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160 year old bottle of Groot Constantia Pontac wine returns to its origins

An extremely rare bottle of Groot Constantia’s Pontac red wine, which is at least 160 years old, has returned to its place of origin at the Groot Constantia wine estate where it now holds pride of place in the Cloete Cellar – the very place in which it was produced so many years ago.

This historic bottle of Pontac Constantia wine, which was discovered in a small village in France called Doullens, was produced on the estate during the tenure of Jacob Pieter Cloete who purchase the farm from his mother in 1824.

In 1855 the Groot Constantia Pontac wines – part of a collection showcasing “the best produce and goods from the Cape” – received acclaim at the International Exhibition in Paris, which took place on the newly completed Champs-Élysées boulevard.

53 nations and 22 colonies took part in this exhibition, opened by Napoleon III, which attracted 5,162,330 attendees and visitors such as Queen Elizabeth. “Les vins de lique de Constance” won a silver medal and was declared leader in it..

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Groot Constantia – Trophy, National and Area Winners in 2018 Novare Terroir Awards

Groot Constantia was awarded Novare Trophy’s for SA Terroir Top Producer, as well as Top Wine Estate in the 2018 Novare SA Terroir Awards.

In addition to this, the estate’s 2015 Grand Constance was declared the National Winner in the Top Natural Sweet Category, and the 2016 Cape Ruby Port was named as the National Winner in the Top Port Style category.

Groot Constantia also cleaned up in the Area Winner Awards category for the Constantia, Hout Bay and Cape Point Terroir Districts – taking home awards for: Top Merlot (Groot Constantia Merlot 2016); Top White Blend (Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2017); Top Chardonnay (Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2017); Top Pinotage (Groot Constantia Pinotage 2016); Top Shiraz (Groot Constantia Shiraz 2015); Top Port Style (Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2016); Top Rosé/Blanc de Noir (Groot Constantia Blanc de Noir 2017) and Top Natural Sweet wine (Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2015).

“The Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards honour the wines which..

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The Gun Run

Join thousands of sole-mates at the Outsurance 94.5KFM Gun Run, which takes place in October each year! The 2018 edition takes place on Sunday, 14 October. This is one of Cape Town’s most popular races, attracting around 20,000 eager runners across routes of various lengths that cater to all fitness levels, from the 5km Fun Run to the 21km half marathon. Those fit (and brave) enough to take on the half marathon challenge are treated to incredible views of the Atlantic Seaboard along the way.

The Routes
The Gun Run features 21km, 10km, and 5km routes. The 21km half marathon takes runners along the scenic sea front from the Waterfront through Greenpoint, Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. This race attracts high quality fields and more experienced amateur runners, but there are also plenty of first-timers. If a half marathon slog isn’t your thing, the 10km and 5km are much easier on the legs. Staggered start times mean that the runners from all three categories reach the finish line at ..

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Chef Marlene Makinson, captain of the kitchen

Cape Town born Executive Chef, Marlene Makinson, has returned home to captain the kitchen at Tsogo Sun’s newest hotels in the Mother City, SunSquare and StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl.

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Marlene has worked her way up from a waitress to kitchen attendant, to Senior Chef de Partie and now Executive Chef. Falling in love with the industry when she was a waitress, her passion grew as she immersed herself in all aspects of the cooking and preparing of food.

Marlene built her career through private catering for residents at Leopard Creek Estate, where after she joined a privately-owned hotel in Magaliesberg as Senior Sous Chef. From there she started her journey with Tsogo Sun, which lasted for 7 years before an opportunity in Zanzibar – at one of the top Island resorts as head chef of their exclusive villas – took Marlene abroad for just under a year. Having gained a wealth of experience during that time, Marlene then headed home to take up the ..

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UNIONPAY INTERNATIONAL ENGAGES TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS IN CAPE TOWN

UnionPay International is working to forge relationships with Cape Town-based tourism industry players to highlight benefits of attracting the Chinese market.

Co-ordinated by Cape Town Tourism, the business breakfast session took place at the Vista Marina Restaurant (V&A Waterfront) on Thursday, 26 July. Accommodation, tour operators, tour guides and activity service providers were invited to attend and the speaker line-up includes Roxanne Lombard (Cape Town Tourism), Duke Malan (Hilburg Malan), Xing Gan (UnionPay International), Grant Newton (Shimansky) and Bradley Brouwer (President: Global Trade for South African Tourism).

“We’re thrilled to be expanding our footprint into South Africa and further afield in the continent,” says UnionPay International Representative, “The Chinese and Asian markets are some of the fastest growing markets for travel into South Africa and we need to facilitate business accordingly. In light of current developments in the BRICS formation, this trend is..

