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, 30 June 2012


I like this winery and the wine!! It is a nice place to visit, so be sure to pop in if you are out this way!!

We went to this winery because we had met the winemaker at the Vineyard Hotel and Spa Rosé event in summer. We really liked his Rosé so have been keen to try his other wines ever since.

We were in Tulbagh for the winter Christmas festival and decided to make this our first stop.

I am glad we started here, as we were so lucky to be the only people there and get a one-on-one wine tasting with the winemaker. We had a nice spot near the fireplace, it was perfect!!

We tried all the wine. David doesn't charge for a tasting. There are 9 wines to try, starting with a Sauvignon Blanc and finishing with a dessert wine. My favourite wines were the Pinotage 2010 (R85), the Syrah 2011 (R70), Pinot Noir 2011 (R150) and the Surin 2011 (R150). The Surin is a dessert wine, and one of the best we have tried. My boyfriend is not much of a dessert wine drinker, but he absolutely loved this one. It is absolutely delicious, light, with nice body and not too sweet.

We had a cheese platter with our wine tasting, it was only R30, and just the right size. What I found interesting with the cheese platter, is that the blue cheese completely changed the taste and texture of the Pinotage. It made it extremely soft and the flavour was more like strawberries.  Whereas prior to the cheese it had more of a chocolate taste.

I highly recommend doing a wine trip to Tulbagh, and highly recommend putting this winery on your list!! It was a really enjoyable and pleasant wine tasting experience!!

1 comment:

  1. Opened a bottle of Pinotage 2010 last night. I love it!!! Its divine!! A VERY nice Pinotage!! Will definitely buy more.