We don’t do “wine farming” to give bad “reviews.” On the other hand, I also have to describe a wine farm experience as it happened, to stay authentic. So, unfortunately, the post about Spookfontein Wine Farm in the Hemel and Aarde Valley won’t say much, because it was kind of a non-experience. It is possible that we caught them on a bad day, so when I am in the area again, I might want to pop in and see if things are different this time around.
We got there late-ish, with about 35/40 minutes to go before closing time. The setting was very nice, and we were happy to discover what we thought was a hidden gem. They have a beautiful tasting room with stylish, creative decor that was arty without being over the top. We were on our way back to Cape Town and sat down for the last tasting of the day.
Three Wines from the Spookfontein Wine Farm
Bev asked what they offered, and we were told we could taste 3 wines. The three Spookfontein wines were preselected and they didn’t really tickle the imagination. We asked if we could taste some of the others, and were told no, only those three were available for tasting. The good thing about it was that it was a free tasting. We even offered to pay to taste some of the other wines, but it was not an option. They said their license didn’t allow them.
The information we got about the wines were delivered unenthusiastically in the time it took to pour the wine into two tasting glasses. It was very generic; things we could probably have read on the bottle. Questions were answered with a bland, “I don’t know.” I think it was around there that we really lost interest in the tasting. We didn’t discuss the wines much nor did we make any notes. We tasted our three wines – I don’t remember what they were – and left. I don’t’ think anyone noticed – good thing we didn’t have to pay!
As we drove away, I tasted the name “spookfontein” in my mind, like I would roll an interesting wine around on my tongue. I wondered about the story behind the name and I wanted the spook to jump out an haunt me. The name Spookfontein Wine Farm, other than the wines, just sparks a rush of mystery coursing through the imagination. I kept thinking – there is so much you can do with a name like “spookfontein…” So why don’t they?
Click here to visit Spookfontein Wine Farm’s website: http://www.spookfontein.co.za
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