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 June 2013

Lemberg - Christmas in Winter 2013

Today we visited Lemberg to do a wine tasting and try their cheese fondue for lunch.

Yet again we had a lovely experience. They have a comfortable lounge area to enjoy a wine tasting, while staying warm beside the fireplace!!

Lemberg is one of my favourite wine estates due to their good quality and delicious wine at affordable prices. The winemaker, David Sadie, is a very modest, friendly, welcoming and humble person. He is usually the one at the tasting room to provide guests with informative tastings. I highly recommend visiting this wine estate in Tulbagh.

Other favourites in Tulbagh include Saronsberg, De Heuvel and Waverley Hills. Spend the weekend in Tulbagh, it is such a beautiful place and there is plenty to see and do!! Tulbagh Christmas in Winter is a fantastic weekend to choose to spend in Tulbagh, I highly recommend planning a trip to Tulbagh around this festival!!

My favourite wine of Lemberg's is the Lady Lemberg at R120 a bottle. It is a blend of 57% Viognier, 22% Harslevelu, 11% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. It has lovely flavour, a soft yet full mouth feeling and nice body. I am also a fan of their Syrah, Pinotage, and Surin (dessert wine).

Lemberg wine is delicious (soft tannin and fruit driven wine) and I highly recommend you visit their estate to stock up on their wine!!

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