Our last night of camping on tour led us straight to the Highlanders, a winery and campsite in South Africa. It was here that we’d spend the night sampling wines before heading into our tents one last night before heading to Cape Town.
After setting up our tents, we rested up and played cards as we waited for Sparky, the owner, to open up the tasting room and get the fire going. While Namibia’s desert was cold, the further we drove down South Africa, the colder it became.
Once inside, we learned that we’d be tasting seven different wines that evening, and afterwards, we could purchase any that we’d like. Along with the wine, we could also purchase beer, and hang around the tasting area for as long as we’d like. With cards, a pool table, and our last night upon us, we knew we’d have a fun night ahead.
After posing with our guide in front of our future libations, Sparky introduced us to the art of wine tasting. Having wine tasted in the past, in both New Zealand and New York, I was ready to get the show on the road.
And, when that show got on the road, we had a fantastic time. Sparky explained each wine to us, then passed around the bottle for us to pour ourselves. I loved the idea of being able to give myself as much or as little as I wanted. Then we proceeded to enjoy our tasting.
While every wine was enjoyable, (what can I say, I like my wine) I decided to take home a bottle of the Rosé Sparkling, Blanc de Blanc, and African Ruby: Rooibos Infused Vermouth. The Rooibos Infused Vermouth was by far my favorite of all we had tasted. It was unique and would make the perfect after dinner drink at home.
We spent the rest of our night, drinking our bottles of wine, and enjoying the warm fire, while playing cards, and pretending that the end of our trip was not drawing near.
I’m not one to cart around bottles of wine when I travel, but I will say that I couldn’t be happier that I brought home the African Ruby. Now when I am missing Africa, which is more than I care to admit, I can sit down with my pictures, a glass of African Ruby, and I am immediately transported back to that night.