The Wine Farm Area
9.14.13 - 9.15.13 65 °F
For the last day of our adventure in South Africa, we headed north toward the mountains to the wine farm region - totally different from the southern cape region. You can be in the heart of the wine farms in about 90 minutes visiting some wonderful quaint little towns. The wine farms were started by the Huguenots who were given the land to do as they please by the South African government. Since they had been forced out of France, wine was the logical choice. Our first stop was the Huguenot Memorial in the beautiful town of Franschoek.
From here we traveled to the Boschendal Wine Farm for a wonderful buffet lunch and wine tasting. This winery started in 1685 and produces a wide variety of wines. South African wine is very inexpensive and of very good quality. Of the wines we tasted the one that I liked the most was the 1685 Chardonnay, which sells for$7.50 USD per bottle. It was crisp, and flavorful.
Our final stop of the trip was to the university town of Stellenbosch. The Stellenbosch University is well established and houses more than 20,000 students. It also has some of the best preserved dutch colonial houses around, which we toured.
We then headed back to Cape Town - just a little more than an hour. From here it was dinner - a good night's sleep, and a trip to the airport at 11:30am in the morning for our trip back home.
It was a wonderful adventure - highly recommended to anyone, even though the flight over is quite long. Stay tuned for the complete photo album that will be forthcoming.
Next trip: Paris and the Seine to the beaches of Normandy at the end of October.