Where’s the Grande in Provence?

GRANDE PROVENCE HERITAGE WINE ESTATE Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.grandeprovence.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Grande Provence was the final tram stop on our day out on the Red Line. The tram had taken us from the office in the middle of Franschhoek to Maison, Chamonix and Rickety Bridge. Grande Provence was an estate that I … Continue reading Where’s the Grande in Provence?

Sax ‘n’ Berg at the Vineyard

SAXENBURG WINE ESTATE Monday 7 August 2017 http://saxenburg.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 It has been a while since I have been to the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, for a Monday evening wine tasting. Tonight, it was the turn of Saxenburg to showcase 4 of their wines. I introduced myself to Paula, their representative, as she … Continue reading Sax ‘n’ Berg at the Vineyard

Wine on the Slopes at Chamonix

CHAMONIX WINE FARM Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.chamonix.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 4/5 Shinell, our Wine Tram host, had explained that many Franschhoek wine farms are named after the region in France from where the original Huguenots came. Whilst Chamonix is an area in the Alps to the North of Mont Blanc in France, I am … Continue reading Wine on the Slopes at Chamonix

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 walk to the 1920s farmhouse, complete with classic front stoep and rusting tin roof. The … Continue reading House Wine from the Wine Tram

Tastings for August

These are the fun meetings that are coming up over the next few months. We meet monthly on Thursday evenings in Wynberg at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Eight wines are showcased at each meeting. You will receive an information folder and there is a cheeseboard after. The R300 per person fee covers costs. You also have the … Continue reading Tastings for August

Swiss Family Sauvignons at Eikendal

EIKENDAL VINEYARDS Thursday 6 July 2017 http://www.eikendal.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 My journey North from Yonder Hill on the R44 towards Stellenbosch passed 2 estates where I had tasted at before: Avontuur and Ken Forrester. I headed instead to Eikendal Vineyards. Unusually, this was a wine farm that I knew nothing of nor had I … Continue reading Swiss Family Sauvignons at Eikendal

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. I remember lying in dense grass on slopes above the vineyards waiting to be found … Continue reading Fun(ny) Times at Lourensford