Sampling Pinotage And Other Wines in South Africa

Sampling Wines

While traveling about South Africa in October 2006, I visited Cellars Hohenort – a gorgeous, historic, dutch style hotel and vineyard located near Cape Town in the lush, rolling hills of the Cape Peninsula.

The wine tasting was held out back in the garden where we watched the sunset over the mountains.  The tasting was conducted by a young, amiable, Sommelier (George?), who had a great passion for wine.  Of course, we commenced the sampling with a dry, Sauvignon Blanc.  We then tried a light red wine and sampled other more full bodied reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon.  We also sampled Pinotage, a native, South African varietal that is now taking off in France and other regions.  This lovely, easy to drink red wine was my favorite.  All in all, I think we sampled about six wines.  Afterwards, we had dinner at the Greenhouse Restaurant located on the property where I dined on Kudu (delicious!).

Sunset over the Vineyard

A trip to Cape Town would not be complete without visiting at least one vineyard.  I would like to visit Franshoek, the other great wine region of South Africa on my next visit to this extraordinary country.

For more photos of this vineyard, see the “S. Africa – Cape Town” photo album on my Gallery.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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