I don’t have to say much about the current situation in South African with regards to the alcohol ban. I will not go into the pro and con arguments. The level of frustration is just unbearable.
What I want to do, is to share a few snippets about our wine travels and experiences in the days that where. And yes, we don’t live in the Western Cape, so it is maybe not as vast as we’d like it to be. We usually visit the Winelands in the winter, and this year will be the first time in years that we are not. But the fond memories will keep us going, and we will be back!
While we can’t buy wine at the moment, maybe you can find a few gems or interesting wines you would like to try once we actually can! So support our wine estates online and get your orders in, it will be worth the wait! We should be able to cover most of the letters of the alphabet, as a fun twist.
So here we go, A is for Allesverloren.
Our visit to Allesverloren was unplanned. We stumbled upon this wine estate early one morning on our way to Tulbagh from Langebaan. You know, one of those drives where you just follow your nose, like my Gran used to say! It was a good couple of years ago, and we literally walked in as the doors of the tasting room opened.
After admiring the view for a couple of minutes.
The magic and beauty of the Swartland are so underrated, in my opinion. We can’t wait to visit again next year! But wait, I digress.
At that time, we didn’t know Allesverloren that well, so this was quite an educational visit for us. Allesverloren means ‘all is lost’, which refers to the sad ‘birth’ of the farm in 1704, when the owners of the farm returned from a journey from Stellenbosch to find the farm destroyed and the house burnt to the ground. But all was not lost, because years later, this wine estate is one of the most well-known and well-acclaimed wine estates in the Swartland region, and indeed, in South Africa.
This was one of the first time I remember tasting the Portuguese varietals Tinta Barocca and Touriga Naçional.
Allesverloren also makes a Tinta Rosé – which I think is quite unique! A blend of Tinta Barocca, Touriga Naçional, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.
I remember on that day we left with some Tinta Rosé, Tinta Barocca and Fine Old Vintage Port!
Since then we had a few more encounters with Allesverloren.
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