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, 22 May 2011

Zevenwacht - Stellenbosch Valley

My boyfriend and I went to this winery today. The drive up to the winery was beautiful. All the leaves on the trees and vines were yellow, orange and red. Great time to visit wineries at the moment!! The wine estate is huge and absolutely stunning. There is a lake you drive past which gives you a great view of the restauarnt. There is a hotel on the estate, housing, etc. Really is a nice place to drive and walk around.

The service at this winery was good. We were seated for our tasting. We got to try 5 wines for R32. We also had a mature cheddar cheese tasting for R18 which included 3, 6, 9 and 12 month old cheese. Other tastings included chocolate and wine for R35, and there was another cheese tasting for R35.

We enjoyed the Sauvignon Blancs, I especially liked the 360 degree SB 2010 for R76. We also liked the Syrah 2007 for R75. The Rose is on special at the moment for R29 for two 375ml bottles. This Rose was actually quite unique. It had a really strong strawberry jam smell and yet an off dry taste. Was quite nice. And for the price, why not :-) The Semillon 2010 is a nice dessert wine. Worth a try.

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