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 April 2012


Today I introduced my friends to Anura, as I am a big fan of their cheese!!

We sat down for a lovely cheese platter and a wine tasting. I am really pleased I got the chance to try the wine here again, as I enjoyed it a lot more this time.

The cheese was fantastic as always, and my friends who had never visited this place before, also thoroughly enjoyed the cheese.

We tried six wines. I ended up loving the port (R50 a bottle)!! A favourite of mine was the Chardonnay Limited Release 2010. The Sangiovese 2007 (R145) was also very nice!!

This is a nice winery and I do recommend visiting the place. They have a lovely resturant, great cheese and nice wine.

It is R25 for a wine or cheese tasting. If you do both, its R40 per person.

Be sure to check out the cheese in the fridge as they sometimes have awesome specials. The price of the cheese is very reasonable already!! I got a Camerbert for R14, Brie for R18 and mountain herb cheese for R20.

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