Accommodation Elgin Valley Experience 4.0 Wine Tour

A Warm Welcome in the Cool Climate at South Hill

SOUTH HILL SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April 2018 http://www.southhill.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 It was great to return to South Hill Vineyards, a trip I had been looking forward to since a tasting visit in December last. I could...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

Opening the Book at Elgin Vintners

ELGIN VINTNERS Friday 6 April 2018 http://elginvintners.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I had wanted to visit Elgin Vintners for a while. It was in early December when I last visited the Elgin Valley to taste at South Hill Vineyards, Oneiric...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Blaauwklippen was Good for a Friday

BLAAUWKLIPPEN VINEYARDS Friday 30 March 2018 http://www.blaauwklippen.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I have always wanted to visit Blaauwklippen – the home of Zinfandel – but didn’t plan to today. Good Friday was Blaauwklippen’s good luck. My original plan was to...
Experience 3.5 Wellington Wine 3.5

Hope Brought to the Vineyard

THE BRIDGE OF HOPE WINES Monday 2 April 2018 http://www.thebridgeofhopewines.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It is always a pleasure to taste wines from a new vineyard. Easter Monday brought the Bridge of Hope Wines from Wellington to the Vineyard...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 4.0

Vista to Verdot at Glen Carlou

GLEN CARLOU Friday 9 March 2018 https://glencarlou.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Glen Carlou is close to Klapmuts which is in the midst of a triangle whose points are at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Kraaifontein. It was my third and final tasting...
Darling Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

The Darling from Darling Steps into the Vineyard

DARLING CELLARS Monday 19 March 2018 http://www.darlingcellars.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 `The darling from Darling’ was how Brand Manager Ilse van Zyl cheekily described herself. It was good to return to the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town for...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Masses of Fun and a little Chaos at the Ambeloui Harvest Festival

AMBELOUI WINE CELLAR Saturday 17 March 2018 http://www.ambeloui.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Wine – and life – is a funny old thing. A fun thing too! Ambeloui is the only winery that I have written a 3rd article on and...
Experience 3.5 Paarl Wine 4.0

Baby Thrown Out with the Bath Water?

BABYLONSTOREN Friday 9 March 2018 https://www.babylonstoren.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Baylonstoren in Klapmuts, Paarl, always excites. It’s been a few years – before I formed the Cape Wine Lovers’ Society – since I tasted their wines at the farm. I’ve...
Experience 4.5 Paarl Wine 4.5

Back to the Future in the Berg of Paarl

BACKSBERG ESTATE CELLARS Friday 9 March 2018 http://backsberg.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The entrance signs to Backsberg – South West of Paarl and within clear sight of the granite domes – made it very clear. The Estate Cellars were the...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 5.0

Magnifico – Grazie Mille Idiom!

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT IDIOM Sunday 4 March 2018 http://idiom.co.za/italian-harvest-festival-at-idiom/ http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 As I write, I am trying to think of all those Italian stereotypes, politically incorrect as they are but always with a risotto grain of truth....