I arrived on Saturday and although I was a bit slow from the flying and time changes Graham and Sev came and picked me up for a wine country tour. As it turns out, Somerset West is quite near by the Stellenbosch region. If you have had South African wine, it's likely been from this area. There are many, many wineries and we visited 3 as I had to be back for a meeting at dinnertime.
The first winery was Fairview where we did a wine and cheese tasting. Two of my favourite things...
All of this happens to go really well with more WINE! We focused on reds most of the day and the local varietal is Pinotage. I have to say it was a fav of mine and a bottle even made it all the way back to our little house in Phuket. Corey got to taste South Africa and we toasted Graham and Sev from the patio that once was theirs.
This is the Afrikaaner word for bar-b-que. Since the weather in Cape Town is unpredictable, our host has set up a very functional fireplace/indoor braii. The evenings were chilly, even though it is summer, and the warmth from the fire was perfect. They live up on a hill in Somerset West and we watched the sunset in the distance over The Strand.
My flight schedule allowed me to have one extra evening in Cape Town proper. I caught a ride into town with a lovely co-worker where Graham and Sev met me for dinner and a walk around the Victoria Harbour area. The Volvo Ocean Race boats were in town for their first lay over. It was very fun to see the crews putting gear into place. The town and harbour were hopping because of the event.
Overall I had a lovely time in South Africa and my only regret was that I couldn't squeeze in a trip to see the Williams and all the additions to their home in Kenya, as well as possibly stop by and see Julius and the kids. Maybe next time... I do need to go back to actually see Table Mountain. It was shrouded by clouds for most of my stay.
My trip was short, and I only saw a small part of South Africa but I would certainly return for more. (? wine)