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, 30 September 2012


We took our friends from Europe here on a rainy Sunday. It was a very nice wine tasting experience and we all enjoyed the wine. It was a great start to the wine tasting in Franschhoek.

Moreson was a very nice winery, they have a restaurant, orchid display and a wine tasting room.

The guy serving us was very friendly, informative and was very welcoming.

We enjoyed the wine and were surprised the tasting was free. We all bought some wine and drank some that same evening. It was very nice!!

The Mata Mata 2010 (R145) was a little dry, had medium body, nice smell, I liked this wine. The Premium Chardonnay 2011 (R145) had a nice smell, was smooth and balanced and had nice body. The Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R75) was very nice, had tropical fruity flavours with a grassy finish to it and a nice smell also. The Syrah (R150) was light, had a great smell, nice flavour and was a little dry, I also liked this wine. The Solitaire Blanc de Blancs N/V (R99) was very nice, it was biscuity and a little dry. My favourites: Solitaire Blanc de Blanc MCC, Mata Mata, Sauvignon Blanc and the Syrah.

I recommend visiting this winery. It has a nice vibe, great service and lovely wine!!

1 comment:

  1. My boyfriend and I are thoroughly enjoying a bottle of the 2010 Mata Mata right now. It is smooth, nicely balanced, very soft and therefore easy to drink. A very pleasant wine to drink. I highly recommend this wine!!