There are plenty of pre booked tours, bus, cycle or self drive. Every vineyard has a restaurant or a cafe and offers wine tasting, tours, pre booked picnics, but how do you chose where to go, which wines to sample? Who to book with?
There seems to be an assumption on arrival at a vineyard that:
a. You know where you are going
b. You know what you’re doing
Some places offer a tour with tasting, others offer just a tasting session.
A typical tasting session is around R35 and R50 if it is accompanied with either cheese or chocolate. Usually sampling 6 wines.
There is definitely no pressure on you, although the tours and tastings are led by a member of staff and therefore do draw to a natural end, the staff are very informative and there is no pressure to purchase any wines before you leave.
I’m not knowledgeable about wines, but I tend to know what I like and what I don’t like and it’s not only a fun way to spend an afternoon or even a whole day, it’s a good way to know what to look out for in your local supermarket.
Fascinating facts about growing wine.
· 1 barrel of wine equals 1800 glasses
· It takes a ton of grapes to make 720 bottles of wine
· 1 vine produces enough grapes to make between 24 and 36 glasses of wine
· 1 bottle of wine contains 1.5kg of grapes
· Each vine contains 35-60 clusters of grapes
· 1 hectare of land (approx ¾ of a football pitch) can contain between 3000 and 6000 vines