I’ll tell you a secret. Don’t hate me and stop reading right away but I’ll be perfectly up front. I’m not a wine expert, and I’m not even a visitor to South Africa. I have had the privilege of living in Cape Town since 2009, and I’m no stranger to the Cape winelands.
In spite of all this, I’m a lucky @#$% who managed to secure a free cheese and wine tour, courtesy of Luhambo Tours.
South Africa is a popular tourist destination due to its wildlife, natural beauty and wealth of activities available. However, many travellers may have a recollection of times when South Africa was synonymous with institutionalized racism, and no South Africans travelling abroad could get away without being questioned about that. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was instrumental in transforming South Africa’s international image, illuminating the fact that the country has managed to transform for the large part into a more culturally accepting, welcoming nation, especially when compared with its past.
I once saw a phrase in a magazine that read “It’s no longer ‘Box Wine’. The classy term is ‘Cardboarddeaux’.
One of the most fascinating things about wine is that it is not its own language. You’re probably really confused right now, let me explain. Food as an example is its own language because if I say an apple tastes like an apple, you know what I mean. But if I say a ‘Merlot’ tastes like a ‘Merlot’ or that the ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ has ‘grip’…not very helpful is it?
If the wine travel bug has bit, and you find yourself looking to venture to your more distant local wineries, or even further afield to the winelands of Cape Town, you will be faced with many choices. One of the most important questions is how you will get there and back in one piece.
You will likely be tasting anywhere between four and 20 wines, depending on the number of wine farms you plan to squeeze in.
While renting a car (or using your own) gives you autonomy of schedule and may work out a little cheaper, there are many reasons for going on a wine tasting tour over self driving.