Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 4.0

Better than a Fair View Where the Goats do Roam!

FAIRVIEW WINE & CHEESE FARM Friday 4 May 2018 https://www.fairview.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I am usually hesitant, as an oenophile, to visit wine farms that are popular and with a touristic reputation. Some work for me (for example, Groot...
Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

On the Left, but then on the Right …

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 2 – DAY 1 Saturday 14 April 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 It was a shock to the system to be in the classroom at 8.00 am on a Saturday morning but the...
Elgin Valley Experience 5.0 Wine 5.0 Wine Tour

Lothian Left Me Breathless – and Not Only the Wines!

LOTHIAN VINEYARDS Saturday 7 April 2018 https://lothianvineyards.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 Few wineries take my breath away to leave me speechless. Just 1 or 2 out of 150 visited. Muratie Estate with its dusty, quirky Tasting Room full of memorabilia...
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 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...
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 4.0 Helderberg Wine 4.0

Onderkloof Beats All the Odds Below The Valley

ONDERKLOOF WINE ESTATE Friday 2 March 2018 http://onderkloof.com/estate/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Look in the 2018 Platter’s Guide. The only mention of Onderkloof Estate is on a map at the back (page 647 if you’re really interested). It may surprise...