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Posted on: Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Wine Tasting in Breedekloof

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View from Jason's Hill

View from Jason’s Hill

An old school friend is a doctor and her and her hubby live and work in Worcester. My school friends and I have been threatening to visit for ages and eventually we got all our schedules to coincide for a weekend away. Debs had arranged a full day for the Saturday and organised her hubby to be the designated driver (brave man) while we all went wine tasting at various Breedekloof Estates.

The Breedekloof area extends from Bainskloof to the surrounds of Worcester and Rawsonville with many of the estates being relatively unknown to many of us on the trip. We left it to Debs expertise and after all 7 of us had piled into the car we were ready to go. The weather was rather dismal and we arrived at our first estate Merwida somewhat resembling drowned rats.

We were warmly welcomed by the two members of staff on duty and were invited to sit on the large comfy couches and leather arm chairs. The wines were all rather tasty, but it still feels a bit strange drinking wine before midday. Nonetheless I did find two exceptional wines which I simply had to own – a Shiraz Rose (an easy drinking summer wine which works well for any occasion) and then a red blend called Barbera (rich and full-bodied and perfect for a cold wintery evening). After our first stop the car was already packed with purchases to take home and the conversation became slightly more animated.

 

Breedekloof Wine
Photographs — Left: Merwida tasting room / Centre: What are those legs like? / Right: Wet and cold outside

Off we headed to our next stop at Bergsig, which to my surprise has an extensive range of wines. From their own signature Bergsig varietals to the house brands of Woolworths. We had a wonderful tasting here, which was slightly more formal than the previous estate. It was really informative and we had a lovely animated lady who was willing to answer our many questions. I left this estate with some of the Chenin Blanc, which offered very reasonable cellar prices.

 

Breedekloof Wine
Photographs — Left: Bergsig tasting room / Right: Wines on display

Our stomachs had begun to grumble and off we headed to our third and final destination at Jason’s Hill where we would also be having lunch. We were eager to get inside and settle down because we were all quite cold and ready to fill our bellies. Lunch for me was an easy choice as soon as I had spotted Waterblommetjiebredie on the menu I didn’t need to look further. Although I did have a slight dilemma when I also spotted lamb shank, but the bredie was a winner for me because it isn’t often I see that.

 

Breedekloof Wine
Photographs — Left: Juicy burger / Centre: Waterblommetjiebredie Right: Do we have enough wine?

The food was very reasonably priced and extremely tasty. The majority of the group opted for the home made burger with delicious toppings and from the silence at the table during the meal it was quite obvious that it was being enjoyed. I devoured my bredie, if you don’t know what it is it’s a typically Afrikaans stew that is made from meat (usually lamb) and waterblommetjies which are found in marshes and dams in the Western Cape. It is hearty and warm and delicious, I would highly recommend it – as I scraped off every last morsel with the bread that accompanied it.

After stocking the car with the last few bottles of wine purchased we headed back home for a bit of relaxation, at home “wine tasting” and a braai in the evening.

Destination Information:
Where to Stay in Worcester
Find Worcester Things to Do
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If you’d like to see the other wine estates in South Africa check out these maps.

Tania Stephenson

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Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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2 comments about Wine Tasting in Breedekloof
  1. May 21st, 2013 at 09:13
    Tans says:

    This was such fun! I’d love to go back to Merwida when the weather is better.

  2. May 21st, 2013 at 12:31
    Christine says:

    This does look really good – will have to go and do a tasting there. Thanks for the info!