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.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Opstal Winery

This winery has a nice building with tasteful decor, lovely views from the restaurant and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

The service was very pleasant. We were served by a polite lady who had a good amount of knowledge on the wines.

We tried all of the wine at this winery. Their wine ranges from R35 to R55 a bottle. It is definitely one thing I love about this wine region, the price of the wine!!!

Out of all the wines, The Mill Iron 2012 which is new, stuck out the most. It is a Viognier, Hanepoot and Colombar blend. It was beautifully blended, and so nicely balanced!! It was smooth and rounded, I liked it! This wine sells for R50 a bottle. My other favourite was the Hanepoot 2011 at R45 a bottle. This was sweet, nice, smooth, I liked it!

If you are interested in having your wedding at this winery, it costs R6000 for the wedding service outside in the garden and for the reception in the building. The building can seat 120 people in the restaurant, there is a bar in the next room, it's ideal.

This is a nice winery and I imagine on a sunny day it would be a lovely place to sit down and enjoy the view. I am definitely going to come back to enjoy a meal either inside or outside the restaurant overlooking that gorgeous view. You can check out their menu online: http://www.opstal.co.za/restaurant/menu/.

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