THE BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA


A Luxury Wine and Food Safari to the Cape Winelands


November 22nd - 27th, 2020
 


Hosted by Cathy Van Zyl, MW
 

Approx $2,995 USD pp

 

Price and Confirmed Itinerary to be released in Fall 2019. 

Please contact david@finevintageltd.com if you are interested in this tour.

 

Some say that the winelands in South Africa are the most beautiful of any wine region. But one thing is for sure, the quality and style of the Cape’s wines have undergone a dramatic revolution. They win dozens of awards at major international competitions and the country is poised to become the next big thing. It’s an exciting time in its long history to experience the wines of South Africa.

On this tour, you will experience:

  • Cool Climate Classics in the Constantia and Elgin regions with visits to Cape Point Vineyards,
    Constantia Glen, a gourmet lunch in the historic vineyards of Klein Constantia, and lunch with the Cluver family at Paul Cluver Wine Estate;
     
  • Burgundian Savoir-faire in Walker Bay with a visit to Bouchard Finlayson and lunch with the owners of Hamilton Russell;
     
  • Stellenbosch Specialties with visits to Ken Forrester, Meerlust, and Kanonkop, lingering lunch at Vergelegen, and decadent dinners at Lanzerac, and Delaire Graf;
  • Franschhoek Finesse with lunch at De Werf restaurant on the Boschendal estate, Cap Classique bubbles at Colmant, and free time to explore this quaint little town;
  • First class treatment at our hotels Belmond Mount Nelson (Cape Town), The Marine Hermanus (Walker Bay), and Lanzerac Estate (Stellenbosch), and a welcome dinner with leading South African winemakers in Cape Town.

Your Hosts

 
  Cathy van Zyl MW


Cathy van Zyl, South Africa’s first resident Master of Wine, will be your host. She is the associate editor of Platter’s South African Wine Guide, the definitive book on the wines of South Africa. She is also the lead judge on the region's wines at many of the world’s major international competitions. She’s a lovely lady and is the best guide you could hope to have. I’m also looking forward to guiding the trip, which promises to be a lot of fun.
 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Sunday, November 22nd 

6:00 pm
We start off with welcome drinks and canapés in the Planet Restaurant bar of the Belmond Mount Nelson. A 3-course welcome dinner in the Lord Nelson Dining Room, with leading South African winemakers, will follow.

Meet at:
The Belmond Mount Nelson
76 Orange Street, Cape Town 8001  
Tel: +27-21-483-1000
www.mountnelson.co.za

The Belmond Mount Nelson is our hotel for the first 2 nights. Located at the foot of Table Mountain, it is approximately 30 minutes by taxi from the airport and 15 minutes by taxi from the popular shopping and restaurant precinct, the V & A Waterfront.


Day 2
Monday, November 23rd - Constantia

10:00 amDepart Hotel

Cape Point Vineyards
With breath-taking views of the South Atlantic, Cape Point Vineyards sits on steep, seaward-facing slopes. Cooled by the ocean breeze, the winery focuses its attention on premium white wines. www.cpv.co.za

 

Klein Constantia
A historic and beautiful property that dates to 1685 and in 1982 revived the legendary Vin de Constance – one of the 18th and 19th centuries’ most coveted wines. A great taste of history that will include a gourmet picnic lunch in the vineyards. www.kleinconstantia.co.za

Constantia Glen
Part of the original Simon van der Stel Constantia farm dating to the 17th century, the Waibel family converted this property into vineyards in 2000. Their wines, primarly based on Bordeaux classics of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are among the best in Constantia. Resting just below the Constantia Nek, we will enjoy a tasting of these excellent wines while enjoying the stunning view of the valley below. www.constantiaglen.com

After a full day of tasting, tonight is a free evening to relax at the Mount Nelson or head to the V & A Waterfront for dinner.


