African Expedition 2000
Tuesday 25 January
Today we went on a wine tour. We were picked up from our hotel
around 9am and were soon in the heart in the Capes wine region.
|The first port of call was the Fairview Vineyard. On offer was a selection of about
a dozen or so red and white wines, as well as a selection of goats cheese. What you liked
you could buy, which is just what I did. A couple of bottles of white at about £2 each.
Multiply that price by about 3 or 4 times and youd get what they would cost back
Then it was off to Paarl, home to KWV. They are the
largest wine makers in South Africa, and has a massive plant where they make all sorts of
wines, sherries, port, etc. Some of their Port cats were about 20 yards high, and could
hold several million litres of wine or port. The usual tasting session followed, and we
were getting a bit p##sed already, and it was only 11am.
Then it was off to Franschhoek for lunch. We ate at a restaurant
called La Petite Ferme which was
truly idyllic. The food was cracking and the views across the valley were outstanding.
Another place well worth a visit.
The Goat House at Fairview
A third vineyard, the Delaire Farm, was visited after lunch, where
more bottles were purchased, and then we were off to Stellenbosch for a wonder round this
small university town.
Cant quite remember what we did in the evening, but if I was
to say that we got w##kered again I wouldnt be far off the mark.