On Thursday we joined crews from several other foreign boats on an all-day winery tour organized by the local Ocean Cruising Club members. A bus picked us up at the yacht club, and by 10:30 we were at a beautiful winery with mountain views near Cape Town. The first winery was a newer one (only 10 years old) and is called Constantia Glen. We all spent the first several minutes there admiring the country-side views and views of the grapes. But, we were soon tasting wines and deciding how many bottles to take back with us. While there I took a 360 panorama which you can view by following this link.
The next winery we went to was the first winery in Cape Town started in 1865. It is called Groot Constantia and is a much larger establishment. They have turned parts of the facilities into museums to learn more about its history. But, our first order of business was to get some lunch in our stomachs before we consumed more wine. They had excellent food – and wine – and we spent several hours just enjoying the lovely summer weather and beautiful views and talking amongst friends new and old.
There was more wine tasting after that, and at the end of the day we all slowly made our way to the bus. Before getting back, some of the sailors were fast asleep on the bus. Pretty much all of us felt like this after the meal and all that wine that was taken from the wine wall. It was a fun day, and the wines were good! Here’s a collection of photos to give you a “taste” of the experience.
On Friday, we were given the opportunity to move our boat to a better slip. It’s a lot wider and closer to the marina entrance. So, we have almost half a kilometer less walking to the bar – and trash, showers, chandlery and other less important stuff.