Durbanville Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Very Cape Wines at Capaia

CAPAIA WINES Monday 15 July 2019 http://www.capaia.eu/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 4/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 4/5 My trusty satnav was decidely quiet as I headed towards Capaia on a twisting road through undulating wheat fields, lush after...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

Waterf-ord More Ord-inary Than Extra-ord-inary

WATERFORD ESTATE Thursday 25 April 2019 https://waterfordestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Waterford is another of those big name wine estates amid the other 800 or more in the Western Cape (and a growing number beyond too) that I have wanted...
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0 Wine Tour

Classy, Small and Precious Kleinood

KLEINOOD WINERY Thursday 25 April 2019 https://www.kleinood.com/home/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 Kleinood Winery was the first vineyard I visited as part of a mini wine tour to the South of Stellenbosch. I had tasted the Kleinood wines before at the...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.5

Villion Pairs with Barton in Bot Rivier

VILLION FAMILY WINES BARTON VINEYARDS & VILLAS Friday 14 April 2019 http://www.villionwines.com/ https://www.bartonvineyards.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Villion was the first wine estate I visited during a tasting day in Bot Rivier. The winemaker is Kobie Viljoen who worked for...
Experience 3.0 Restaurant Lunch & Dinner Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Wine Dinners are Not For Me

ALLUVIA BOUTIQUE CELLAR GOBLETS & WINE CLUBS SA DINNER Tuesday 9 April 2019 http://wineclubssa.co.za/ http://www.alluvia.co.za/ http://www.camberley.co.za/#home-section Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 I was invited by a friend to a dinner at the Alluvia Boutique Cellar near Stellenbosch. I knew little about...
Experience 3.5 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

The Cut ‘n’ Paste Stellenbosch Wine Festival Comes to Cape Town

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 7 April 2019 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I missed the Stellenbosch Wine Festival at its usual home on the Coetzenburg Sports Ground in Stellenbosch this year. I was not too bothered as I had been...
Experience 3.5 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Sip Sip Sip and Drip Drip Drip at Domaine des Dieux

DOMAINE DES DIEUX Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.domainedesdieux.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I prefer always to taste wines where they are made. Two years ago, I tasted a small selection of the Domaine des Dieux wines at the Vineyard Hotel...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Wines from the Orchards at Le Pommier

LE POMMIER WINE ESTATE Thursday 28 March 2019 http://www.lepommier.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3/5 I arrived later than planned at Le Pommier, located beside the Helshoogte Pass East of Stellenbosch. I had over-run my time at Oldenburg Vineyards beforehand so pleased...
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 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Franschhoek’s Hidden Gem Is Reluctant to Reveal

HOLDEN MANZ WINE ESTATE Friday 15 February 2019 http://holdenmanz.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My business at the Cape Chamonix wine estate in Franschhoek ended at lunchtime and so I decided to visit a couple of wine farms for tasting before...