The Winelands, in Western Cape,, offers picturesque reliefs, lush nature, blazing sun and beautiful road. It’s also more than 10 million hectoliters of wine produced each year ! White ones compose 55% of the whole production. Carte blanche then for a daily journey among the vineyards, that will make you see (drink) the glass half full.
The day begins at L’Avenir Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. This property is the archetype of the beauty of the region: a vast stretch of vineyard encircled between impressive mountains and overhung by a radiant blue sky pierced by scorching sunrays. You will learn all the ins and the outs of the wine making process, making the wine tasting even more enriching. You will have the opportunity to exchange views about each grape variety: would you be able to spot the touch of apple in their fruited and mineral Chardonnay 2006 ?
You will then be expected at Rust En Vrede estate for an unforgettable lunch experience: the “estate experience menu” is a gastronomic meal savored in the shade of centenary oak-trees, with a selection of the best South African wines. The menu is kept secret, but no worries: Rust En Vrede was elected in 2013 one of the three best restaurant of South Africa, and its wine service was named the best in the whole country. The dishes and the wines will sublimate each others thanks to authentic white wines produced in Stellenbosch like for instance “The Eleanor Chardonnay” cuvée 2004 from the Hartenberg wine estate.
You will spend the rest of the day in the most French-influenced South African town: Franschhoek. Grande Provence is a splendid estate that bears marks of the country’s History. During the heat of the afternoon, take the most of the botanical garden and visit the Cape-Dutch home built in 1756 where an astonishing gallery of African contemporary art is situated. In the meanwhile, take delight in savoring some of their awarded white wines like the exotic flavored sauvignon blanc 2011, which won the gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards of South Africa.
A last wine tasting in Babylonstoren in Franschhoek will be ideal to put an end to such an experience. Will you still be able to identify the flavors of peach and apricot in the amazing Viognier wine produced in the estate? In any case, the last swallows will be like in a dream under the sunset; and as Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune, stay for a night in one of their spacious and elegant room.
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