Advantages An really amazing area to visit, views and wonderful wines
Disadvantages Someone has to drive!
|Is it worth visiting?|
Stellenbosch, Paarl and the wine landsWe spent a lovely day touring this area.
We started from Cape Town at about 9am and drove to Paarl. Our first stop was the monument the Afrikaans language which is on a hill top not from the Paarl Mountain. This monument seems to be open every day except Christmas Day and New Years day it opens at 8.30 but it stay open longer on the summer months. This is a very interesting monument symbolising the different language influences that make up the Afrikaans language with a cooling fountain and water feature in the middle symbolically bridging the continents of Asia and Africa I believe.
We particularly enjoyed this vineyard’s wine names as they had ‘Goat Door’, ‘Goats do Roam’ and the one we didn’t really get was ‘Goat Roti ‘but it might be out lack of wine areas or knowledge. We all found it not that nice a wine either but it is all a matter of taste I guess. The wines were quite reasonable prices at about 48R to about 98Rwith a few over the 100rand price tag. The staff were so friendly and very knowledgeable without being snooty. They offered advice if asked but were not in the least pushy. The cheeses were also a reasonable price and very tasty too – they were about 15 R to 25R in price range which I think is fair and then we saw the same Fairview cheeses in the local Spar supermarket and the ones that were 14.50R were 21R in the supermarket.
The Spier Hotel is the first luxury hotel in South Africa to be given a Fair Trade Certificate in Tourism. We didn’t stay at the hotel but we did have the most stupendous buffet lunch here. Within the resort there is a craft market and several large tented places with tables and chairs. We were hungry so we followed our noses in the direction of the cooking smells.
We had to walk through various other areas before we came to a huge African decorated tent with stalls along the side. Each stall offered different temptations. We could choose from a variety of venison, fish, starch ( this was the rice & potato stall) salads, vegetables, sausages, beef, lamb, chicken – I have honestly never seen such a huge variety and I walked up and down surveying my choices while the male members of the party just stopped at each stall and said ‘yes’ to anything and everything. The boys all went back for seconds but I was stuffed after my first plate load and waited for the dessert run.
We had planned a second lot of wine tasting at this vineyard but having enjoyed a bottle of their delicious Chardonnay with our enormous meal, none of us felt up to more tastings o we went off in search of the animals.
After our wine and huge meal we decided it was time to head homewards. My very generous husband was driving and as he is not really keen on wines has volunteered to resist the temptation and was therefore feeling slightly less sleepy that the rest of us. The drive was lovely meandering through vineyards and gently sloping hills and we had a thoroughly pleasant day experiencing the Stellenbosch and Paarl wine lands.
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