Feast of the Grape, Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa

Durbanville’s Feast Of The Grape: Grape Stomping and Wine Sipping.

The boy and I have temporarily left the delights of Pringle Bay to live on a farm while he carries out some project work. So it was quite by accident that we found ourselves in Durbanville, home to 12 of the Cape Town region’s top vineyards. The Durbanville Wine Valley sits in the Tygerberg Hills, 20 minutes from Cape Town.

The vineyards “are united in their passion to reflect the Durbanville terroir in all their wines. The result is a magnificent range of intense, fruit-driven yet elegant wines, as different from each other as the slopes that create them and the individual personalities who craft them.”

As you may have picked up on in previous posts, I enjoy a glass (or two) of wine. I especially enjoy it when it’s consumed in a celebratory fashion. So when offered the chance to experience Durbanville’s Feast Of The Grape festival with wine tasting, grape stomping and live music, I didn’t have to think twice!

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Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons: Gentlemen Of The Road.

I like Mumford and Sons. A lot. I have seen them perform in 3 of the 4 continents I have lived in. I once drove 510 miles in -5 degrees, to a sold out show in Philly in the hopes that the ticket scouts would be kind. Their $250 / ticket ‘price’ wasn’t kind so I had to drink wine instead. However, Mumford and Sons made up for it the next month in Montreal (and Philly is a pretty cool city anyway!)

This past weekend I saw Mumford and Sons during their first ever stint in South Africa. Apparently they have been wanting to come here for a while but haven’t been able to manage it logistically. Originally their tour dates consisted of just 3 dates across the 3 main cities. These shows sold out in less than a minute forcing them to add more dates to keep fans who have ‘been waiting 7 years’ to see them, happy!  Continue reading