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Get your iVenture City Pass for free entry to Cape Town’s top attractions

Travel can be hard on the pocket, but it doesn’t need to be that way. iVenture’s City Pass is a great way to save money on your Cape Town trip. It offers free entry to top attractions and massive discounts on tours, restaurants, and experiences. It’s all paid up front, so you can rest assured that no matter how much you do in a day, you’re within your budget.

Get your iVenture City Pass now

What is the iVenture City Pass?
iVenture combines the best attractions, tours and experiences into one prepaid city pass to help you save money on your holiday. You can buy the card before you travel, and then present it for cash-free entry. It’s safe, convenient, and gives you the freedom to choose what you want to do and when you want to do it.

How does the city pass work?
You can buy your iVenture City Pass online, and it’ll be immediately processed and sent to you. Then, when you arrive at your destination, simply present the mobile or printed voucher to save money on attractions, experiences..

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Receive a complimentary Nespresso Coffee with your Winter Set Menu at The 41

Embrace this winter with The 41’s indulgent lunch or dinner menus and receive a complimentary Nespresso coffee, either an Americano, Espresso, Cappuccino and a glass of red or white wine.

Guests will be served delicious Mediterranean style dishes like Chefs creation, crispy spiced calamari with smokey, pureed hummus and the Herb-roasted free-range chicken with smashed baby potatoes and mushroom ragout. For dessert, delve into their Vanilla Panna Cotta served with fresh strawberries, balsamic and basil syrup.

Whether you’re looking for a lunchtime pick-me-up or an after-dinner refreshment, The 41 has it covered.

The Winter Set Menus are available at The 41 every day for lunch or dinner until the end of August and is subject to availability. Chef Aristotle may change items on the menu depending on the availability of fresh products and occasionally we sell out of some of the more popular dishes. If they do, they do their very best to offer you the nearest alternative.

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BOARD DEVELOPMENT FUND 2018/9 – Call for Entries

Cape Town Tourism’s Board Development Fund (BDF) is one way the organisation is helping young entrepreneurs gain a foothold in the tourism industry.

The BDF was created in 2013 by the CTT Board to provide access to mentorship and practical resources to historically disadvantaged businesses. The BDF has subsequently provided support to two to three businesses every year; businesses that showed great potential and with the BDF backing have gone on to grow their company and broaden their scope.

Programme overview
The chosen businesses will each receive R50 000 in support of their businesses’ growth as well as non-financial support by Cape Town Tourism via coaching, mentoring and complimentary membership, etc.

The programme will run from 1 st November 2018 – 31st October 2019.
The funds will be paid out in accordance with an agreed pay-out plan and criteria.

Programme criteria:

South African Citizen
Black owned (>50% black owned)
Credit-worthy
Owner-managed business (must be involved..

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Volunteering in Cape Town

There is a growing number of tourists worldwide who want to make meaningful contributions in the countries and cities they visit. This often takes the form of “voluntourism”, where travellers get involved in projects ranging from social upliftment to conservation. At first glance, it’s hard to see anything amiss with the concept, but it is a contentious issue, and for good reason. It’s important to be aware of the potential issues, so that you can choose an organisation that makes a postive impact on the people, environment, flora, and fauna in Cape Town.

When looking for volunteer programmes, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

How long will you be around for? Remember that if you’re working with people—especially children—the relationships are important and need to be nurtured over some time.
Who runs the organisation? It’s always better to support community-run initiatives, because they’re more sustainable and often do more long-lasting work.
Why are you doing this? Is it fo..

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A Guide to Hiking Kasteelspoort on Table Mountain

If you have time and the weather is good a hike up Table Mountain can be one of the most rewarding adventures in Cape Town. Take a walk up the Kasteelspoort route and you’ll be treated to magnificent views, unique photo opportunities, and a visit to the site of the old cable car.

What to expect
When climbing Table Mountain, one of the seven New Wonders of Nature, you’re always in for a thrilling but tough walk. For the Kasteelspoort hike, you climb up the Twelve Apostles side of Table Mountain, meaning you’ll be treated to serene views of the Atlantic Ocean and Camps Bay on a less congested route. The hike up can take anywhere between two to four hours depending on your pace.

Once you’re at the top you can stop for a picnic and photos and climb back the same route. Otherwise, you can cross the Valley of the Red Gods and Echo Valley to get to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, which could take between one and a half and three hours depending on speed and fitness.

Where to start
You ..