August 16

We spent the entire day at the Western Cape Wineland.  Our first stop was to Butterfly World, which is a luxuriant paradise that consists of a tropical garden in a green house.  It is home of the free flying exotic butterflies along with many other interesting animals; reptiles, tarantulas, birds, marmoset, monkeys, and meerkats).

Our next stop was to Babylonstoren; one of the best preserved farm yards in the Cape Dutch tradition.

Third stop was to Fairview Wine and Cheese, a South African producer of wine and cheeses; own and ran by Charles Louis Back, a Lithuanian immigrant to the Cape.  He also runs the Spice Route Winery.  Fairview is the most visited attraction and we ran into some people from America there!  We visited the Beryl Back Tasting Room and engaged in a seated tutored tasting of the pairing of 8 different wines, Fairview’s Jersey milk and goat’s milk cheeses.

Next, we moved to the Spice Route Winery and engaged in the wine and chocolate journey; a selection of four wines with four Artisan chocolates.

Next, we moved to Red Hot Glass; Hand Blown Glass Studio and Gallery.  Located on the Spice Wine Estate, we watched the process of molten glass being blown and formed into works of art.

Our final stop was to Solma-Delta Wine Estate, where we engaged in a tasting in the Museum that explores the slave heritage of the area.  We also enjoyed singers from the work of the Rural Cape Music Project.

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