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South Africa

Where the Old World and New World meet - experience the flavours of this glorious country

28th February - 11th March 2018

This is a 10 day tour

£3,495

Sgl Supp: £285
Deposit pp: £500
Without flights pp: £2,695

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Please call 888-479-6040 (US)

The story of South African wine begins in 1659. This is the year that vines were first planted in Constantia, just outside of coastal Cape Town.

 

Over three centuries of winemaking later, the country’s Old World knowledge has been augmented by its New World experience and it’s safe to say a renaissance is well underway. Today’s top South African vintners are not only innovative and forward-thinking, they are also wholly attuned to the country’s natural landscape. Many producers now focus on minimal intervention, studying the versatility of their land to maximise yield and flavour.

Meet the families devoted to this winemaking excellence, take in awe-inspiring mountain vistas and verdant valleys, and take part in a game drive at the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary on this exciting tour. We experience bold and brilliant blends, sumptuous cuisine and lose ourselves in deliciously dark Pinotage wines.

 

On this unforgettable tour, we will be personally welcomed at vineyards by producers and winemakers that our guide, Nicola, knows very well. Compare four different regions – Stellenbosch, Riebeek, Montagu and Hermanus – and pay a visit to the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary, where animal welfare is considered as high a priority as its wine production.

Itinerary

Day 1

This indulgent tour begins in style – at Buitenverwachting. A stunning farm frames this estate, which is revered for its refined reds, lively Sauvignon Blanc and its Muscat dessert wines. After a tasting, we are treated to an on-site dinner, overlooking vineyards onto part of the Table Mountain Range.

Day 2

We begin at the environmentally conscious, award-winning Villiera Wines. Specialising in Cap Classique sparkling wines, the estate is connected to a wildlife sanctuary, which we visit from their private entrance. After lunch, we go to Riebeek, one of South Africa’s oldest towns, and enjoy some free time.

Day 3

Today we visit two prominent Riebeek area winemakers where we sample their delicious vintages while learning about the vineyards, history and their production methods. Our touring will end with a sit-down meal at our hotel.

Day 4

This morning starts with a visit to the Vondeling estate. Situated on the slopes of the Paardeberg mountain, this winery exercises a three-centuries-old wine-making tradition and its Shiraz is particularly renowned. Later, there is free time to wander around Reibeek-Kasteel.

Day 5

Start the day at the wonderful David & Nadia Wines. Discover more about their minimal intervention approach as well as their focus on bush vines and different soil types. We then head to the charming town of Montagu, where we have dinner.

Day 6

Graham Beck Wines opens its doors to us this morning and we sample its newly launched rosé along with two premium Chenins. Then, we tour Excelsior Estate, home to 220 hectares and known for producing noble varieties, but there are also smaller plantings of Petit Verdot and Viognier for blending.

Day 7

In Hermanus, we have a private tour of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards with Anthony Hamilton Russell himself. This is followed by lunch as special guests of the winery, served on the veranda of his beautiful home. Later, it’s on to Stellenbosch.

Day 8

Find out why ecology and respect for the land is so important at Reyneke, which was among the first to be registered as biodynamic, this morning. We also visit Waterford, a state-of-the-art winery, before a barbecue and tasting at Kanonkop.

Day 9

We visit Meerlist, a benchmark of quality in the South African wine world, and sample its vintages. We also explore its fabulous estate, cellar and bird sanctuary. Next, it’s on to Jordan Vineyards and then tonight we join for dinner together.

Day 10

We pay a visit to the boutique winery, Keermont. The characteristics of its vineyards come across in the wines produced here and we enjoy a tasting before heading home.

Guides

After passing the Master of Wine examination in 1996, she then collected the Villa Maria Viticulture Award. She has led many of our tours.

Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW

Wine Guide

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Return flights: London to Cape Town

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9 nights in various local hotels

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Most meals included with wine as described in the itinerary

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Visits and tastings as per the itinerary

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Wine Guide & Tour Manager

Including a hotel that was featured on a list of the 50 most fabulous places to visit in South Africa and boasts a 150-year old colonial bar – the accommodation on this tour is as stunning as the wines this country produces. Experience old world luxury as well as waterfront lodgings, ensuring every day’s touring is well within reach.

This tour aims to give an authentic representation of South African gastronomy in various capacities. We visit revered restaurants known for their sense of artistry and also find ourselves treated to more traditional fare, including a special Cape Snoek braai (bbq). Experience the country’s many cultures through its amazing cuisine.

South Africa, considered the oldest New World country, is home to incredible terroir along with passionate growers, making it a powerful player in the world of wine. The native grapes are Pinotage – a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. For sweet wines, try Muscat of Alexandria and for reds, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

 

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01730 263111 (UK)
888-479-6040 (US)
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