Pair wine with chocolate and a wilderness drive at this estate

Waterford Estate, a 30-minute drive from Cape Town on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, offers one of the finest wine-tasting experiences in the Cape winelands. Here’s why…

Waterford cellar master Kevin Arnold crafts some of the finest wine in the Cape winelands, happily matched by a seriously upmarket tasting experience on this Stellenbosch estate.

That experience begins as you wander up avenues of citrus trees to winery that wouldn’t look out of place in the hills of Tuscany. A shady courtyard is a welcome escape from the summer heat and the charming tasting room offers a wonderful array of wine-tasting experiences.

In addition to a standard tasting of the Waterford wines, the Vintage Reserve tasting allows you to sample a selection of the cellar’s acclaimed Reserve Wines. Reservations are essential for the Library Collection tasting, the perfect choice for wine lovers looking for a taste of selected older vintages.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Chocolate and Wine pairing matches Arnold’s top-notch wines with chocolates from chocolatier Richard von Geusau. Taste your way through Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and natural sweet wines, each paired with dark and milk chocolates.

The Wine Drive is also worthwhile: a two-hour exploration of the estate, with knowledgeable guides explaining the estate’s terroir as you discover the vineyards. The drive ends with a tasting back at the cellar.

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