Nitida Wine Estate
Nitida Wine Estate is a family owned and run cellar. After 20 years, it is one of the most consistently awarded and loved boutique wine cellars in South Africa. With two restaurants, and great gardens with superb views and numerous festivals during the year, it is quite a popular spot. On our wine tasting day out with Rudi, Bronwyn, Maxine, Andrew and Sue, we stopped here after lunch and tasting at the beautifully located Meerendal Wine Estate.
I have been to Nitida before, but not up to the Wine Tasting and Sales Room.
Nitida wines are named after the protea nitida which grows unexpectedly amongst our naturally occurring, though now endangered, West Coast Renosterveld flora. The Protea is the national flower of South Africa.
This looks like an ‘evolution of life’ advertisement.
We parked at the front entrance and then walked to the Tasting Room. The wine farm is located so that it has stunning views of the wine farms surrounding it. It is very peaceful here.
We walked in and waited to be helped but we were not welcomed here like we had been at the first estate. In fact, we felt quite ignored. This may have already left a ‘sour taste’ in our mouths. However, since we had walked all this way from the cars, we decided to try 4 wines for R20 anyway.
Us, Bronwyn and Rudi, Maxine and Drew.
Award winning wines
Uncle Justin and Charles have a chat.
I would love to be able to say we had a great time here too, but honestly, the wines were not pleasant at all. We found this very odd because these wines have won so many awards. In the wine descriptions, one of them was said to have “a hint cat pee (but the good kind)”. I’m not sure that there is actually a good kind. We assumed that only an amazing wine could afford a description as bold as this, so we gave it a try.
We all spat it out.
I find it hard to believe that we would all not enjoy the same wines,
but this was the case at this wine estate.
My cute little god-son, Charles.
I am not opposed to giving Nitida Wines another try, but perhaps next time we will just go to one of their two restaurants: Cassia overlooking the dam; or Tables which offers seating outside and surroundings of lawn and indoors which makes it perfect for family lunches and outings.
Our next wine tasting experience: