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).

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.

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!

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

Do you want to surprise your lover with a romantic day out this Valentine’s Day?

We have the perfect give for you! Book your Bikes ‘n Wines tour between 9 – 15 of February and get a FREE bottle of BUBBLY!

Make your booking now via bookings@bikesnwines.com or Tel: +27(0)218238790 and enjoy your Valentine’s Day in Style! Click here to see all the tours we have on offer!

 

 

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Are you a student and looking for some fun stuff to do before going back to university? Book your Bikes ‘n Wines Tour and get 20% discount! Book via bookings@bikesnwines.com or +27(0)218238790 (only for students with a valid student card). Click HERE to see the different routes we have on offer!

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In February, Bikes ‘n Wines invited a selection of journalists to enjoy the Winelands with us during a Harvest Media Trip. Result; a great day on bicycles with an amazing bunch of journalists, bloggers, vloggers and cycling activists.

Read, listen and watch their experiences with Bikes ‘n Wines in the Winelands below and book your tour now!

 

 

Mike Eloff Video Life of Mike (#TheLawry)

 

Kirsten Wilkens Blog Bicycle Cape Town

Samantha Linsell Blog Taste & Titbits

Lisa Wallace Article Cape Town ETC

Elise Kirsten Article Ride Magazine South Africa

 

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When thinking about France, I get nostalgic about long camping holidays in Provence, eating fresh baguettes every day, sipping wine whilst watching people on a terrace in Paris and partaking a great meal at the end of the day – preferably with escargot, duck a L’orange and more wine to accompany the heavenly food. If you want to have a similar experience in the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek is the place to be. This romantic little town which is encircled by the Hottentot Holland Mountain Range and is the place to taste the amazing food that South Africa has to offer. Forget your braai and fish and chips, Franschhoek has its own Haute Cuisine and fine wines which came with the French Hugenots to the Cape and have been perfected ever since! Reason enough to explore this lovely town and its beautiful surroundings in the best way possible – by bicycle! We meet our guide William at Franschhoek Cellars, the meeting point of the tour on the outskirts of the town center. In no-time, he has us kitted out and ready to go on an exciting ride through the Winelands. We start easy today, with 3,5 km of flat road to the first winery, Maison Estate. Here, we taste amazing wines, paired with Stilton cheese, chocolate truffles, biltong and caramel fudge. great view from GlenwoodStill savoring the mouthwatering food and delicious wine, we climb on our bikes to ride to the second stop of our trip –Glenwood wine farm. This petite winery is hidden on the Robertsvlei Road, a dirt road without any traffic for some peaceful off road cycling. As we meander through the valley, we have time to absorb the beauty of the amazing mountain ranges and the green vineyards that are contrast with the blue sky and brown sand roads. When arriving at Glenwood, we are welcomed by the farm workers who are preparing the grapevines for the harvest season. Lizelle, our tasting manager has reserved the best table for us, underneath the trees and overlooking the dam and vineyards. It is busy and the small restaurant is so full that even the winemaker steps in to help. He is running from the cellars to tasting center whilst we enjoy the fabulous Chardonnays and Shiraz’. After these full bodied wines and even better views, it is time to ride to our third stop – La Bri, located on the edge of the town. The road, which is still empty – is now getting a bit steep and I can feel the wine in my legs. Luckily, the climb is short and before we even realize it, we already pass the bridge to La Bri and are ushered into the tasting room – which probably has the most magnificent view in the world! Here, we taste three red wines (click here for the taste review) with different types of Biltong (dried cured meat)- beef, droewors and ostrich biltong. A great experience, as the meat complements the red wine beautifully and the ladies working in the tasting room are friendly and knowledgeable about the products. Sad to leave after this amazing tasting, it is time to cycle the last little stretch of the Franschhoek Tour. We stop for a short break at the Hugenot Momument that was built to commemorate the influence of the French culture in South Africa. Even though only 600 Huguenots came to the Cape in the 17th and 18th century, you can still feel and taste the French influence in the wine making, the names of the farms and the architecture. Whilst cycling through the center of town, we pass many award winning restaurants such as The Tasting Room and Reuben’s. After a lunch in the courtyard of Franschhoek Cellars, we are promised one more wine tasting, paired with either cheese or chocolate. As I am from the Netherlands, I choose the wine and cheese pairing and what a treat it is indeed! The six (!) wines I tasted are all from the Franschhoek Cellar range and the cheese is hand-made from Truckle Traditional Cheese. I simply loved the Boerenkaas with the Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc, a creamy gorgonzola with the Old Museum Merlot and the Cumin Boerenkaas with Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Our final tasting was conducted in the newly revamped cellar and you can choose to sit either at the modern bar, the chic cigar lounge or in front of the massive windows overlooking the mountains. With this last pairing, our experience comes to an end! And what a day it was…. Wine, cheese, biltong, chocolate and so much more! Enjoy your active and culinary day in the ‘French Corner’ and book your Franschhoek Experience now!

