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, 20 October 2013


Today we went past this wine estate and I had heard good things about it so we popped in for a tasting and to see if we could get a bite to eat. What a find!! This is a must visit.

The place looked very busy so I was very surprised when they managed to find us a table outside within a few minutes.

We wanted to do a wine tasting and have something to eat, but it seems that wine tastings are not so feasible in the busy periods, but they are planning on building a tasting room next to the restaurant specifically for tastings, I think this is a great idea.

The manager of the place introduced himself and told us the options for wine tastings, one of which included a pizza and wine pairing. As we were a little hungry and wanted to taste the wine, this seemed like the best idea.

The manager then sat down and told us all about Brenaissance, the history, when it started etc. The restaurant has been there since December 2012 however they have been making wine since 2009.

While waiting for our wine and food pairing to begin we both enjoyed two delicious drinks which we so refreshing and tasty!! One of them was similar to a Mojito only without the alcohol and the other was a berry flavoured drink.

The pizza and wine tasting didn't take more than 30 minutes to be prepared/served, I thought this was impressive considering how busy it was. This place was bustling. It felt like everyone knew about this place except us!!

We started the tasting off with the Knight of White (Chardonnay) 2009 at R128 a bottle. It was smooth and had butterscotch and strong stone fruit flavours. It was quite a bold tasting Chardonnay. This was served with the Parma Ham and Parmesan Cheese Pizza.

Next we had the Queen of Hearts (Merlot) 2010 at R138 a bottle.  It was smooth and silky, fruity, elegant, beautifully balanced and had a lingering finish. I liked this wine. This was served with caramelised onion and olive pizza.

Third wine for tasting was the Full House (Bordeaux Style Blend) 2010 at R148 a bottle. It had a lovely colour, intense flavour, but it really needs time to breath. This wine will probably taste better if decantered (or put away for a few years) as this was quite intense. It is however smooth and balanced. It is a lovely wine. This was served with Biltong and Fig Pizza.

Last but not least we tried the Jack of Diamonds (Shiraz) 2009 at R168 a bottle. This was a stunning Shiraz. It is relatively light for a Shiraz with lovely berry flavours. It was purple in colour. Lovely wine!! This was served with Cajun Chicken Chorizo Pizza.

This was truly a fantastic experience that we had here. Great service, ambience, food and wine. I highly recommend anyone visits this estate.

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