Wine Tour

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
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Trip End Apr 28, 2010


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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Friday, September 25, 2009

Part of this was written for the review website

Ah, I knew today was going to be an excellent day! Not that I am a wine expert but in the sense that I do enjoy a drink :-)! Although, there still was the odd chance of being stuck with boring old couples / people - Having said that, sometimes even young ones tend to be dull.

I booked the tour at the Backpack Hostel with a company called African Story which I learnt later is a pun on words with the owner's last name Storey - Pretty cool I thought! The company started about 2 years ago and has 2 main guides and 2 vehicles but he is about to expand.

I was greeted by Bruce himself at 8.30 and found out that 2 French girls I’d briefly met the night before were coming on the tour as well. I got to the minibus to meet Adam and Barbara, a young couple from Canada, although he is Northern Irish originally. We then went on to pick up Andrew from Port Talbot in South Wales who is travelling for 8 months, and Claudio from Switzerland who is doing work experience at a local hostel. So, here we were, 7 of us, on route for what was going to be a very good day. Although it was early morning, there was a very good vibe on the bus and people were already chatting away.

The tour cost 495 Rand - 5% discount if you have the Moola Magic card. The tour consists of visiting 4 wine farms and having lunch and a full glass of wine in a lovely local restaurant / pub. The first farm also offered cheese tasting - Wine and cheese, my idea of heaven - Add a few women to it of course!!

I must be honest, the tour is excellent value for money - Each wine tasting would cost about 60 Rand, the cheese tasting was 12 Rand, the lunch with the glass of wine would have been roughly 70-80 Rand, the transport if you hired a car around 300 Rand making a total of roughly 630 Rand if you were to do it by yourself. This would also mean that you wouldn’t have Bruce to give all the explanation and would not have the pleasure of getting drunk with complete strangers. One of the French girls, Tiffany, was actually not drinking and it must have been funny for her to see us getting gradually drunk.

The day was brilliant; we were all looked after by Bruce. I would definitely recommend doing this if you are in the Cape Town area; it’s an excellent day out, it was fun, good value for money and in my case, I got to meet a bunch of lovely people.

The way back from the wine tour was just absolute chaos. I was at the front talking to Bruce and everyone at the back was just singing and dancing to some cheesy tunes like "I get knocked down" ...  or even Ace of Base. We’d had such a good time as a group that we decided to go out together for some food and basically finished off what had been a very good day so far.

I thought it would be a good idea to go Tamo’s Japanese restaurant as he told me he would be working there. So, Bruce dropped me off near the restaurant but unfortunately Tamo was not there as he had a birthday party – a bit disappointing really but hey at least we were going to eat Japanese. Yummy!!

I went back to the Backpack to get changed and also went for a drink at the bar where I met with Kieran and Brandon – 2 brothers who work at the hostel. Tiffany and Eve arrived and we were off to the restaurant, although there was a bit of confusion as to where we were supposed to meet. On our way out, a guy heard us speak French and stopped us for a chat. He was called Génin and was from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We rapidly got onto talking about “Nicolas” as he said (Sarkozy of course). He was telling me how difficult it was for him and people from the Congo to go and visit their families in France.

As we got to the restaurant, the rest of the guys were waiting for us in a bar nearby where we had a drink. Japanese food is so good, I could eat it all day :-). It also turns out the guy who was working with Tamo is not his dad but an American guy from California, who has been in a couple of films apparently – Eve actually recognised him!

After the meal some of us wanted to carry on but others were quite tired so only Andrew, Claudio and I decided to go out. We went back to the backpackers to ask for advice as to where to go and Kieran ended up coming with us. We took a taxi for literally 30 seconds and paid about 65p – it’s just apparently not a good idea to walk at night!

We went to Long Street – it was closed off and it was fairly packed. We went into a club/bar and stayed until roughly 1.30. I would have loved to stay later but couldn’t as I had to get up early to catch the BazBus. 
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