Wine and Horses in the Western Cape

It turns out there’s a reason that this is my third post ever on  My apologies if you’ve been on the edge your seat waiting to hear about horses, wineries, and farm-to-table eating.  That will be the last promise of any future authorship on my part.

After our Chapman’s Peak drive, we headed east to Franschoek for lunch at Bread & Wine.  It was a beautiful setting – eating on the patio next to the big, barn-shaped, white-washed building with a bright blue sky behind it.  We used an American Express concierge service to make the reservation for us in advance to give the illusion we were important people.  As a result, they gave us free champagne upon seating us.

I’m obviously not the photographer in the family, but I really wanted a photo to capture the relaxed and delicious meal.


Vinod did a bit better…the home cured charcuterie platter:


This was our best meal in South Africa that was unfortunately a bit more rushed than we would have liked due to needing to head over to the horse stables…

After arriving at Paradise Stables, we met a German couple with whom we’d be riding.  We were never really introduced to our “guide”, and she didn’t have much to say during the ride, but it worked out alright.  We found plenty to talk about with the Germans, and it was nice to feel that we were more or less on our own as far as the riding went.  The excursion was about four hours, with visits to three different wineries for tastings along the way.  Luckily the German guy was into wine, so when there were decisions to make, we let him handle them.  Photos are a bit tricky from horseback, but we managed to snap a few.

Vinod’s view ahead to Lillie.




The entrance to the final winery, Mont Rochelle.




What a way to celebrate 30 years!


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