Road Trip Day 4

We packed our rental “Smurfette” with our luggage and radio gear and headed for Robertson…

The drive from Franschhoek to Robertson is just spectacular. We really do live in the most beautiful country!

After a 2 and a half hour journey, we arrived at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse and Wine Estate.

It is so rich in history with 5 generations of stories and heritage.

I walked around the Manor feeling like I should be wearing petticoats and corsets. We had tea in the drawing room on arrival and it was just special.


In the morning, I woke up to perfect blue skies and a breakfast out by the pool. It’s crazy to think this used to be the De Wet’s home, before it became a guesthouse.

After breakfast, we took a drive with Freddie De Wet and he showed us the Excelsior Wine Farm…

Annabell (A wonderful German tourist we met), Bailey and Liz

Freddie also took us to the Robertson Nursery School, where I met the cutest children.

They were fascinated by the iPhone’s camera and the fact that you can turn the screen around so they could see themselves… I video’d them… Too cute. You just hear them saying in Afrikaans “Kyk Hier”, which means “Look here” as they see themselves on the screen. Their giggles and excitement is contagious.

Freddie then brought us to the wooden cabin on the lake for wine tasting with his son Peter. We were introduced to all the Excelsior Wines and then I was given the opportunity to blend my very own wine…

All the wines we tasted… BEFORE my radio show! *Hiccup*


I was given a test tube, where I could then blend the different wines together and taste… I tried too options before deciding on the perfect blend…

 I poured my test tube into my wine glass to taste…

Deciding between the 2

OK… I’ve decided… Now to blend into my wine bottle…

It was then time to cork my bottle of wine… It’s not as easy as you think…

Then to heat seal the top of the cork…

Write the labels…

Stick them on carefully…

And VOILA… my very own blend 🙂

Just before my radio show was about to begin, we went to Viljoensdrift for a picnic.

We didn’t have time to do the picnic on the cruise, but it sure looks like fun.

I was so full after the fresh ciabatta, snoek and chicken pates and cheese… Too delicious.

We headed back to the Manor, where I would be interviewing father and son: Freddie and Peter De Wet. What fun these two are. Such characters.

Thank you to everyone in Robertson and to Excelsior Manor Guesthouse for having us. It was an amazing trip and I cannot wait to visit again soon.

Bookings done here

Avis had come through to exchange little Smurfette for a bigger car… We now had to travel to Knysna and then from Knysna all the way back to Paternoster, so we needed something a little bigger.

We packed up the new car and headed for Knysna. There are so many road works being done because of the floods that happened, so it took us 5 hours to get there.

PS. Today is apparently my Twitter accounts 4th birthday! YAY! Thank you to everyone who follows me and if you don’t… now’s the perfect time (in celebration) @baileyschneider


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