We are a fun loving, wine drinking, hospitality focused family.
There aren’t many things that can be used as similarities between Cape Town South Africa and the pineywoods of East Texas. Different hemispheres, different climates, different political structure and different cultures. What you call cookies, we call biscuits, What you call biscuits, we call scones. What you call scones, well, you’ll just have to meet us to have this conversation. You get the drift. After being here for 16 years now, there is one relatable enjoyment: A group of friends, good food and undoubtedly, good wine. That commonality crosses international date lines and language barriers.
Lekker wine tours aims to be an accumulation of places and experiences to mimic that moment. Friends enjoying a day in the vineyards and ending in a meal shared.
Growing up ...
I grew up in the Winelands of Cape Town. Both my parents were in the tourism industry. My mom was the general manager of a family owned, boutique, 24 room guesthouse and my father managed holiday homes for international homeowners. My sister and I were homeschooled for most of my school years. In addition to the curriculum, life and its experiences became our classroom. It was not uncommon for school projects to be fitted between day trips to see tourist attractions when VIP guests were in town. I have calculated many math problems in the office of our family guesthouse.
Service to others was a consistent theme in my growing up. If something needed to be done to delight or make right for the guest, it was handled without question. I have helped make beds and cook breakfast when the staff had to call in sick. I watched my mom make calls and change plans at the flick of a wrist when the weather meant canceling cable car trips up table mountain or when the tour guide to the winelands did not show. My dad would pick up guests from the airport in the middle of the night and bring them to their holiday home, making sure everyone was settled and knew how to use the coffee maker in a strange kitchen. Hospitality is at the core of our family.
it's a family affair ...
We (yes I have convinced Mom and Dad to come along for the ride) found an opportunity to bring that level of service and attention to East Texas and its wine lovers. We will work with handpicked vineyards and estates, passionate winemakers as well as top notch establishments that share our love of customer focused experience. There are over 25 wineries scattered throughout the many curtains of pine trees in East Texas and we can’t wait to show them to you. Feel free to give my mom a call or book online. We can’t wait to meet you!