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, 9 March 2013

Windmeul - Ommiberg Festival

I am a big fan of the Ommiberg Festival. It is a lot of fun, pretty chilled and relaxed and is not a mad house festival where there are too many people and everyone gets really drunk and falls all over the place.

This is my second time attending this festival and each time we went to Windmeul as our first stop. They definitely have the best set up/package for this festival and the best vibe!! They have a live band, wine tastings from the tanks and wine tastings at the tasting room, plenty of different food options and a nice outdoor area to enjoy the whole experience.

While at Windmeul we tried some of their wine.  I liked the Windmeul Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011 at R42 a bottle, the Windmeul Shiraz 2010 at R41 a bottle, and the Windmeul Kelder Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 at R41 a bottle.

I recommend visiting this estate, especially for Ommiberg!!!

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