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A Wine Tour Led by the Country’s Major Sommelier

This write-up initially published in Excellent Golf Magazine


When you have completed Bordeaux, drunk your way via Champagne, and raised a glass to Napa, it is time for the wanderlust oenophile to say cheers to the Winelands of South Africa.


Considering that the ending of Apartheid South African wine has been generating a splash on the worldwide scene, and with so quite a few wine regions and wine routes to discover it is an thrilling tasting location.


Cape Town, a laid-back, but cosmopolitan city, is the best base for exploring the Winelands, and the One particular &amp Only Cape Town, situated on the waterfront is a wine lovers hotel. On my initially evening at the luxury home I have dinner at Reuben’s. The entrance to the restaurant requires me by the thoughts boggling Wine Wall. At five,000 bottles sturdy, the collection is a single of the biggest in Africa.


Head sommelier Luvo Ntezo is in charge of wine programing at the hotel. The 32-year-old Ntezo has won the national Chaine des Rotisseurs competitors given that 2008 and has placed fourth in the planet in an international wine competitors. He clearly knows his grapes and I’m fortunate adequate to have him take me to various wineries the subsequent day.

Our location is Stellenbosch, the initially wine route created that now boasts more than 200 wineries, and is ideal for a red wine lover. With so quite a few to pick out from I’m delighted to have an professional as my wine wingman. And Ntezo pulls a keeper out at our initially cease, the Delaire Graff Estate– owned by the persons who brought you Graff diamonds. Wine and diamonds? This is a girl’s ideal pal! The estate is arguably the prettiest in any area, and boasts a collection of 15 wines. More than lunch on the terrace we sample various whites and reds, like a single of the most well known South African wines, Chenin Blanc.


Even though the nation has been recognized for Pinotage, that genuinely is not the varietal that showcases the ideal South African winemaking.


“I really feel that our Chenin Blanc is wonderful and can stand up against quite a few fantastic Chenins of the planet,” mentioned Neil Grant, chairman of the South African Sommelier Association.

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