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, 11 September 2011


I went to this winery a few weekends ago with a friend of mine who works for a winery in Worcester.

The building is very nice, and the interior very tasteful. We were able to do a tasting seated and were informed we could try all the wines. I tried twelve of the nineteen wines available. My favourites were the Chenin Blanc (R35), Pinotage (R63), Icarus (R115) and Cape Ruby (R50).

The Icarus is their flagship.You should definitely try this wine if you do a tasting here. It is a very nice red wine! It is light, velvety and has great flavour.

The lady who poured the wines for us was very friendly, relaxed and had good knowledge of the wines. After the tasting we went upstairs to enjoy some soup for a late lunch. Had the weather been nice, it would have been great to sit on the decking for lunch and enjoy the scenery.

If out this way, I definitely think it is worth a visit. With the amount of wines available to try, there is surely something for everyone :-)

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