TSIBA Trail Run – Landtscap & Carinus Family Vineyards

 What a spectacular weekend of weather we had here in the Cape!

We forced ourselves out of bed on Saturday morning to join the TSIBA Trail Run at Landtscap.  I didn’t see the part about them starting at 7:30 now that summer has arrived, so we were a little late and missed the start – but ran the route anyway and it was absolutely 100% worth getting up for and a fantastic way to start a Saturday!

We ran through vineyards and orchards, passed a few walkers with their dogs and had a mammoth climb to the finish at the end.  But relaxing on the grass at the finish had the most incredible 270 degree view spanning from the Paarl mountain right across Stellenbosch Valley to False Bay.  Amazing!  

Landtscap is an absolutely beautiful venue if you are looking for one.  Very simple inside and maximising on the spectacular valley views.

The next TSIBA run is on 7 December at Groot Constantia Wine Estate.  The TSIBA Overberg series also has a run on 23rd November at Gabrielskloof Estate.

Even though there are vineyards and orchards, Landtscap itself is just a venue.  But as most TSIBA runs are on winefarms with a few tastings available, there was the CARINUS FAMILY VINEYARDS CHENIN BLANC available for tasting at the finish.
As far as I understand, this is the only wine made by the Carinus Family.  They have been grape (wine) farming for many years, but always sold their grapes to other winemakers.  In 2010 they decided to keep some of the best for themselves and produce their own superior quality white wine.  The result – a beautifully fruity Chenin Blanc with a lingering aftertaste. 
It is made from hand picked grapes grown in the Swartland and with it’s fun label it is perfect for any occasion.  It looks like at the moment you will need to contact them on their Facebook account to purchase some wine, otherwise I have seen it available on Yuppie Chef.  Yes, this awesome online kitchen store now stocks wine too – fantastic!

Spectacular start to a lovely weekend!  What did you get up to?

Devonvale, Stellenbosch – entrance from Bottelary Road (M23).
Tel: +27 21 865 2736 / +27 81 048 1188


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