Weekend Greetings from …..

…… the ‘Flockers’. Just a reminder to the Flocktober Festival next weekend in our village and don’t forget the international Bird Fair with ornithologists of fame from all over. The Bird Fair starts this weekend and ends 6 October. More info via the local tourism bureau (Stanford Info)_DSC3571WEB

Wine tasting

Most tourists to South Africa who focus on wine tasting limit themselves to the known wine producing areas in and around Cape Town and the Breede River Valley including Robertson. And virtually all visit the known cellars of which the wines are also available in the supermarkets abroad. We always prefer the off the beaten track cellars for it’s there where visitors experience one after the other surprise and most of the time it’s the farmer himself who creates the wines and speaks with the visitors. We are lucky to live in this wonderful village with excellent wines (including 5 star ones!!!) and most of the wines are made by the farmer/owner. The local tourism bureau (Stanfordinfo) has all the contact details of these wine makers (most of them remotely located and that guaranteers some magnificent sight viewing). Wine farms are Bosch Rivier, Raka, Brunia, Vaalvlei, Misty Mountains, Springfontein, Stanford Hills and Sir Robert Stanford Estate. Hope we didn’t forget one… Don’t drink and drive! (Thanks)_DSC5023

Refreshing Greetings from Stanford

More about this hidden paradise -so glad it’s private and not mentioned in any travel publication- in Stanford: click here (opens in new window). But there are places similar (but not as diverse) in Stanford that are more accessible for a wider public such as the hiking trails with waterfall at Salmonsvlei Dam along the Papiesvlei Road and Pigs Snout along the road to Hermanus. Just ask the local tourism bureau in Stanford. This ‘Garden of Eden’ however, we like to keep to ourselves. It just accentuates the choice for Stanford as ‘Best Village Destination in South Africa’._DSC1987web