Day 3
Tuesday, November 24thElgin and Walker Bay

10:00 amCheck-out and Depart Hotel

Paul Cluver Estate
Tucked in the hills of the UNESCO-protected Kogelberg Biosphere, Paul Cluver Estate is among the very best wineries in the country and endeavors to protect this very rare and unique environment. Hosted by Paul Cluver Junior, lunch at this 120-year old estate will be an absolute treat.  www.cluver.com

Bouchard Finlayson
Nestled in the Hemel-en-Aarde hills (Afrikaans for “Heaven and Earth”), the owners will greet us with a tasting of their spectacular chardonnays and pinot noirs – specialties of the Walker Bay district. www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za

 

The Marine Hermanus
This 5-star Relais & Chateaux with stunning vistas of the Southern Ocean is our hotel for the night. This a free evening to relax at the Spa, go and explore the little town, or dine at one of the hotel’s restaurants. www.collectionmcgrath.com


Day 4
Wednesday, November 25thHemel-en-Aarde and Stellenbosch

8:15 am – Optional Whale Watching Excursion
We will co-ordinate an optional 2-hour whale watching cruise to view Southern Right whales in their natural habitat. The additional cost will be 700 Rand (approximately $75). Please advise Fine Vintage at the time of booking if you would like to book your place on this extra excursion.

11:15 am – Check-out and Depart

Hamilton Russell Vineyards
The wines of Hamilton Russell are among the most coveted in South Africa, having earned multiple international honours including placements in the Wine Spectator Top 100. After our tasting, we will enjoy lunch with owners Anthony and Olive. www.hamiltonrussellvineyards.com
 

Ken Forrester
Ken Forrester is one of South Africa’s leading proponents and producers of the country’s signature white grape, chenin blanc. We take a walk through his vineyards and see some of the organic methods he uses to produce his wines, followed by a tasting.www.kenforresterwines.com
 

Lanzerac
The Lanzerac Estate is a luxury hotel in Stellenbosch. It is set among the vineyards, but boasts all the amenities of a first class hotel. This is our home for the next two nights, and tonight we will enjoy a 3-course dinner in their fine dining room, Governor’s Hall. www.lanzerac.co.za


Day 5
Thursday, November 26th - Franschhoek

10:15 am – Depart Hotel

Kanonkop
The King of Pinotage. We will sample pinotage at various quality levels, culminating with the Black Label; one of South Africa’s most expensive wines. www.kanonkop.co.za  

 

Boschendal
Founded by French Huguenots in 1685, their Reserve wines and recent focus on traditional method sparkling wines are among the most highly rated in South Africa. Our visit will be followed by a farm-to-table lunch at De Werf restaurant on the Boschendal estate. www.boschendal.com
 

Colmant
A visit to South Africa would not be complete without the chance to experience Cap Classique – South Africa’s answer to Champagne! Located just outside Franschhoek, Colmant is one of the few South African wineries that devotes their entire production to Cap Classique. Their wines are among the very best bubbles in South Africa, and a great way to toast to a beautiful day in Franschhoek. www.colmant.co.za
 

Franschhoek Town Visit
Following our visit to Colmant, we will drive through the stunning Helmshoogte Pass for a free afternoon in the French enclave town of Franschhoek.

 

Delaire Graff
Perched high in the Simonsberg hills, Delaire Graff is the epitome of South African luxury dining. Our menu will be specially created for us by Chef Christian Campbell. Each of the four courses will be paired with a wine from Delaire Graff’s own vineyards, which are highly rated both domestically and internationally.  This should be a great fun evening with plenty of good food and wine. www.delaire.co.za


Day 6
Friday, November 24thDistinctly South African

10:00 am – Check-out and Depart Hotel

Meerlust
The wines of Meerlust are a fantastic expression of Bordeaux in South Africa with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and their iconic Rubicon. Winemaker Chris Williams will guide us through a visit and tasting of some of South Africa’s most expensive and sought-after wines. www.meerlust.co.za

Vergelegen
During our final tour and tasting at this Wine Spectator Top 100-rated estate, we will also learn about the measures taken by Vergelegen to preserve the local environment – 2,800 hectares are devoted to preserving the Western Cape’s distinct flora and fauna. Our final meal together will be an elegant 3-course lunch at Vergelegen’s luxurious restaurant, Camphor’s. www.vergelegen.co.za

5:30 pm – Return to Cape Town

Drop off back at the Mount Nelson hotel.  

It will be a great trip with lots of fine wine, great food, amazing estates, first-class accommodation, cultural education, and many laughs with 20 like-minded wine enthusiasts.

To Join the Tour: Simply click on the Book Now icon at the top-right of this page. If you have any questions please email David, your personal travel concierge, at David@FineVintageLtd.com.

 

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