I can imagine that this gets extremely busy in the height of summer, but in May there was plenty of free space which probably led to a more relaxed, enjoyable day. We took the first tram of the day on the red route, although the route we took did seem to vary slightly from the published timetable. We started off with four wines at the Holden Manz vineyard, which was set in a beautiful location. Strangely drinking wine at 11 a.m. didn't seem wrong as we sat and took in the sights. However, the wines here were not really to our taste. The restaurant looks fantastic but we really were too early for lunch. We started talking to a Canadian visitor here, who was the only other tourist on our bus and it really is noticeable how the friendships grow as the day progresses and the wine is drunk!! Our second stop was at La Couronne, where we selected the chocolate pairing option and sampled five wines - wine and chocolate together made more sense here than I had thought possible and again the view towards the chateau was spectacular. Three more wines and a good lunch followed at Moreson with a further five at Leopard's Leap - where we made our only purchase. I had read much about the lack of interest of the employees who explain about the wines and about high-pressure selling techniques. I can honestly say that throughout the day we could not have felt more relaxed or had any better service. We got back on the tram following our last vineyard and several of the groups had joined together as some people had skipped one or more stops. By now, everyone was friends with everyone else; our tram had South Africans, Germans, Dutch, Indians, Argentinians and the two of us from England but you wouldn't have known that we hadn't spent days together. Great value at 170 Rand for the day providing a non-driving option to sample some wine and enjoy the scenery in one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
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