When most people think about traveling to Africa, they think about going on safari. Or, lounging on the white sand beaches soaking up the sun. It’s not the kind of place that people really think about when they think “fine wines”. With all the culture of the Pyramids in the groups of people that have made that continent famous, not many people come for the vineyards. Which is good if you’re connoisseur. If you go join the right time of the year there is practically no traffic, and you have all of the fantastic wine country to yourself.
One of the best places to visit first is Table Mountain. Nestled in nearby Cape Town, it has all the splendid beauty of the beaches and forests which make for a very romantic hideaway. The vineyards here are very old compared to some of the more modern layouts of the West. The history here is fascinating and there’s so much to learn in one visit through the fields. They keep with some of the more traditional equipment, shying away from more modern technology to hold onto their rustic heritage.
One of the most amazing routes to take is through Wellington. This trip offers some of the best wine tasting you will ever come across. They pride themselves with sharing their crop with as many visitors as they can get. After the tasting is done for the day, they put out a huge spread of food for all who wish to stay and visit with the families that work there. It not only offers a chance to sample many fine wines, but gives visitors a feel of the people behind every vintage that goes into a bottle.
Even though many of these older farms fight to hold onto their tradition, they are slowly being forced to modernize in the name of health and safety. Much of the older equipment is faulty, and the materials in the vats are being found to create large amounts of mold which damages the wine. The wine farms of Stellenbosch are some of the first to bring builders and machinists on site to help improve their process. While the beautiful vintage wineries of South Africa are splendid to visit, they must keep up with the times to some extent to remain competitive in the market.
Oenophile, are you? If you nod a yes then Napa Valley is your place. Take a tour to Napa wineries this vacation and experience nature at its best. Here you can experience beautiful lush green wineries with the array of colours. So drive along the road side of Napa valley and relax your muscles with this natural therapy with the aroma of fresh grapes.
Napa Valley is a paradise for every wine lover and once you visit this heaven on earth there will be no better place for vacation as every now and then you will crave that aroma of freshly blended grapes served in a glass for you. Moreover if you want to experience that elegant feel of siting beside a window holding a wine glass in a antique looking interior then Napa Valley has a surprise for you.
Here they provide a train service which was established in the late 80s specially for the wine lovers so they can get you a tour around the Napa Valley and taste one of the finest wines that the valley serves. And if you feel that this is old school then there car rental options available here at the valley so you can also drive along the road side and experience the wineries
A best vacation is a planned vacation so I have listed few wineries below
1. V. Sautti winery : you do not need a appointment to visit this most beautiful and certainly the most visited winery. It is open 7 days of a week . Summer timings here are 9a.m-6p.m and winter timings are 9a.m-5p.m.
2 Darioush winery : owned by Iranian immigrant to U.S this Winery serves some of the great wines with best snacks along with a very friendly staff.
3. Castillo di Amorosa : it is 13th century tuscan castle so if you want to experience what it felt like to be a blue blood and sit into those big castles and taste some expensive looking wine then Castello di amorosa is the best place. Visit this place and feel the essence of being a lord.
4. Inglenook winery : another beautiful winery in Napa valley owned by a family. Here you can experience that family bond to save yourself some good moral values and of course some good wine too.
5. Domaine Carneros : as you drive along the Napa valley this the another beautiful Winery that you will come across.
To make your weekend more exciting I have listed some good wines below
- Opus one
So this weekend hop into a car along with your gang and experience what nature has in store for you in the Napa Valley