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.

Saturday, 10 March 2012


Today I went to Omniberg with a friend. It was a lovely day, and the vibe was great.

We started at Windmeul. There were a lot of people here, there was a live band, good food, good vibe, would recommend visiting this winery at next year’s festival.

The wine here was really good and the prices are very reasonable: 2010 Chardonnay Reserve is R47.50, their Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is R32.50 and the most expensive wine is the Cape Blend Reserve 2009 at R85.

Under Oaks
There was not much wine to try here, only two from the barrels. We ate some very delicious pizza here, enjoyed the view and then moved on.

We visited this winery towards the end of the day. There was a live band, seating outside, and some games to be played on the large lawn. There was not much wine to try at this winery. They had a few of their wines which were not ready for bottling yet. It would have been nice if we could have tried some of their bottled wine also.

The service at this winery was really good. It probably helped that we went there towards the end of the day and we were the only two in the tasting room. The staff were very friendly and went through each wine with us.
White Pinotage (R120). I liked this wine so much!!! It is very smooth and has great flavour!! Dekker’s Valley Chenin Blanc (R40) was refreshing and nice.
At this winery we stomped on the grapes. As it was the end of the day, there wasn’t really much to stomp as it was already stomped on. So it was pretty much standing in grape juice with the skins floating at the top.

This was the last winery we visited. This winery is on the main road. There was a really great band on at the time we were there. I thoroughly enjoyed the KWV Sauvignon Blanc at R100 a bottle. That was a good find!!!

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