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Wine Tasting Guidelines, Cape Whale Coast



  • First, consult a map and decide at which cellar you would like to start. Then set aside at least one hour for each wine farm you want to visit.
  • If it is the first time in your life that you plan to visit a cellar, it may be advisable to join a cellar tour initially, as it may be very informative.
  • Arrive at your last cellar for the day at least one hour before closing time to ensure that you can still taste their wines.
  • It is very important to appoint a designated driver beforehand as it will not be safe for you and your company to drive a vehicle after tasting various wines.
  • Most cellars request that you buy a glass to taste their wines and won't allow tasting out of any other glass. These glasses can be collected as souvenirs.
  • Each cellar has a limit to the amount of wine you may taste and it would be a good idea to ask the tasting room assistant with regards to limits.
  • To allow your palate to progress naturally, taste dry white wines first. Proceed to red wines and sample sweeter wines last. Sparkling wines can be enjoyed in between to clean your palate.
  • Do not swallow all wines given to taste. Spit the wine into the spittoons provided in the tasting room.
  • Remember that smoking is not allowed in tasting rooms.
  • Some cellars will serve tasting wines at tables, while others may only serve at their tasting counter. Ask your attending tasting room assistant what their cellar's preferences are.
  • Most wine farms and cellars will allow you to buy mixed cases of wine.
  • Wine can be delivered to your premises on request and most cellars will offer secure packaging for air cargo.
  • As well as buying wines from the Western Cape region for your own consumption, it also makes a perfect gift.



Cape Whale Coast 2014 Events (Hangklip to Gansbaai)
2014-04-16 to 2014-12-30
Venue: Hemanus