What could be better than a day out in the Stellenbosch Winelands? This time not just sitting in a vehicle driving from one tasting to another, but walking through the vineyards, interacting with the winemakers and workers, admiring scenery and getting close to both the cultivated and natural environment.
Guided by knowledgeable local wine guide, Annelee Steyn, this was a day to remember. Starting on the popular Delvera Estate, this is going to be part of a three day / two night, ‘slackpacker’ style hiking trail. Not only will you walk through the vineyards and meet the locals, but you will sample a wide variety of wines derived from the vineyards you have walked through, taste local cuisine and get some good exercise – reasonably easy walking, but with a level of fitness required for full enjoyment.
There are opportunities to sample food at a few different venues, served by the most delightfully hospitable waitresses and restaurant supervisors. There was an amazing impression that the managers were there in the background but that they preferred and trusted the staff to interact with customers. This was not unique to one establishment, but was a trend found at all the places that we visited.
Depending on the season, wine making activities can be followed and experienced, pruning, picking, crushing and possibly blending your own. Watch his space – there is more to come.