South Africa 2017

South Africa Wine Tour Newton Johnson vineyards

South Africa Wine Tour – exploring Hemel-en-Aarde

Another drive through the Franschhoek Pass, this time turning left at the end and heading towards Hermanus.  Our day in the Hemel-en-Aarde area started at Restless River, where we met Craig and Anne Wessels.  In a very ‘Grand Designs’ adventure they designed and built a beautiful homestead amid some vineyards already planted with Cabernet Sauvignon …

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South Africa Wine Tour Klein Constantia vineyards

South Africa Wine Tour 2 – first dinner and a day in Constantia

Fliss, Tim’s wife, is writing this week’s blog, what a ‘perk’ of the job! For the majority of week 1’s group, there was just a day to recover and reset, and make the transfer from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek.  A slightly different arrangement for accommodation, we are installed in a variety of guesthouses across the village.  …

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South Africa Wine Tour – we meet wine families and some of their animals

Thursday took us back towards Wellington and Paarl and close to Swartland border. Having experienced history and lots of old Dutch Cape architecture on Wednesday it was time to visit some newer players on the block. Our first stop was the Kalmoesfontein farm of AA Badenhorst. Adi Badenhorst has become a bit of a legend …

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South Africa Wine Tour Blankbottle

South Africa tour – Blankbottle, De Trafford and Vergelegen

Our first full day got off to a fabulous start as we entered the quirky and fascinating world of Blankbottle. At the last count, owner and winemaker Pieter Walser was making 42 different wines using just about every grape variety planted in South Africa. Furthermore, he owns no vineyards and rents winery space on a …

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