Citizen reporter
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14 Sep 2021
8:49 am

‘Travel the world through a wine glass’

Citizen reporter

A new wine spot in Cape Town, Culture Wanderlist, is transporting wine lovers across the globe without needing to board a plane.

Culture Wanderlist. Picture: Supplied

Wanderlist – a creative way for the wine industry to have wine lovers taste the best wines across the world without having to buy a plane ticket.

Wanderlist in Cape Town is throwing away the red tape and allowing patrons to experience over 100 wines from owner Matt Manning’s favourite wine regions around the globe.

Opening last week, Manning, in collaboration with Radford Dale winery, aims to make the finest wines accessible to locals, their statement read.

Manning is also the owner of Culture Wine Bar and Chef Patron at Grub & Vine bistro, and The Chef’s Studio – with all three spaces housed at 103 Bree Street.

Manning says with constant lockdowns and restrictions on people’s ability to travel internationally, they felt a “collective nostalgia” for their past journeys.

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“I believe that there is growing desire to relive the memories from our travels or experience the world, in some or other way, shape or form,” he said.

The wine selection at the Wanderlist is composed to allow artisanal growers and small producers to shine.

They are also specialists in their sites, with only a small handful of larger, but “philosophically inspirational producers” chosen.

Radford Dale founder Alex Dale is responsible for the curation and supply of Wanderlist wine offerings.

He says wine lovers will find joy in trying the different regions from France to Australia.

The wine regions include Burgundy, Rhône valley, the Loire in France, California (US), the Barossa (Australia), Marlborough (New Zealand) and many more locations you may not even have considered.

Take a walk on the wine side

But it doesn’t stop there – if you looking for more of a wine experience in the Western Cape, wine walks are the next best thing.

They also directly support local businesses.

Stellenbosch Wine Walks are not just about the wines, but also the food and clothing industries.

The walk includes stops to Ida’s Valley Community, the Banhoek Conservancy, the roosterkoek tannie from Kylemore; the brownie tannie from Ida’s Valley, two wineries, a farm restaurant and a Pniël transport service, Jeanneret Momberg from Visits Stellenbosch said.

The wine walks include two wine tastings, lunch, snacks, and a hiking permit, at a total cost of R500.

Click here for more information.

Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele