News at The Feathered Nest Country Inn
Tony Timmer travelled to South Africa late February 2011 to visit wineries and vineyards to source and taste wines from boutique producers that are usually not represented by large distributors and importers.
The Hadeda’s announce the breaking of dawn. The sunrise over the mountains is quickly warming the cool air. It is to be our last breakfast in Franschoek as we make our way back to Cape Town to visit the oldest wine-growing area in Southern Africa. En-route from Franschoek we manage to visit a few more vineyards.
The wide fertile plains, never ending on the horizon, greet us as we enter the rather desolate landscape on our way to the heart of Swartland. Our journey takes us further North. The fields are harsh this time of the year and there is evidence of cut crops, reminiscent of a three-day unshaven stubble.
The early morning calls from the Hadeda’s signal the start to a new day. Their rather loud iconic calls Aah-ah, Aah-ah make me feel instantly at home. Many happy memories spent under the African Sun with my family instantly come to mind at the calling of the Hadeda.
South African Boutique Vineyard Trip: “Proe die Klein Karoo!” (Taste the Little Karoo.) 26 - 28 February 2011
The serenading of two love struck crickets in my bathroom kept me awake all night. These ”Goggas” eluded my every attempt to catch them! The lack of air conditioning played its part to and by 7.45 AM the temperature already reached 28°C Degrees.
No matter how many times one flies into Cape Town, the sight of Table Mountain is always a welcoming one. Greeted by a balmy 26ºC degrees, I collected my car from the rental agency and commenced my long journey to discover some lesser-known vineyards.
Tony Timmer regularly travels to South Africa to visit the wineries and vineyards to source and taste wines from boutique estates.
My passion for wine and food, instilled in me by my father from a very early age, takes me on my annual pilgrimage to the Western Cape. The end of January heralds the start of the grape harvest season in South Africa. This is celebrated in true style with grape picking, foot stomping and, of course, a serious amount of wine tasting. Numerous harvest festivals are staged by different vineyards in what must truly be one of the most scenic and breathtaking parts of the world.