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Take a Walk on the Wine Side

A cover of mist hangs over the Robertson Valley as we set off from the graceful Cape Dutch Excelsior Manor Guesthouse at dawn. The surrounding vineyards are bathed in the warm glow of the sun’s low-angled rays and the dewdrops on the leaves look like amber crystals. It is springtime and the vines are small, but if you look closely you can imagine where a grape that will one day contribute to a delectable bottle of wine is about to grow. We’ll soon be getting a taste of the fruit of these vineyards on our first wine tasting of the day because this is, after all, a wine walk.

In recent years the number of so-called wine walks in the country has increased. They are offered in Wellington, Stellenbosch and Hermanus, and it is

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