Celebrating Women in Wine at One&Only Cape Town for South African Women’s Month
This August, in recognition of South Africa’s Women’s Month, One&Only Cape Town is celebrating the talented Women in Wine who have learnt the art of winemaking and are nationally and internationally recognised for their incredible skill. One&Only Cape Town has cultivated a limited-edition wine list that showcases exclusively female South African winemakers and their wine from a range of farms across the Western Cape. This premium list will be available across all the bars and restaurants at One&Only Cape Town and includes wines from the likes of Erika Obermeyer, Elunda Bssson, Yvonne Lester and more.
"I find my inspiration in South Africa's unique and diverse vineyard sites, to respectfully express their intrinsic character and sense of place in every wine,” said Erika Obermeyer, Cellarmaster at Erika O, a boutique wine estate and a featured listing at One&Only Cape Town. Erika O is known for careful selection and cultivation of different grape varietals from diverse regions all over South Africa. Another renowned winemaker on the list is Yvonne Lester, the newly appointed winemaker of Eikendal, a farm famous for its older vineyards dating back to the 1980s and for producing award-winning red wines.
Beyond this, One&Only Cape Town has also themed the upcoming Wine Wits & Studio Smarts event on 25 August as ‘A Celebration of Women in Wine’ and will be featuring these wines in an elevated dining experience, which includes a four-course dinner and wine pairing with a twist. Wine Wits & Studio Smarts is a bi-monthly wine event, led by resort sommelier Luvo Ntezo, who teaches the art of wine and pairing. It’s an opportunity to engage in an immersive conversation with the charismatic sommelier, distinguished guests as well as friends and family. The Wine Wits & Studio Smarts twist on typical wine pairing allows for guests to learn about lesser-known aspects of wines and how to interpret flavours from different palettes by pairing the wines with the dishes themselves. This interactive, exclusive experience is a favourite among guests, encouraging them to discover their inner sommelier, whilst savouring Cape classics and global standouts along the way.
Hosted in One&Only Cape Town’s Wine Studio, a unique space that lends itself to become the perfectly intimate venue, wine aficionados and novices alike are invited to delve deep into the South African wine landscape - one sip at a time. The venue was born out of a desire to celebrate this great feature of the country’s heritage, a space intended for diners to interact with fellow wine-minded individuals through several top-tier, experimental events such as the bi-monthly Chef & The Vine and Wine Wits & Studio Smarts functions as well as private dinners.
The local favourite Chef & The Vine series, is an evening of sophistication and education for all. A sit-down dinner, complete with a four-course meal and wine pairing that features a selection of curated wine farms. Each farm brings a fresh approach to vinification, and guests can interact and mingle with the winemakers whilst learning about the varietals and thought process behind each of these wines, an opportunity not that many are afforded. Expertly paired with each glass is incredible cuisine, created by Executive Chef, Jacques Swart, curated specially to showcase the flavours of the selected wine. Each menu is unique and available for the function only, lending itself to be a part of an exclusive and beautiful evening.
Commenting on the Women in Wine programme, Luvo said; “For these women, creating wine is so much more than just a vocation, their passion transcends far beyond that. They are remarkable winemakers that are continuously striving to create wines of tremendous quality and excellence, wines that we are able to enjoy in their youth. They have been able to produce wines of extraordinary quality in some of the most difficult regions, working with some of the most temperamental grape varietals. At One&Only Cape Town we are delighted to play a part in celebrating their success, to help increase awareness and to motivate, inscribe, ignite, that passion in South Africa and our wine, the world over.”
Guests can celebrate these incredibly talented, determined and brilliant winemakers, sample their creations this Women’s Month and discover not only boutique wine estates, new wines and sensational cuisine, but learn about the South African women who are blazing a trail for up-and-coming female winemakers globally.
For reservations or more information, please visit oneandonlyresorts.com/cape-town or call +27 21 431 5888.
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