A wine tour in South Africa doesn’t have to start with visits to wine estates. Especially if you arrive with the over-night flight on a Saturday and your first day of action is a Sunday. A tour around the Cape peninsula is a perfect Sunday activity and that is exactly what we did. The scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive took us to Cape Point and The Cape of Good Hope where ostriches were walking around on the beach, quite a striking sight. The whole tip of the peninsula is a fabulous nature reserve.
Continuing on a small side road, usually not found by tourists, we stopped at a quiet and not so windy beach. To go for a walk, Chris, our local guide said, but it turned out that he had a surprise for us: chilled MCC, or champagne as he called it. You can’t say champagne, I pointed out, but I think Christ felt quite safe, being many thousands of kilometres from Epernay. And on the beach, who cared?
Anyway, MCC, Methode Cap Classic, is the South African quality sparkling wine, made with a second fermentation in bottle. And especially good looking out over the cool Atlantic Ocean way down on the southern tip of South Africa.