It is not more than some 150 kilometres between Hermanus and Riebeck Kasteel, but it is almost like the difference between Sweden and Spain. Hermanus is on South Africa’s south coast, verdant, cool with Antarctica’s cold ocean currents. Here they make elegant pinot noir and stringent chardonnay. And you have a breath-taking ocean view.
A couple of hours drive north and you are in the Swartland, at Riebeck Kasteel. Here, it is not quite but almost a desert climate. Hot and dry. Spanish and southern French grapes thrive here. Grenache, syrah, mourvèdre… For a few years it’s been perhaps the country’s trendiest wine district, with many young experimenting winemakers.
In between are the more classic and well-known Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The whole of South Africa is today a cauldron of talented winemakers. (For example, see our article on Ntsiki Biyela.)
Something every wine lover owes to themselves to discover.
South Africa – a great wine experience.
Wine tour to South Africa, February 8-18, 2023