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GRAPE TO GLASS 2016

IN THE ENCHANTING WINELANDS OF THE CAPE

 

 

 

 

23 Wine Stewards from around South Africa, proudly representing their individual hotels, were put through their paces at a series of valuable and comprehensive workshops held over a period of three days by the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) and the Cape Wine Academy both at The Westin Grand, and later at Van Ryn’s Distillery. There they hosted a number of superb whisky, brandy, cognac and sherry tastings conducted by experts in their field.

 

Guided cellar tours and wine tastings took place at several stunning estates, including the historic Die Bergkelder, situated in and around the Cape winelands, part of Distell’s Luxury Wines collection, where our candidates were riveted by top winemakers who shared their knowledge and wine lore with them over the very special day. 

 

 

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SHOWTIME

A TALE OF THREE CITIES

 

 

 

The vital Orientations for the challenge this year were held at the Southern Sun The Cullinan, the flagship of Tsogo Sun in Cape Town, the stylish 54 on Bath in Gauteng and in Durban at the iconic Beverly Hills. 

 

 

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GRAPE TO GLASS

 

Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge

 

 

Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge invited teams of wine steward candidates from 25 top hotels in South Africa to share in a bold initiative a ‘Grape To Glass’ interaction with some of the top winemakers at their exquisite estates spread from Franschhoek to Stellenbosch and from Durbanville Hills to the Swartland.

 

Time to spend with winemakers that are at the top of their profession able to share their knowledge and expertise with keen students of wine. A time to nurture and groom tomorrow’s sommeliers. For this unique initiative each of the hotels were paired with a particular wine estate within the Cape Legends’ portfolio. The announcement of these partnerships took place at the exciting regional launches around South Africa. 

 

 

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CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

GRAPE TO GLASS

Part Two…

 

 

 

A VINEYARD TALE continues… This was an inspirational time to forge relationships between winemakers who shared their knowledge and passion with our students of wine, each representing a top hotel from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as well as our teams from the Cape. Hotels that have a deep commitment to food and wine and determined to offer their guests that very special dining experience. 

 

 

 

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CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

GRAPE TO GLASS 

 

 

 

A VINEYARD TALE It was mid Autumn in the Cape and the leaves were turning when our 21 teams of wine candidates arrived for their ‘Grape to Glass’ days at some of the most historic and beautiful vineyards of the Cape stretching from Franschhoek to Stellenbosch and onto Durbanville Hills. 

 

 

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