So… on a beautiful Saturday… we set off to join another wonderful festival in Franschhoek. welcome: #FranschhoekUncorked.
If you are one of those people who want a quick summary: IT WAS WONDERFUL! Saturday was Heritage Day and what better way to celebrate than with a celebration of wonderful South African wines, and all things wine related.
18 farms participated. 18. Farms. It may sound like a small amount, but if you imagine that each farm is offering tastings of at least 10 different wine, that’s at least 180 wines to sample, savour, purchase.
We were in wine heaven.
Armed with our 140 rand tickets, and a wine glass, we were free to travel from participating farm to participating farm tasting and eating our way. At Alle Bleu, we HAD to have Boerewors and wine in celebration of Heritage Day. The set up at Alle Bleu was open and airy with picnic tables dotted around the mountains offering the perfect backdrop for selfies!
Decorated in Blue and White, the winery colours, it really was beautiful. Of course someone must have had a chat with the weather angels as this too was just perfect, blue skies dotted with interesting clean white clouds, and not too hot, not too cold. As I said: perfection.
There was music. There was food, there was drink, there was a braai. We sang along, we danced, we ate, we tasted wine, and engaged with Ashley who was superbly knowledgeable about wines. Our designated driver had plenty of non alcoholic beverages to keep him happy, so we stayed a while at Alle Bleu.
Our next stop was at Anthonjie Rupert – purveyors of fine wines. I do have to confess that I love the wines from this farm, so I was quite happy to skip all other farms on this route to head straight here and I was NOT disappointed. Their upmarket wines were not available for tasting, but there was plenty else on offer. They had cocktails, they had oysters, they had live music, and ICE CREAM!!! Not just any ice cream but smooth, yummy, decadent ice cream made in front of your very own eyes. I was in heaven. I ordered my cookies and cream ice cream, and perched on a bale of hay, and savoured it.
I was satiated, and as I sat there, I watched The Wine Tram drop people off and collect some more; everyone was smiling and happy. What a wonderful way to spend Heritage Day.
It was a perfect way to spend the Saturday, and knowing that it was all going to be repeated the next day made it that much nicer. No crowd, lots of options, great food and wine.