Wine tasting Tokara & Boschendal
On our last day in Cape Town our local friends arranged for us to take a trip out to the Stellenbosch area – around 45 mins drive from Cape Town centre – to try some of the finest wines in the South Africa. Wine tasting has long been an activity I’ve wanted to experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better location to try it!
First stop was TOKARA winery and olive farm, with breathtaking views from the terrace over the vineyards. We only stopped here for a short while, just long enough to taste 5 wines of our choice – including the Director’s Reserve Red & Chardonnay – and to have a look around the grounds. It was stunning.
From there we continued on to Boschendal farm for lunch and more sampling. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, Boschendal, is set in vast beautiful surroundings.
The setting was perfect for a leisurely hour or so wine tasting under the shade of the big oak tree in the grounds. We tried 9 varieties of Boshcendal from the premium list for an astonishing 75 rand per head, including a bottle of small batch Reisling which I bought a bottle of for myself.
After a walk around the gardens we moved on to the estate restaurant – The Werf. I was blown away with the view from our table on the terrace, overlooking the vegetable gardens and the mountains in the distance.
Lunch was no disappointment either. We ordered a huge platter of steak (beef sausages, steak tartar, short rib & filet) and a whole salt baked trout.
All in all I had an amazing day wine tasting at both of these beautiful vineyards. I would highly recommend either to anyone visiting Cape Town, I could have spent hours longer at both… and maybe sampled even more wines!
All photos by Laurahatesmushrooms