On the Stoep: tasting wine weekend at Graaff-Reinet
If it’s late May then Grahamstonians can spend the weekend tasting wine in the historical quarter of Graaff-Reinet. For the price of a R250 ticket you get to sample wine from some 30 different estates: there’s craft beer, gin and liqueurs too. It’s that rare thing in South Africa – you get to see affluent people walking – yes walking – around town from one cluster of wineries to the next! Of course you can’t expect street lights everywhere (or well maintained pavements) and that makes for some rather tricky night navigation when you have been sampling for several hours. Graaff-Reinet’s motorists also treat random photographers as fair game to flatten so I spent Friday evening finding a safe place to take pictures on Saturday. I settled on this spot outside Reinet House on Murray Street and got some nice results after sunset.