Nectar of the Gods

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

For our final two days, we drove down to the wine country - Stellenbosch. There are over 125 wineries there. This was the part of the trip, Melissa and I were really looking forward to. We made the drive down to Stellenbosch without any problem. However, we did get lost trying to find our first winery... we ended up in a shanty town just minutes out of town, just another reminder that SA is has a long way to go to bridge the gap between the rich and poor.
We finally got on the right track and made it to our first winery, Delaire - The Winery in the Sky. It is one of the bigger wineries in the region and what a beautiful place it was (see photos). We tasked four wines, 3 whites and one cabernet. I will not get into details but they all were quite good. We then drove to another winery, Le Pommier for an excellent lunch. The following day we did five more wineries, had another great lunch in a vineyard. That night we had reservation in at a French restaurant in the very pretty town of Franschoek (sp?), not only was the restaurant nice, the food was amazing and cheap; we would have easily paid two to three times as much for a comparable restaurant in North America.
Well, this was a great ending to our South African journey. However, we had to be up at 4am that night to catch the plane back to Mauritius!
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