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Bikes ‘n Wines in ‘Top 100 things to do in Cape Town this winter’

Bikes 'n Wines Giving BackThe temperature drops and all we want to do is snuggle on the couch with some hot chocolate and a blanket. Sounds tempting? It does for us, but there are so many great activities to do in Cape Town during the winter months. Bikes ‘n Wines is one of them! We are proud be listed on #46 in the ‘Top 100 things to do in Cape Town this Winter! Cycle with your family through the beautiful vineyards, gaze at the snowy mountains and taste wine in front of the fireplace! Or take your friends out for an adventurous ride in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Read the full article here, be inspired to spend some time in the ‘Mother City’ this winter and book your Bikes ‘n Wines tour now! button    

Cycling in the Vineyards
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Watch the new Bikes ‘n Wines movie

Curious to know what you can expect on a Bikes ‘n Wines tour? This new movie will give you a great overview of what we have to offer. Experience the wine farms, see the beautiful roads we cycle through and the great food you will taste when you go on tour with us!

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Free wine tasting
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Free Bikes ‘n Wines Wine Tasting

Over the next weeks, Bikes ‘n Wines is organizing different wine tastings in Backpackers around Cape Town.

Please see below where you can find us! Join us for a good glass of Thandi Wines and get 15% off you next Bikes ‘n Wines booking. Friday 24 April 2015  – Ashanti Backpackers, Gardens, 6.30 PM  AshantiLodgeBackpackers_Gardens Thursday 30 April 2015  – 33 South Backpackers, Observatory, 7PM  11182217_889563181085297_7250882276913175332_n

Tarryn at Cape of Good Hope
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Bikes ‘n Wines Staff Member off on a fantastic fundraising Journey

Bikes ‘n Wines Operations Manager, Tarryn Povey will be getting VERY well acquainted with one of our Bikes ‘n wines Road Bicycle’s (Giant Defy 3) in May, when she undertakes the Unogwaja Challenge.

This 11 Day Journey, see’s a group of 11 paticipants cycle the 1660 km’s from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg to run the Ultimate Human race – Comrades Marathon (89km’s).

Unogwaja Journey

Why would the group be doing this?

For charity of course.

This initiative raised over 1 million rand last year and aims to double that in 2015. Bikes ‘n wines has been very involved in a lot Tarryn’s fundraising (she has raised R35 000 so far and is still aiming for a target of R50 000) and we will be standing behind Tarryn all the way, or rather below her as we have swapped Tarryn’s 15 year old road bicycle for one of our new Giant Defy’s to ensure she makes it all the way to Kwazulu-Natal with no hassles.

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We will also be joining her on the first leg of her Journey in a public Ride from Cape Town to Franschhoek – so we have decided that we will be in the festive spirit in franschhoek on the day and will offer our guests 20% off our Franschhoek Experience Tour on the same day that Tarryn heads off on her Journey. (21 May 2015) You can experience a full day wine tasting cycle tour through Franschhoek for only R850 per person. Find out more here So get hold of us now on: bookings@bikesnwines.com (you will probably speak to Tarryn so wish her luck!) and quote “Unogwaja” to receive your discount!

Cape Peninsula
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Cape Peninsula Special

Have you always wanted to cycle the Cape Town Cycle Tour (former Cape Argus Tour) or did you miss out on this year’s event? Bikes ‘n Wines offers you the chance to step onto a road bike with the Cape Peninsula Pedal and explore the great natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula. Until the 15th of April, Bikes ‘n Wines offers you 15% off your booking if you quote PENINSULA. Book now via bookings@bikesnwines.com or 074-1860418. Read this blog for more inspiration about the Cape Peninsula Pedal. PeninsulaPedalfinal1forwebsite

Mike Eloff on tour
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Mike Eloff on Tour

Adventure Ride
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Dagbreek Interview

Group Picture with GoPro
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Go Pro Tour

Wine and pizza pairing
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Pizza A la Mulderbosch

Pizza travels the world and comes in all shapes and sizes. Round, rectangular, folded over as a calzone or as flat bread, this creation is still one of the most popular dishes in the world and the varieties and toppings are endless. Even though the perfect pizza (or pizzaioli as the Italians call it) is created by the Napoli in the way it was first done in the 17th century, the dish has evolved and migrated with its people. If you eat a pizza in the United States, the dough is rich and the bottom as thick as a car wheel, topped with kilograms of cheddar. We as South Africans have stayed quite close to the original recipe, but our version will be topped with a lot of local ingredients, such as biltong, pineapple or avocado. Most South African restaurants that are famous for their pizzas will also prepare the dish in the same ways as the Italians do, in a wood-fired oven, to keep the same authentic taste as la mama used to make them. Mulderbosch Wine Estate has perfected the art of traditional pizza-making and is one of the best places to taste a wood-fired pizza. Sit on the large terrace overlooking the beautiful slopes of the mountain or crawl together in front of the massive fireplace in winter to nibble on their amazing variety of pizzas. Or, book a Winelands Luxury Tour with Bikes ‘n Wines and experience pizza in a completely different way, paired with specially chosen wines. After we cycled a few kilometers to the top of the hill, some snacks are well-deserved, preferably accompanied by some good wines of course, and this is why we choose Mulderbosch. We were welcomed into the tasting room by the smell of melted cheese and the smile of the friendly staff members that have already started preparing the food for us. Sweaty, thirsty and curious, we slide around the table and listen to the beautiful story of Mulderbosch. The vineyard started producing wine in 1989 and has created some amazing brands since then, including ‘South Africa’s most celebrated Sauvignon Blanc’. Their signature brands are the Faithful Hound Range, the Savignon Blanc and of course an amazing noble late harvest

