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.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Durbanville Hills Restaurant - Durbanville

I recently went back to Durbanville Hills for lunch and had a lovely meal.

Before choosing which Sauvignon Blanc to have with my meal, I was able to try three Sauvignon Blancs from the wine menu. My results are: I am still not a fan of the Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The Rhinofields was nicer, but the nicest one on the wine list is definitely the Durbanville Hills Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc. This was nice, fresh, crisp and light.

My comment on the Shiraz in a previous post I take back. I recommended this to my boyfriend who likes Shiraz wine, and after tasting it again, I have decided it is not that good, especially compared to other Shiraz's out there. Even though my boyfriend is a fan of Shiraz, he didn't like this one so much.

There were three of us trying out the menu at the restaurant, and all three of us enjoyed our meals. I had the chicken with cranberry cous cous and popadum, it was really nice!! I gave my meal a rating of 8/10.

A friend of mine had the ostrich sandwich rating it 6/10.

My boyfriend had the chicken pie which he rated at 8/10.
The food here is really good value for money. All three dishes we ordered were between R60 - R70.

This winery produces wine on a larger scale than most in the neighbouring area, and I think that reflects on the wine, service and ambiance. Be sure to check out this winery though, as there is a very nice view and the food at the restaurant is nice.

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