Wildehurst Wines from the small town of Koringberg in the Swartland is my 143rd winery visit in South Africa. This winery is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town and is one of the most scenic and enjoyable drives I have been on. I met up with the owner, Joanne Hurst (what a treat!), at the winery where she introduced me to their winemaking philosophy.
“We believe in minimal intervention when it comes to winemaking. All our grapes are hand-harvested from selected sites in the Swartland. We do not add any acid, commercial yeast or commercial enzyme, choosing to rather let the wild enzymes and yeast take over.”
This is of course, an amazing feat for a boutique winery that produces 16 000 bottles of wine annually and Joanne was sure to point this out! Joanne’s winemaking journey started with a backyard vineyard in 2006 from which she produced her first bottle of wine in 2009 – how divine! From there, the brand was born and Joanne was on a mission to produce more and more by buying grapes from the Swartland and producing the wine in her cellar. Each bottle is hand labelled, and so loving care goes into each one!
Wine Tasting Room at Wildehurst Wines
Wine tasting is by appointment only and so I would recommend that you get a large group together and make a weekend of it. Tastings are conducted in the wine cellar and so not only does it feel rustic but you can also see where the wine is produced. A big wooden table is at the centre of the floor with enough seating for about 8 people.
Tasting the Wildehurst Wines Velo Range
We started off with the Velo range – the one with the motorcycle on the label. The Wildehurst Wines Velo range is the easy-drinking value range (screw caps) which is by no means average. I could drink glasses and glasses of it without the hangover because… guess what…no chemicals.
Below you can see the wines I tasted with notes from each. These wines are available for purchase from the Wildehurst Wines website wine shop. For only R95 to R120 a bottle, it offers superb value.
I tasted more than the usual even including a very rare 2016 Rose! The colour of this wine was almost orange, it was so beautiful and tasted absolutely like “please give me more and more”. The bottle had a cork with a wax seal, screaming elegance, but is no longer produced so after tasting this I do think Joanne might reconsider bringing this style back! Delicious!
I also tasted another discontinued wine which was an experiment by the winemaker – a Tinta Barocca which had heritage vines and this was bottle 38 of 623. A rare gem and an absolutely divine wine to enjoy with steak and cheese!
You can buy any of the Wildehurst Wines on their online shop: https://wildehurst.com/shop/
Dining at Wildehurst Wines
Upon prior arrangement and payment, platters can be arranged to be delivered to the winery. These beautiful platters were created by the Copper Kettle. This restaurant is about a 20-30 minute drive from Wildehurst and in fact, makes a great breakfast and coffee spot for when you drive back to Cape Town.
That’s what I did… on the drive back, we stopped for a cup of tea/coffee and breakfast. I also bought some goodies from the gift shop. You can check out The Copper Kettle by visiting their website: https://www.thecopperkettle.co.za/
Accommodation in Koringberg
After a marvellous wine tasting at Wildehurst Wines, we checked into our accommodation at Vleidam Guest Farm. This accommodation is quite popular with cyclists and couples needing an escape in the country. There are 4 cottages built in the 1920s which border a sheep farm.
I stayed in cottage 3 which had a queen-sized bed, kitchen, living room with indoor fireplace and an outside recreation/braai area boasting the most incredible views. I thought the heritage was something quite special and one of the walls even showed the original material that the wall is made out of. With this being a sheep farm, there are a lot of flies but the property is well prepared for that and provides you with repellant.
You may also want to explore the nearby towns of Moorreesburg, Piketberg, Koringberg, Porterville, Langebaan, Velddrif, Riebeek-Kasteel or Misverstand dam where you can swim, ski, canoe or boat.
Or simply did what I did and enjoyed the sunset at this beautiful part of the country whilst having a braai and sipping on some delicious wine.
I had such a fantastic time visiting this small town called Koringberg and even more so, meeting the lovely people at Wildehurst Wines. I thoroughly enjoyed switching off for two days and enjoyed the beauty of mother nature.
What a fabulous breakaway in the country!
Until the next wine visit…
Much wine love
Contact Wilderhurst Wines
Main Road, Koringberg
Swartland, Western Cape
Office: +27 (0) 22 423 8396