#Gr8SA Trip Update: The Winelands

#Gr8SA Trip Update: The Winelands

image1The world’s longest wine route travels through South Africa. The Cape Winelands region is well known throughout the world for the exceptional wine it produces and, as the #Gr8SA team from South African Airways Vacations discovered, that reputation is deserved.

Day Three started with a quick visit to the One&Only Cape Town, which was beautiful. The fresh floral arrangements blew our minds. From there we headed to Spier Wine Farm, a vineyard over 300 years old, where we were greeted with glasses of their bubbly, Secret. We had a quick look around, checked out their Eagle Encounters where they have a number of rehabilitated birds of prey (as well as other animals). The center provides wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism. We all enjoyed a turn with Monica, a barn owl, perched on our arm.

K_G-segwaysAfter the birds we took a tour around the property on Segways, which was so much fun! We wrapped up our time at Spier with, of course, wine tasting. The wines were paired with chocolates and many other nibbles which added to the experience. We tried six different, varied types while learning about the composition and craft of each. It was great to have a true heritage wine experience.

From there we continued through Stellenbosch and Franschhoek before stopping at Haute Cabriere – their sparkling white wine was amazing and complemented by an incredible mountain view. We also enjoyed a very nice pinot noir – wooded and un-wooded.

Our day finished with a beautiful meal at the Table Bay‘s restaurant, the Camissa Brasserie, where we celebrated Africa Specialist Kristina Kowalczeski’s birthday. We had a private room right on the waterfront – definitely a fitting place to have a celebration.image2

Back at our hotel, the Sun Square Cape Town, we had a drink at their lounge and hung out for a while on Kloof Street, a five-minute cab ride from the hotel. The Sun Square really has a great location.

Follow us on our adventure from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Kariega Game Reserve next!