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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

FWT_Admin | July 18, 2016

The wine-growing region of the Cape has a reputation for its scenic beauty, lush expanses of vineyards, Blue Mountains, and sunny weather often that enables ripening of grapes on the vine.

While a majority of tourists opt to tour the areas by vehicle, you cannot experience the environment in a better way than on two wheels, and this is where Bikes n Wines, a local tour company comes into play. They offer Cape Town Bicycle Tours.

Bikes n Wines is a South African first and a new concept in winelands tourism that combines exclusive wine tastings with adventure cycling. Bikes n Wines has been organizing bike tours for close to a decade for the visitors that would like to enjoy Cape Winelands in an active and healthy way. The tours offered by Bikes n Wines are geared towards outdoor-loving, young-hearted people looking to experience a South African wine tour from an authentic and different viewpoint.

During the day, up to 4 first-class Stellenbosch wine estates located 50 km outside Cape Town are visited. They are accessed through private farm roads where riders get to pass through quiet tree-lined roads as well as vineyards with stunning vistas along the way.

Depending on your route of choice, your selection of lunch spots and wineries will differ. Bikes n Wines does offer tours in all six of the wine regions in the Cape and offers a choice of half-day tours, full-day tours, or even multi-day tours. A Bikes n Wines tour is guaranteed to be an adventure in the Winelands which is a totally refreshing break from your regular wine-tasting experience.

A good example of a tour would be to meet up in Stellenbosch then to cycle 10 to 30 km between several vineyards including the legendary Van Rynís distillery, Overgaauw, as well as the tiny Lovane Boutique Wine Estate. Overgaauw specialized in Merlot while Lovane is known for its red wines.

The Wellington area is best suited to mountain bikers while guests can enjoy treats such as a visit to Chocolaterie in Franschhoek. There is also a mountain bike tour of the glorious Hemel-en-Aarde area near Hermanus where some of the finest wines in the country are made because of its close proximity to the sea.

Peninsula Pedal is a new but increasingly popular tour that follows part of the route of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, popularly known as the “Argus”

This tour starts in Simonstown and features a stop at Boulder as well as a side trip to Cape Point. From here comes a road transfer to Noordhoek for guests to go tackle Chapmanís Peak to Hout Bay. Guests will continue enjoying wine tasting as well as a picnic along the way.

While it is possible to organize a transfer to your location of choice, the company highly encourages the use of public transport to the starting point.

Since Bikes n Wines is committed to a carbon-neutral policy, it has partnered with Greenpop, which is an organization that organizes tree planting. For every 10 riders that book a tour with Bikes n Wines, Greenpop donates a tree.

Bikes n Wines only offer guided tours and has 45 bikes for hire meaning that they must be pre-booked. The company caters for all levels of ability even complete novices and children. If you are wondering how you can juggle the adult enjoyment of wine tasting in the Winelands and ensuring that your children also enjoy themselves, you should consider taking a Bikes n Wines tour.

Bikes n Wines fully caters for families with children as young as 1 year with bike baby seats, half bikes, buggies, and childrenís bikes that suit children of different ages. In addition, the company can include some of the more children-friendly wineries including Spier and Skilpadvlei.

Final Thoughts

A Bikes n Wines tour is a real fun quality way of spending quality time enjoying the great outdoors for the whole family while the adults get to enjoy some good wine and food. If you would like to enjoy the scenic Cape Town region then you should definitely book a Bikes n Wines tour. You will enjoy quality time with your loved ones in the great outdoors while enjoying great wine and food. To enjoy this amazing experience, ensure that you make a Bikes n Wines tour part of your bucket list.


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Posted In Nelspruit, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

All you need to know about Nelspruit Wine Farms

FWt Editor | November 10, 2015

Nelspruit is not usually known for it wine farms like South Africa’s Cape region however passionate wine lovers have invested years and their expert farming knowledge to produce some fantastic wines in the Neslpruit area.

Two of these wine farms include Rottcher Wineries and Gilbey Distillers & Vintners.

Rottcher Wineries is no normal wine farm however. It is incredibly unique. Using an age-old traditional method of fermentation, Rottcher Wineries manufactures there one of a kind Avalencia orange-wine which is similar sherry or port. It’s Sweet, Dry, Ginger and Chilli Avalencia are famous within the region. Nelspruit is one of the best areas to grown Oranges and citrus in the world, and there are many amazing road side stalls where travelers can stop to buy freshly squeezed Orange juice for ridiculously low prices.

The pioneer of Orange wine Mr Rottcher, who was a missionary in Kwa-Zulu Natal, started the Sonnengold Orange Winery near Greytown in 1916.  This was because the missionary had no wine to serve at Church and so chose to make his very own wine. Oranges were plentiful int he region and so it was an easy choice of what ingredients to use.

Unknowingly he launched an industry that would endure right up to the present day. His grandson, Kurt Rottcher, moved to White River in the 1950’s and even though he was an engineer, he kept up the family tradition of producing wines from oranges.

