Experience 4.0 Swartland Wine 4.0

Great Value in the Swartland

SWARTLAND WINERY Friday 22 September 2017 http://www.swartlandwinery.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 My last port of call for my first tasting day in the Swartland was Swartland Winery, near Malmesbury. Despite the dry conditions of the area that allow the grapes...
Experience 3.5 Swartland Wine 3.5

Decent Wines Rock from the Pulpit

PULPIT ROCK WINERY Friday 22 September 2017 http://www.pulpitrock.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Pulpit Rock reminded me of my trip to the Wolseley area and of Mountain Ridge winery in particular. The tan concrete building set back a short distance from...
Experience 4.0 Swartland Wine 4.0

Magical Wines Star at Dragonridge

DRAGONRIDGE NATURAL WINES Friday 22 September 2017 http://www.dragonridge.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘Don’t use the satnav, it will get you lost’, I was advised when I made my appointment to taste at Dragonridge. Today was my first tasting in the Swartland...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

Bracing Brakes on the Red Wines at Remhoogte

REMHOOGTE WINE ESTATE Saturday 16 September 2017 http://remhoogte.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I vowed at the Vineyard Hotel tasting of Remhoogte wines in late August that I would return to sample the full range at the estate. Today offered the...
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Golden Wines at the End of the Rainbow

RAINBOW’S END WINE ESTATE Wednesday 13 September 2017 http://rainbowsend.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Wine tastings by appointment are always fun. Strip away the corporate gloss and you get to meet the winemaker or owner, who often is one and the...
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Delaire Graff Wines Sparkle

DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE Wednesday 13 September 2017 http://www.delaire.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The view from Delaire Graff across the Helshoogte Mountain Pass that links Stellenbosch to Franschhoek – two of the Cape’s most famous wine-growing regions – was simply spectacular....
Education Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Marching into France

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 1 – DAY 2 Saturday 16 September 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 I remembered my assignment. I forgot my wine glasses. This was the first Cape Wine Academy assignment that I had to...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Water into Wine at Uitkyk

UITKYK WINE ESTATE Friday 8 September 2017 https://www.uitkyk.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Nature welcomed me at Uitkyk: balmy spring sunshine, cattle resting in their enclosure, birds singing their joys, pretty garden flowers in all colours, and the sound of running...
Durbanville Experience 3.0 Wine 3.0

Quantity over Quality at Durbanville Hills

DURBANVILLE HILLS Thursday 31 August 2017 https://www.durbanvillehills.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 I almost missed the entrance to Durbanville Hills as I headed on the M13 West of Durbanville. The faded pale blue lettering on the drab concrete wall by the...
Education Experience 4.0 Wine Courses

Taint, Mould, Sweet-Sour, Elastoplast, Stale Honey, Bee Wax and Potato Skin With the Wine Prof

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – FAULTY WINE COURSE Wednesday 30 August 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4/5 There was no easy route from the Southern Suburbs, Cape Town to the Cape Wine Academy offices in North-East Stellenbosch for a 6pm start. I left...