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, 21 April 2011

Deetlefs Estate - Rawsonville

This is a very nice winery. It has a nice feeling to it as you approach the cellar.
The staff were nice at the cellar. The lady explained each wine to us.

I was really impressed with the SB here. To the extent we bought two bottles.
The reisling here is one of the best I have tried in South Africa so far. I find that it still doesn't compare to German or Australian Reislings I have tried, and therefore didn't buy any, but I was still very happy to see that this winery can make a nice reisling :-)
I would recommend visiting this winery if in the area.

1 comment:

  1. Opened one of the SB's in the weekend. It was very nice. It's a smooth SB and very easy to drink.