My Exciting Day On The Big Fat Whale, Wine & Wors Tour, By Wine Flies
The other day I heard about the Big, Fat Whale, Wine & Wors Tour hosted by Wine Flies. Being a lover of the fruits of the vine, my interest was piqued, but with whale watching and boerewors thrown into the deal. I knew I could not miss out on this! I booked my seat on wine lord Riaan’s tour bus and the adventure begins.
The day started slightly later than expected, mainly because some of my fellow tour group members got in some wine tasting practice the previous evening and, as I learnt from our very informative tour guide, the cheaper the plonk, the bigger the headache. Rather late than never, we were on our way to beautiful Stellenbosch and the Middelvlei Wine Estate (in the Cape Winelands) to sample their glorious wines and to learn about the 5 S’s….you’ll have to take the tour to find out what they are…..and the 6th S, which stands for... SECONDS!
After having had more wine than one should so early in the morning, it was time for a change of scenery, so off we went to Grabouw to learn about South Africa’s carnivorous favourites: biltong, droewors and boerewors. Next stop: a cidery (yes, it’s a real word) to sample the Grabouw Boerewors pared with refreshing ciders. All I can say is, Everson’s Cider House really does rule!
Everson's Cider House
All that activity worked up quite an appetite, and by now it was nearly lunchtime. More treats in store!
Among the breath-taking surroundings of Spookfontein in Hermanus, we were treated to scrumptious organic cuisine, pared with more wonderful wine, and for desert, chocolate and port.
Spookfontein in Hermanus
For some of us, the whale watching in Hermanus was the highlight of the day, and the whales did not disappoint! On this beautiful sunny day the whales came out to play, and we were fortunate to have quite a few sightings.
Whale watching in Hermanus
Our next stop was the picturesque Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate in Bot Rivier, where exquisite wines are produced, along with Methode Cap Classique (which is really exactly the same thing as champagne, but not made in Champagne) and grappa. I can recommend the grappa infused with espresso, especially with a bit of good dark chocolate.
And so a fun-filled day comes to an end….or so we thought. A conspicuous cooler box in the tour bus housed two chilled hip flasks, containing a little something-something to warm the cockles and keep up the spirits for our last stop on the way home, a lookout point over Table Bay at sunset.
Tip: Be sure to take some extra cash with as you will probably want to purchase some of the goods on offer at some of the stops.
Contact Wine Flies
Phone: +27 (0) 21 462 8011
If you enjoyed this article and want to read more about the exciting things we get up to in Cape Town, follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page. If you'd love to have your own Cape Town experience, contact us at Riverlodge Backpackers to book accommodation, or book online.