Rottcher Wineries officially started in White River in 1959 on the Heidelberg Road just outside Nelspruit, where the White River Sawmills are today. In 1967 Kurt moved the winery to Farm Magnifique on the Nelspruit/White River main road where production continued and grew until he retired in 1983. When Kurt’s retired he sold the winery to Koot & Laura Van Den Heever, who had recently moved to White River from Johannesburg. In 2008 Koot’s niece, Christine Nel and her husband Jaco, took over  and moved the winery to its current location at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.

In the beginning of 2012 Frank Theron bought Rottcher Wineries. Urged on by his friends and assisted by the former owners, and greatly motivated by his personal passion for wine and his personal hobby of collecting all kinds of wines, he took over with energy, passion and enthusiasm. He immediately decided that innovation and spark was required in order to push the business forward which caused him to expand and introduce an exciting selection of new products.

All of Rottcher Wineries products can be found in store at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.

These days wine can only be called os if it is made from Grapes and this is why Rottcher Winery calls it’s products Avalencia.

If you are ever in the Nelspruit or White River area make sure you stop in at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre to take a tour of the winery and taste all of the different styles of Avalencia.

Valencia is first fermented using a very specific kind of yeast, then it is vat-matured for a minimum of six months, then  it is refined, racked if necessary, filtered and bottled. Unlike wine, Avalencia does not oxidise easily, and it matures well in the bottle when stored correctly.

Nelspruit is an amazing area and gateway to the Kruger National Park. You will definitely want to stay there for longer than a day, so make sure you enjoy the large variety of wonderful Nelspruit B&B and Guesthouses.

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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

Benefits Of Wine Farming In South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The South African wine has reached various markets across the globe. Cape Town has always stood a wonderful place to offer the world the best vineyard. The presence of wine lands have made South Africa to produce the greatest wine in the world.

Cape Town has grown very fast economically and this has brought array of benefits to South Africa. The wine has an access to the international markets. This has given the South African economy an enormous boost. The economic growth and development that has been growing by leaps and bounds in South Africa to some great extent, it can be attributed to the expansive wine lands in Cape Town. South Africa earns foreign exchange through the worldwide sale of her tasty wine.

Investment growth in Cape Town has been expansive as a result of the major vineyards being located there. This has made several corners of Cape Town stand out as an investment hub. Both foreign and domestic investors are now trooping in droves to invest in the South African markets to benefit from the vine growing in the country and this is a tremendous achievement in her economy.

South Africa has also seen the growth of industries. The wine industry in South Africa is on course in terms of growth. As the Cape Town wine farms gain momentum to unlock all the available opportunities to offer the world with the best quality wine, industries have witnessed growth. This has always made South Africa the most admirable nation that has the capacity to offer the best quality products and services right from the beverages like wine.

The wine from this great nation has brought comfort zone in many households. A sip or a tort of wine can quickly elicit bliss among folks who are comfortably enjoying the breeze at their homes after the bustle and hustle at their work place. Wine being a beverage that is common in many resorts, hotels, restaurant and bars is always believed to make people happy due to its ability to create a relaxing atmosphere. This by all means has increased the demand of wine across South Africa and other international markets and this high demand has now offered a bigger boost to wine production in South Africa.

Creation of employment for South Africans has been principal in Cape Town wine farms. A large number of folks have been offered employment at farms and this has enabled them to satisfy some of their human wants. As history states that South African wine has been in the market since the 16th century, it means the South Africa citizenry have benefited hugely from the production of wine in their country.

An emergence of eco-tourism is another humongous merit to the wine lands in South Africa. Some people have been conducting wine walks in South Africa to sample the famous wines in Cape Town. These surveys have seen the eco-tourism activities thrive in South Africa and producers and growers see that as a wake-up call to their economic engagement.

In conclusion, the production of wine in South Africa is on course up to date and the commitment to offer the best enjoyment to most consumers still stands important.

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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

Wine Tours in South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The wines made from South Africa are among the best in the world. It doesn’t need much explanation to further support it because South Africa’s location, culture, and the people alone manifest themselves. The bounty of natural resources and the richness of the culture just lets you that words are not enough. With its gates open for the world to see, visiting the wine tours will show you distinct features and experience that once you had one, you will never look at South Africa the same way again. Not to mention the wine producers who are exceptionally skilled, ambitious and passionate at their craft. The climate does offer perfect temperature. A perfect recipe in making world-class wines that even gods with envy.

Of course, we owe the success as a wine country to a Dutchman named Jan Van Riebeek who planted the first vines in 1655 not far from Cape Town. The climate is comparable to that of the Mediterranean. Wine tours usually begins on March when the temperature is perfect and not worrying about the excessive heat of summer.

Visiting the winery is just one portion of the package. There are lots of beautiful scenery to see and the chance to enjoy the country as a whole. You are guaranteed to be amazing to see firsthand the dramatic mountain ranges and rocky shores, wildlife with a stunning richness. Incorporating the wine tour with the tour in the safari can be even more fun and amazing. The tour will also take you to the city of Cape Town. Where you can enjoy the rich culture and explore the amazing experience that you can even share with the local people.

Visiting the place itself will be the only way to have the front row seat to the epic and the most spectacular view to the history of the world itself because there are lots of stuff that the even the best travel brochure in the world can’t explain.

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