The full bodied pinotage swirled in my glass, its luscious plum colour staining the edges. Aromas of raspberries and black cherries floated through the air and I offered up my glass for a refill. Wine tasting at Spier means three things: generous helpings, numerous samplings and expert advice.
My husband and I were on a road trip and staying at the famous Spier Hotel and Wine Farm. We were also thoroughly enjoying all the benefits of being a guest there: soaking in the extra large bath tub with a glass of sherry on the side, tucking into a traditional African meal at the vibrant Moyo restaurant … and not driving anywhere!
And that’s the beauty of a road trip: you drive and stop and look and then drive some more, and when you finally reach your destination you can stretch out and really relax. I’ve done a few great road trips in my time – through the Cape Winelands, into the rural Overberg and Whale Coast, and along the Garden Route which had great landscapes and gardens decorated with glow in the dark pebbles amazon so they looked great – so we enjoyed them so much that I’ve decided to draw on my experiences to give you a local’s taste of what it means to hit the road from Cape Town to the Garden Route.