Africa, Cape Town, Majeka House, South Africa, Tourism

It is not just about the wine tasting …..

I have had the privilege of visiting wine regions in different parts of the world, be it California, Down Under or in Europe, none of them appeal to me as much at the Cape Wine Route.  You could say I am biased, but I think it is partly to do with the incredible scenery (those mountains take my breath away) or the amazing food offerings at some of the best restaurants in South Africa, or simply the incredible value for money. 

And it is not only just about food and wine.  We recently visited friends in the Wellington area who grow table grapes and supply them to out UK supermarkets.  The Western Cape is one of the top fruit growing regions in South Africa.

Elgin is the home of Appletiser (yes that is the correct name).  Elgin is a major producer of apples and in 1966 Appletiser was created and first exported to the UK in 1969 as Appletise, because Tizer a British soft drinks brand objected to them using the original name.  Appletiser (still produced in Elgin) is now owned by Coca Cola and has been allowed to use the correct name in the UK since 2001.

Elgin is also producing Cider, which you may have seen if you have visited Waitrose or Nando’s recently, with an interesting brand name Sxollie.

The Western Cape produces 95% of South Africa’s olives, and most good restaurants offer fresh local olives to their clientele.  If you manage to grow your own here is a recipe

It was in Stellenbosch in 1925, that their first professor of viticulture, Abraham Perold created Pinotage, a crossing of Pinot Noir and Hermitage (also known as Cinsault).  Even though Pinotage is a South African creation, Chenin Blanc is far more widely cultivated.  Chenin Blanc is also used as a key component for the brandy industry.  Have you ever tried ‘brandy tasting’ – they will even let you try it with ginger ale, if spirits are not your thing.

Distell, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, is the largest spirit distiller in South Africa, and produce a range of brandies and the well know Amarula liqueur.  

I could go on …

With so much on offer in the Western Cape, it always amazes me that people stay in Cape Town and only spend a day exploring the interior.  With the incredible scenery, wonderful food and wide range of flavours to explore, why not consider basing yourself in Stellenbosch and visiting Cape Town for a day?

Majeka House is such a lovely relaxing place to stay.  Not only is Majeka House well located for exploring the Winelands, but you don’t even have to venture outside of the hotel to enjoy some incredible locally sourced delights at the new Majeka Kitchen.  Dishes range from mouth-watering burgers to apple donuts, all overseen by the talented Head Chef, Vuyo Ngcayi.  Particular favourites that can be enjoyed throughout the day and into the evening in the MLounge are the platters of local cheeses or meats that are ideal for sharing.   Pair that with a fynbos mojito and you are set for the night!  

Located in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town and first wine route, this vibrant university town boasts an eclectic mix of old and new. Historic buildings and trendy pavement cafes. A great way to soak it all up is via one of the guided walking tours such as Stellenbosch on Foot.

And if wine is your thing, you must try the latest wine experience in Stellenbosch, the Simon Wine Emporium

For more information www.majekahouse.co.za

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