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

Viljoensdrift - Roberston

We went to this winery about 2.40pm to try make it just before they shut at 3pm.

I had heard so much about this winery, mostly because of the picnic and wine tasting they offer on a boat trip down the river. I knew that we wouldn't get there in time for a boat ride, but I was determined to go there to see what this winery was all about.

We got to try a few wines, and as soon as 3pm hit they let us know that they close at 3pm and our tasting ended right there.

The wines were ok, but we didn't buy any to take home. The person pouring the wine for us was not very informative, but perhaps that was because it was coming to the end of the day.

I hope to go back to this winery to do the boat cruise, eat at the restaurant and try the wines again with more time.

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