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, 16 October 2011


This is a nice winery. There is a lovely grass area and children’s playground outside.   

The tasting room is nicely sized and welcoming on the inside. 

There is an outdoor patio just outside the tasting room with tables and chairs where you are also welcome to do your wine tasting. 

From this patio you look out on to a pond with plenty of lawn surrounding it where you can enjoy a gourmet picnic. They have set up the lawn with bean bags, picnic blankets and umbrellas.

At this winery they have 6 wines for tasting. These include the Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (R95), Chardonnay 2010 (R135), The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (R60), ‘Old Bush Vines’ Pinotage 2009 (R95), Three Cape Ladies 2009 (R115) Trilogy 2008 (R250). They have other wines for sale but not for tasting.

I thought the Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2010 was very fruity with a nice lime flavour to it, it’s also very smooth. The Chardonnay was creamy, nice and didn’t have a wooded/oaked taste to it. My friend usually doesn’t try Chardonnay’s let alone drink them, but she also felt this was a really nice Chardonnay and one that she would actually enjoy drinking a bottle of. The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon was a little spicy, dry and had hints of tobacco. ‘Old Bush Vines’ Pinotage had great fruity flavours but a chalky aftertaste. The Three Cape Ladies is a blend of Pinotage, Shiraz and Cab Sauv. This wine is elegant, yet has a slightly chalky aftertaste, and has dark chocolate and pepper tones.

Our experience here was really nice. I would love to get our group of friends together one day and enjoy a picnic on the lawn, it would be a really nice way to spend a nice sunny afternoon!!

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