Villiera Wines

The Villiera Wine Estate is a family-run business, situated just outside of Stellenbosch. The Grier family opened Villiera in 1983 and have since developed it into a successful, privately-owned winery.

Although Villiera creates a pretty decent range of still wines, such as their 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (see note at the bottom), it was their Champagne and Nougat Tasting that was the ultimate drawcard for us. Now, as with my post on JC le Roux, we were not technically drinking champagne. Technically, we were tasting their Méthode Cap Classiques (MCCs), but we commonly refer to the experience as a whole as a "Champagne and Nougat Tasting", or even, as Villiera refer to it, a "Bubbly and Nougat Pairing Experience".

Awesome display of Villiera's wines and MCCs
Awesome display of Villiera's wines and MCCs

This particular tasting (see below) consisted of four MCCs (a Grier Brut, a Tradition Brut, a Monro Brut and a Tradition Brut Rosé), and, four sweet treats (Honey Nougat with Almonds and Cranberries, Honey Nougat with Macadamias, Honey Nougat with Almonds as well as a Turkish Delight). The MCCs are all paired with the sweet treats in the same order that I listed them. The combination of everything together was well-thought out and it's really worth the R90 per person. 

Bubbly and Nougat Pairing Experience
Bubbly and Nougat Pairing Experience

The tasting room is named the Wine Sanctuary (see below) and it's nicely set out, as you can sit outside in warmer weather, or inside on a cold day, where they have a cosy fireplace. As mentioned above, Villiera has still wines too. I'm particularly fond of the Sauvignon Blanc. Villiera makes two different styles; one is the Traditional Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc, which gets it's name from the old bush vines its made from, and the other is their regular Sauvignon Blanc, which is made from trellised vines. The latter is more fresh, due to the influence of the wine from the Elgin region, which I think is the reason I prefer it.

Villiera's Wine Sanctuary
Villiera's Wine Sanctuary

Contact: 021 865 2002
Email: wine@villiera.com
Address: Corner of R101 and R304, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch, 7605
Website: http://www.villiera.com/

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