There are hundreds of excellent vineyards and wine-tastings available in the Cape Winelands, from the sublime to the ridiculous, the choices can be mind-boggling. At the World Travel Market recently I had the pleasure of meeting some rather splendid, quirky chaps who handed me a 'South African survival kit', described themselves as 'Wine Lords' and their tours as 'weird, wonderful and uniquely South African'.
I immediately thought to myself 'they sound like our (GG) kind of people' and asked them to tell me more. Its entirely up to you whether you join one of the 'Wine Flies' scheduled group tours, or splash out on the slightly fancier, private 'Wine Lords' tour.
Both focus on real and authentic wine farms, their people, local delicacies and the true culture of the Winelands. From small, family-run vineyards that only a handful of locals know about, to world famous private estates.
If all this wets your whistle as it did mine, wait until you hear the next bit. They have recently introduced to their repertoire, 'The Big Fat Whale, Wine and Wors' tour.
The wine bit is pretty self-explanatory, they've just extended the wine-tasting to also include a trip to Hermanus for a spot of land-based whale-watching (during whale season obviously), and paired local South African beef sausage (wors) with cider to complete the package. What could be more perfect? Oh, they also mentioned biltong, chocolate and Grappa tasting in there somewhere... Yes, that'll do it.
I've yet to experience the tour first hand (I only met them on Friday), but I'm pretty excited about the whole thing and promise to report back as soon as I have, so watch this space. If you can't wait until then and you're in a hurry to try it for yourself, you can find them here.
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