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Did anybody notice? Woolies are selling some very well known and respected wines in 2L boxes as an alternative to bottles. I’ve listed the price per 2L, the (resulting cost of 750mL) vs the cost of a 750mL bottle

Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc R169 (R64 vs R85)

Pierre Jordan Tranquille Blush R140 (R53 vs R70)

Beyerskloof Pinotage R200 (R75 vs R100)

La Motte Merlot R189 (R71 vs R90)

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay R219 (R82 vs R109)

Spier Cabernet Sauvignon R190 (R71 vs R95)

Alto 1693 R240 (R90 vs R120)

Every one of them represents a discount of 25% on the cost of the wine, plus you don’t even have to think about glass recycling. An added plus is that air doesn’t get introduced to the bag, so the wine in an opened box will not deteriorate anywhere near as quickly as that in an opened bottle.

So, is there a taste difference? There’s only one way to find out. Buy a bottle and a box. Then do a blind tasting.

We are on a mission to test this out. After all, if we can go from corks to screw caps, why not take the next step?


  1. Hi
    I’d be interested to know if you have done some box – bottle wine comparisons, and then obviously to know your outcomes.
    I will be presenting a blind tasting to our wine club in Grahamstown of 3 Woolies wines in bottles and boxes (namely Diemersdal SB, Spier CS and Alto 1693 red) next week, so it’d be great to know your findings.

    1. Hi Simon,
      As it turned out, we only did a blind tasting of Alto 1693 against Alto Rouge. We both found the 1693 smoother on the palate, despite the fact that the Alto had aired.
      We’re just ordinary wine drinkers and definitely not experts.

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