Our first stop on our Afrivista Tours winery tour was at Tokara. The estate used to be a fruit tree estate that is now fruit, grapes and olives. They make wines, olive oils and balsamic vinegars. So of course, they had olives to cleanse the palate between wines. I'm not a big olive fan, but decided to try the ones here. I'm actually going to voluntarily put an olive in my mouth....
Yeah, it was ok. I actually had several after that and was still smiling. Or is that a grimace?
The second winery, Camberley, was much more of a home/family oriented place and the big yellow dog greeted us.
Jason thinking he's Easy Rider on a junk trike.
Linda had a hard time getting on the contraption.
Karen and Jason being tree huggers. It's a big, old tree!
A view out towards the ocean with new tree plantings in the foreground,
Jim, Bill and Jason tasting one of the red wines. It was a leisurely start to our tour and we enjoyed this winery immensely.
A very picturesque part of the country, this wine producing region. The wineries only water their grapes 3-4 times a year. The grapes should be able to make it on their own in nature, but with the drought and fires here, they give them a bit of help a few times a year.
The low-key welcome at the second winery by this friendly pooch.
We are actually in one of the storage cellars here and we shared the room with barrels full of wine.A cute arrangement at the bar.
Our guide, Andre, shows us how they light a piece and then hang it from a string in the barrel to remove the air.
Some of the bottles laid up for storage at Camberley.
A view of the Stellenbosch area where a lot of wine is made here in South Africa. "We make some pretty good wines here in South Africa, but it is the geology that makes the great wines", our guide told us. Microclimates make all the difference to the different varieties of grapes and they have dozens of microclimates here. The air here rises from the oceans and visibly cools into the clouds we see on the mountaintops every day. Different grapes grow best at different levels up the mountainsides and in the different soils. South Africans have learned to use this information to make better wines and have surpassed the French in award-winning wines.
Muratie is also famous for its spider webs in the bar. The windows here haven't been cleaned since 1970 and they let the spider webs grow unimpeded. They hang everywhere here in this room. They were burgled a few years ago and the lower center window was broken into. You can see it is recovering nicely with its new growth of webs.
A shanty town between Simon's Town and Stellenbosch. Mostly blacks live here and some of the artists that bring their wares to the sidewalk markets daily come from here. It's really a large town of low-rise humble housing.