During my stay in Cape Town back in January of this year I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in a bike trip through the winelands just outside the city, somewhere between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The tour was organized by a company called Bikes n wines, a name that leaves no questions open as to what it is they do.
A small group of us met near the central station and together we hopped on the train that took us directly into the winelands. The ticket was only about 30 cents, so a trip to the winelands when in Cape Town is a cheap and easy endevour. When we arrived at our final destination we were equipped with mountain bikes, helmets, water and snacks and shortly thereafter we were on our way through gorgeous landscapes.
My personal highlight of the entire trip was the chicken farm with a bunch of seriously happy chickens. Not only do those guys get to have pretty houses on wheels, they don’t even die because they sole purpose is to fertilze the soil to provide ideal conditions for the vines to grow.
We stopped at a couple of wineries for tastings, the more famous one being Spier and even got to sip on some fine brandies at the Van Ryns brandy distillery in Stellenbosch.
We finished our day with a great lunch outside in a garden (unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the place we went to) and eventually got back on the train after a final glass of wine (god knows how many I had that afternoon).
Permission is needed to cycle within the vineyards but thankfully Bikes N Wines have special deals with the vineyard owners and could show me around the best spots while telling us a lot about the history of the place. Fun day.