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.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Southern Right - Walker Bay

This winery is very cool. In the fact that it is different to other wineries. You drive along the dirt road towards the cellar, and to your left you can see the cellar in a distance, you can see the remains of a brick making building on the grass between the road and the cellar and as there was no one else visiting the winery at the same time as us, it had a mysterious feel to the place. I liked it!! :-)

These are the steps leading up to the cellar door:

This photo shows the display that was to the right corner of the front entrance porch:

This is where you can sit to try the wines. The wine is brought to you, which allows you to take your time and  enjoy the wine:

From the tasting room, you can see the following through one window and in the next photo you can see the view through the window on the opposite side of the room.

The wine tasting is free, and the service is very good. The lady at the cellar offered us four wines to try, two reds and two whites. The wine was quite nice, but did not jump out at me.

The experience of coming to this winery, is worth the visit. Be sure to pop in if you are out this way.

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