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...
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 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 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Barrels of Fun at My First Stellenbosch Street Soirée

STELLENBOSCH SUMMER SOIREE Wednesday 24 January 2018 http://www.wineroute.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Somewhat to my surprise, I hadn’t heard of the Street Soirées that are being held in Stellenbosch during the summer months. Such is the power of social media...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

More than Just a Destination

BENGUELA COVE LAGOON WINE ESTATE Sunday 1 October 2017 http://www.benguelacove.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Benguela Cove, like many vineyards, is one that I pass en route to or from Cape Town and never stop to visit. Today was different. I...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

Sweet and Safe Times Pair Well with the Whales

WHALEHAVEN WINES Saturday 30 September 2017 http://www.whalehavenwines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 It was time to put into port after spending a long time on my feet in The Village just outside Hermanus. My partner and I had already returned from our...
Experience 4.5 Helderberg Wine 5.0

Idiom Wines Make a Statement

IDIOM WINES Wednesday 23 August 2017 http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The tall, slim dark wine bottles before me were so beautifully Italian. Elegant, refined and fashionable could have described the wine inside too. I have spent wonderful holidays in...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5 Wine Tour

House Wine from the Wine Tram

MAISON WINE ESTATE Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.maisonestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Maison was our first stop on the Red Line of the Franschhoek Wine Tram. The tram bus parked inside the plain entrance and so it was a short...
Experience 4.0 Helderberg Wine 4.0

Fun(ny) Times at Lourensford

LOURENSFORD WINE ESTATE Thursday 6 July 2017 https://lourensford.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 It was more than a year ago when I last visited Lourensford and that was not for wine tasting. I was there for Mountain Rescue search dog training....