Wine Intelligence’s resident Portuguese falls in love with the Western Cape.
We live in a world where we just can’t get enough of travelling. Today people are travelling more often and to more places than ever before, always seeking out the most unique experiences. People chase adventure and want stories to tell. Ultimately, people travel so they can create their own special lifelong memories and images.
I’ve been to South Africa a couple of times; mainly to Cape Town and Stellenbosch (including for a client visit a couple of weeks ago), and when I was living in Maputo, Mozambique, I went to South Africa on safari. From my impression of the country, I feel that South Africa is one of the places in the world with the most potential to create memories that will stick with you for the rest of your life.
There aren’t many other countries that offer – all at once – breath-taking views, amazing food and wine (I repeat: amazing food and wine), beautiful wineries and vineyards in between majestic mountains, extreme wildlife both on- and off-shore and a rich and diverse culture (probably the most diverse in the world). South Africa offers all of this along with great weather, friendly people, long beaches and sound infrastructure to facilitate travel and a comfortable night’s sleep.
So, my advice is to take two weeks off with your partner or friends – if you’ve got kids, bring them along too – and visit Cape Town. Get a kick of adrenaline from shark diving or whale watching, relax while travelling around the many wine regions and stopping off in one for lunch. I highly advise trying a thick South African steak with a Cape blend (a red wine blend containing between 30% and 70% Pinotage). You could also dive into the fascinating world of Chenin Blanc in its many forms. Then, try a safari in the Kruger National Park in the northeast. You’d do well to spend some days there – at the enormous size of nearly 20,000 square kilometres it is almost the size of Israel! A visit to South Africa will truly be an experience to stay with you forever.
Author: Luis Osório