A personal sommelier with your wine tour sir?
New South African gastronomic safari for the ultimate connoisseur.
Eye See Africa is helping food and wine lovers get an in-depth understanding of local wines and cuisines with a new Gastronomic Safari Experience.
The company arranges bespoke trips based on clients’ preferences to the top Cape vineyards, including a personal inhouse sommelier to guide and expand their local wine knowledge. It also ensures foodies get tables at coveted fine dining restaurants like La Colombe, The Test Kitchen and Pot Luck Club.
For an authentic taste of South Africa, clients can try a Cape Malay cooking course or forage and prepare wild ingredients under the guidance of an expert. They can even join locals in their homes for a private dining experience to get an authentic taste of South African food and hospitality, before heading to a luxury safari lodge for a few days.
‘Food and wine are just as important to South Africa as our wild life is, explains Lara Jordaan, Eye See Africa’s inhouse sommelier. ‘We are combining the best of all these experiences to create something completely different that you wouldn’t normally find on a standard safari itinerary. We use our local contacts to give our guests access to places, information and experiences they’d battle to find on their own.’
Every gastronomic safari is bespoke, designed to a client’s individual preferences and can be combined with longer trips to other parts of Africa or the Indian Ocean Islands.
– The Cape Winelands
Traditionally Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have held court with their historic vineyards and stately Cape Dutch homesteads, but areas such as the Hemel en Aarde Valley, and lesser known Wellington and Helderberg routes, should not be overlooked in your pursuit of award-winning wines.
The region is home to hundreds of impressive wine farms and estates, each with their own interpretation of the grape and many with fine restaurants, leaving you spoilt for choice when deciding on where to do a tasting, especially if your time is limited.
It’s therefore essential to have a local expert guiding you to the best of them, which is where the Eye See Africa in house Sommelier comes into play. Meet Lara Jordaan, whose passion and ever increasing appreciation for the nectar of the gods has inspired her to pursue a career in viticulture.
– About Lara Jordaan
Born in Namibia, Lara discovered her love for wine while studying in Stellenbosch, going on to start her career in the wine industry in 2002. From there she gained experience at various top wine farms, including Blaauwklippen, Neil Ellis, Rust & Vrede and Delaire, before joining Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, a highly reputed boutique Wine Store in Cape Town in 2007.
Lara, now a Sommelier with extensive experience, divides her time between La Mouette Restaurant where she oversees all wine and beverage selections, and La Colombe Restaurant where she assists with their wine lists and pairings. La Colombe was recently voted the country’s second best restaurant in the Eat Out Awards 2016.
Lara is the perfect match for Eye See Africa, who consistently strives to create unique and memorable moments for clients wanting to experience Africa on a more personal level. With Lara’s exceptional knowledge of the industry, her connections with various wine farms and her love for people, she takes wine enthusiasts on a personalised journey into the Cape Winelands, matching their interest and varietal preferences to the correct wine farm, where they will meet the winemakers or owners and be given an in depth understanding of the story of that vine.
– About Eye See Africa
The company was set up by Tertius Jordaan, originally from Namibia, and was then joined by Zephné Weston, who grew up on an active, eco-friendly sheep farm before working and travelling to various part of the world. Together they assembled a team of local experts who have a deep understanding of and connection to the countries they promote. These contacts means clients get out of the ordinary experiences and luxurious accommodation – typically at lower prices than those sourced from the International Operators – with hands on, personal, in country customer service.
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