Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This past month, on a beautiful wintery Saturday, we went wine tasting in the Rawsonville area. (Since we are in the Southern Hemisphere, we are heading into spring and not autumn like my Northern Hemisphere readers.)

Our first stop took us to the Wine and Tourism office and Goudini Wines. (Visit the link if you missed that post.) Our second stop took us to the uniWines estate, which is a co-op of Palesa, Meander, DaschBosch, Ankerman and Groot Eiland wines.

This was the first time that we encountered a sign that said that children were not allowed inside, so Amanda had to sit outside while we tasted some delicious wines from the various wine makers. We bought her a bottle of Ankerman sparkling grape juice that she could enjoy.

Rose Niemand and her wine making husband, Stefan, were there to tell us about the wines. Rose persuaded us to try the white and red sweet wines (Nectar de Provision) from Ankerman. She treated us to blue cheese and crackers, which went well with them. We ended up buying two bottles of the white. We really enjoyed our stop at uniWines and we came away with several purchases.

Rose and Stefan Niemand

You can follow our trip
with the map at the
bottom of the post.

Click on the images
to make them bigger.
It's worth it!

Meander - Merlot Shiraz/Syrah blend

Ankerman - Nectar de Provision (white)

Ankerman - Nectar de Provision (red)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Goudini Wines

We went for a drive through the Rawsonville wine route a couple of Saturdays past. Amanda loves coming with us, so we took her along. On this trip, we went to three wine cellars. Our first stop was at the Wine and Tourism office and Goudini Wines, they share the same property. That's where we got this awesome map. You can follow along with it.

Goudini had some good wines that have won awards. My favorite was the Chenin Blanc.

You can click on the images to view them larger, but the captions that I've included will not appear in that mode.

Breedekloof Wine Valley
Map and Info.

Crossing the Breede River
from Worcester to Rawsonville

A quick look at the dam and then
we're on our way again

Goudini and Breedekloof
Wine & Tourism

Amanda checking out the map
that is pictured above

Wines from the valley

Wines from the valley

Wortelkoek is carrot cake
Kaaskoek is cheese cake
The signboard:
Wine improves with age...
I improve with wine.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

B.C. Wines Outing

While visiting Aan De Doorns Cellar, we were encouraged to pop in at Brandvlei Cellar Wines (B.C. Wines) a bit further down the road. We had been there before for a local event, but never for wine tasting. We really enjoyed the wines at B.C. Wines.

In our area, it usually costs nothing to try the wines. South Africa produces quality wines and the wine regions, including ours, are beautiful.

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It makes a big difference.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Aan De Doorns Outing

Welcome to my little part of the world. We live in one of South Africa's wine regions and occasionally visit local wine estates. Today's photos are not about the wine at Aan De Doorns, although they do make nice wines, but about the countryside. Click on the images to view them larger. It's worth it.

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