Thursday, March 3, 2016

Franchshoek, South Africa, March 3, 2016

Another day, another bottle of wine ... or two! 

Le Lude is a brand new winery, reminding me of Versailles-

with fragrant rose gardens-

and magnificent views of the mountains-

The wine was pretty good too!  Their speciality is the Cap Classique which is South African for champagne.  Only wine produced in the Champagne region of France can be called champagne.

I've never seen quince growing - it's a fruit with apple and pear characteristics that turns yellow when ripe-

La Petite Dauphine has an elegant eating area-

with fabulous desserts-

and a resident rooster who hangs out on the grand piano-

The grapes at Holden Manz-

are almost ready to harvest.  What a beautiful area-

I had the best meal ever at La Bourgogne: olive oil for dipping as well as olives produced on the farm-

and chutneys, cheese, salad and fruit-

My last winery belongs to Sir Richard Branson, the British billionaire, where all wine is aged at least 6 years after it has been removed from the oak barrel.  It was very good-

Wall art made from corks-

I kept things together today -

Looking forward to going back to Cape Town tomorrow!

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