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?

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

Family Fun in Pairs at Four Cousins

FOUR COUSINS WINES Sunday 9 July 2017 http://www.fourcousins.co.za/Home Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It was a rainy Sunday morning. My partner and I had been enjoying a relaxing weekend at McGregor. It was too wet to walk outside so we headed, on the spur of the moment, to Four Cousins. As a Brit, I do not … Continue reading Family Fun in Pairs at Four Cousins

Allez les Boks – Pas les Bleues!

ALLEE BLEUE WINE FARM 22 June 2017 https://www.alleebleue.co.za Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Allée Bleue was just a stones’ throw away from Solms-Delta and an obvious farm to visit for my last tasting of the day. It happened to be the day before the Boks played France in the final Test match of the Incoming Series. … Continue reading Allez les Boks – Pas les Bleues!

Slave to the Rhythm at Solms-Delta

SOLMS-DELTA WINES 22 June 2017 http://www.solms-delta.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Solms-Delta was one of those wine farms whose name is familiar and I feel I ought to visit for tasting. The winery was conveniently located on the R45 South of Franschhoek, close to Allée Bleue where I also planned to explore, and so I decided to … Continue reading Slave to the Rhythm at Solms-Delta

A Quando-ary: When to Drink …?

QUANDO VINEYARDS & WINERY 2 June 2017 http://www.quando.co.za/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Quando Vineyards & Winery was very close to Arendsig Wines. The wine farm had been recommended by fellow Wacky Wine Weekend wine aficionados as a place to taste. Palm trees lined one side of the driveway that led to the Tasting Room … Continue reading A Quando-ary: When to Drink …?

Horsepower in the Vineyard

WATERKLOOF WINES Monday 22 May 2017 http://www.waterkloofwines.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The sky was cloudless at the Vineyard Hotel for the regular Monday evening wine-tasting. It was chilly on the back lawn and appropriately so as Waterkloof produces cool climate wines. I have yet to visit the vineyard, the best known of a handful … Continue reading Horsepower in the Vineyard