A little cool and cloudy, but this was a day of wine tasting so who cared about the weather. Hard work but someone has to do it. The problem is they don't just pour a swallow for each taste but half a glass. Andre says we should be prepared for about 18 to 20 of these "samples". Four wineries on our tour today - Ernie Els, Blaauwklippen, Grand Provence, La Motte. Yes, that is the winery of golfing's Ernie Els. Lots of photos of his tournament wins and the trophies.
Lunch at a restaurant that serves lamb slow-roasted for 24 hours. More great scenery. We toured the town of Stellenbosch which is the second oldest town in South Africa. Home of the University of Stellenbosch, one of the most prestigious universities in South Africa. Enrollment is about 17,000. The pinotage varietal grape was developed here.
The town of Franschoek, where we are staying, was settled by the French around 1688 - Huguenots escaping religious persecution. The wine industry in South Africa owes its origins to these French settlers.
Off to the west coast tomorrow. Good thing. Not sure we could handle another day of wine tasting.