Monday, April 2, 2012

Wine tasting at waterford





Sometimes the best thing about people coming to visit you from afar is that you get to play tourist with them in your own city.

Some of the activities in and around Cape Town that seem like obvious choices are fun to experience or revisit because nothing like it is offered anywhere else.

The Grid from Grahamstown loves her wine and her chocolate, so obviously, we took her to Waterford Wine Estate.

I was last at the estate about two years ago, when I tried their chocolate and wine pairing for the first time, so it was great to see how things have changed and try some of the newer vintages.

It is very popular and booking before hand is advisable.

The hand-crafted chocolates are made by local artisan chocolatier Richard Von Geusau – find out more about him here. www.vgchocolate.co.za

If you're not interested in the chocolate, just do the standard wine tasting, or if you are already familiar with the wines, simply order a glass of your favourite, priced form R15-R55.

While they do have an French-style courtyard for sunny days, the interior tasting room has recently been revamped and offers a cosy alternative for the impending winter weather.

The tastings are prices as such:

    Standard Tasting (R40pp)
    Waterford Estate, Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Pecan Stream Wines

    2. Waterford Estate Chocolate and Wine Experience (R65pp)
    The entire Waterford, Pecan Stream and Kevin Arnold ranges as well as the accompanying chocolates.

    3. Romantic Chocolate and Wine Experience (R120pp)
    A chocolate board complimented by a glass of Waterford MCC Sparkling Wine 2000.

    4. The Reserve Tasting (R200pp)
    Vintages 2002 to current vintage. Current Library Stock of special blends leading up to the Jem.

    5. The Jem Tasting (R50pp)
    The Flagship Red

A newish way to enjoy their wine is via a 'game drive' of sorts. It includes a 2-hour trip through the 120ha estate, offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about Waterford's bio-diversity programme, and see some of the 'untouched' natural cape flora.

For bookings contact: 021 880 0496, www.waterfordwines.com

This is me attempting to steal a 5-litre bottle of wine near the entrance – caught on cellphone camera – a fruitless attempt considering that I could barely pick it up.

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