2017 South African Trip

Lynx Winery - Franschhoek

Marian on Fri 3 Feb

Our last visit today is to Lynx Winery, again one of the first wines we purchased from in South Africa.

On arrival we are called through to the winery where Helgard the General Manager is pressing grapes (see picture attached).

La Chataigne - Franschhoek

Marian on Fri 3 Feb

We leave Four Paws and cross the road to another of our favourite Wineries - La Chataigne.

Four Paws Franschhoek

Marian on Fri 3 Feb

Today we have three wineries to visit and we start at Four Paws.

Again as with Noble Hill yesterday many improvements are being made to the Estate a new entrance and tasting room have been added since our visit last year.

Noble Hill Winery

Marian on Thu 2 Feb

We travel out of Franschhoek and move onto Simondium to visit Kristopher at Noble Hill Wine Estate.

The Winery was one of the first estates we imported wines from and this is our fifth visit here.

Stony Brook Franschhoek

Marian on Wed 1 Feb

We visit Franschhoek each year when in South Africa and are pleased to be back and to catch up with the Wineries we buy from in this area.

Today our first visit is to Stony Brook. We are greeted by Joy McNaught who with  her husband Nigel founded Stony Brook to satisfy their love of quality wines.

Bellevue Winery

Marian on Wed 1 Feb

Whilst here we take the opportunity to explore different Vineyards with the hope of finding new wines to add to our stock.

There are over 100 Wineries in the Stellenbosch area, so getting a recommendation is always helpful and this is how we found Bellevue Winery.

Clos Malverne

Marian on Tue 31 Jan

Tasting treat at Clos Malverne

After three days staying with friends we get back on the Wine Trail.

We are at Clos Malverne to meet with Suzanne and decide on which wines to add to our shipment. Today we had a Tasting Treat a ‘Wine and Ice Cream Pairing Menu’ WOW this was something special and I will try and replicate on our return.

Black Oyster Catcher

Marian on Thu 26 Jan

We are now staying at the most southerly area in South Africa,it is not Cape of Good Hope but Cape Agulhas where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean the coast is very rugged and the sea both dramatic and stunning.

We stock one wine from this area Black Oystercatcher and we are staying at the property.


Arendsig Vineyard

Marian on Mon 23 Jan

On the move, again we leave Wellington and head towards Robertson.

Arendsig Winery is where we are visiting. We have a meeting arranged with Lourens the owner of this Vineyard.

Doolhof Winery

Marian on Sun 22 Jan

Doolhof Winery is an Artisan vineyard on the outskirts of Wellington we are stocking their Malbec and are taking the opportunity to visit whilst in the area.

Nabygelegen Vineyard

Marian on Sat 21 Jan

We have travelled 40K to Wellington and staying on Nabygelegen Vineyard in the Manor House for three nights.

Clos Malverne 18 Jan 2017

Marian on Wed 18 Jan

We have arrived in South Africa and the sun is shining, it is always difficult to believe we have left the UK in the middle of Winter and after a 12 hour flight we arrive in Cape Town, where it is 30 degrees and a hose pipe ban!

Tasting trip 16 January to 17 February

Marian on Sat 14 Jan

Torquil and I are packing our bags ready for an annual tasting trip to South Africa.

Watch this space for details of vineyards visited and new wines found etc

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