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Africa 2009

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24 -31 January 2008

Saturday 24 January
Arrive in Cape Town (details to be confirmed).
Lunch at Savoy Cabbage or a Gold (African and Cape Malay food).
Half day tour of Table Mountain and the City
Dinner at La Colombe
(Constantia Uitsig Estate)
Overnight Constantia

Sunday 25 January
A relaxed tour of the Constantia Winelands and
Morning tour of Constantia Winelands, visiting Steenberg,
Klein Constantia and Buitenverwagting. (Please note that
these wineries are usually closed on a Sunday, but I
might be able to arrange a visit if we get a good response
for the tour).
Lunch at Harbour House, on the rocks in Kalk Bay Harbour.
Afternoon tour of the Peninsula
Dinner at the Cape Malay Restaurant, Cellars Hohenort Hotel
Overnight Constantia

Monday 26 January
Drive via the N1 through the Klein Drakenstein Mountains and
Worcester and along the R60 to Swellendam.
Visit a top estate in the Robertson area for an estate tour, cellar
tour and lunch with a winemaker and/or owner en route.
Check in to your guesthouse. This property has its own nut orchards,
Cheese, fresh produce and preserves.
A 4 course wine and food pairing dinner with Judy and Brin
Rebstein and overnight at Jan Harmsgat Country House.

Tuesday 27 January
After breakfast, drive to the Hemel en Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley
to taste some of South Africa’s best chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Bouchard Findlayson and Hamilton Russell would be two estates that
I particularly recommend in this area.
Lunch at La Vierge or Heaven Restaurant in the valley
Check in to your Guest House situated on Grotto beach in Hermanus,
or the Marine Hotel (situated on the cliffs in the town, overlooking
walker Bay).
Dinner at Seafood at the Marine.
Overnight Hermanus

Wednesday 28 January

Drive through the apple growing area of Elgin and Grabouw and over
the Franschhoek Pass to Franschhoek Village
Visit Boekenhoutskloof Estate for a wine tasting before a light lunch
at Fairview Wine Estate in Paarl, which also has a wide range of local cheeses as well
as award winning wines. (We will be able to taste all the Spice Route wines
at Fairview). We could also visit Warwick wine estate in the afternoon (time
permitting). This might be the occasion to visit Kanonkop or Delheim instead.
Dinner at Reubens Restaurant (walking distance from the hotel) or Bosman’s
Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl.
Overnight Le Quartier Francais B&B

Thursday 29 January
Visit the Helderberg wine area, beginning with a visit to a coffee roastery
situated on a wine farm in Somerset West. Or, we could visit Meerlust Estate
prior to continuing on to Somerset West.
An olive oil tasting which includes a selection of olives and olive pastes as
Well, at Morgenster Wine Estate, followed by their two very good
Bordeaux blends.
A wine tasting and lunch at Vergelegen Wine Estate, a leader in the Biodiversity
And wine initiative. This beautiful estate dates back to 1700 but also boasts a state
Of the art cellar, built into the side of the mountain, making the most of gravity
flow. Apart from their very good range of wines, they have a historic manor house
(an excellent example of Cape Dutch architecture open to the public), and beautiful gardens with 300 year old camphor trees.
Return to Franschhoek, stopping for a walk through Stellenbosch, the second oldest
Town in South Africa, centre of the wine industry and a large university town. We
Could opt to drive through Stellenbosch instead, allowing time to visit either Neil Ellis
Or Rustenberg on the way back to Franschhoek.
Dinner at The Tasting Room , choosing a 4, 6 or 8 course menu with wine pairings.
Overnight Le Quartier Francais B&B

Friday 30 January
A day concentrating on the Stellenbosch wine area.
Start with a wine tasting at Neil Ellisa, Rustenberg or Morgenhof, before continuing
On to a chocolate and wine tasting at Waterford and a visit to their cathedral cellar.
Continue on to estates such as Ernie Els (an impressively modern cellar situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain).
Uva Mira (a very interesting much smaller estate, with a very successful young
wine maker) and historic Webersberg or Rust en Vrede both also situated in this golden
triangle of red wine producers.
Lunch at Terroir or Guardian Peak
A visit to Thelema or Tokara on the way back to Franschhoek (time permitting)
Evening at leisure
Overnight Le Quartier Francais

Saturday 31 January
A leisure day to spend enjoying the main street of Franschhoek with it’s interesting
shops and galleries.
Lunch at La Petite Ferme (if the flight time permits).
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.

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