cellar and makes their own cheeses.  So what was amazing about this tasting, was each of their wines was paired with a delicious matching cheese.

After we did our tastings, and made some purchases at their deli, we were off to the next estate, Villiera… for some wine (and sparking wine, aka Champagne) tastings!  We also had biltong while at Villiera… it’s basically South African beef jerky, but it has more fat/moisture in it then our jerky.  I loved it.

From Villiera I bought an amazing bottle of a dessert wine, Inspiration Noble Late Harvest.  I plan on sharing this with some friends I am meeting up with in Rwanda in a few weeks.

Next we went to an estate on a big farm and had lunch with some more wine and did some barrel tastings of freshly casked Merlot:

wine tasting cape town
On a beautiful estate playing with Merlot, the great dane
wine tasting cape town
Barrel tastings of freshly casked merlot

After lunch we headed to yet another winery, this time a boutique winery that produces small batch and does not sell it wholesale, nor export it, Lovane.

wine tasting cape town
Boutique winery, not for wholesale nor for export

Finally we ended with a bang at Annandale Winery.  These guys know how to party and are one of the oldest wineries in South Africa.  Here we tasted more wine, port and brandy…and if your glass became empty, it was instantly refilled with something else.

wine tasting cape town
Tasting 20+ vino, port & brandy

Annandale provided the wines for the princess of Monaco’s royal wedding in 2013.  They also provided me with a 2-liter bottle of brandy and coke and another bottle of wine for the drive back to Cape Town.  Annandale for the win.

wine tasting cape town
26 wine tastings + top offs + brandy & cokes later, drinking wine from the bottles in our tour van

Had an amazing day on my wine tasting Cape Town tour with Wine Flies!  Highly recommend!

As it was my last night in Cape Town, and I had drunk all day, I was pretty exhausted, but headed out to dinner with Chris and to the beach where he learned to surf which had a pretty cool lighthouse and view of Cape Town.

Beyond not getting to play Jaws, I loveddddd Cape Town and hope I make it back some day, but now I’m off to Aliwal Shoal to try some scuba diving in Africa.

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