ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE WINE STUDIO
With almost 700 references, One&Only Cape Town features one of the most balanced and diverse wine collections on the continent. It seems only fitting therefore that the resort has launched the Wine Studio, a sleek and sophisticated space showcasing a sampling of the resort’s impressive offering and is where guests of the resort can discover sensational wine journeys such as the Sip & Savour and Wine Blending experiences. The space is also open daily to all between 4pm-7pm for walk-ins and the chance to interact with Luvo Ntezo, Resort Head Sommelier, over a glass of wine, as well as to visitors who have booked a special Cap Classique Afternoon Tea experience.
Governor Jan van Riebeek's diary entry on 2 February 1659 reads: "Today, praise be to God, wine was pressed for the first time from Cape grapes, and the new must was tested fresh from the vat." These famous words, now gilded on the doors to the One&Only Cape Town Wine Studio, point to a pivotal moment in the country’s history, the day the story of wine in the Cape region began. Now, centuries on, the Western Cape is considered one of best areas in the world for wine production, with countless accolades having been awarded to its resident farms. Guests visiting the resort on 2nd February, on this momentous anniversary, are sure to encounter a celebration in The Wine Studio worthy of its significance.
The Wine Studio is also available as a private dining room, providing the perfect canvas for hosting a variety of celebrations from cocktail parties to formal dinners. The One&Only Cape Town team of highly trained and experienced chefs will curate the perfect menu to suit the occasion, according to guests’ preferences, and with the option of expert wine pairing by Luvo. Equally suited to more intimate gatherings, The Wine Studio is the perfect venue to treat friends or business partners to a privately hosted wine, gin or whisky tasting, followed by dinner in one of the resort’s contemporary dining restaurants.
To celebrate the launch of The Wine Studio, One&Only Cape Town has also introduced also several exciting new events and experiences dedicated to the discovery, enjoyment, and celebration of fine South African wines.
The Wine Studio Dinner Collection - Wine Wit and Studio Smarts
Join Luvo in The Wine Studio for an evening of “Wine Wit and Studio Smarts”. Discover a reverse wine pairing, whereby guests are presented with a selection of wines for each course and are encouraged to decide on their ideal match. All Studio dinners include a delicious four-course set-menu prepared by the Resort chefs.
Diners can expect an evening of exceptional food, wine, fun and discovery; an opportunity to engage in an immersive wine conversation with charismatic Luvo, and occasionally some special guests from surrounding farms. Confirmed dates in 2021 include 27th May, 29th July and 30th September.
Chef & the Vine
A series of sophisticated yet relaxed evenings featuring some of the top local wine farms in the region and showcasing nostalgic local flavours from One&Only Cape Town’s signature restaurant, Ochre. Ochre serves contemporary South African cuisine, and is headed by Resort Executive Chef, Chris Mare. The Chef & the Vine calendar is made up of an esteemed line-up of premium wine estates, all with decades, sometimes centuries, of experience in winemaking, vast knowledge of the South African wine landscape and a plethora of interesting wine tales worth sharing, who will visit the hotel for an evening to share their tales and knowledge with guests over the course of a convivial evening.
There are three confirmed Chef & the Vine events in 2021, each of which will highlight a renowned local farm. The first being Hamilton Russell on the 25th of June. Hamilton Russel hail from a popular wine producing region, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and are widely considered the nation’s specialists of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Next, on the 27th of August, the Resort will welcome Thelema. Thelema will be visiting from the famous Stellenbosch wine region and are one of the most sought-after wine estates in the country. The third and final event will feature wines from the acclaimed Paul Cluver wine farm on 29th October, a fourth-generation family business who have been farming in the Elgin Valley for more than 120 years.
A South African Wine Blending Experience
For any wine lover, the opportunity to blend their own wine is one not to be missed. This exceptional experience takes place inside One&Only Cape Town’s elegant Wine Studio. After an insightful discussion with Luvo about the wine landscape in South Africa and some of the popular varietals, guests can begin to create their very own signature blend, tweaking and perfecting the recipe according to their palate. The resulting creation can be savoured over a delicious meal at one of the resort’s exceptional restaurants or packaged and taken home for the perfect gift or memento of their stay. Guests also have the option of visiting a wine farm, where, together with the resort’s sommelier and local winemaker, they will be expertly guided to producing their ideal blend.
Cap Classique Tea
Guest can settle in at Vista Bar & Lounge and soak in the floor to ceiling views of Table Mountain as they indulge in a bubbling celebration fit for all occasions. The Cap Classique Tea features a stunning display of delectable, sweet pastries and delicious savoury bites, and is presented on unique One&Only tea stands alongside a free flow of One&Only Town’s very own Cap Classique brut.
For groups larger than six persons, there is the option of enjoying the Cap Classique Tea in the comfort and sophistication of the Wine Studio.
Through these wine journeys, One&Only Cape Town hopes to deliver to its guests unique and unparalleled wine experiences to be remembered for a lifetime.
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