My Big Fat Whale, Wine and Wors Tour
Weird, wonderful and uniquely South African, there are no wine flies on the Wine Lords.
I finally managed to catch up with the Wine Lords for one of their Wine Flies Tours last week. Unfortunately, their Forgotten Route tour is so popular that they are fully booked until October so I'll have to wait for that one, but they squeezed me onto the Big Fat Whale, Wine and Wors tour.
Wine Flies will conveniently collect you from anywhere in the city bowl, so bright and early at 7am we were greeted with infectious enthusiasm from Lord Riaan and after a few more pick ups, our merry band of Wine Flies were on our way out of the city and headed towards our first stop; Stellenbosh.
The Wine Lords are so-called because they love wine. REALLY love it. In fact, they love it so much, they have begun to make their own.
In the meantime, they love to talk about it, teach you all about it, sniff it, swill it and most of all, they love to drink it (only not when they're on duty). If I'm being completely honest, I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I do love pairing it with food... Which is why this tour appealed to me in the first place as it offered a little bit of everything and didn't take itself too seriously on the wine tasting side.
We began with coffee and cookies, we sampled craft ciders with Grabouw boerewors, wines with chocolate, port with our spectacular lunch, coffee flavoured grappa, lots of wine (obviously) and sherry sundowners on the way home.
We didn't have a lot of luck with the whales sadly, although Riaan's last group had witnessed a spectacular performance, but it certainly didn't put a damper on the day and we returned to Cape Town, slightly exhausted and lets face it, a tad sozzled, in time for dinner and an early night.
Wine Flies Tours are designed to highlight the weird, wonderful and unique in a relaxed, completely unpretentious and fun way. Their guests vary in age from students and backpackers, to 'young at heart' travellers in their 60s, but they all share a common sense of adventure and Wine Lords themselves are experts at bringing their groups together so that over the course of the day, age, language and cultural barriers disappear and by the time you go home you will have made new friends for life.
The those who prefer to enjoy their wine in a slightly more private style, the Wine Lords also offer private, fully customised tours. I can't wait to try The Forgotten Route (if they ever have a free seat for me!) and their new 'What is a South African' tour when it is released later this year.
For more information, visit their website.
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