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A Postcard from Stellenbosch, South Africa

Greetings from Toronto. My fast paced life is a little too full on at the minute, and while I am tired, I love it so I am not going to complain. However, after two long haul economy flights (from Capetown via Jo’burg to London, and London to Toronto), I was thrilled to wake up in a bed this morning. An actual bed! On the ground! Before I get stuck in here, for I have a busy week ahead, I wanted to share a little bit about Stellenbosch with you. I tried last night but fell asleep next to my laptop. I need to set some work / life boundaries.

So, Stellenbosch. All I knew was that they produced a lot of good wine, and that the surroundings were pretty stellar. Yes, that was all true, but there was so much more. Terrific restaurants, stunning views, the light, and the lovely warm generous people. Within a few days I was already starting to plan my second visit to the area, there is so much more to explore. 

We followed some of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes which represent over 200 wineries (and their restaurants, accommodations etc.), but we also had the opportunity to explore outside this, cooking traditional Cape Malay and Cape food generally with Latiefah, Ilse (The Food Fox) and Lilly. We visited the local township, Kayamandi, where we met local entrepreneurs (one of which was Lilly) and some of the locals. Kayamandi has a population of about 55,000 and the kids there don’t have much, but they were playing joyously in a way that I rarely see anywhere in the west. Some were playing football on a patch of concrete outside the supermarket, and their ball was a plastic bag that they had stuffed. It touched me deeply and made me think of how privileged we are, and how much we take for granted. Which is a cliché, but you know, for a reason. They all wanted their photo taken, and so I obliged.

Enjoy these photos! I will be back soon with more, and some recipes.

This campaign was created and sponsored by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Destinate in partnership with  iambassador. The cooking classes and tour of Kayamandi were provided by Bites and Sites Food Tours (and I highly recommend them). Ilse, of The Food Fox, will also be opening a demo kitchen soon so watch out for that. I maintain full editorial control of the content published, as always.

 

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  1. These photos are great, Niamh. We went to SA on our honeymoon and travelled through Stellenbosch and Franschhock. I think they were the most stunning places I’ve ever seen. Everything about it was great – people, food, accommodation. I would love to go back someday. (No money on earth would drag me back to Jo’burg, though! Hope you didn’t have a layover there!)

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  2. Great Photos Niamh. Brings back very happy memories – Stellenbosch was the first place that we stopped off at, when we packed our city jobs in and started up WineUnearthed just over 10 years ago now…time flies! As you said some great food and wine, picture postcard scenery and very friendly people…if ever you need some wine recommendations before venturing to a wine region don’t hesitate in asking. Enjoy your travels ;-)

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