Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Paarl Wine 3.5

Pinotage Hits a Purple Patch in Paarl

PINOTAGE & BILTONG FESTIVAL Sunday 15 April 2018 http://www.cvomarketing.co.za/events/pinotage-biltong-festivals-2017/ http://www.perdeberg.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The weekend weather was kind to the 2-day Pinotage & Biltong Festival (R230 on the door). Last year’s event, held at L’Avenir in Stellenbosch, was special...
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 4.5 Tulbagh Wine 4.5 Wine Tour

Lemberg Punches Above its Weight

LEMBERG WINE ESTATE Saturday 27 January 2018 http://www.lemberg.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I’ve heard it said to leave the best until last. That was certainly the case (pun intended) today. Lemberg Wine Estate was my final tasting of a busy...
Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0 Wine Tour Wolseley

Late at Lateganskop

LATEGANSKOP WINERY Saturday 27 January 2018 http://lateganskop.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The Tasting Room at Lateganskop must have been the hardest I have yet to find in over 120 vineyard tastings. The only signs on the Breede River Valley farm...
Elim & Stanford Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

Real Wines in the Place of God

BLACK OYSTERCATCHER WINES Thursday 23 November 2017 http://blackoystercatcher.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 A flock of several hundred shimmering pink flamingos flew across the road as I approached Black Oystercatcher Wines. I had half expected black oystercatchers, of course, but the...
Education Experience 3.5 Wine Courses

Champagne and Brandies left Me Disappointed

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 1 – DAY 3 Saturday 14 October 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 3.5/5 I was excited to return to Morgenhof wine estate for the third and last session of Module 1 of the Diploma...
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 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 4.0

Pastures Anew at Rustenberg

RUSTENBERG WINES Wednesday 13 September 2017 http://www.rustenberg.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Head up Ida’s Valley North-East of Stellenbosch and you will find a lovely road through rural countryside. The road continues for a further 2 kilometres past the entrance gate,...
Constantia Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

‘Out of the Office’ at Groot Constantia

GROOT CONSTANTIA Friday 1 September 2017 https://www.grootconstantia.co.za/home/?id=3 Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The first day of Spring not only shone bright but was auspicious for many reasons. As winemaker Boela Gerber explained, it was the day of the launch of the...