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.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Tamboerskloof Church Wine Auction

Last night I went to the NG Kerk Tamboerskloof wine auction.

Around 120 people attended this event. The purpose of the event was to raise money which the church could then use for helping the local community.

Suprisingly there was a LOT of wine donated for this event. KWV donated an impressive amount!! There were a nice amount of magnum wines, lots of brandy, whiskey and port were on the list, 67 items of white wine and 167 items of red wine. It was very impressive. It took a long time to get through all the wine, but we got there in the end :-)

Approximately R120,000 was raised last night through auctioning off the wine, which I think was a good effort from 120 peole.

I helped my friend to source some wine for this event, so I would like to thank the following for supporting this event and helping this church to raise a fine amount of money to help the local communities:

Sumaridge: Donated a magnum bottle of Merlot 2008 and a magnum bottle of Pinot noir 2010.

Cronier wines: Donated 12 bottles of Capeville Robust Red

Thank you so much for having donated the wine to this event, any help is always much appreciated, and I believe the money will be used well.

This was the first time I attended this event. It was a nice event. We were welcomed with sherry, which was very nice!! I must find out which winery made that!! We had a meal at half time. The curry for dinner was just divine!! Huge compliments to the chefs, it was fantastic and a great choice!! The evening was finished with coffee, tea, yummy brownies and marshmallows for dessert.

I ended up spending much more than I had planned to last night but it was a good night, I now have enough wine for 6 months and I have helped raise money for a good cause :-) Thanks Tamboerskloof for a great night, I hope the money goes to good use and I look forward to next years auction!!!

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