I was lucky enough to have been invited on an educational media trip, exploring the Worcester and Breedekloof Valley regions. After visiting this hidden, underrated gem, I share with you my adventures over two blog posts.
Arriving in Worcester, the sun was shining and the mountains stood tall. Our first stop was a breakfast and educational talk at Blindiana Barista, where Joseph, SA’s first blind barista, showed us how to make the best cappuccino. Thereafter we enjoyed a hearty farm style breakfast, and a talk from the ‘’Innovation for the blind’ NPO. The work that this organisation does for those who are visually impaired is inspiring to say the least, from teaching the blind to iron their own clothing, basic gardening skills and growing their own fresh produce, to ‘Measurably improving the quality of life for the visually impaired’ which is their slogan.
Our next stop was De Wet Cellar – the fire was crackling when we arrived and the interior of the wine estate is beautiful and modern. Wine maker Phillip led us into a ‘blind tasting’ where we had to guess the cultivar of the wine we were smelling & tasting- easier said than done, but loads of fun! We ended off the day with a food & wine pairing, with food that was out of this world! The oxtail was super rich and fell right off the bone – highly recommended! Their wines have such good prices that you just can’t help but spoil yourself – Ranging from R50 – R70 per bottle (including their Port), this place is a real treat and so affordable for the quality of wines produced here.
Following this hearty meal, we departed for NUY winery for a sweet chocolate & fudge pairing, paired with brandy, gin and muscadel. NUY has always been a favourite of mine, with stunning views all around and friendly staff.
After a long, exciting and eventful day, we booked into the Slanghoek Villa at the ATKV Goudini Spa – we were spoilt with the newly renovated villas, situated right on top of the hill with breathtaking views of the Breedekloof Valley- the sunset was one I will never forget! Dinner plans included a pasta making demonstration at Picardi Place, right up the road from the Spa. I still can’t believe how easy it is to make home-made, nutritious pasta from scratch! We sipped on Chenin all evening, and chatted away over our delicious pasta, followed by the BEST carrot cake I have ever tasted. I have to highlight this as it was DIVINE – all home made by our wonderful host Jaco.
The next morning I woke up early and ran down to the heated swimming pools at the Spa – one of my favourite things to do is soak and relax in hot water. The baths are naturally heated and leave you feeling rejuvenated for the rest of the day. Day 1 was a huge success and I’d like to thank everyone who made it possible – Worcester Tourism Association, Breedekloof Wine Valley, Innovation for the Blind and of course all the wine farms, restaurants and businesses who warmly welcomed us. Watch out for Part 2 coming soon!
For more information on these places see the links below:https://worcestertourism.com/
Other things to do in Worcester include:
Kleinplasie open air museum , The Botterboom Hiking Trail, Olivae Olive Oil Estate and Explore the Unique Fossil Trail.