Monday, January 7, 2013

Wine and Beer tasting at Spice Route

Naturally, when on holiday and in Cape Town, it means that wine farms are to be visited... We set off on the N1 in search of a wine farm we hadn't been to before and ended up at Spice Route, which offers so much more than we initially thought. 

DV chocolates, which used to operate out of Hermanus, have now moved to Spice Route Winery ( and, in spirit of merging the two brands together, there is a chocolate and wine pairing on offer (R60 per person). The chocolate is gorgeously dark and full of rich flavours, matched to specific varietals (for more info, visit: the pairing consists of 4 chocolates and 6 wines. The regular wine tasting is R25 per person for 6 wines.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing

I enjoyed the Spice Route Chakalaka red wine blend and the 2009 and the flagship Syrah 2007.

Upon further exploration, we found out the estate also offers beer tasting at the Barley & Biltong Emporium. They have various types of biltong, including a wide range of venison – we had the kudu – and a number of beers on tap for tasting and enjoying while looking over the beautiful views of the Paarl wine valley beyond.

Barley & Biltong Emporium

Beers are made by the Cape Brewery Company, also known as CBC, under highly skilled Brewmaster, Wolfgang Koedel. On offer were: Smoked Malt – a mild rauchbier, which is a German-style beer with a distinctive smoke flavour; Gold No 1 – a pilsner; Original – classic blonde lager; and the Devil – a full-bodied lager.

Select your piece of biltong, pay per weight and enjoy at the emporium or take some home with you

the view from the emporium


Tessa said...

I love that place!! Went before the beer emporium was up and running though. Must return!

Amy Hopkins said...

Hi Tessa! Yes, it's great fun and always cool to try new beers :-)

curtis03 Lewis said...

This wine and beer tasting party looks spectacular. This event space is also very attractive. I would also be attending the wine tasting bachelor bash and it will be organized by a professional planner. I am just so excited for this party.