Wine, how I love it
I mean, I named my blog after the effect that red wine has on you!
(purple lips from the red wine, perfect smiles all around)
MrB and I love wine. We especially enjoy tasting wine.
During our recent trip to the Cape we knew we wanted to go wine tasting. We debated returning to Stellenbosch to try some newer wineries. Instead, we chose to spend the night with friends just outside Hermanus and sample the Walker Bay wines.
Hermanus Wine Route here we come!
Not as well known as the Stellenbosch wine route, this was a lot less commercial and less crowded over a long weekend. Perfect!
The route is just stunning with a blend of coastal and mountainous scenery along the "Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth Valley).
Our first stop was the wine village just before Hermanus. Here we could sample a wine we had tried before but we don't often see - Hermanuspietersfontein. The wines each have an Afrikaans name -something unique in the South African wine industry.
We tasted most of their collection and definitely preferred the red wines.
We did walk away with two reds and a blanc de noir.
As we wound our way through the valley I was reminded of how much I love the winelands in autumn. All the leaves in their shades of red and gold - my favourite.
I reminded MrB that I still wanted to take photos in the vineyards (this was my original wedding idea).
So husband stopped the car.
Ran into the vineyards
Set up his camera
And took a photo of us smooching amongst the vines
Our next stop was Atarazia - another vineyard that we had heard a lot about but never seem to find their wines. We had tried the white wine once but we were eager to try the red.
The tasting room is inside this old farm church, on top of a hill. Just spectacular.
The tasting room has been decorated in bright vibrant art and is welcoming yet pretty.
We tried their wines and wow, so good!
We did walk away with a box (as you can see MrB holding in the photo above)
We stopped for a seafood lunch at the New Harbour in Hermanus.
Isn't it just the perfect day to drink wine in the morning and enjoy a seafood lunch by the sea?
The next day we drove out to Raka and tried their wines. On our way we did stop at a little cheese place to stock up on (a year's supply of) cheese.
The Raka wines were really great. We battled to decided which ones to buy and walked away with a bit more than a box. In total, we managed to buy 16 bottles!
There are about 12 wineries that we didn't try. Reason to go back!