Lastly, what is winery without its own wine dog or three? Here is a selection of wine dogs encountered during the day.
It was a warm, sunny day, so these two disregarded the visitors and took full advantage.
Meanwhile, this big boy just wanted a pat. I obliged, of course.
We ended up visiting five wineries that day, and sampled a lot of wines, including sparkling and sweet wines!
South Africa doesn’t just make good whites like chennin blanc, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, but also great reds like cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, and its own variety which I grew found of, pinotage.
And the wineries I visited weren’t only of the fashionable kind, but also a few that were rough and ready. This one had tasting in a dusty Dutch-style barn, but the shiraz I tasted were very fine indeed.
One of the great things about Cape Town is that it’s blessed with a number of wine regions within a 100km radius, making wine tasting day trip a very attractive and relaxing option. I took a day tour to the wineries around Stellenbosch, just 50km away from the centre of Cape Town. With the jagged mountain ranges in the background, the wineries of the region were often in very scenic locations.
And with interesting side attractions – like zebras.
But I was also there to taste a bit of wine. The wine styles were generally more restrained than in Australasia, making it very nice with a bit of French-style cheese.