I have some radical friends, they are awesome for many reasons. Todays reason is because they organise epic adventures and invite me to take part. This adventure was a full day wine tasting – did someone say tourist? A late night before made the early morning pickup of 8am a little tough, but we made it and jumped on the bus ready for the next pickup. And so the adventure began. After pickups in both Tamboersklook and Sea Point we headed off to the Northern Suburbs, fondly known as the Boerewors curtain to pick up the organiser and her man. We’d made good time and made it to the first estate a little bit early (Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek only opens at 10h00).
Marlene was a steller organiser and had phoned ahead to let the estates know we were a large group. This is very wise and I would strongly suggest doing this if you’re a group of more than about 5 people. It was pretty early to start the day but we were all in jolly good spirits at the end of the tasting. Back on the bus, more laughter and off to estate number two – Solms Delta.
This was such a unique wine experience, we had a great guy explaining the wines and giving us the history of the estate and the wines. They have a small, but really informative museum and it’s well worth checking out. They also have plenty of wines that you taste for the R20 tasting fee, so we made sure our next stop was lunch.
Off we went to Boschendal and ordered a variety of wines to accompany our meal. By this point we were that roudy, boistrous group that people turn around and gave dirty looks to so it was great that we were put in our own room. I had a really delish chicken pie, but my veggies were a bit on the chilled side, but I was so hungry by that point I really would’ve eaten anything.
We were running a bit late so we weren’t going to make our last scheduled tasting at Hartenberg due to driving distance. So we changed schedule and headed off to Zorgvliet – I can’t tell you what a magnificent view this place had. The tastings were really busy and because we hadn’t booked it was a little stileted, but there was only 1 dude to help with the tastings and about 30 people to help! Sheesh – on a public holiday nogal. After a bit of relaxing, more story telling and even more wine it was time to head home.
All I can say is thank you to my friends for so MANY laughs! What a great day out. I can’t wait for the next adventure.
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