Whether you are a wine newbie or an experienced taster, wine tasting events are a fun way to learn about what you like and don’t like. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new wines without having to invest in a bottle if you don’t like it.
When Riebeek Cellars asked me if I wanted to do a wine tasting evening with 9 friends, I said “Yes Please” before you could say “Cheers”!
Riebeek Cellars is a well-known, medium-sized winery in the Valley. Like me, other locals may have thought they knew all the wines that Riebeek Cellars produce. Well, bless our naïve hearts. I had NO idea just how many options Riebeek Cellars have, and that is likely because they do not market them all.
In the Swartland ‘Theatre of Wine’, Riebeek Cellars are our local rock star! Their latest accolade is having just scooped 5 awards at the Swartland Young Wine Show!
Anyhow, … back to our tasting evening. Alecia Boshof, who is Riebeek Cellars’ Production manager and one of the wine makers, was our hostess and wine guide for the evening. Alecia studied viticulture and Enology at Stellenbosch University. Over the years, she has gleaned a vast and impressive wine knowledge, likely from having worked in the wine industry in the USA, Australia and France, and has now been with Riebeek Cellars since 2004.
She was both informative and fun, and I can honestly say that we all learned quite a bit from her.
The tasting was Shiraz, and we had 6 of their Shiraz’s to sample. Note that I start off being quite meticulous (well, as meticulous as I can be, for someone who is nowhere near a connoisseur), but by the 4th wine … not so much. Here goes.
So, our wine tasting evening ended on a high with the 2011 Kasteelberg Shiraz. A very BIG thank you to the Riebeek Cellars A-Team: Alta, Anina and Acecia! We really enjoyed and appreciated the super wine-tasting evening.
The Riebeek Valley is a little piece of paradise, nestled on the slopes of the majestic and beautiful Kasteelberg Mountain. The rural atmosphere of this quaint valley, coupled with the beauty of the area, is the perfect getaway from city life, with the quirky & friendly locals adding an interesting flavour.
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