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

Waterford - stellenbosch

This is a very nice winery. The restaurant and wine tasting building is that of an old tuscany styled building. From the moment you drive up to the winery it is picturesque.

On arrival, you walk up the stairs and in to the courtyard. There is a nice water fountain, and in the courtyard there are plenty of seats for guests to sit down and enjoy the selection of wines.

This winery offers wines with matching chocolate. I love this touch that they have added. Sure it's a little pricy, but it's a great idea how they pair different flavoured chocolate to the wine. For example, one chocolate is salty to resemble salty food, and when paired with the red wine, it macthes nicely.

I absolutely loved the Rosemary wine here. I was informed that the skins were in contact for only 2 hours, which gives the wine the slightest hint of pink colouring. I love the light pink colour this Rose` has.

If it is not a nice day, there is still plenty of undercover seating and worth visiting.

I highly recommend visiting this winery!!

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