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, 17 March 2012


After visiting Paul Cluver we went to Thandi at Blossom. It is just off the main road on the way through to Hermanus.

The service here was good and we were able to do our tasting sitting on the porch/stoep.

We tried the Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay 2011 (R45), Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (R55), Shiraz/Cabernet 2008 (R50), Cabernet/Merlot 2010 (R50) and Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (R66). In general, the wine was ok.

I am not sure if it's because we started off at Paul Cluver (prior to going to Thandi) and were thoroughly impressed with the quality of their wine, but I sadly wouldn't suggest bothering to stop at this place for the wine.

However, if you are in need of a meal while passing through Elgin, then this is a nice spot. The balcony/stoep out the front, with the lawn and childrens play area is ideal for a family. If I remember correctly, this restaurant serves typical South African food, so for those who are looking for local cuisine while travelling through the Western Cape, then perhaps this is an ideal place to stop.

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