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.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

D'Aria - Durbanville

We went to this winery after Altydgedacht and tried everything on the list.

The lady who served us was very nice, friendly and informative.

Some of my favourite wines here are:
Reserve: The Soparano 2008. R120. This was really nice!! It is a little dry, yet smooth and velvety, has great flavour and would go great with food!!
Reserve: The Songbird 2010. R98. It is light, tasty, has interesting flavours of green pepper and lime.
Terra D'Aria Blush 2010. R35. This is a really nice, easy to drink, light wine. It is great value for money!! Its a blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 60% Merlot. The skin has been in contact for 3-4 hours which gives it a really nice light pink colour. 

Be sure to try the Reserve: The Following 2009. This is a blend of 80% Viognier, 15% Semillon, and 5% Suavignon Blanc. It has a really interesting and unique smell and taste to it. It has a grassy and spicy smell and taste to it. I really couldn't get my mind round this wine. Unique sums it up.

The Terra D'Aria Merlot 2009 was easy to drink, smooth and nice.

If you are on this route, do pop in for a wine tasting as there are some great wines to try here.

1 comment:

  1. I opened the bottle of Blush 2010 the other day and really enjoyed it. It's an easy to drink, tasty wine. I will definitely be buying more of this wine in the future.