Join Bouchard Finlayson wines the weekend of 26 to 28 November 2021, in what promises to be a sublime culinary occasion at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness RetreatThis food and wine weekend will be hosted by the estate’s winemaker Chris Albecht and anchored by a glorious African setting deep within the Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape.
Guests can expect exceptional wining and dining experiences that showcase the very best Bouchard Finlayson wines alongside the finest seasonal produce from the kitchen gardens and the indigenous fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The weekend will commence with an informal wine pairing with canapés at the Homestead, hosted by Chris, followed by a carefully curated tasting menu created by Executive Chef Wilhelm Maree, paired with Bouchard Finlayson wines.
Says Victoria Tollman, Executive Vice President of Red Carnation Hotels,
”It is a privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate and honour two of our treasured properties in one weekend, and to share this experience with our guests. Bouchard Finlayson and Bushmans Kloof both hold special places in my family’s hearts, and we are delighted that this special weekend allows our guests to enjoy two of the greatest pleasures in life: the restorative healing powers of the wilderness and the joy of discovering well-crafted wines, all within the beautiful Cederberg mountains ”
The weekend celebrates destination dining at its finest, combined with the great outdoors, all showcased in an unbeatable location. Aside from the gastronomic lure, those who have secured their three days of sanctuary in the Cederberg will also be treated to a number of excursions. From sumptuous High Teas to nature drives across the plains, viewing rock art and enjoying sundowners at spectacular look-out points, it promises to be a culinary adventure of a lifetime.
Bushmans Kloof, a family-owned property and a member of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, is one of the continent’s most desirable lodges. The ecological oasis is set in a rugged wilderness and blends seamlessly with a magnificent natural environment that is characterised by exhilarating landscapes, prehistoric boulder formations, ancient San rock art and a raw beauty that is unsurpassed. With a firm commitment to conservation, community upliftment and sustainability, this is where true luxury travel meets gracious hospitality married with inspirational South African cuisine; and where souls are enriched by the glory of nature.
Two hours from Cape Town, sheltered within the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley of Walker Bay lies Bouchard Finlayson, a boutique family-owned cellar that showcases exceptional terroir-driven wines defined by ancient soils and a cool maritime climate, where vineyards produce award-winning Pinot Noir, elegant Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and inspired blends showcase the prowess of the winemaking team steered by winemaker Chris Albrecht. Joining this multi-award-winning estate as assistant winemaker in 2010, Chris has a dynamic, detailed approach to his craft and has worked harvests across the world, from California to France and New Zealand.
Bushmans Kloof serves the entire Bouchard Finlayson wine collection, several of which scored handsomely in the Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2021 and Wine Spectator, notably the Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir (2019) that scored 96 and 92 Points respectively and the Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay (2019) that was awarded 94.
Bushmans Kloof is a predator-free haven flush with indigenous fauna and flora, a scenic three-hour drive from Cape Town that is the prefect prelude to a most memorable stay. Guests have unique access to more than 130 rock art sites, the star attraction of the 7500 hectare private reserve and designated a Grade 1 South African Heritage Site. Being able to explore these ancient outdoor canvases in the company of expert guides while delving deeper into the cultural heritage of the San, is a cherished opportunity.
The Bushmans Kloof Food & Wine Weekend is priced at R16,080 per night (including taxes and reserve fees) for two persons sharing. Bushmans Kloof offers fourteen spacious rooms, two suites and two villas, individually and exquisitely decorated with handpicked art, décor, antiques and heritage furniture. For those wishing to be pampered even further, the lodge’s spa is a tranquil space where nurturing therapists offer bespoke treatments inspired by age-old African traditions alongside signature B|Africa and Tata Harper products that draw on native plant extracts such as baobab tree oil, mafura butter, rooibos and cape aloe. For guests who wish to indulge in some retail therapy, a visit to the Trading Post is a must for a splurge on some of South Africa’s finest and most unusual jewellery and arts and crafts.
Aside from hearty appetites, guests should remember to bring binoculars, warm clothing, hats, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
For more information and booking enquiries about the food and wine weekend at Bushmans Kloof in partnership with Bouchard Finlayson, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit: www.bushmanskloof.co.za