Fun, family, friends .. and wine (naturally!) .. in Franschhoek

Fun, family, friends .. and wine (naturally!) .. in Franschhoek

Time is passing so I think I’m going to have to start our Cape visit blog posts with … “On our recent trip down to the Cape”  … ….

…… hubby and I spent a really lovely day with Ian and Kathy, and our dear friends, Ray and Carol (after popping in to see my Mum again).    They hadn’t been to La Motte Vineyards and wine tastings before .. hubby and I had, but a few years ago when they were building a new restaurant, museum and market, so we decided to make it our wine tasting stop for the day.  I might add here that we have been lucky enough to go down to the Cape on many occasions and have done the rushed wine tasting experienced ie dropping in on as many wine estates as possible.  Fun while it lasts but after a couple, wines tend to taste the same!  And .. the designated driver misses out 🙁   We love doing tastings as we are wine lovers, and it’s the best way to choose a good wine for purchasing at home.  Now we tend to do one, maybe two, and enjoy the experience and the magnificent Cape surroundings.   Whenever we go, the Franschhoek Valley is always a must!

Back to La Motte !!   I love this statue …

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We were hoping to stay for lunch but sadly they were full by the time we had done our tastings and we hadn’t thought to book a table beforehand.  Restaurant on right

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Crossing the bridge to the tasting room … (restaurant in photo)

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We didn’t do the white tastings, only reds …

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Steven the sommelier …

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La Motte Syrah is my favourite wine at the moment.  It’s affordable for every day drinking.   I buy it often 🙂  !!!  It was nice to compare it to the really really really good Pierneef Collection (need to get at least one for our ‘good basket’ ! )

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We had so much fun !!!!    Love the way my brother is looking at Kathy 🙂

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Quite an odd arrangement of proteas, I thought …

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Pretty little sisters getting a helping hand from their dad …

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The harsh midday sun still doesn’t spoil the view

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We thought we’d try Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate for lunch, but we got there as the last table was taken …

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Interesting statues in the very pretty gardens …

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This is Ray’s camera handiwork, who said I needed a photograph of Lady Godiva !!!

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Love this one …

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Note the yellow rubber ducky !!

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Lavender and mountains – very pretty ..

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We were hungry by then and decided a drive into the town was the best option  !!

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Dutch Reformed Church founded in 1847 ..

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More laughs, more wine and finally something to eat !!!   Lunch at Dutch East on the main road through Franschhoek …

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Hubby had an enormous hamburger !!!!    .. and that’s mine in front .. delicious fish cakes – light and very scrumptious !

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I had seen the dessert menu hence the ‘extra light’ mains!!    This is what I had .. deep fried milk tart with matabella fudge, cinnamon, macerated berries and salted caramel.  It was to die for !!!!!!!!!!!!

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We had to get a group photo …

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… which was taken by our ex Zimbabwean waiter, Ishmael, who was such fun!!  We all recognised his accent immediately (all of us are from Rhodesia/Zimbabwe)

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Fantastic day out !!!

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