Recently we were proud to take a few groups on some amazing tours in the Stellenbosch and Constantia wine regions. The combination of the beautiful surroundings, the great weather, the unique architecture and of course the amazing wines culminate in a truly memorable experience for everyone. We really hope to be able to bring the enjoyment of South African wines to more people from around the world.
Stellenbosch Wine Tour
Our beautiful group from Belgium were keen to try some of the Stellenbosch region wines. Filled with excitement we set out to explore some great wine estates. Special thanks to the ladies Tine, Melissa, Evi and Imogen for a fun filled and very entertaining day in Stellenbosch. We really look forward to some more wine filled experiences with all of you.
Great place to start any wine tour is any place with a good bubbly. Blaauwklippen with their "Onssprankel" bubbly is a great place to start. Meaning "Our Shine" it is a great tasting start to the day. May of their wines are made from the Zinfandel vine, and it really brings about some unique flavors, that are not typical to Southern African wines, but are definitely worth tasting. Unique wines and a great setting and over 300 years of wine making history makes Blaauwklippen a must. You can also try their nobel wines as a treat or even some of the brandies they make.
Set further back against the mountains of Stellenbosch, this family owned and run wine farm produces some fine wines indeed. Their flagship Donatus wines are a real treat, and perfect examples of what can be achieved when combining passion and superb vine selections.
Vergenoegd is home to a selection of very easy drinking wines that are light on the pallet after a day spent wine tasting. The perfect way to spend time in the sun, watching the renowned procession of the ducks, while enjoying a cool and light sauvignon blanc or chardonnay. Their wines are popular additions to any picnic basket. A great place to unwind after a long day.
Constantia Wine Tour
No tour of the wine lands is complete without a tour of the famous constantia wine farms. Set against the backdrop of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, these wines have some unique characteristics compared to the Stellenbosch or Franchoek wines. Impacted by the cooler breezes from the ocean results in the vines growing under cooler conditions. This manifests itself in slightly more complex wines with higher tannins and a richer flavor. Thank you to Gary from the USA and our special locals Craig and Michelle for an amazing day.
One of the oldest registered farms in Cape Town (not originally farming grapes though) set against the backdrop of what was originally known as the Stone Mountains (or Steenberg in Afrikaans) this beautiful and popular wine farm is home to some really great wines. Their Pinot Noir MCC is an absolutely superb bubbly and a great start to any day spent wine tasting. Also the home of the Nebbiolo vine (originally from Italy) and a great Bordeaux style blend in their flagship Catharina. Also be sure to try their Black Swan sauvignon blanc, a truly great example of the local terroir.
Set within a forest this non traditional wine farm setting is very unique and very popular. Children and pet friendly, this place is popular with the locals and is home to some award winning wines also. Be sure to try out their delicious picnic boards and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun. Their Viognier and award winning Shiraz are particularly spectacular.
Set high up on the Constantia mountains, this spectacular wine estate boasts some amazing views in the region. Beautiful vineyards set against a mountain backdrop really makes this a great place to relax and enjoy their unique blends of wines that has made Constantia Glen wines a favorite on the dinner tables.
Recently, walking along the beach in Muizenberg, I was fortunate enough to bump into this group of volunteers with Projects Abroad. These guys are running a volunteer surf coaching project bringing under-privledged and "at-risk" children to the beach to learn how to surf. This project also enables the kids to learn about marine life and conservation as well as developing a sense of community and sportsmanship amongst the kids.
Chrisjan Bredenkamp, the project supervisor, has been running the project for some time and is passionate about bring the joys of surfing to kids of all backgrounds.
If you want to find out more, or would like to get involved in any of their projects, be sure to give them a call or visit their website.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 671 7008
While strolling Fish Hoek beach the other day, we came across a group of "Trek" Fisherman hard at work for the day. "Trek" is the Afrikaans / Dutch word for "Pull" and the process of "Trek" fishing has been a long standing tradition on the beaches of Cape Town. A row boat is used to take a large net out behind the breakers and lay the net in a semi-circular fashion. The net is then slowly pulled into shore. Very often the public get involved in the pulling in of the net and it can turn into quite an exciting and fun experience.
During this haul, the fishermen pulled in "harders" or otherwise known as South African Mullet. A tasty eating fish. However, more successful hauls can see these fishermen pulling in large numbers of Yellowtail (also known as "geelstert" or Yellowtail amberjack). This fish is very commonly caught in the Cape waters and is declared as a sustainable fish source due to its very high reproductive capacity.
Be sure to stop and give a hand if you see these guys in action. You never know, you may be rewarded with a tasty treat or two for your evening meal...
Tourism in Cape Town is booming, and The Muize has been proud to be able to offer bespoke tour solutions to all the guests that have traveled from far and wide to come and experience the Cape Town life. Offering customized packages tours around the Cape Peninsula, safari tours out to Inverdoorn, wine tasting tours around the famous Stellenbosch region and the most popular Shark Cage diving tours out at Gaansbaai. Contact us to find out how we can help you plan your perfect Cape Town experience.
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To celebrate our 1 year anniversary of The Muize, we are launching a crazy discount promotion. If you complete a telephonic booking on or before 24 January 2016, quoting the discount voucher above, you will receive a 15% discount on your room rate. So if you are planning a trip to South Africa this year, book now and guarantee yourself the best rate possible at one of the best B&B's in Cape Town.
Important Note: Any bookings made with this promotion code will require a non-refundable deposit of 50% payable to confirm the booking, before the 31 January 2016.
While we say hello to a new year, full of hope and promise, we cannot forget the past for it defines the platform from which we realize our new potentials. And what a 2015 it has been for The Muize. Our guests have given us the most amazing reviews this year, and Booking.com has awarded us a special prize for 2015 in recognition of our fantastic ratings and achievements. Not bad for our first year!
Hear are some amazing statistics from our 2015 year, that we are very proud about and have been made possible by the hard work of Adrian and Meg and of course the support of our guest. Thank you for all.
From all the family at The Muize.
This week we were delighted to be visited by the enormously talented JUNGLE THEATRE group, who performed a couple of shows for the Muizenberg public. They combine dance, music and theatre into an interactive and educational experience.. they were great. African beats and wonderful sounds, and some awesome looking stage costumes.
Check out their website to see where they are playing next
A huge thank you to Finn Jager, who during his stay at The Muize, decided to show off his aerial camera skills and did this little intro video for The Muize and the surrounds. Check out his stuff on YouTube and also his amazing photos on www.finnjaeger.de
Visit the official Rugby Sevens website @ http://www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series
Whale watching season is upon us. From June to November each year, our Antarctica neighbors migrate to the Cape shores for their annual romp in the sum. The water is ideal conditions for their annual mating and calving runs and this amazing natural phenomenon is an amazing sight to behold. Jumping and playing, these animals are incredible to watch.
Every year 1000's of tourists come to the Cape shores to enjoy this spectacle. Be sure not to miss this one off your bucket list. If Cape Town isn't beautiful enough, just imagine its waters filled with 100's of majestic mammals of the deep.. its truly breathtaking.
The Muize would love to help you plan your holidays and make the most of this incredible annual event. We offer tours and transport to all the major look-out points and can even tailor packages to include a boat excursion, shark cage diving and a wine stop to round it off... what a way to spend a day.
Contact us now to see how we can help you maximise your holiday experience.
Be sure to check out the HERMANUS WHALE WATCHING FESTIVAL this year. There are always loads of things to be done in this quite seaside village, which at this time of year is the most ideal whale watching location. We can provide transport and accommodation assistance for all your needs. Check it out:
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