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, 20 November 2011


Joostenberg is a nice place to visit.

We went to have a look at the plants at the nursery and ended up looking through the deli, around the garden and restauarnt.

It looks like an ideal place to have a lunch with friends who have children, as there is a big grass playing area, a playground, and horse riding for the kids.

You can do a free wine tasting in the deli. They have some very nice wines there.

In the deli there is a large selection of meat to buy. There is also a nice bakery selection, cheese section and many other products worth checking out.

Joostenburg is on the R304. If you are coming from Cape Town on the N1, you take the R304 turn off, at the T-juction turn right on to the R304 and then about 3-5 mins down the road Joostenburg will be on your left.

You can find out more information on http://www.joostenberg.co.za/

Here is some info on their bistro:

The bistro’s seasonal menu features hearty, country dishes made from scratch, using fresh local produce, in particular their own farm reared pork.  Examples are: traditional French charcuterie plate; cep mushroom and herb omelette; salad of grilled vegetables and marinated goat's cheese; pork braised with tomato and haricot beans; tart Tatin and vanilla pod ice cream. The atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly. Enjoy their huge cosy fireplace in winter and vine shaded stoep and endless gardens in summer.

Breakfasts are served from 8h00-11h30
Lunches are served from 12h00-15h00

Reservations are recommended, especially over weekends, public holidays and during holidays.

We are open daily from 8h00-17h00

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