Category Archives: wine estates

Bilton wine estate

As often the case, our decision to visit Bilton Wine Estate was driven by the children’s play area.  We have previously tasted and purchased Bilton wines at the Joburg Wine Show, but that was several years ago and we have never visited the estate.  Cliff did a full tasting and I took sample sips from …

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Neethlingshof Wine Estate

As a rule I prefer the family owned and run wine estates, still some of the corporately owned estates are well worth a visit.  The buildings and gardens at Neethlingshof are beautiful.  The wines are excellent, a rare instance where not one seemed lacking, each wine tasted was well above average.  I chose a single …

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Laborie Wine Farm

If there is somewhere to go for tea and cake on a Saturday afternoon in Paarl we didn’t find it.  The town is so beautiful, if I were to live in the Western Cape it would be my top choice from the areas which we have seen, but on a Saturday afternoon it was impossible …

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Hidden Valley Wines

A visit to Hidden Valley Wines made me wonder if a name sometimes plays a part in a persons destiny.  It would be a waste of a cool name if Dave Hidden did not own a wine farm so perfectly suited to his name in such a perfect location. The smart tasting room is glass …

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Wine tasting experiences of a pleb

When in the Western Cape, visiting wineries and wine estates really adds to the richness of the experience.  The venues are usually set in beautifully scenic areas and many are housed in amazing historical buildings.  Of course there’s also yummy wine to be had.  For a long time I was rather intimidated by wine drinkers, …

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Lanzerac Wine Estate, elegant history

We popped into Lanzerac wine estate for a tasting.  They also sell very yummy chocolate truffles which are paired with the wines. The estate is one of the oldest and was founded in 1691. The estate now falls under the SFW (Stellenbosch Farmers Winery) umbrella so is corporately owned, I do prefer the family estates …

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