Wine has always been closely interwoven with the history of Cape Town and is an intrinsic part of the Mother City’s history and culture.
With over 600 wineries within an hour’s drive of the City, and many of the historic wine estates dating back to over 300 years, it’s no wonder that many wine related festivals and award ceremonies take place throughout the year in Cape Town and the surrounds.
Taj Cape Town has long been synonymous with fine food and vinous pleasure and it is for this reason that a number of Cape wine experiences and special offers have been crafted for locals and visitors alike who find themselves partial to the pleasures of wine.
Taj Classic Wine Trophy
The Taj Classic Wine Trophy Awards has been one of the highlights on the wine calendar for the past 16 years and Taj Cape Town has been a proud sponsor of the event since 2012. The annual event gathers a prestigious panel of French wine experts every March to taste the best wines that South Africa has to offer and reward them for their elegance, balance and finesse.
In 2014, six of the trophy winners were selected which presented the best overall value for readers of GQ South Africa and patrons of Taj Cape Town. These awarded wines will be showcased in GQ South Africa and served in the hotel over the month of July 2014. These include Chardonnays from Whalehaven, Chamonix and Groot Constantia as well as the Delaire Graff Botmaskop and Glen Carlou Grand Classique. A Whalehaven Merlot rounds out the list.
Big Bottle Wine Festival
The ever popular Big Bottle Wine festival will take place at Taj Cape Town from the 29 – 31 August 2014 with a cast of South Africa’s top winemakers and chefs assemble for this three day event.
Guests will have the rare opportunity to speak with the wine producers while sampling delectable canapés which have been created to accompany each specific wine.
The Pendock Wine Gallery
Showcasing the culture and craft of the local wine industry, The Pendock Wine Gallery is curated by renowned wine scribe, Neil Pendock, and comprises six installations throughout the year that each highlights a particular style of wine, a wine region, or wines from a specific winemaker.
The cost of R30 per person is refundable on purchase and includes a flight of six tastings amid the glamour of the hotels’ lobby.
The RECM Best Value Guide
Held every Wednesday in the Pendock Wine Gallery, between 50 and 100 wines are judged blind by a panel of wine judges earlier in the day. From 5-7pm, hotel guests and members of the public are then invited to sample all the wines that were judged earlier at a cost of only R100 per person.
Guests can experience a range of styles, all amid the intimate space of the Pendock Wine Gallery located in the lobby lounge.
From the humble beginnings of South Africa’s maiden vintage in 1659 the Western Cape wine industry has flourished, becoming a point of pride for locals and a must-experience draw for Cape Town visitors every year. We would like to invite all to join us for a year of the very best in Cape Wine experiences at Taj Cape Town. Keep up to date with the latest news on these unique wine offerings by liking our Facebook Page or following us on Twitter.
The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town and is home to the Pendock Wine Gallery in the hotels glamorous lobby lounge as well as fine dining establishments such as Bombay Brasserie and Mint, the Local Grill. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call us at +27 21 819 2000.
It’s impossible to put a price on how much we really owe our mothers. They comfort and worry and fuss over us every day of the year. Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate and be thankful for that unconditional love that only our moms can express.
For this reason Taj Cape Town has created two special menus to delight our moms this year.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea:
The Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in the glamourous lobby promises to be a decadent affair. Taking place between 14h00 – 17h00 on Sunday 11th May; the cost of R195 per person includes a table laden with delicate lemon scented petit fours, decadent chocolate cakes, flavourful assortment of Macaroons and gourmet canapés, while a concert pianist will gently serenade Mom’s stresses away. One lucky mom stands to win a gourmet picnic for four, on the lush grounds of the Warwick Wine Estate, as well as a Magnum bottle of Warwick 1st Lady, signed by the wine maker.
Mother’s Day Brunch in Mint, the Local Grill:
Taj Cape Town’s award winning restaurant – Mint, the Local Grill – will lay a delectable spread for the Mother’s Day Buffet taking place between 12h00 and 15h00 on Sunday at a cost of R345 per person, and R175 for children under 12. To the accompaniment of live Jazz music, and a wide variety of local and international fare, such as coconut and laksa soup, Lamb ‘Osso Bucco’ with creamy polenta or grilled Line fish served with fresh sage, that is sure to find appeal with every palate. Mom is guaranteed to be spoilt with impeccable levels of service and memories to treasure.
To reserve a booking for the Afternoon Tea or the Mother’s Day Buffet in Mint, the Local Grill, please contact Taj Cape Town at email@example.com or call 021 819 2000.
Mom in a Million Package:
The Mom in a Million package includes two first class airfare tickets from anywhere in the world as well as Taj Cape Town’s chauffeur driven Jaguar, or Range Rover, will be on hand throughout. Mom’s comfort and serenity is guaranteed during her two nights stay in Taj’s Cape Town’s regal Presidential Suite.
On the Friday afternoon, Mom can expect a personal consultation from the designers of leading fashion brand, Kluk CGDT, a hair treatment of her choice from Cape Town’s most celebrated hair stylists at Palladium and a gourmet spread fit for royalty, accompanied by a wine list incorporating some of the world’s finest wines.
Saturday sees Mom being whisked away to sit with South Africa’s leading jeweller, Graaf Diamonds, as well as an appointment with Frazer Parfum, purveyor of custom made scents. Saturday afternoon sees the family take to the air in a private helicopter charter from Cape Town to the spectacular winelands for a gourmet lunch. After taking in the dramatic scenery and indulging in fine food and wine, the helicopter will ferry the family back to Taj Cape Town, where Mom will be spoilt with a private spa treatment in the Presidential Suite.
The Mom in a Million experience culminates with a Sunday lunch that promises never to be forgotten. A party of up to eight guests will be hosted in the Taj Cape Town’s stunning Presidential Suite, while a private chef and butler will be on hand to ensure Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger as she enjoys a culinary tour de force in the company of her family and friends.
One of Cape Town’s top photographers will be on hand during proceedings to capture moments that Mom will treasure forever.
The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town and invites all to treat their mums to a delectable Mother’s Day Buffet at Mint, the Local Grill or a glamorously decadent Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge. Families interested in the Mom in a Million package are invited to contact the Taj Cape Town’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Willie Williams at Willie.firstname.lastname@example.org, so he can personally facilitate the reservation.