Rare game meats barbecued over a wood fire, 17th-century vineyards displaying private cellars, decadent restaurants combining French and African styles; this charming tour celebrates the very best of South African food and wine. From farmers’ markets to microbreweries, hidden secrets to distinctive wine valleys, you immerse your senses on an 8-day journey through all the local flavors. It features the country’s best restaurants and each day is privately guided for an exclusive and engaging experience.
Cape Town – Dinner at Test Kitchen
Touch down in Cape Town, and the clear ocean air immediately unblocks your senses. Every evening, the wind rolls over the mountain, clearing the atmosphere so that the sky will shine deep blue tomorrow. This might be a large, vibrant city, but it’s nature that always dominates. Table Mountain stands imperious, Atlantic Ocean waves roll against white beaches, and there’s always a sublime view to enjoy. You’ll be greeted at the airport by your private guide and transferred to a five-star hotel at the V & A Waterfront. With its many bars and markets, yet easy harbor-side charm, the pedestrianized area around your hotel is ideal for downtime after the culinary tours.
After a relaxed afternoon, you head out to Woodstock and a gourmet tasting menu at The Test Kitchen, widely regarded as the best restaurant in Africa. It ranks number 22 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, up six places from 2015 and still the only entry from Africa. It’s also won South Africa’s EatOut Restaurant of the Year every year since 2013. Experimental molecular cooking mixes with a plethora of traditional local flavors, creating a menu that changes with the seasons. Picture smoked seabass with celeriac extraction, frozen turnip and mustard, and lime compressed apple; local licorice-cured wagyu biltong, cauliflower and truffle cheese black garlic salsa. The menu comes with a wine pairing, taking you through nine exceptional small courses, each tailored to build upon the lingering flavors of the last.
Cape Town – Table Mountain’s Secret: The Vineyards of Constantia
Cape Town – The Craft Brewery Revolution
Cape Town – Flavors of the Township
Stellenbosch – Schnapps, Chocolate, and the Wines of Paarl
Stellenbosch – Expressive Wines of the Stellenbosch Valley
Stellenbosch – Old-World French Influence