Wine tasting at Mulderbosch on a Bikes 'n Wines Tour

Mulderbosch has a large range to choose from, we make sure to pick our favourites

The general rule of thumb is to start with the white wines and slowly make your way to the reds and sweet dessert wines. We however, were encouraged to try different combinations with the pizza and decide which flavors WE thought worked well together. It was nice making up our own minds during the tasting.

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The pairings that were put together where the Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (2010) in combination with the Artichoke and Black Olive Pizza, he Cabernet Sauvignon Rose (2013) with the Proscuito, Rocket and Pecorino pizza. A deliscious Portebilini Mushroom pizza with the Yardstick Pinot Noir (2012) – showing that a red wine can be paired wonderfully with a vegitarian dish and a Biltong, Sweet Pepperdew and avo pizza with the Faithful Hound (2012). My absolute favorite however, was the Fig, Blue Cheese and Panchetta pizza, which was paired with Noble late harvest 2011. I am not normally a fan of sweet wine and would never pair a dessert wine with pizza, but the combination was perfect and brought out the sweet flavors of the figs and strengthened the salty taste of the pancetta allowing the wine to show its unique flavors with each bite. Overwhelmed by the explosion of different flavors and beautiful wine, it was time to set off to our next wine and food pairing. But truth to be said, I could have stayed there all day. South African wine and pizza really are the perfect pair!!

Post by: Myrna Van Pinxteren – Marketing

Neethlingshof
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In the heart of Maria @ Neethlingshof

Once upon a time, there was an amazing woman called Maria, who married a winemaker in Stellenbosch by the name of Charles Marais, they decided to start their matrimony as wine farmers and started production on a wine farm called Wolvendans (Dance of Wolves). When her husband died, she was left with the wine-estate and an unfinished Manor House. She took over the farm, completed the house with a feminine touch and expanded the property before to her son in law (Johannes Neethling) took over and the name changed to Neehlingshof. This wine farm is now known as Neethlingshof and located just off the R310 on your way to Stellenbosch . When driving into the estate, you wander back in time and can almost hear the horse drawn carriages that brought honored guests to the Manor House up a tree lined lane over a more than one kilometer long. The former Manor House is now transformed into a beautiful restaurant and the tasting room is attached to the wine cellar.

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The Manor house echoes the Cape Dutch Architecture that Stellenbosch is so well kwon for

Neethlingshof, which is nowadays part of the corporate Distell Group, offers a variety of wines, divided in three different labels; the Short Story Collection, the Premium Red Wine Collection and the Premium White Wine Collection. As you wander into the tasting room and the friendly staff welcomes you, you can feel the presence of Maria which breaths through the cellars. Not only does Neethlingshof offer guests a wine tasting where you are able to choose between 15 different wines, a wine and food pairing can also be arranged. As our group today is are cold and hungry, we choose the second option and warm our bellies with a range of flavors accompanied by five different wines. The sommelier explains why the dishes on our plate are chosen: “As you can see, all the tapas are real South African dished, made of food that you buy in any grocery store. We want to show you that you do not have to be a chef to make the right choice of wine with your food.” Our five course tasting meal exists of Tomato soup, samosas with home made atchar, bite sized meat balls, a steak sandwich with caramelized onion and chocolate shavings and Malva pudding. – See our tasting review here Sitting close to a wood fire and gazing into the massive wine cellars behind us, the sommelier enlightens us about the story behind the Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, The Owl Post Pinotage and the Maria Noble late harvest that is named after the famous Maria.

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  “We nurture the spirit of the ‘first lady’ deeply, and therefore dedicated our sweet dessert wine to her. She is not only displayed by the picture on the wall, but will always be in our hearts when we drink her wine.” The sweet wine which contains more than 220 grams of sugar per liter, matches perfectly with the even sweeter Malva Pudding. The pallet of dried apricots, honey and peach is a perfect conclusion to the pairing. We leave the pairing more than satisfied and when we get back on the bicycle to peddle the long lane back to main road, we have a final look to admire the beautiful legacy that Maria Marais has left behind. Want to taste the legacy of Maria yourself? Join us on one of our tours and be inspired!

Post by: Myrna Van Pinxteren – Marketing