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Trentadue Vineyards Explores South Africa & Safari


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Trentadue Vineyards Exclusive South Africa Tour

Capetown, Winelands & Big 5 Safari

March 5th – March 14th, 2018

 

We’ll begin with a 3-day Capetown South Africa tour featuring Cape Point Nature Reserve, Table Mountain sunset and penguin viewing. Our tour features two wineries in the winelands region, Monte Rochelle and La Residence. On to our exclusive, all-inclusive luxury Sabi Sands game reserve to experience our African safari up close.

Maximum Group Size 20 Guests




 

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Victor and Cindy Trentadue


 

In 1958, Trentadue Winery founders, Leo and Evelyn Trentadue, were looking for a place to resettle from the Santa Clara Valley in California. Leo and Evelyn both loved the Sonoma County area and chose to make their home in the nearby Alexander Valley. Leo exceled at growing wine grapes and soon gained a reputation for producing top quality Zinfandel. This Zinfandel was sought out by Paul Draper, winemaker for Ridge Vineyards, and that began a close business and personal relationship between the two families that has lasted over 50 years. The California winemaking industry was in its infancy, but with encouragement and advice from Paul Draper, they opened Trentadue Winery in 1969.

“Trentadue is one of the most reliable wineries in Sonoma. They consistently make not only great values but top, world class wines as well”

~ Robert M. Parker, JR
Wine Advocate


Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. Cape Town, the “Mother City”, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.

It is in Cape Town that the Rainbow Nation really covers the spectrum. Between beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking and the taste of a well-made wine, this city will fill your senses.

Venturing inland and upwards from Cape Town you’ll find the Boland, meaning ‘upland’. It’s a superb wine-producing area, and indeed the best known in South Africa.

The magnificent mountain ranges around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek provide ideal microclimates for the vines.

There’s been colonial settlement here since the latter half of the 17th century, when the Dutch first founded Stellenbosch and the French Huguenots settled in Franschhoek.Both towns pride themselves on their innovative young chefs, many based at wine estates, and the region has become the mainspring of South African cuisine.


The ultimate South Africa safari destination.

The most famous private game reserve of all. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park, offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the much sought after ‘Big 5’. Add a fantastic range of luxury lodges and a African dream safari is born. There are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roams freely in huge natural environment.

DAY 1│ ARRIVE Capetown. Upon arrival into Capetown International Airport, our trip leaders will pick you up and transfer you to the Capetown Grace Hotel for a restful evening before our South Africa adventure begins in the morning.
ACCOMMODATION: The Cape Grace Hotel

DAY 2│ CAPE PENINSULA EXPERIENCE (B) Today, have a robust experience within Cape Point Nature Reserve with a private guide. Cape Town sits on the edge of an epic, mountainous peninsula that curls out between two mighty oceans. The peninsula is home to a unique beauty thanks to its breathtaking terrain and spectacular endemic flora. A sandstone mountain range stretches like a spine across the Cape Peninsula, from the iconic Table Mountain through the towering Twelve Apostles and down, southwards, to Cape Point. The journey to the “bottom” of Africa features beautiful, white-sand beaches and scenic fishing villages, and spectacular scenery within the Cape Point Nature Reserve. This full day will include the Nature Reserve, scenic drives, penguins, and plenty of photographic opportunities. At the end of the day, head to the top of Table Mountain for a beautiful panoramic sunset.
ACCOMMODATION: The Cape Grace Hotel

DAY 3│ CAPE TOWN (B) Explore Cape Town on your own today: your hotel’s central location puts you in walking distance of many great shops, restaurants and sightseeing excursions.
ACCOMMODATION: The Cape Grace Hotel

DAY 4│ CAPE TOWN TO THE WINELANDS (B) After a tasty breakfast, enjoy a scenic, 1 – 1 ½ hour drive to the Franschhoek Valley, the heart of the South African winelands and part of the famous Stellenbosch region. This afternoon, sample some of the finest wines at a private tasting at Monte Rochelle Winery, Sir Richard Branson’s winery, rounding out the experience with a visit to the vineyard’s cellar. Experience superb whites, including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc and rich, exciting reds including Pinot Noir, Pinotage, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
ACCOMMODATION: La Residence

