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, 24 March 2012

Vrede en Lust

We visited this winery after going to Allée Bleue and Plasir de Merle. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the restaurant. We started with entreés, followed by a main. We drank the Vrede en Lust Sauvignon Blanc with our meal, which was very nice.

After lunch, I wanted our friends to try the Viognier at Vrede en Lust, so we went in to the tasting room to try some wine. The Viognier 2011 sells for R130. This is by far my most favourite Viognier I have tried in SA, and the 2011 is as good as the 2010. You must try the Viognier if you come to Vrede en Lust, and, if you pass Vrede en Lust, you must come and taste their wine.

This winery has done a really good job to create a great vibe and provide a great wine tasting experience. The ladies all wear red dresses, which looks stunning. The outdoor seating provides you with an awesome view. If you sit inside, you ideally want to get a seat near the window so that you still get a nice view. The service is very good here and you can see they pay a lot of attention on training their staff.

I highly recommend visiting this winery. If you want to do two wineries in this area I would suggest Vrede en Lust and La Motte. If I was to suggest three for this area, it is hard to choose between Glen Carlou, Noble Hill and Anura. This is a great area to do a wine tour if you only have one day for visiting wines!!! Especially as the wineries are so close in distance, you don't waste time travelling from one to the next.

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