We woke up this morning to rain and a story from the hotel boss that local people always say "If you don't like the weather in Cape Town, then wait 15 minutes for it to change". We had actually arranged for a guided wine tour today, the idea was to collect Judith and Gustav on our way as it meant we could spend the day with them before leaving to go on safari tomorrow. 

We had a private car pick up at 9 am wiuth a guide called Karl who knew his way around all the vinyards in Stellenbosch and Franshhoek, the major wine growing areas for this region. We spoke to Judith, who gave Karl exact instructions on how to find their house so set off to taste some wine. Once we had collected them we went, logically to Mont Rochelle, the Richard Branson lodge were Gustav works.

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This was going to be an interesting day for Karl as he is used to doing organised tours in wine lodges that he knows well, but this time he had a guy on board who knew more than him about these particular wines. At Mont Rochelle we were shown to wine cellar and the area which they call the country kitchen, as apart from wine tasting you can also eat here.


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The wine tasting was great fun and we seemed to get some quite large measures, probably because of who we were with. You get three red and three white to taste, which they hope of course you will buying a few cases of before leaving.

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I think that you are supposed to put your spare wine in one of the buckets, but what the heck, non of us were driving. After we left Mont Rochelle having admired the stunning views from the front terrace area, the views behind the girls I mean, we understood why these two where so very happy living and working in this valley.

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We then, with Gustav's guidance went off to another wine tasting place, this one was also well known and in fact was the place where the two of them had their wedding reception. For this reason our treatment was equally as good. After this tasting, Karl drove us all back into Franshhoek town where we had lunch together and also Joan and I were able to make a reservation for a B & B on our last night, so that we could have dinner with our friends and then drive to Cape Town airport the next morning for our return flight to Cyprus.

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Yet more wine to sample before a trip up the pass outside of Franshhoek so that we could get a view of the whole area. A lovely place to live.

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