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February 12, 2014

#InstagramDiary: My Stellenbosch Wine Festival Experience

The Stellenbosch Wine Festival is just one of the tasty food and wine events that gives Mother City locals a reason to celebrate Cape Town.

The Stellenbosch Wine Festival and Expo, presented by Pick 'n Pay and held from January 24 to February 2, 2014, is yet another reason we Capetonians have to celebrate Cape Town.

There's nothing nicer for a City girl like me than to get out into the country and sip on the nectar of the gods, produced by our beautiful wine regions of the Western Cape.

The overall experience was especially fun as friend Fiona du Plooy and I, courtesy of Cape Town Tourism, went out to Stellies on the Metro Rail Train. A-MA-ZING! I had not been on a Cape Town train for about 25 years, I kid you not.

And who knew that Metrorail even had a 'Tourist Train'? A little revelation right there…People of the Mother City, it's time to leave the car at home and explore our fair Cape in this way - be a tourist in your own town, I say. Go loco, get training - you'll have the best fun and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time! 

Back to the festival...this year it ran from January 24 to February 2, 2014. Events such as the Woman's Walk, Grape Golf Challenge, Wine and art experience and Harvest Parade occur over the first few days.

The Expo at Die Braak took place over the last weekend with 69 farms represented, each showcasing five of their wines. One moves from stand to stand, some more fabulously appointed that others, sampling Chardonnays, Chenins, Sauvignon Blancs, Merlots, Cabernets, and more.

After ambling about tasting from fabulous estates like Meerlust, Lanzerac, Lourensford and Graham Beck, we bought delish tapas and a bottle of Warwick First Lady (R75), settled in with our impromptu picnic and that was that - we ate, drank and people-watched, as one does at these events.

My only criticism was the vast lack of shade in the seating area - way too few umbrellas for an outdoor event in mid-summer.

Here are few of my delicious images of this event:

On our way to Stellies... the view from the train.

We've arrived!

An aerial view... looking towards to the seating area.

Hear, hear!

For more about the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, visit www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za  or follow the conversation  on Twitter @StellWineFest .

Metro Rail offers monthly train and wine experiences to Stellenbosch. For more information, call +27(0)214492366/3607 or email railtourism@metrorail.co.za. If you choose to go by car there are convenient park and shuttle services available-all the info is online.

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