DAY 5│ THE WINELANDS (FRANSCHHOEK VALLEY) (B, D) Touring and tasting at La Residence Winery, savoring the delicious flavors that a warm climate, cool ocean breezes, and exposure to a range of micro-climates imparts on the region’s wines. Tonight you will have a delicious meal at the “Winemaker’s Dinner” enjoying a five-course meal prepared by the vineyard chef, including a comprehensive pairing menu.
ACCOMMODATION: La Residence

DAY 6│ THE WINELANDS TO SABI SANDS RESERVE (B, D) Bid farewell to the vineyards this morning as you make your way to the airstrip. Fly out to the world- famous luxury Sabi Sand Reserve. After a warm welcome from the camp crew, take some time to settle into your well-appointed 5 star all-inclusive accommodations. Head out for an afternoon game drive and get your first glimpse of Africa’s wildlife.
ACCOMMODATION: Singita Boulders

DAY 7│ SABI SANDS RESERVE (B, L, D) The Sabi Sand Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including: The Big Five, Lions, Elephants, Hyenas, Impalas, 200+ Species of birds, African wild dogs and, Hippos including many more animals. Your stay at Singita includes exclusive access to their fleet of customized open-sided, open-roofed vehicles and the services of their exceptional guiding team. Enjoy game drives twice daily or head out on foot for guided walking safaris or for the more adventurous, put your helmet on and explore the landscape via mountain bike.
ACCOMMODATION: Singita Boulders

DAY 8│ SABI SANDS RESERVE (B, L, D) Today is yours to explore the Sabi Sand Reserve, by foot, vehicle, or bicycle! After an exciting day out in the bush, a dip in your private plunge pool is the perfect way to unwind. Singita also boasts an excellent spa (additional cost). This evening we will be hosted by Victor and Cindy Trenatadue showcasing their wonderful wines with our winemakers dinner In the bush.
ACCOMMODATION: Singita Boulders

DAY 9│ SABI SANDS RESERVE (B, L, D) Spend your day viewing wildlife, perhaps by way of one of the safari methods you haven’t yet tried. The Singita wine list is internationally recognized as one of the best in the industry. Chat with the on-site sommelier about his extensive collection of wines, including Exclusive-release wines, Limited single vineyard bottles or Rare auction wines.
ACCOMMODATION: Singita Boulders

DAY 10│DEPART JOHANNESBURG (B) Enjoy your last morning in the bush and say goodbye to the camp crew. After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Johannesburg to connect with your flight home.

 

Cape Grace Hotel ~ Leading Hotels of the World

Surrounded on three sides by water, Cape Grace has its own private quay on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It’s an ideal location, with the waterfront’s shopping and restaurants just steps from the door. Sophisticated and infused with local charm, each of the guest rooms has a distinct décor, featuring antiques, hand-painted fabrics, and thoughtfully chosen African artifacts; all provide the convenience of iPod docking stations, flat-panel HD televisions and limited complimentary Wi-Fi. The buzzing Bascule bar is perfect for an aperitif before dinner at the award-winning Signal restaurant, which serves such heavenly Cape dishes biltong-cured ostrich, rooibos-scented apricot compote, bitter chocolate and goat’s cheese truffles and bobotie-spiced springbok loin, cardamom-scented sweet potato purée, buttered fine beans, savory almond streusel, with caramelized orange jus.

La Residence

OPULENCE AND COMFORT IN THE WINE COUNTRY

Located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a private 30-acre estate, La Residence is a tranquil haven of luxury and relaxation.

La Residence is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Step into the Great Hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel.

Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling, original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls, while the furnishings of Liz Biden are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.


Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle is a stunning 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in South Africa. Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town in the Western Cape Province famously known as the French Corner of the Cape and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa.

“Welcome to Mont Rochelle in the Western Cape. This truly is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, a country I’ve been a regular visitor to for many years. During your time with us I hope you get the opportunity to try some of the fantastic wines produced in the region and experience some of the local hospitality – I always make a point of doing so!

– SIR RICHARD BRANSON

The Ultimate South Africa Safari Destination

The most famous private game reserve of all. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park, offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the much sought after ‘Big 5’. Add our fantastic luxury lodges and a African dream safari is born. There are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roams freely in huge natural environment.
The Sabi Sands is in particular well known for its amazing leopard sightings. The most elusive animal of the Big 5 is frequently spotted when going on a gamedrive in the reserve. As such, Sabi Sands offers the ultimate photographic safari one can think of. You can be certain to return home with some absolutely stunning pictures and memories. Besides the Big 5, other game species occur in great numbers, among which are more than 300 bird species. Sabi Sands possibly makes the best South African safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers alike.

