Guilty as charged. I did underestimate the richness of the winemaking history in South Africa. The truth is we all did to some extent. And fortunately, we were all terribly wrong. What started off like potentially the most boring day of the Southern Africa trip with Man Expeditions ended up being one of our most memorable ones.The wine tour happened on day six, right after five intense days of exploring and adventuring the beauty and culture of one the most stunning cities in the world, Cape Town. At this point, Man Expeditions had already provided unforgettable memories like hiking upwards Lion's Head and Table Mountain, diving with wild white sharks, kayaking among wild penguins, cooking Cape Malay food, afternoon cocktail watching the sunset and massive group dinners composed by all eighteen members of our gang.We hopped on the bus craving to witness the greatness of the famously known Constantia Valley winemaking. Our first destination was the majestic and luxurious Steenberg. Driving onwards their driveway we faced hundreds of thousands of grape trees, all perfectly spaced from each other, lined up like soldiers in formation, all carrying the flavor and tradition rooted in the South African soil.
Walking inwards the building, we were struck by an impressive designed architecture with a round bar in the center, crowned with a gigantic chandelier above it, facing the most outstanding and inviting garden I've ever seen. Our first wine tasting of the day was filled with stories about the local winemakers, the historical development of this impressive art in that region, while tasting an abundance of local reds and whites. Our late morning drinks were just what we needed to shake off the tiredness brought from our journey so far and set ourselves up for much more fun yet to come. After a couple of hours of wine tasting, photos and giggles we said goodbye to Steenberg and hopped on the van once again and headed to our second and most delicious wine destination: Silvermist Mountain Lodge State.