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.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Groote Post - Darling

My boyfriend and I visited Groote Post on our way home from St Helena Bay. Its a 10km drive off the R27 highway. The drive to Groote Post is quite nice, and if you look up on the hills to your left as you are driving towards the winery, you can see the vineyards.

The cellar door is in an old building:
As soon as you walk in, you can see some of the barrels they store wine in:
You then walk in to a very cute wine tasting room. The staff there were very friendly and informative.

The wines were nice, my favourites were The Old Man's Sparkle Methode Cap Classique - Brut Rose (R79 a bottle) and 2010 The Old Man's Blend Red at R47 a bottle. My boyfriend (who is South African) liked the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc at R63 and the 2008 Shiraz at R87. I personally feel that in comparison to other wineries, the Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc are not as good. I also feel the Chardonnay and Reisling need improving.


  1. Hi Chrissy

    Seems as if we might have something in common. My aim is to visit each and every winery in South Africa and I'm almost half way. I've been to 309 to date. Take a look at our website http://spitorswallow.co.za/ People who visit the winelands can rate, review and tick off the wine farms they've been to and the site then provides the users with the Top 10 wine farms in South Africa. You can also see what others said about the places and what their experiences were like.

    I think you'll find the site very handy to keep track off where you've been. Just log in via facebook to become a "winefly".

    Enjoy our lovely wine country, there's some true gems out there!

  2. Great!! Thank you for sharing this. I just had a look at your website and am ticking off the ones I have been to. It's a good website!