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, 24 June 2012


Today we were picking up wine in the Helderberg wine region and decided to visit another winery while we were out this way. I have wanted to visit Jordan for a while now, so we went there today.

The property is very nice, with a beautiful lawn, outdoor seating, a pond, restaurant and tasting room.

We were served by two young guys. The tasting wasn't very informative, which was disappointing as I was expecting a more professional wine tasting experience due to the reputation Jordan has. The tasting was pleasant nonetheless.

The Riesling 2010 (R79 a bottle) was fantastic. It is slightly sweet, a bit sweeter than I remember it to be at the Top 100 SA wines, but still fantastic and still the best Riesling I have tried in SA so far!!! I also liked the Chardonnay (barrel fermented) 2010, this sells for R109 a bottle.

This winery has a very nice restaurant. They are open for a la carte lunch from Monday to Sunday from 12h00 till 15h00 and a six course set menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 18h30. You can view more about this restaurant on http://www.jordanwines.com/restaurant/

I do recomend one visits this winery, as it is a nice place and they do have nice wine. I plan on coming here again to try out the restaurant. Hopefully the next time I visit this place it will be a nice sunny day.

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