Wake up and smell the wine

Fynbos mountains with clouds on the Vergelegen estate

Ever wanted to know more about the wines and wine producers of South Africa?  Paul Hopkins and Tony Dodds, from the MMI wine team, are on a whistle-stop tour this week.  Read their reports here on the Grapevine site where they’ll be taking you inside the wineries and sharing their impressions (and a few other things besides!)

Day three – Tuesday 14th June

Another beautiful day greeted us on our 3rd day in South Africa.  The views as we headed north to Paarl were spectacular and even if you’re not interested in wine, it’s definitely well worth a trip to this part of the world for the views alone.

One of the aspects of our portfolio that we are particularly proud of is our range of lower priced wines that offer incredible quality at affordable prices and this morning was spent in the pursuit of wine for that part of our business.  Unfortunately these wines will have to remain a guarded secret until we are ready to release them but we can assure you, that we have found some gems that offer great value for money.  The styles of wines that we tried ranged from off-dry whites with soft acidity and aromatic fruits to full-bodied red wines which are matured in heavily-toasted oak that gives the wine a strong coffee and chocolate character, almost like Costa Coffee in a wine glass!

Our driver Sarej is from Cape All Tours and has impressed us with his knowledge of the area, the wineries that we have visited and perhaps most importantly his willingness to put up with our bad jokes.  Typically we were late again as we headed to the historic estate of Vergelegen….

Paul Hopkins

To read more about the trip:

Day one: Paul and Tony in South Africa – discover new wines and wineries

Day two am: Wine for breakfast

Day two pm: Stellenzicht to Durbanville Hills

Day three am: Wake up and smell the wine

Day three pm: Going underground in Vergelegen

Day three eve: An evening stroll at Waterkloof

Comments welcome.

Mountains with clouds - Vergelegen estate

Image courtesy of Vergelegen

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