Welcome to the Western Cape Wineries - a kiwi's opinion blog

I originally set up this blog to help foreigners have an enjoyable experience when visiting the western cape wineries in South Africa.

I realised that it is very difficult for a tourist to choose where to go and which wineries to visit, when you have 600+ wine producers to choose from.

When I first moved to SA December 2010, my palate struggled to adjust to SA wine, b
ut after living here for a while and after visiting over 100+ wine estates, I have found many wines which I really like and can highly recommend.

Admittingly, when you come from another country it is hard not to compare the wine in SA to what you are used to back home. However, once you realise they are not the same (they have their own characteristics due to the different soil, climate etc) and appreciate their wines for being SA wines, it will improve your opinion and experience of the wines immediately.

If you are staying in SA for a while, don't dispair, your palate will change, and you will soon find yourself liking SA wine over your home countries wine!!

I hope my blog will help wine lovers have an enjoyable wine experience while in SA.

Please note: I am not a wine connoisseur. The comments I write about the wine is mostly for my own benefit of having them on record.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

KWV - Paarl

We went to KWV for a wine tasting. There is a huge amount of wines available to try, including sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, brandy, and fortified wines. If you are a big group, there should be something here for everyone.

The service at KWV was very good. There are several tables to allow guests to sit down, choose which wines they would like to try, and then have the wine brought to you to try.

There are many wines I liked. However, if you are looking for something a bit different, be sure to try the Cafe Culture Pinotage. This is a mocha red wine. I loved the coffee smell it has, the smoothness of the wine, and the taste. This wine is a little dry.

If you like Port, be sure to try the KWV Cape Ruby. It has a great taste: slightly dry aftertaste and yet sweet.

If you are passing by KWV and have time, be sure to pop in and try their wines.

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