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

Laborie - Paarl

Laborie is also on the main road of Paarl. There is a nice setting at this winery. At the end of the drive way, there is a restaurant to the left and the cellar door to the right. There is indoor and outdoor seating for one to sit down and enjoy the wines.

It costs R15 to taste five wines, R25 for eight wines and you still have to pay this fee even if you buy wine (some wineries do not charge you for tasting if you buy a bottle of wine).

Laborie has a brandy which won best brandy in the world award in 2010. I am not a fan of brandy, but this was actually very nice, smooth and pleasant to drink. This brandy sells for as little as R126 a bottle.

Also worthwhile trying is the Jean Taillefert 2006 (R151) and the Ltd Shiraz 2008 (R67).

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