Top Menu

What’s a good wine to order? What wine should I take back home?

I’m often asked to recommend a “good” wine, and my answer is always that a good wine is whatever you enjoy drinking. It’s trite but it’s true. Nonetheless, when my overseas guests insist on a recommendation, I show them this list of wineries who produce good examples of favourite varieties. It was compiled by Lynne Sherriff M.W. and other Tastetrip experts. (N.B. The areas shown in brackets do not necessarily indicate Wine of Origin, rather the location of the cellar.)

 

Chasing Chenin?
(South Africa’s most widely planted white)


AA Badenhorst (Swartland)
Alheit Vineyards (Hermanus)
Alleé Bleue (Franschhoek)
Botanica (Stellenbosch)
Beaumont (Bot River)
Bosman Family Vineyards (Wellington)
Cederberg (Citrusdal)
David & Nadia (Swartland)
DeMorgenzon (Stellenbosch)
Eenzaamheid (Paarl)
Fram (Swartland)

Jordan (Stellenbosch)
Ken Forrester (Stellenbosch)
Keermont (Stellenbosch)
Luddite (Bot River)
Opstal (Breedekloof)
Mullineux & Leeu (Franschhoek)
Remhoogte (Stellenbosch)
Raats (Stellenbosch)
Sadie Family (Swartland)
Stellenrust (Stellenbosch)
Waterford (Stellenbosch)

 

Choosing a Chardonnay?


Ataraxia (Hemel en Aarde)
Bartinney (Stellenbosch)
Boschendal (Franschhoek)
Cape Chamonix (Franschhoek)
Crystallum (Hemel en Aarde)
De Wetshof(Robertson)
Eikendal (Stellenbosch)
Glen Carlou (Paarl)

Hamilton Russell (Hemel en Aarde)
Jordan (Stellenbosch)
Moreson (Franschhoek)
Neil Ellis (Stellenbosch)
Paul Cluver (Elgin)
Richard Kershaw (Elgin)
Springfield (Robertson)
Tokara (Stellenbosch)

 

Searching for Sauvignon Blanc?


Buitenverwachting (Constantia)
Cape Point Vineyards (Cape Point)
Cederberg (Citrusdal)
De Grendel (Durbanville)
Diemersdal (Durbanville)
Mulderbosch (Stellenbosch)

Nitida (Durbanville)
Klein Constantia (Constantia)
Springfield (Robertson)
Steenberg (Constantia)
Vergelegen (Somerset West)

 

Wanting white blends?
(White blends are often considered South Africa’s calling card)


AA Badenhorst (Swartland)
Beaumont (Bot River)
B Vintners (Stellenbosch)
Cape Point Vineyards (Cape Point)
DeMorgenzon (Stellenbosch)
Rall (Swartland)

Sadie Family (Swartland)
Sijnn (Malgas)
Tokara (Stellenbosch)
Thorne and Daughters (Elgin)
Vondeling (Paarl)
Waterkloof (Somerset West)

 

Considering Cabernet?


Boekenhoutskloof (Franschhoek)
Delaire Graff(Stellenbosch)
Glenelly (Stellenbosch)
Kanonkop (Stellenbosch)
Le Riche (Stellenbosch)
Meerlust (Stellenbosch)

Neil Ellis (Stellenbosch)
Restless River (Hemel en Aarde)
Rustenberg (Stellenbosch)
Rust en Vrede (Stellenbosch)
Tokara (Stellenbosch)

 

Contemplating Cinsault?
South Africa’s “fashionable” variety.


A A Badenhorst (Swartland)
Alheit (Hemel en Aarde)
Blackwater (Stellenbosch)
Eenzaamheid (Paarl)
Neil Ellis (Stellenbosch)
Naudé (Stellenbosch)

Rall (Swartland)
Silvervis (Swartland)
Radford Dale (Stellenbosch)
Sadie Family Wines (Swartland)
Waterkloof (Somerset West)

 

Maybe a Merlot?


Bein (Stellenbosch)
De Trafford (Stellenbosch)
Laibach (Stellenbosch)

Shannon (Elgin)
Thelema (Stellenbosch)
Tokara (Stellenbosch)

 

In Pursuit of Pinotage?


(South Africa’s unique variety)
Beeslaar (Stellenbosch)
Beyerskloof (Stellenbosch)
B Vintners (Stellenbosch)
Delheim (Stellenbosch)
Flagstone (Somerset West)

Kaapzicht (Stellenbosch)
Kanonkop (Stellenbosch)
L’Avenir (Stellenbosch)
Painted Wolf (Paarl)
Southern Right (Hemel en Aarde)
Spioenkop (Elgin)

 

Prefer Pinot Noir?


Cape Chamonix (Franschhoek)
Creation (Hemel en Aarde)
Crystallum (Bot River)
Hamilton Russell (Hemel en Aarde)
Newton Johnson (Hemel en Aarde)

Paul Cluver (Elgin)
Storm (Hemel en Aarde)
Strandveld (Elim)
The Drift (Overberg)

Rather have Red Blends?


Delaire Graff(Stellenbosch)
De Toren (Stellenbosch)
Ernie Els (Stellenbosch)
Morgenster (Somerset West)

Mvemve Raats (Stellenbosch)
Tokara (Stellenbosch)
Vilafonte (Stellenbosch)

 

Shiraz or Syrah?


Boekenhoutskloof (Franschhoek)
Boschkloof (Stellenbosch)
De Trafford (Stellenbosch)
Eagle’s Nest (Constantia)
Fable (Tulbagh)
La Motte (Franschhoek)
Leeuwenkuil (Swartland)

Luddite (Bot River)
Keermont (Stellenbosch)
Mullineux & Leeu (Franschhoek)
Reyneke (Stellenbosch)
Savage (Cape Point)
Tamboerskloof (Stellenbosch)
The Foundry (Stellenbosch)

 

Looking for a consistent, quality line-up?


Delheim (Stellenbosch)
Hartenberg (Stellenbosch)
Fairview (Paarl)
Nederburg (Paarl)
Neil Ellis (Stellenbosch)
Rickety Bridge (Franschhoek)
Spice Route (Paarl)

Spier (Stellenbosch)
The Winery of Good Hope (Stellenbosch)
Vergelegen (Somerset West)
Villiera (Stellenbosch)
Warwick (stellenbosch)
Waterford (Stellenbosch)
Waterkloof (Somerset West)

 

What’s Hot?
These are only some of our rockstar wineries.


AA Badenhorst
Alheit Vineyards
David and Nadia
Lukas Van Loggerenberg
Mount Abora
Mullineux & Leeu
Raats/B Vintners

Rall
Ronnie B Wines
Sadie Family Wines
Savage Wines
The Drift
Trizanne Signature Wines

 

There are plenty of great wines that have been left out….apologies to those wineries, but a list can only be so long, and this one is already over the limit!
Cheers to happy drinking!

March 2017

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply