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South Africa Wine Tour

We had been touring in Southern Africa for a month.  My mind started working like a juke box as it of ten does and this tune came to mind

Well, I was feelin’ so bad, asked my family doctor ’bout what I had,
I said, “Doctor, Doctor, Mister M.D., can you tell me, what’s ailing me?”

He said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”
All you need, all you really need:

Wine

Glasses indeed!

Rainbow

So we set off through the wine country. Beautiful drive through rolling countryside, and just enough moisture in the air for rainbows. Hard to beat!

KWV Winery

The first winery we stopped at is I believe South Africa’s largest. It is quite impressive.

KWV Winery cask

One of the first things you see as you go on their tour is some wonderfully carved casks. This one says everything good wine needs, soil and sun.

KWV Wine cask

Some of the carvings on these casks are quite old and as you can see, quite ornate.

KWV wine cask bacchus

One was appropriately carved with my favorite greco/roman god, Bacchus! The man knew how to party!

KWV modern casks

Of course the tour wants you to not only see the original way they made wine. These days, this winery like all large modern wineries, uses these ho-hum giant aluminum casks.

The day was dedicated to Bacchus and we moved on. The wine country in South Africa is vast, there are many many many wineries, and the wine at one is better than the next. The prices are ridiculously low. I’ll say that again, the prices are ridiculously low. It is really hard to enjoy the hospitality and the tasting and not leave without buying a few bottles. Did I say the prices were ridiculously low?

The next stop was a very posh winery. Here you sit down at a beautifully set table and knowledgable hosts come by and serve you as much wine as your want.

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Posh winery

So, I had them fill my glasses two at a time, like the doctor ordered.

This winery was so posh that when I went to relieve myself of the wonderful liquids I had been served, it was the first time I had ever done so standing on a Persian carpet.

Then we went to an extremely old winery. I wish I had taken better (or some) notes but I think this place has been in business and in the same family for like a million years or something.

old winery south Africa

The spider nests are at least that old!

South African old winery

By now I was very glad to find a comfy chair and be served some tasty wine.

South African Wines

Our only problem now was…how do we get this stuff home?

Another Roadside Attraction.

Ronnies sex shop

This place is just standing alone alongside the road in the middle of nowhere. The story is that it was just a shop, until a friend/prankster added the word sex. Now everyone stops by to check it out. The only thing related to sex in the shop is that women leave behind their bras, nailed to the walls and ceiling.

OK that is it for wine. Next post, ostriches and diamonds, no kidding.

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