Winelands tour



Port Elizabeth residents Knut and Christine Hildebrand were in Cape Town for a few days and invited us out to tour the winelands with them. We enjoyed a wine-tasting, estate tour and picnic lunch at the famous Boschendal Estate, the second-oldest winery in South Africa. The scenery in the winelands valley and en route back along the caost was fabulous, and we got a chance to see huge numbers of penguins at the Stoney Point Penguin Colony. Thanks to Knut and Christine for an excellent day.

Trip highlights from December 8th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps

12/8/2015
Cape Town Film Studios

On a trip out to the winelands, we were surprised to see several ship’s masts in an inland field. This turned out to be the set for the US television series Black Sails, filmed at Cape Town Film Studios.
Zorgvliet Wines

The Zorgvliet Wines buildings display the Cape Dutch Afrikaner architecture found mostly in the Western Camp region of South Africa and particularly in the wine district.
Boschendal Estate

Boschendal Estate, founded in 1685, is the second-oldest winery in South Africa.
Farm

Like many of the wineries in the area, Boschendal has an excellent restaurant supplied through an on-site organic garden.
Manor house

The manor house, open for self-guided tours, is full of beautiful wood furniture
Wine tasting

We did a tasting of five excellent Boschendal wines. With us are Knut and Christine Hildebrand, current owners of Nordhavn 4710 Wofanu. Their boat, then called Kelly Ann, and Nordhavn 4715 Oso Blanco were the first two Nordhavn 47s we’d ever been aboard. Seeing the two boats at the 2004 TrawlerFest in Poulsbo Washington sparked our strong interest in the Nordhavn 47 that eventually led to our our 2009 purchase of the 52, a similar model to the 47. Knut and Christine live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They were in Cape Town for a few days and invited us out to tour the winelands with them.
Vineyard tour

We took a guided tour through the vineyard up into the hills above the farm. Here we are passing Sauvignon Blanc vines that grow best in the higher altitude and shadow of the mountain behind.
King Pretoria

A few fabulous King Pretoria, South Africa’s national flower, still were in bloom along the road.
View

The view into the valley from the slopes above the vineyard. Much of the visible land is part of the extensive 2,400 hectare Boschendal estate.
Grapes

Sauvignon Blanc grapes on the vine. They’ll be harvested in a few weeks.
Cellar

Hundreds of barrels of red wine aging in oak casks.
Picnic basket

The wonderful Boschendal picnic lunch basket included bread, cheeses, sliced meat, pate and several salads. And we of course had a bottle of wine to accompany it.
Lunch

Our decadent picnic lunch on the lawn at Boschendal with incredible mountain scenery on both sides.
Drakenstein Valley

The view looking down into the Drakenstein Valley from the road above Franschhoek.
Franschhoek Pass

Franschhoek Pass reminded us of some of the twisty, winding roads in Reunion. The views were similarly impressive too.
Kleinmond Coastal Nature Reserve

We arrived at the coast through Kleinmond Coastal Nature Reserve. This is the view southwest across the reserve with the Birkenhead Peninsula in the distance.
Stoney Point Penguin Colony

Only two African Penguin colonies exist on the South African mainland, one at Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town and the other here at Stony Point. We’d arrived in the late afternoon, a perfect time to view the penguins after they’d returned from a day of fishing at sea. The beaches were packed with the delightful birds whose donkey-like call gave them the nickname Jackass Penguin.
Look at me!

The penguins were adorable–we spent ages watching them.
Dassie

Stony Point also is home to many Rock Dassie, who are unbelievably the closest relative to the elephant. Several Dassie were feeding in the grass above the penguin colony.
Koelberg Mountains

Looking east to the Koelberg Mountains from the road along the eastern shore of False Bay.
Hangklip Mountain

Distinctive Hangklip Mountain rises to our south above Pringle Bay at the right of the photo, with the Koelberg Mountains on the left. The scenery all day has been just amazing.

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6 comments on “Winelands tour
  1. Stewart Kelly says:

    Glad to see you and Jennifer are having a wonderful time in SA. Hoping you both have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start on the new year!

  2. Brett Griffin says:

    Hi James and Jenifer, I visit your website at least every couple of days and thoroughly enjoy watching your progress and adventures. We hope to sell our house and buy a live aboard boat for some coastal east coast of Australia cruising soon and the tips we get from you are fantastic. Congratulations also on the great article in the latest Passage Maker magazine,

    Cheers

    Brett

  3. David Andrews says:

    The Black Sails film set suggests a second series is in the offing. I imagine that Amazon`s offering of films and its own streamed video productions has driven a huge expansion of server from capacity and that this keeps you busy.

    • Amazon.com is certainly a big and important AWS customer but, as big as they are, the Amazon.com portion of the AWS workload doesn’t come close to dominating the AWS load patterns.

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