Shiraz or Chenin Blanc? Wooded or unwooded? Old World or New World? The best way to answer your own questions is to drink more wine (easy!), be adventurous, and turn your quest into an experience.
1. Do an urban wine route You don’t have to wait for the weekend to spend a day in the winelands. Cape Town’s monthly Tuning the Vine sees wine lovers, maps and tasting glasses in hand, strolling through the streets between participating bars and restaurants on the inner-city wine route. Venues offer menus to match the wines on offer, winemakers offer 20-minute wine crash courses, and if you want more in-depth knowledge about what’s in your glass, you can even book a sommelier tour for a group of six to eight people. Usually the first Wednesday of every month: visit tuningthevine.co.za for more details on the route, upcoming dates and ticket information.
2. Visit Joburg’s only winery Garagiste winemaker Kath Gerakaris and her husband, Minos, are behind Gerakaris Family Wines based at the REEA Foundation urban farm in Craighall Park. Kath sources her grapes from the Swartland and, during harvest season, Joburgers are welcome to pop in to watch the pressing process – everything, from fermentation to bottling, happens on the premises. If you’re planning to visit with more than two people, be sure to book a tasting in advance (two Chenins and two Syrahs) with olives and a small cheese platter. Also visit the garden nursery, bookstore, charity shop and Delta Café on the property. gerakaris.co.za
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