To be honest, I’m not sure why I am so excited about it. My days are pretty much all the same these days. Which does not necessarily mean it is boring. It means I don’t have to go into the office every day for the whole day, I can go in for a couple of hours, or more. I can even go on a Saturday if I want to. Or not go in at all. My choice. And apart from that, I can sit in my PJ’s and blog until 10 in the morning if I want to (I’m not saying that is what I am doing now… 😉 ) My SO* and I can go to Cape Town on a Thursday for the whole day, should we want to. Which we did, yesterday. 🙂
I’m rambling. What I’m trying to say is, my life is pretty much my own at the moment, and weekends are not much different to me from the rest of the week. So I have no real reason to be excited about it being Friday. Yet, I am. Years of conditioning, I suppose.
I hope your week was not too rough, and I hope you have a wonderful couple of days, doing whatever it is you prefer doing on a weekend. Spend some time being thankful for health, family, time off, having food on the table, etc.
So, until next time, blog friends, rest and be happy! 🙂
I just want to clarify – I am not going to go into detail about the wines – the notes and flavours etc. I will only feature vineyards and/or wine tasting venues that I feel have really good wines, or wines that are good value for money. I am going to tell you about the experience, the people, the surroundings, so if ever you come to South Africa, and you like wine, then you know where to go!
Today I am featuring a place called Esona Boutique Wine Estate. It is still a ‘young’ estate (compared to some in the Western Cape!) – the current owners, Rowan and Caryl, have made a lot of changes to the farm since they bought it in 2003, and has been producing wines for the last 10 years. It is set in beautiful surroundings, again, like the previous one I featured, in the gorgeous Breede River Valley, near my town Robertson, just over a 150km from Cape Town.
They currently produce Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Frankly My Dear (Rosé), Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Colombar, and are planning to add another 4 wines to the repertoire soon.
The tasting takes place in a beautiful old cellar underground. The wines are absolutely delightful, and is presented and tasted in such a way that you really appreciate the nuances of the wine – you also get to pair the wines with fruit and chocolate, which opens up your palate to a whole new world. The young lady that does the tasting, is very knowledgeable and friendly. An interesting fact that comes across clearly, is that the shape and size of the wine glass makes a huge difference in the taste of the wine!
Esona also has a Bistro where you can eat something while enjoying the views and the wine – I think one can easily spend hours there with family or friends.
Rowan and Caryl take teaching and development very seriously, and they sponsor young people in the area so they can learn how to become chefs and wine makers. Please take the time to browse their web site, who knows, you might just see something you would like to order… 😉
I am back on the topic of weather. I am told that it is a much safer topic than religion, politics and finances, so I’ll stick to something safe. For now. 😀
We’ve had fantastic Cape winter weather the last few days! Only, it is supposed to be Spring, and since we are in a winter rain region, the rain should be coming to an end now.
Yesterday we’ve had ferocious winds over a large portion of the Western Cape, and some rain to go with it. The Cape is notorious for its bad weather since early days. There are numerous shipwrecks around our coast that is testament to the fact. It is also one of the most beautiful places on this earth.
Sir Francis Drake, English explorer said of it :“A most stately thing and the fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the Earth.” I tend to agree with him, and so does a whole lot of other people on this planet, since Cape Town has been voted Best City in the World for the seventh year running.
But back to the ‘storms’ part of it – over the years the winds and extreme weather around Cape Town have often made it into the news – people get blown over and tossed around, trees are uprooted, it causes accidents and damage to properties. Yesterday we were on our way to Cape Town and saw a big truck (a link!) blown over just outside the Huguenot Tunnel! Fortunately nobody was injured. For some interesting reading, here is a link that explains a bit of the geography and reasons behind the weather: https://capepoint.co.za/cape-of-storms/
To be fair, this gorgeous part of the world is also known as The Cape of Good Hope, because of the possibilities that opened up to Europe when the route around the Cape was discovered – trade with the Far East and India became more than a dream.
All of this information is just so I could post the picture above! I needed a good reason to do that, so… 😉
If you love wine, wine tasting and beautiful surroundings, you get it all when you visit our general area, and you get it in spades when you visit Silverthorn Wines.
When you step out of the vehicle, you are immediately drawn to the scenery, as this beautiful winery lies on the banks of the Breede River. The hosts, John and Karen Loubser, has only recently started producing their wine full time on the farm, as John worked as wine maker on another farm, and their grapes were transported there and made off premise.
They give you a quick tour of the production area, and then it is time to get down to the serious business of tasting! The tasting happens around a large family size table (with a story of its own!) in a wonderfully informal style. John enjoys telling you about his wines, and he encourages any questions you may have. Interesting tidbits about the terroir, and the general area, makes for an entertaining tasting.
Now, the wine… Silverthorn Wines produces only MCC. What on earth is that?, you may ask. Well, MCC is the South African version of champagne, but we may not call it that, of course. So in SA it is called MCC – Méthode Cap Classique. Basically it is champagne, made like champagne, and tastes like champagne, only it is not called champagne.
Silverthorn Wines produce 4 different MCC’s, of which 3 is readily available, and the fourth is only available once a year, when it is auctioned by the Cape Winemaker’s Guild. The wines are excellent, and for me personally, it is impossible to choose a favourite. Even the names are tantalizing – Jewel Box, The Green Man, The Genie, and The Big Dog.
If you are a wine lover, and if you ever visit South Africa, I would highly recommend that you take a few days to tour our area to taste our superb, world class wines and enjoy our beautiful scenery and friendly people.
To know more about Silverthorn Wines, or to order, please visit their site at https://www.silverthornwines.co.za/ (This is NOT a paid advertisement, it is merely an attempt from my side to promote our wines and area.)
I seriously cannot believe that four days have passed since my last post. It is scary how time is flying at the moment…
Since I live in one of the most beautiful areas (in my humble opinion, anyway!) in our country, I thought I’d tell you a bit about it, and of course, show you a bit of its beauty.
I am going to keep it short, but I’ll post something about our wines and area regularly – you know about my personal aversion to never ending posts!
I live in a town called Robertson, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Now, some of you may know – South Africa produces some of the best wines in the world. Visitors to our country normally concentrate their wine tastings and tours in the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek (translated from Dutch, it means French Corner) and Paarl areas, but our valley, the Breede River Valley, makes wine every bit as good as the ones produced there. Also, the areas around our wine farms are as beautiful!
So, I am making it my mission to promote our area to potential visitors, as I think a bit of extra marketing never hurt any business! I actually moved here 2 years ago from a very different part of the country, and I cannot tell you the difference it has made in my life!
It probably has more to do with personal peace and less with the specific area, but since it makes me so happy to be here, you can understand that I want to share this with the world – or at least with anyone that wants to listen! Don’t you think your surroundings have a profound influence on how happy you are?
The few pictures I am sharing with you today, was taken last week Thursday, on a wine appreciation tour I did with a few other locals. ( I am only doing a few quick photo’s as an appetizer, I’ll go into more detail of each place in separate posts – if you are interested! 😉 )
We visited five of the many gems in the area, and it was an eye opener to realize exactly what quality of wines there are in this area. And the people! Knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. If ever you do come to South Africa, please put our valley on your itinerary!