The Many Tasty Wines of South Africa

Ah, wine. What we can’t find in tasty beer here, Namibia makes up for it in wine. We can’t wait to visit the Southern African wineries when we are done service. In the meantime, we sample and enjoy tasty wines available at our local liquor store here in Rundu. Booze is sold Monday – Friday at all times when the stores are open (generally 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.). On Saturday you can only buy booze til 1 p.m. On Sunday you can’t buy any. It’s why we like to stock up : )

Here’s a sampling of the wines we like and their cost. All prices are in Namibian dollars and are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Roughly one American dollar yields 10 Namibian dollars.

  • Drostdy-Hof Claret Select – This wine gives a PCV the most bang for their buck. 6.6 bottles of wine for $155. A bargain!
  • Swartland Winery Dry Red – A good wine. Maybe what we’d call a “house wine” back home? $37
  • Goats do Roam – A red wine blend of 62% Shiraz, 14% Mour Vedre, 11% Grenache, 9%% Durif, 2% Cinsaut, 2% Carignan. This is one of my favorite wines, ever. It goes down smooth. The winery is fair trade. And the title is a play on words for the fancy French wine Cotes du Rhone. Goats really DO roam around and live at this winery in South Africa. $64
  • Edgebaston’s The Pepper Pot – We first had this wine at Nunda Lodge in Divundu. It is my favorite here in Nam so far. A blend of 85% syrah, 24% Mourvedre, 12% Cinsault, 8% Grenache, 4% Tannat, 1% Viognier. I was so excited to see it in the store today. $85.

I’d be curious if anyone back home has sampled these in the USA. I know I’ll be looking for them when we get back home!



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One response to “The Many Tasty Wines of South Africa

  1. Christine P.

    Plenty of Goats do Roam stateside for when you get the itch! 🙂

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