Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

The Phoenix Rises from the Terroir at Thelema

THELEMA MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS Wednesday 13 September 2017 https://www.thelema.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Megan welcomed me into the open Tasting Room with a bright fire giving warmth to chase away the late afternoon spring chills. I had almost seen Thelema Mountain...
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...
Durbanville Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Rustic Charm at the Altydgedacht Wine Farm

ALTYDGEDACHT ESTATE Thursday 31 August 2017 http://altydgedacht.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘Rustic’ was how sommelier Micela described Altydgedacht Estate as I sat down to select 5 wines for tasting (R40). I could not have chosen a better word. The intimate...
Experience 4.0 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Blush-endal!

BOSCHENDAL ESTATE Sunday 30 July 2017 http://www.boschendal.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Our intention for the Sunday after the fun trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram was to visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum. We had booked tickets, as is required in...
Elgin Valley Experience 5.0 Restaurant Lunch & Dinner Wine 4.5

Second Helping – and Tasting – at Oak Valley

OAK VALLEY WINES Sunday 2 July 2017 http://www.oakvalley.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I recall writing after my first visit to Oak Valley on 5 March 2017 that I must bring my partner here. Today was the day. I booked a...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Robertson Wine 5.0

The Early Bird Catches the Wine

DE WETSHOF ESTATE 2 June 2017 http://www.dewetshof.com/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 De Wetshof offered one of the few Wacky Wine Weekend activities that interested me. The ‘Bubbly of the Valley’ event was, however, fully booked. The promotion material invited wine...
Education Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Fish (and other foods) with Wanda!

WINE & FOOD WORKSHOP Thursday 25 May 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php http://www.privatehotelschool.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: Not applicable Hotel 33, the Private Hotel School, Stellenbosch was just North of Spier Wine Farm, on the Vlottenburg Road, my course instructions said. It was an...
Experience 4.5 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 5.0

Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation

LA VIERGE PRIVATE CELLAR Friday 12 May 2017 https://lavierge.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The La Vierge Private Cellar is a lot of fun. Set on a rising bend off the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon in the attractive Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Malverne Dis-Clos-ed

CLOS MALVERNE Friday 5 May 2017 http://closmalverne.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I decided today to return to the West Stellenbosch area as, beyond the fabulous wines of DeMorgenzon, it was a wine-growing area little known to me. I had tasted...
Durbanville Experience 3.5 Wine 3.5

Style or Substance? Nitida left Me Wondering

NITIDA CELLARS Saturday 8 April 2017 http://www.nitida.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Nitida Cellars was the last vineyard I visited before dashing back to Cape Town in time for the Stormers v Chiefs match at Newlands. It was barely 10km from...