When you live in Hout Bay, there is a scene that you see every morning (at least in summer). A stream of tourist buses, minivans and rental cars who make their way down to the little town of Hout Bay from Cape Town, rushing off to see the oldest working harbor before travelling along the beautiful coastal route of the Africa, Chapmans’ Peak. End destination, Cape of Good Hope National Park, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean come together. All these places are visited in one day, seen from a closed bus window, which is air conditioned and free from all the (sea) smells, noises and tastes of the Cape Peninsula. When the bus stops, the tourists run out (sometimes literally) for that one snap shot of the blue sea, the blossoming proteas or the numbers of baboons one can spot on the way before rushing back into the vehicle – because no one wants to be left behind. Can these tourists say that they have experienced the Cape Peninsula? They will say yes, I will say no! Or, I would say yes, 6 months ago, when I didn’t cycle yet and had no clue how much more you experience on a bicycle. Last month, I finally had the privilege to join a very fit and sporty German couple on the Cape Peninsula Pedal, a new tour from Bikes ‘n Wines that offers a route from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope National Park and back via Noordhoek and Hout Bay. A big part of this route is ridden by thousands of cyclists each year during the famous Cape Argus CYCLE Tour, which means that the roads are perfectly suitable for road biking.

The first stop during the tour is Muizenberg, where we met up with one of the shark spotters who have their post on Old Boyes Drive. Looking out over the beach, they try and distinguish the surfers from the sharks with special goggles and send a signal when they see one of these deadly beauties cruising the backline. Secondly, we visit another animal which is famous on the Cape Peninsula Tour, the penguins in Simon’s Town. They are one of the only penguin colonies in the whole of Africa and you can swim or sunbath with them on Boulder’s Beach. Whilst we take a peek at these lovely creatures, the guide sets up the bikes and we are ready to get peddling. Next stop; Cape of Good Hope National Park. On the map, it seems a small distance, but there lies a small obstacle before us – namely Smitswinkel. This hill is feared by many cyclists, as the gradient can be challenging, especially when the wind is blowing. Whilst we are making our way to the top, we gaze over the blue ocean on our left hand side which is contrasted by the green mountains on our right. Slowly but surely, we come closer to the main gate of the National Park – where we are welcomed by ostriches, baboons and amazing waves rolling over the rocks with a deafening sound! The best reward after all the exertion of this morning – a picnic lunch full of South African treats such as biltong, some nice cheeses, crackers, snoek pate and lovely juice to quench our thirsty throats. Sitting on a blanket and looking at the blue water below us is the best feeling after a few hours of cycling.

After lunch, there is more to discover and we make our way towards Noordhoek via the lovely towns of Scarborough, Misty Cliffs and Kommietje. If you want, you can cycle this part, but we opt for the comfort of the van and enjoy more breathtaking views of the Cape Peninsula. Of course, the wine will not be forgotten on a Bikes ‘n Wines tour and the guides takes us to one of the most beautiful wine farms in this area – Cape Point Vineyards – where we taste amazing wines that differ from other wine regions in the country, due to the influence of the sea and the height of the Vineyards. Before we end this fantastic day full of sun, cycling, food and great wines, we have one more stop to go to – Chapman’s Peak. This mountain pass is voted one of the most beautiful roads in the world and the views of Hout Bay, the Sentinel and the Atlantic Ocean are absolutely stunning. A great way to finish the day before we head back to Cape Town – The Cape Peninsula Tour is an amazing opportunity for active people to explore this famous route in a new way. I can recommend it to anyone, get out of the bus and onto the bike!

 

Biltong is a truly South African Experience and a trip to the Winelands would not be the same without it. At La Bri in Franschhoek they offer a sweet (chocolate) and savoury (biltong) pairing I only managed to stay for the biltong pairing but that just gives me an excuse to go back and experience the other tasty delights this charming winery has to offer. We spread out on the luxurious leather couches while the wines where explained to us: The pairing consisted of 3 red wines with 3 different “biltongs” 1. La Bri Merlot 2012 paired with Angus Beef Biltong La Bri merlotGood beef biltong is always great and beef is the general accompaniment to a good red. The salty taste of the biltong brought out a few of the flavours in the merlot that I would not normally have picked up in this subtle vintage. To be honest I seem to have moved away from Merlot as a red wine. I feel the problem with tasting so many delicious wines as a “job”, I am struggling to find a merlot that has a sharp enough taste for it to be very memorable. This is by no means an insult to the wine. I feel it is a great wine that I would be able to drink all evening on a chilly winters night or even slightly chilled in summer (have I become one of those people?) and the salty beef managed to pull a few of the nuances out that enhanced a bit of the flavour for me.   2. La Bri Syrah 2012 paired with Droewors La Bri Syrah Droewors is generally quite a fatty snack, I really liked this with the rich tannins in the Syrah. The mild flavour of the wors did not have a huge effect in the wine itself, it was more the fatty, buttery taste of the droewors that softened the wine and as soon as that tannin was removed, one could linger a bit more of the berry rich tastes (instead of feeling like you have been sucking a dischcloth).     3. La Bri Affinity (Bordeaux blend) 2012 paired with Ostrich Biltong La Bri Affinity I am a huge Bordeaux blend fan and a huge ostrich biltong so I only have praise for this wine. I love looking at everyone else’s glasses after a tasting. You can see which wine was everyone’s favourite by seeing what they drank the most of – every single perosn had finished of this one. The Salt of the biltong brought out the almost cherry sweetness that I have come to love in a bordeaux blend, one that you can almost always find if you look hard enough, the richness of the biltong also worked very well with the richness of the wine to ensure you weren’t completely overwhelmed by either taste and that the wine and biltong complimented each other perfectly.   My review of the La Bri biltong tasting is a short and sweet one, although we did arrive at the wine farm early-ish to start on the red wines, the atmosphere was inviting and the staff friendly, so we did not feel rushed and when you are tasting red wines this early you need to take your time. This was the perfect start to a day in the winelands, and a great way to enjoy 2 of South Africa’s favourites – Red wine and Red meat 🙂

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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.

Neetlingshof Wine Estate
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!

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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