UK & USA Taste and Conquer – 2 Day Winelands Tour

July 27th, 2011 by karen

Jim and Judi from Chicago, met Michael and Eleni from London on a cruise-liner 8 years ago and have gone on annual trips together ever since.  This means they know each other pretty well and being such a personable bunch it wasn’t long before I felt part of their “clan” too.  On collection from Cape Grace we chased the rain into Franschhoek and immediately my itinerary was put into disrepair.  On asking their preferences for wine I received – a “Sancerre only for me please”, a “anything red will do”, and a “I kinda like white” topped off with a “I don’t drink”……….  This was going to be interesting!

Since there was an overwhelming “No Thanks” upon my suggestion of an early morning stop for bubbly we eked onto our first estate for the tour where the “highlight” comment of the morning was “Well……….That’s not horrible…………”. Tough customers these ones.  But I am always up for a challenge!

When our next stop at Grande Provence hit the nail on the head with many cases of wine ordered I knew where the rest of the days would lead.  In fact, we kind of followed the rainbow to the pots of gold that happened to be in abundance with at least 18 rainbows spotted over the course of the 2 days!  We enjoyed a stop at Dieu Donne for the micro-brewery and wine tasting, a late lunch at Dutch East and a friendly, vibey tasting at Graham Beck (where the “non-drinker” enjoyed a sip of the Rhona Muscadel and the “white only lady” took a liking to the Rose – 2 points to Graham Beck wines!)

With an overnight at Grande Roche the group was energised and full of new ideas for day 2.  The highlight of the tour, from the group’s perspective, was our morning with James Mckenzie from Nabygelegen where he took us through tasting of tank and barrel samples as well as a tutored tasting through his latest range.  Next stop was at Warwick where Jim and Judi loved the story behind the wedding cup (see video below) so much they purchased one for their new bar they are in the process of building.  Lunch at Big Easy was thoroughly enjoyed, particularly by Jim, the avid golfer and the afternoon was completed with a 4pm “feeding frenzy” at the Drakenstein Lion Park

Client Feedback: “We so enjoyed meeting you and spending time in the wine region.You were wonderful to work with and so accommodating to our needs as you could tell we were far from wine connoisseurs!!  We really enjoyed all the wineries you took us to but I would have to say the highlight was going to Nabygelegen and meeting James.  That was so much fun!!  You really know your wines!!  Kind Regards Judi”

2 Responses to «UK & USA Taste and Conquer – 2 Day Winelands Tour»


  1. August 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm, Mike Ratcliffe said:

    Well done on your tour – it sounds like the winelands shone despite the weather. So happy that my team at Warwick were on their games as usual – I will pass on the compliment.
    Thanks for the ongoing support.
    Mike


  2. August 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm, karen said:

    Judi ha since mailed to let me know “Jim and I went to our local liquor store this week to pick up a few bottles of wine and we cruised through the South African wine aisle and they carried the Sauvignon Blanc from Warwick so of course we bought several bottles. We did not see any others from them or any of the other wineries we visited but that was so much fun!! Let them know as I am sure they would be pleased it is all the way here in Des Plaines, Illinois!!”

    Congrats Warwick and thanks for the feedback Judi 🙂

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