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 January 2012

Highlands Road

Second on our list was Highlands Road. We were there just ten minutes before closing, and were greeted by children running past saying hello. There were children playing in the water, kayaking etc. It was so nice to see!!

The winemakers wife came out to greet us. I said to her I realise that we are pushing it close to the time they close, and she said it was no problem and welcomed us inside for a tasting.

We went through the entire list of wines to try, and had such a nice experience. The lady serving us was very friendly, informative and enjoyable to do the tasting with. We tried the Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (R62 - currently on special for R45). This was beautifully balanced and smooth. She said that this wine could last easily until 2019. I was impressed. The Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2010 is a 50/50 blend, it sells for R60 and is called Sincera, which means without wax. This wine was smooth, creamy, fruity and balanced. The Rosé 2009 (R30) was made with Merlot grapes. It was soft, slightly sweet and balanced. The Shiraz/Merlot 2009 (R65) had a nice smell, it was smooth, balanced, slightly dry/powdery. She let us try their new Sauvignon Blanc dessert wine, it was unlabelled at the time, selling for R50 a bottle. This was beautifully balanced, light, not syrupy, just loved it!! It has 12% alcohol.

At this winery, they also have a restaurant. They serve breakfast and lunch. Breakfast prices range from R40-45 and lunch will cost between R35-50. There is also a deli platter for R70.The restaurant is open from 9am - 3pm Wednesday to Sunday.

There is a lovely decking beside the water, where you can enjoy a nice meal. I would highly recommend visiting this winery and enjoy their lovely wine, views and food. I could definitely spend a few hours on the decking beside the water.

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