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 Food, Wines and Local Culture  CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Brandy / Wine Tasting and Pairing

Experience the pairing of wines and brandy with cheese, olive oil, chocolates ... all within an hour's drive of Cape Town's V&A Waterfront. All venues also offer tasting without pairing, if preferred.

Cheese and Nougat Pairing with Wine: Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
Olive and Wine Pairing: Morgenster Estate, Somerset West
Chocolate and Wine Pairing: Waterford Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Brandy and Chocolate Pairing: Van Ryn's Distillery, Stellenbosch

Cheese and Wine Pairing | Nougat and Wine Pairing

Lourensford Wine Estate | Somerset West

To think of Lourensford wine estate as simply a wine estate falls far short of the array of food and attractions that one can find on the farm. It has hosted music festivals, it hosts the finish line for the Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race, it has a wine village, fruit plantations,coffee roastery, cheesery and restaurant. Lourensford also offers fly fishing and is home to bee hives.

The cheese and wine pairing / tasting is held at the cheesery located on the estate. Nougat and wine pairing is also offered at the estate.

Lourensford, Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay 2011, South Africa

[3:50 min] [Attribution: WinepagesTV]

Tom Cannavan of chooses the Lourensford, Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay 2011 from South Africa as his Wine of the Week for 5th August 2012

More About the Wine Estate

Contact Information: Lourensford Wine Estate and Wine Pairing

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Olive and Wine Pairing

Morgenster Estate | Somerset West

First established over 300 years ago in 1711, Morgenster is a blend of stunning scenery, historic Cape Dutch architecture and world class wines. The manor house is recognised as one of the great houses of the Western Cape.

Food and wine pairing is so much more than just saying, “..white wine with fish and red wine with red meat…”. Many different food flavors can enhance the experience of a glass of wine. Olives are just one of these flavors. At the Morgenster Estate, guests can not only taste the Morgenster wine but also its award wining olive oil.

The estate specialises in four red wine cultivars and their forte is in blending these to produce their unique red wines.

Morgenster Olive Farm

POD Morgenster Estate

[1:31 min] [Attribution: PODsouthafrica]

300 year old Morgenster Estate in Somerset West is situated in the heart of the Cape winegrowing region, producing Bordeaux-style red wine and award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil and olive products.

The estate's traditional Cape Dutch buildings comprise a large, well-furnished house in the traditional H-shape with typical Cape Dutch gables, extensive outbuildings and a well-stocked wine cellar built in 1711.

Wine Pairing and Restaurant

Contact Information: Morgenster Estate and Olive Farm

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Chocolate and Wine Pairing

Waterford Wine Estate | Stellenbosch

At Waterford Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, guests are offered an extra tasting experience that does not follow the traditional sniff, swirl and sip. The 3-hour Sunset Drive experience provides a drive through the Estate's vineyards and wine tasting of the Estate wines with a light meal served on a "floating" deck among the vineyards.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing Experiences

Waterford Wine Estate

[1:50 min] [Attribution: Worldsport]

Waterford Wine Estate is open 7 days a week during the Stellenbosch Wine Festival. Experience our 3 hour Sunset Drive through the vineyards with estate wine tasting on a deck amongst the vineyards. The experience includes a light meal.

Contact Information: Waterford Wine Estate (Wine Tasting and Pairing)

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Brandy and Chocolate Pairing

Van Ryn’s Distillery| Stellenbosch

Brandy at the Van Ryn’s Distillery is paired with a diverse selection of palate tingling foods. Brandy is perfect when paired with chocolate but can be as delectable when paired with single plantation Honduran coffee and Belgian chocolate, different meats and even with cheeses. For a further treat sensation brandy cocktails are mixed using chocolate and coffee!

All the tasting options start with a walk through the distillery.

History and Background

Van Ryn's Distillery

[2:11 min] [Attribution: Chris Casalena]

The cellar dates back to 1845, when the Dutch immigrant Jan van Ryn and his family arrived in the Cape and subsequently established the Van Ryn's Wine and Spirit Company Limited. Van Ryn's first international awards were won in 1884,

Van Ryn's Collection Reserve comprises four magnificent brandies.

The Bell of the Barrel Maker

[1:23 min] [Attribution: dmwillis]

The "Bell of the Barrel Maker" at Van Ryns Brandy Distillery in Stellenbosch near Cape Town.

The Cooper's art of making barrels by hand has now been replaced by machinery, but the art demonstrated here will never be!

Opening Times and Tours

Contact Information: Van Ryn’s Distillery

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Cape Town Attractions

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| Camps Bay | Clifton Beaches | Cape Peninsula Attractions | Castle of Good Hope |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |Robben Island |
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