Wine Tasting: South African Style.

Wine Tasting: South African Style.

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 RosΓ© 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.

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Comments (22)

  1. Nate Chambers

    Great post. I love wine and South Africa is AMAZING. I went last year but did not have the chance to visit any wineries. I’m heading back this January and Stellenbosch is at the top of my list.

    On a separate note, your blog is amazing and inspiring. Curious to see how the planning to Antartica goes!!!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Nate! South Africa was great, and so was the wine, I’m glad you’re heading back and will have the chance to sample some of the good stuff. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you also for your kind words! I’m curious how it will go too! πŸ™‚

  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Wine tasting is ALWAYS a good time! Bottoms up!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! I know it’s one of your favorite activities! πŸ˜‰

  3. Pola (@jettingaround)

    Aww, sounds like great time! It’s nice that you got to taste 7 different wines, I usually see 5 or 6 tops. I’m intrigued by the African Ruby.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I know, normally it’s a lot less, so this was quite a surprise. Also being able to pour our own. πŸ™‚ African Ruby is quite good! I think it’s hard to come by, so I’ll save you a glass, for when you come to NY!

  4. @mrsoaroundworld

    I love South Africa. Only went once and I did go wine tasting. Need to go back again!

  5. Fiona

    This looks like so much fun – I did a wine tasting in Croatia and it was a really great experience – how amazing to be in South Africa though!

    1. The World Wanderer

      It was! I think wine tasting, no matter where in the world you are, is always a good decision. πŸ™‚

  6. Francesca

    Wine tasting where you can pour your own? I like it! Dangerous, but I like it πŸ™‚ I’m interested in learning more about South Africa wines; all I’ve had is pinotage, which I LOVE. Your photos are great – looks like a gorgeous setting!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Very dangerous! Pinotage is very good. The African Ruby was by far my favorite, delicious! Such a beautiful spot, especially after the deserts of Namibia.

  7. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    Pour you own glass? Where do I sign up!?

    1. The World Wanderer

      Tell me about it! I’ll go back with you, of course! πŸ™‚

  8. Craig Zabransky

    some of my fondest memories of South Africa were made with the wisdom in the bottom of a bottle of their wines… love touring their vineyards, thanks for taking me back.
    stay adventurous, Craig

    1. The World Wanderer

      Of course! Yep, I think it was my favorite part of SA.

  9. John

    Any tasting room run by a guy name Sparky is good in my book!

  10. Traveling Ted

    What a fun last night in Africa. I am going to miss reading your adventures in Africa, and I have no wine to reminisce. I guess this means I need to go myself someday.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, Ted, I know. Well, I still have a few more African adventures to write about, but I think I may cry when I run out…

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