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Travel Thursdays - Johannesburg Wine

Volume 130


The Wine of Johannesburg South Africa

Last week we explored several great regions in the Western Cape. But don't just limit yourself to the well-known wine regions. South Africa is full of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Explore the lesser-known areas, such as Hemel-en-Aarde Valley or Swartland, and you'll be rewarded with unique wine styles and stunning landscapes. These off-the-beaten-path destinations often offer a more intimate and personal wine tasting experience, allowing you to connect with the winemakers and learn about their craft.

Johannesburg South Africa

Some wine tasting tips as you explore these destinations include understanding that wine tasting is an art. To fully appreciate the flavors, aromas, and nuances of each wine, it's essential to approach the experience with a certain level of etiquette. Start by holding the wine glass by the stem, rather than the bowl, to avoid warming the wine with your body heat. Give the glass a gentle swirl to release the wine's aromas, and then take a moment to sniff the wine, allowing the scents to captivate your senses. Finally, take a small sip and let the wine linger on your palate, savoring the flavors and textures.

I have also discovered that the best way to enhance the wine tasting experience is to pair the wines with local cuisine. The country's vibrant food culture offers a myriad of flavors and ingredients that complement the wines perfectly. Whether it's a savory bobotie paired with a bold red or a fresh seafood dish accompanied by a crisp white, the combination of South African wine and local cuisine is a match made in heaven.

In addition, I highly recommend participating in guided vineyard tours. These tours provide a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process and offer the opportunity to learn directly from the experts. From vineyard walks to cellar tours, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into each bottle of South African wine.

Embrace the spirit of exploration and curiosity. Engage with the locals, ask questions, and let your taste buds guide you. South African wines are as diverse and vibrant as the country itself, and each sip tells a unique story. So, raise your glass and toast to the incredible flavors that await you in this beautiful part of the world.

So, if you're ready to embark on a wine journey like no other, I invite you to reach out to me. Let's plan your next wine-focused trip to South Africa, where you can explore the diverse wine regions, indulge in vineyard tours and tastings, and savor the perfect pairing of local cuisine with South African wines. Cheers to unforgettable experiences and delicious memories!

Michelle Wicks Cypher

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I'm your guide to unforgettable European voyages, curated for wine connoisseurs, food enthusiasts, golfers and culture aficionados, ensuring each journey is a masterpiece of taste, history, and connection.

Michelle Wicks Cypher


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