Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 1

This is my first trip to South Africa, a region whose wines I have come to enjoy with increasing frequency, so as you can imagine I was super excited to be part of the Asia group travelling from Hong Kong to attend the CapeWine 2015 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa September 15 – 17 2015.

Our trip is packed full of tastings and events on either side of the actual conference days and we arrived yesterday, Sunday, with 30 minutes for a quick shower and turnaround before heading out to the day’s activities – no mean feat after travelling for approximately 18 hours!

The drive in from the airport in Cape Town to our accommodation in Stellenbosch was littered with breathtaking scenery.

Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town filled with architecture reflecting the Dutch and British influences over the years.

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Our accommodation for evening was the stunning Lanzerac Hotel and Spa in Stellenbosch.

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First up was the PIWOSA (Premium Independent Producers of South Africa) car boot event – a festival of wine, music and food at Journey’s End Winery in Somerset West.

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And here I came across one of my favourite producers …

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After soaking up the atmosphere at Journey’s End it was off to Delaire Graff Estate for a Chardonnay Forum tasting.

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View from Delaire Graff Estate

Stunning views and a very interesting line up of Chardonnay from several key regions in South Africa concluded the evening.

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Needless to say when we arrived back to Lanzerac my bed was a welcome sight!

Day 2 starts with a Chenin Blanc Party – bring it!

Happy Drinking!

About Happy Wine Woman

Wine consultant currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

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