Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Tour in Cape Town

My last day in Cape Town was spent taking a wine tour of three wineries located in the Stellenbosch & Franschhoek regions.  It was the only rainy day of my four days in Cape Town so I couldn’t complain!  I don’t remember the name of the first winery….but isn’t it beautiful?

There was a small group of about 11 of us on the tour.  We tried a variety of wines to include Pinotage, which is a red wine blend of Pinot Noir and Hermitage.  Chardonnay is my wine of choice, but I really enjoyed the Pinotage.  The South African Rand (their money) is around 7 Rand to $1 U.S.  Wine was quite affordable…usually around $5-$8 a bottle for a nice wine.

A break in the rain afforded this nice view of the area surrounding one of the wineries!

Cheers or “Gesondheid” — pronounced Ge-sund-hate in Africaans!

My camera has a drawing function…I was a little fidgety!

I know two of the wineries were called Rickety Bridges and Laborie.  They were all beautiful!

We stopped in the quaint town of Stellenbosch…

This piece of art was quite unique.  It seemed to be made out of a mixture of dirt, rock, straw and a few other substances.

I had a very nice day tasting wine, meeting new people, and seeing the landscape in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek!

25 thoughts on “Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Tour in Cape Town

  1. South Africa’s Stellenbosch appellation has really come into its own. I absolutely love what they’ve done with the more traditional Bordeaux-style varietals and blends, and their Shiraz comes close to even rivaling Australia’s Barossa Valley.

    Alas, I remain unfamiliar with the taste of Pinotage, but I’ll definitely have to give this one a try. However, I believe Pinotage is a crossbreeding of the Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) grapes rather than a blending of the two.

    Wonderful blog, by the way.


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  4. Great photos, I love the mud man. I’m just glad it wasn’t one of those pieces of moving art where he comes alive just to scare you. You’ve just convinced someone to minimize technology to bring a camera on his trips. Thanks!!


  5. I love the laundry street scene. You would have to be on really good terms with the person across the way or stuff may go missing 😉


  6. My husband introduced me to pinotage and I love it! I am excited to try it when we get to Cape Town. The wineries you visited look great.


  7. My husband introduced me to pinotage and I love it! I am excited to try it when we get to Cape Town. The wineries you visited look great.


  8. Your posts are inspiring me to want to go there! Your photos are beautiful. I especially love the little pathways you capture with the inviting foliage or clothes lines hanging along each. 🙂


  9. Quaint! For sure, you look relaxed! The laundry hung out gives some color to the walkway, huh?! I’m jealous for now, but this is making me want to travel again someday, maybe sooner than later. Cheers.


  10. The sculpture is so cool! I am amazed it withstands the the weather. Love the drawing function. Wish I could draw like that. 🙂 May you continue to have God’s hand of good health and safety upon you. Savor every moment!


  11. The top photo is stunning .. and so where you – all that wine .. I bet you had a fantastic day. What a stunning little place … the narrow lanes. Brilliant to hear from you again.


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