A Day In The Country Tour

A Day In The Country Tour from Cape Town Sea More-Express Tours & Guest House

By: Cape Town Sea More-Express Tours & Guest House  06-13-2010
Keywords: Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, Hotels

A Day in the Country

Wine, great estates, divine food and heavenly scenery meld into one glorious tapestry in this enchanting journey of discovery.

This tour will take you through the wheatfields of the Swartland and we will visit delightful villages such as Riebeeck Kasteel and Tulbagh.

It is an all year round destination. The climate is Mediterranean. The summers are hot. Winters are pleasant and mild.

The Swartland begins some 50 kilometres north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Jan van Riebeek called this softly undulating land between mighty mountain ranges "Het Zwarte Land" (the Black Land) because of the endemic Renoster shrubs. After the rains, mainly in winter, they turn black. The wide fertile plain is the bread basket of Cape Town with its golden yellow wheatfields reaching up to the foot of the mountains, interrupted by wine, fruit and vegetable plantations.

The Riebeek Valley is the centre of wine production. In the beautiful twin hamlets of Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel, at the foot of the Kasteelberg, artists and arts & crafts people have settled.

The atmosphere is authentically rural. On the Swartland Wine Route you can visit the different wine farms and taste their products.

The biggest co-operative wine cellar in South Africa is one of the highlights of the Swartland Wine Route whose six cellars can be found within forty minutes from Cape Town. These include those at Piketberg and Porterville. Swartland Wine Cellar's policy of paying for quality rather than quantity when buying its grapes has ensured a string of awards for their extensive range of forty-seven wines. The cellar's most well-known product is the sweet, honey-flavoured nectar called Hanepoot (Muscat d' Alexandrie) which is popular as a dessert wine.

A visit to Darling, founded in 1853, is worthwhile. In thís town there are numerous beautiful Victorian houses, the Butter Museum, which takes a look at the history of butter making, and the little theatre of the resident cabaretist Peter Dirk Uys alias Evita Bezuidenhout. During the wildflower season, after the first rainfalls in spring, the town is surrounded by carpets of rich floral colours. A day in the country with Sea More-Express: Winetasting and breathtaking country scenery - An unforgettable experience

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