Epic wilderness, distinctly South African food and drink, and inspiring cultures unite in 2016 during a 12-day, Quench Trip tour, with your host, Canadian Winemaker Norman Hardie. This is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience food and wine travel to South Africa.
Exclusive Food and Wine Travel to South Africa
Epicurean South Africa with Norman Hardie is a brand new, gourmet experience curated by Quench Trip Design, Toronto’s most discerning destination experts, specializing in tailor-made travel. Over twelve-days, South African-born Hardie will lead his traveling gourmand and wine loving guests away from the tourist trail to explore his favourite wineries and eateries, from a winemaker’s perspective.
For the first time ever one of Canada’s most celebrated winemakers, Norman Hardie, will lead an exclusive food and wine journey through his South African homeland, this coming March. Hardie’s welcoming friends and pioneering colleagues – who happen to be the country’s best winemakers – will open their cellars to Quench guests, allowing them access to explore the many layers of the wine industry, like no other.
Sample South Africa Wine Itinerary
For example, along the Swartland Wine Route, travellers are treated to a special tasting of winemaker Christa von la Chevallerie’s exquisite sparkling, Filia. Travellers will experience both boutique family producers like AA Badenhorst Family Wines and famous estates including Klein Constantia.
As much a celebration of food as wine, travelers will dine in South Africa’s top restaurants, like The Greenhouse, featuring Peter Tempelhoff, Cape Town’s first Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, and The Foodbarn, headed up by Chef Franck Dangereux. Sample regional dishes like Perlemoen Sosatie, the South African name for an abalone, prepared on a skewer, and Kabeljou, a succulent local fish.
Wine and food takes a quasi backseat in De Hoop Nature Reserve, one of Hardie’s favorite spots in the South African wilderness. Here, travelers will dine around a traditional African starlitboma. De Hoop is a magnificent coastal reserve featuring deserted beaches, interesting rock pools, beautiful fynbos (uniquely diverse shrublands), a wetland with more than 200 bird species, and a number of small game. It also offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.
The journey has been crafted with a mix of seaside cottages, historic luxury retreats and family-run farm stays, all distinctly South African. Guests will also have time to explore South Africa’s dramatic scenery from Cape Town, the rugged Western Cape and Cape Winelands rolling farmlands,Chapman’s Peak and the Cape of Good Hope.
Epicurean South Africa with Norman Hardie is the newest addition to the 2016 Exclusively Quench collection, a series of fully-guided, small-group journeys hosted by some of Canada’s most talented artists & winemakers and creative Quench guides. This is Hardie’s first trip with Quench Trip Design.
Rates are $6,975 CAD, based on double occupancy, and include:
- 11 nights’ accommodation in luxury boutique hotels including breakfast
- 4 dinners and 7 lunches with wine and tips included
- Guided half-day tour in Cape Town
- Full-day driving tour of Chapman’s Peak and Cape of Good Hope
- Wine tastings at hand-picked wine estates in Constantia, Walker Bay, Cape Winelands, Swartland, and Elgin Valley, as noted in the itinerary
- The expert guidance of trip host Norman Hardie
- A full-time dedicated Quench Guide
- Luxury group vehicle and driver throughout the trip
- Return airport transfer to Cape Town International airport