Experience 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

Syrah Pillars of Excellence at Haskell

HASKELL VINEYARDS Thursday 14 March 2019 https://www.haskellvineyards.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I had long wanted to visit Haskell Vineyards – ever since I tasted their excellent Hades Syrah at the Tops! At Spar Wine Festival. It was almost 18 months...
Experience 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

Exciting, Excellent Keermont

KEERMONT VINEYARDS Friday 8 March 2019 https://www.keermont.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I had wanted to visit Keermont Vineyards ever since tasting their excellent Syrah at the Charcuterie & Shiraz Festival in Franschhoek last year. My Cape Wine Academy Diploma student...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 5.0

Idiom Puts on a Festival Master Class

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT IDIOM Sunday 3 March 2019 http://idiom.co.za/italian-harvest-festival-at-idiom/ http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 I always look forwards to the annual Idiom Italian Festival, held at the estate that is North of Sir Lowry’s Pass village. The approach and the...
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Satisfaction in Getting My Ducks (and Wines) in a Row

VERGENOEGD LÖW ESTATE Friday 1 March 2019 https://vergenoegd.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I didn’t know much about Vergenoegd Estate before visiting. I had passed it several times travelling on the R310 from the N2 to West Stellenbosch, but had never...
Experience 5.0 Wine Courses

Cheers to Lemon Squirt Acidity and Puppy Dog Breath!

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – PRE-TASTING EXAM LESSON Saturday 24 November 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 5/5 It was before the Diploma 3 Theory Exam that was held on the eve of 22 November that I booked the pre-Tasting Exam...
Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Red, Red (Spanish) Wine

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 3 – DAY 3 Saturday 27 October 2018 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 It’s at this stage of a Diploma Module that things come quick and fast. Day 2 was just a fortnight ago,...
Experience 3.5 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

At the Bend in the Road in Bot River

PAARDEN KLOOF ESTATE/ECOLOGY WINES Monday 14 May 2018 https://www.paardenkloof.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My last tasting of the day out to the Bot River vineyards was something of a double header. I visited Paarden Kloof Estate that also bottles wines...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 3.5

Honest, Affordable Family Wines at Landskroon

LANDSKROON WINES Friday 4 May 2018 http://www.landskroonwines.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Landskroon Wines was the very antithesis of the Charles Back-owned duo of Fairview Wines and the Spice Route Winery. Located adjacent to these 2 brand giants, the De Villiers...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 4.0

Sugar and Spice is Twice as Nice

SPICE ROUTE WINERY Friday 4 May 2018 http://www.spiceroutewines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 It was the shortest of drives from Fairview Wines to the Spice Route Winery, between sister wineries owned by Charles Black. Unusually for a Cape vineyard, there was...
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...