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  • Five Fun Itinerary Ideas - Cape Winelands

    It's the start of the summer season in South Africa and that means it's the time of year that visitors from the UK make their way to the Cape Winelands. Here are five must do's to add to any itinerary when visiting Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    Picnics at Mont Rochelle

    In addition to the Country Kitchen and Miko Restaurant, Mont Rochelle offers delicious picnics baskets. Two adults can share a basket that includes cheeses, charcuteries, salads, wraps and more (especially the delicious dessert). Kids under 12 receive their own basket with a child-appropriate menu.

    For more information, visit Mont Rochelle's website here.

    MCC and canapes at Le Lude

    We always have time for bubbles and the perfect spot to enjoy a tasting of Method Cap Classique is at Le Lude in Franschhoek. Their enchanting and beautiful setting complements their wonderful wines and their canape tasting is definitely worth trying. Le Lude offers three canape options, including a selection for vegetarians.

    The rose garden at Le Lude

    While at Le Lude, make sure you take in their glorious rose garden and the views across the surrounding Franschhoek mountains.

    For more information, visit Le Lude's website here.

    Find Wine and Food Pairing at GlenWood

    The tranquil setting at GlenWood is the perfect backdrop for a very innovative tasting experience. On arrival, you will be presented with a specifically designed tasting palette offering six tastings that compliment six of GlenWood's wines. After tasting, select your lunch main course from your favourite tasting and a glass of wine to accompany it.

    GlenWood Fine Wine and Food Experience

    You will not be disappointed by this perfectly planned and prepared tasting! The exquisite wines and the delicious meals accompanying them are not to be missed.

    Learn more on the GlenWood website here.

    Horseback Wine Tasting at Rickety Bridge and Mont Rochelle

    This is one for the horse lovers among us! Beginner or advanced, this experience will be one you thoroughly enjoy.

    The wine tasting on horseback experience begins at Paradise Stables and lasts around four hours. You pass GlenWood and ride towards Rickety Bridge where you will stop for a wine tasting. After that, it's back on the horses and on to Mont Rochelle for another wine tasting.

    Horseback wine tour stopping at Rickety Bridge

    Such beautiful vistas surround you on this unique tasting and excellent wines await you at each stop. You will be so pleased you included this on your itinerary.

    For more information, visit Paradise Stables' website here.

    Duck Parade and Saturday Market at Vergenoegd

    The very first vineyard at the start of the Stellenbosch Winelands, closest to Cape Town, is the Vergenoegd Low Wine Estate. Along with very good wines, they also have a very novel parade by their pest controlling Indian Runner Ducks a few times a day.

    Vergenoegd Duck Parade

    Each Saturday, Vergenoegd hosts a market from 9am until 3pm, offering crafts, food, beverages, wine tastings and live entertainment. If fitness is your thing, then why not start Saturday off with an early morning run at 8am, hosted by Vergenoegd.

    For more information on these and other activities offered by Vergenoegd, visit their website here.

    There are so many other activities to enjoy when visiting the Cape Winelands. Are there any others you are looking forward to when visiting? Let us know and we can feature those on an upcoming blog post.

  • Spring wines for all occasions

    With the return of spring bulbs and cherry blossoms and longer days, comes a shift in what we like to drink. Spring is a tough time of year for wine choices. Some days it’s warm and whites and roses are the wine of choice and other days it’s like winter is holding on and you really want a glass of red.

    Here is a selection of wines that will get you through this slightly awkward spring season!

    SPARKLING

    Galanti
    Prosecco Extra Dry NV
    £13.99

    A bottle of Galanti Prosecco

    A fine, persistent, soft fizz surrounds a fruit spectrum of apple, pear with a hint of peach. This extra dry Prosecco from Galanti in Veneto, offers a quality sparkling wine at great value for money. Produced using the traditional grape variety in the region, Glera, this is a great wine for spring parties.

    WHITE BLENDS

    GlenWood
    Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
    £10.99

    A bottle of GlenWood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015

    This Bordeaux style blend of Sauvignon Blanc with its higher acidity and prominent passion fruit and Semillon with its weight and structure produces a refreshing white for warmer spring days. Pairing well with a BBQ or lighter dishes like grilled fish or goats cheese, this blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon works equally well on its own.

    GlenWood produces two other Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends: GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and GlenWood Grand Duc Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.

    Mont Rochelle
    Little Rock Blanc 2015
    £11.99

    A bottle of Mont Rochelle Little Rock Blanc 2015

    Blended using four different grapes: Semillon, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, The Little Rock Blanc is a very fresh, clean wine, ideal for spring. Pale straw green in colour with a delicate peach and citrus profile, the wine is elegant with balanced texture and acidity. A great wine for everyday enjoyment!

    ALBARIÑO

    Qunita do Ermizio
    Vinha do Bouca 2016
    £12.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha da Bouca

    A different and very mineral single varietal Alvarinho. A delicate bouquet combined with a soft and fresh palate developing fruit and mineral hints. Good structure and mouth-filling with a long a clean finish. This is a wine with a refreshingly and harmonious aftertaste. This wine pairs well with fish or light meat dishes.

    ROSE

    Haute Cabriere
    Pierre Jourdan Tranquille NV
    £8.99

    A bottle of Pierre Jourdan Tranquille wine

    The fragrant bouquet introduces a wine with a fine fruit and dry finish. The colour is a slight blush of pink, to be expected, as it relates to the Pinot Noir component of the blend. Tranquille displays an extended after taste, giving the imbiber the opportunity to contemplate and enjoy the wine whilst the flavours linger on the palate.

    Bladen
    Pinot Rose 2017
    £13.99

    Bladen Rose 2016

    Salmon-blush with a pink hue. Lifted red fresh fruit notes, such as strawberry and raspberry on the nose with a touch of thyme and fresh herbs adding to the complexity. Juicy watermelon and fresh summer fruits on the palate, with a hint of creaming soda. The palate is crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish.

    REDS

    Haute Cabriere
    Unwooded Pinot Noir 2016
    £11.99

    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir

    A light fruity red, with a vibrant colour and fresh strawberry nose, perfect for spring. Totally unwooded allowing the fresh soft red fruits to emerge, an ideal summer red which can be served slightly chilled.

    Visit our website to make your selection today from our wide range.

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