Getting to explore South African wine was an absolute privilege. I am fortunate to work for the WSET, the world’s largest provider of wine education, and, in particular, to work in the small unit that researches and writes the student materials for our 100,000+ students around the world. Having been a blogger and then spent many years as a wine student, it is a dream job. These days researchers do spend a great deal of time on the web, researching regions and wines, alongside the printed materials available to us. But we do also go on trips, especially to visit less well-documented regions.
However, even I was surprised and absolutely thrilled when I was asked whether I would be willing to visit and study South African wine. I had tried to make a case for visiting Australia and was told that we had less in-house expertise on South Africa and what did I think… With the help of Wines of South Africa (who kindly paid for in-territory transport), I was able to visit the Cape for a thrilling and very moving voyage of discovery. Here are the posts:
- A Chenin Blanc welcome
- A week of wine in the Western Cape
- Sauvignon, Pinot, Chardonnay and gastronomy in the Western Cape
- Western Cape photos
- Best wines of my South African trip
Earlier posts include: