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Wine Wednesday – one day late…

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The garden at Silverthorn Wines, on the bank of the Breede River.

I wanted to start my Wednesday wine blog yesterday, but I got distracted by other things, so my very first Wine Wednesday blog, is happening on a Thursday… No nasty comments, please! πŸ˜‰

Last week I told you about my visit to a few wine farms in the area (see https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/zelmare.com/1391) , but I only touched on the five places we visited, with a promise of more detail later – so, here we go!

If you love wine, wine tasting and beautiful surroundings, you get it all when you visit our general area, and you get it in spades when you visit Silverthorn Wines.

When you step out of the vehicle, you are immediately drawn to the scenery, as this beautiful winery lies on the banks of the Breede River. The hosts, John and Karen Loubser, has only recently started producing their wine full time on the farm, as John worked as wine maker on another farm, and their grapes were transported there and made off premise.

The tasting room.
John and Karen.

They give you a quick tour of the production area, and then it is time to get down to the serious business of tasting! The tasting happens around a large family size table (with a story of its own!) in a wonderfully informal style. John enjoys telling you about his wines, and he encourages any questions you may have. Interesting tidbits about the terroir, and the general area, makes for an entertaining tasting.

Production area. (That is not the tasting table!)
The tasting table.

Now, the wine… Silverthorn Wines produces only MCC. What on earth is that?, you may ask. Well, MCC is the South African version of champagne, but we may not call it that, of course. So in SA it is called MCC – MΓ©thode Cap Classique. Basically it is champagne, made like champagne, and tastes like champagne, only it is not called champagne.

Silverthorn Wines produce 4 different MCC’s, of which 3 is readily available, and the fourth is only available once a year, when it is auctioned by the Cape Winemaker’s Guild. The wines are excellent, and for me personally, it is impossible to choose a favourite. Even the names are tantalizing – Jewel Box, The Green Man, The Genie, and The Big Dog.

The wines with their beautifully designed labels.

If you are a wine lover, and if you ever visit South Africa, I would highly recommend that you take a few days to tour our area to taste our superb, world class wines and enjoy our beautiful scenery and friendly people.

To know more about Silverthorn Wines, or to order, please visit their site at https://www.silverthornwines.co.za/ (This is NOT a paid advertisement, it is merely an attempt from my side to promote our wines and area.)

Until our next visit, be safe, be happy! πŸ˜€

Wine country (also known as ‘peace for the soul’.)

Pic taken from the tasting deck at Excelsior Wines.

I seriously cannot believe that four days have passed since my last post. It is scary how time is flying at the moment…

Since I live in one of the most beautiful areas (in my humble opinion, anyway!) in our country, I thought I’d tell you a bit about it, and of course, show you a bit of its beauty.

I am going to keep it short, but I’ll post something about our wines and area regularly – you know about my personal aversion to never ending posts!

I live in a town called Robertson, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Now, some of you may know – South Africa produces some of the best wines in the world. Visitors to our country normally concentrate their wine tastings and tours in the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek (translated from Dutch, it means French Corner) and Paarl areas, but our valley, the Breede River Valley, makes wine every bit as good as the ones produced there. Also, the areas around our wine farms are as beautiful!

So, I am making it my mission to promote our area to potential visitors, as I think a bit of extra marketing never hurt any business! I actually moved here 2 years ago from a very different part of the country, and I cannot tell you the difference it has made in my life!

It probably has more to do with personal peace and less with the specific area, but since it makes me so happy to be here, you can understand that I want to share this with the world – or at least with anyone that wants to listen! Don’t you think your surroundings have a profound influence on how happy you are?

The few pictures I am sharing with you today, was taken last week Thursday, on a wine appreciation tour I did with a few other locals. ( I am only doing a few quick photo’s as an appetizer, I’ll go into more detail of each place in separate posts – if you are interested! πŸ˜‰ )

We visited five of the many gems in the area, and it was an eye opener to realize exactly what quality of wines there are in this area. And the people! Knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. If ever you do come to South Africa, please put our valley on your itinerary!

Until next time, cheers! πŸ˜€

The setting of Silverthorn Wines.
The vineyards at Esona Boutique Wine Estate.
The barge on the river at Viljoensdrift Wines.
The huge cellars at Van Loveren.