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, 9 August 2013


Diemersdal is our favourite wine estate!! This is the only wine estate that my boyfriend and I have gone out of our way to drive to the estate to buy cases of their wine (already knowing which wines we want to buy).

Since their restaurant opened this year we have been there twice, both times on Fridays to enjoy their R100 (I think I heard that it is now R120) tapas platter and will continue to go back. The price of the Diemersdal wine is at the same price as cellar door, our favourite wine is the Grenache.

While at Diemersdal we decided to do another tasting. The tasting room manager Pierre-Benn is a real asset to this wine estate. He makes everyone feel so welcome and he knows the wine so well.  We tasted several of their wines while there. We liked the Chardonnay unwooded 2013 at R54 a bottle, the Sauvignon Rose 2013 at R45 a bottle, Grenache 2011 at R95 a bottle, Merlot 2012 at R72 a bottle, Pinotage Reserve 2012 at R100 a bottle, and Private Collection 2011 at R100 a bottle.

I highly recommend visiting this wine estate when you are in Cape Town!! You will receive great service, taste fantastic wine and you can enjoy a lovely lunch without it costing you a pretty penny. Enjoy :-)

You can see my review on Dimersdal from the first time I visited on http://westerncapewineries.blogspot.com/2011/11/diemersdal.html.

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