WATCH | A rare rainy day in Worcester

2019-11-25 11:42 - Gabi Zietsman
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When it rains in Worcester, everyone will tell you how often it doesn't rain.

Known for its 30-degrees-plus weather that births wine from the sun's warm embrace and dry soil, it took everyone by surprise when the heavens opened up on a tour through its winding mountains and valleys. 

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All I've ever known is the town of Worcester, but what you might have never realised is that it's surrounded by a treasure trove of delectable wine, mountain vistas you'll never want to leave and the sense that the people here have a deep connection with the soil, nurturing it with an instinctual love that's rewarded with sensory delights. 

If you're on the wine trail in this region, make sure to get your hands on any 2017 harvests - while the drought had an undesirable impact on grape yields for wine producers, the struggle created one of their best-quality wines to date. With little moisture and intense sunny days, the grapes that survived had a lot more taste to offer than other years.

A massive contrast to today with the return of the rains - something to cheers to.

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Itinerary

Stop 1: Visit De Wet Cellar for the MCC Iridescent made from Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

de wet cellar mcc sparkling wine

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman) 

Stop 2: The infused olive oils at Willow Creek is a must-try and you won't walk away without their reduced balsamic reduction.

willow creek olive oil tasting with bread

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman) 

Stop 3: One of my new favourite wines can be found at Nuy on the Hill, with views to boot - they also have brandy and gin on the menu.

nuy koffiepit pinotage bottle

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman) 

Stop 4: Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve offers accommodation for big parties and events surrounded by fragrant fynbos. While their beerhouse Mountain Brewing Co isn't always open for a quick drop-in, follow their social media accounts to see when they have open days to try their boutique beer.

loadshed lager beer

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

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