Big 5 Wine Safari, Warwick Estate, Stellenbosch

We always get VERY happy when we receive invites to come to the wine lands. This time I actually didn’t know that we were going on the Big 5 safari and that we were going to have a picnic as well. I thought, we just go for a site inspection and introduction of Extraordinary Travel.Upon arrival we were welcomed by the Hospitality Manageress, Jani Branders who then introduced us to front-of-house, Lawrence.

We got very excited when we were invited to hop on to the open jeep and drive all the way up into the vineyard and enjoy the awesome view while sipping some cool Warwick Sauvignon Blanc. While we drove up Lawrence told us all about the Big 5 of wines, the Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinotage and the Sauvignon Blanc. If you want to find out which wine represents which animal you will have to go and visit :). Ok, we will give you one example which we liked most: Rhinos never are alone, just like bottles of Sauvignon Blanc of which you also always at least have to drink 2, rhinos travel in pairs or more! Right!

Stunning view from the top of the vineyards

Stunning view from the top of the vineyards

After this short trip of 45 minutes we arrived back at the tasting room where Suzette took us to a lovely picnic spot outside. She brought us an enormous basket full of delicious things: Couscous, Peach/pasta salad, cold meats, Biltong pate, olive tapenade, Brie, fresh salmon with a buttermilk dressing (yammie) and a lot more. Needless to say it was impossible for us to finish it all. We still had to get back to the office!

Suzette looked after us very well

Suzette looked after us very well

So yes, this is a spot you should definitely add to your list when visiting the wine lands. Check their web site for all the latest news and for the truly romantic story of the Warwick Wedding Cup. We will be back!

From their web site:
Warwick Estate is a family-owned and run winery. Managing Director Michael Ratcliffe is the 3rd generation family member to oversee this high quality boutique operation that has been lauded globally for excellence and consistency. Mike is passionately involved in many aspects of the South African and global wine industry and has held senior leadership positions in industry bodies. From 1771 til 1902, Warwick Wine Farm was known as the farm ‘De Goede Sukses’. After the Anglo Boer war in 1902, Colonel William Alexander Gordon, Commanding Officer of the Warwickshire regiment decided against returning to England and bought the farm. He renamed it ‘Warwick’ as a tribute to his regiment and the rest, as they say, is history. Warwick was purchased on April 1st 1964 by Stan Ratcliffe after an extensive search for the best ‘terroir’ in the Cape. Together with his new bride Norma , they soon realized the potential of the extraordinary property and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines produced high quality grapes, which were soon in demand from neighbouring wineries. Norma became more and more interested in the making of wine and began to study the subject. Soon a cellar was in place and in 1984 the first ‘legal’ Warwick vintage was released (a Cabernet Sauvignon). It seemed Norma had the talent for making great wines and production soon increased. In 1986 Warwick Trilogy was released, a Bordeaux style blend which has since became one of the flagships of the South African Wine Industry.

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