Singita Boulders Lodge

Singita Boulders is inspired by the boulders around the lodge and is one of the most recognized luxury safari lodges in Africa. It is contemporary and innovative, typifying the Singita style, it blends into the landscape of its location on the banks of the famous Sand River. The twelve suites at Singita Boulders boast outdoor decks, private plunge pools and fireplaces. The real draw card is the bathrooms, which feature huge baths next to a wall of glass – true decadence is soaking in a vast tub while looking at the wilderness below.The sense of space is the true luxury at Singita Boulders and design details like raw wood, stone and ethnic artifacts give the living areas warmth. The lodge boasts views from almost every angle, and decks invite visitors to linger and watch the antics of monkeys. Further game viewing at Singita is done by vehicle on sunrise and sunset drives with great chances of spotting leopard.
Boulders is well known for its excellent cuisine, which has a contemporary African flair. Breakfast is enjoyed under the Marula trees while dinner is next to the open fire at the boma. The wine cellar is a must-visit, as it is built around a large boulder and boasts around 35 000 bottles of South Africa’s finest wines. There’s also a wine boutique on site at Singita Boulders. Spaces for relaxing are numerous, whether visitors prefer a workout in the fully equipped gym followed by a massage treatment at the spa and a swim in the main pool; shopping at the Singita shop for local curious after visiting a local community village; or working up a sweat with mountain biking and archery. For some, the thought of relaxing in the lounge with some books from the library is solace enough.
Singita Boulders epitomizes stylish luxury with its contemporary approach to the safari experience, while making the most of Africa’s bountiful sights, produce and legendary hospitality.

Inclusions:

~ The Cape Grace Hotel~ Capetown South Africa~ Breakfast Daily
~La Residence~ Winelands~ Breakfast Daily and Winemakers Dinner
~Singita Boulders~ Sabi Sands Safari
~ Accommodations and meals per itinerary
~ All flights and transfers per itinerary
~ All activities per itinerary
~ All taxes and park fees
~ At Cape Grace: Complimentary wi-fi & Port & sherry every evening in the library
~ At La Residence: Winemkers Dinner~ Complimentary wi-fi & Full mini-bar & Laundry Service
~ At Boulders Singita: Trentadue Vineyards Winemakers Dinner, Laundry service & All beverages, including premium wines, spirits, and liquors- Two designated trip hosts throughout

Exclusions:

– International flights – Tips for guides and staff – Bar beverages, unless otherwise specified ~ Telephone, wi-fi, and items of a personal nature unless otherwise specified
~ At Singita: French Champagne & Spa treatments

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THE TRENTADUE STORY
Arriving in Sonoma County

The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before the region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. In 1959, the Trentadues decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around the world as Silicon Valley. To preserve their way of life, these hard-working Italian ranchers purchased 208 acres of land in Sonoma County’s then remote Alexander Valley.

There was little market for the region’s dry-farmed apples, prunes, pears, and grapes in the late 1950s, so land was cheap and plentiful. Scores of ranches were for sale but, because it was blessed with an excellent combination of climate, soil, and water, Leo settled on a special piece of property in the heart of the Alexander Valley. Little did he know what this ranch had once been, much less what it was to become.

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Seasons & Weather Vary in the Reserve

To ensure your comfort you may want to tailor your clothing choices to the time of year:

October – April:

The weather is warm during the day and cooler in the morning and evenings. We recommend casual summer clothes (shorts and cool shirts) and a warm jersey/sweater for the cooler times of day.

May – September:

This is Fall and Winter and the temperature will be mild during the day, but colder in the mornings and evenings. We recommend casual light clothing and a very warm parka/jacket for the extremely cold mornings and nights.

Best Time to go on Safari

Southern Africa is a year-round destination. Traditionally the dry winter months (April to October) are best for game viewing, due to the shorter grass, lack of foliage and the absence of water which forces the game to concentrate around the remaining sources of drinking water.

Annual rainfall, usually in the form of short afternoon thunder showers that clear up within an hour, occur from December to March. Many species give birth to their young around the start of the rains, so the bush is alive with newborn animals.

What to Bring

Your safari suitcase, packed properly, will ensure that you have everything you need for the ultimate African bush experience. Cotton clothing in neutral colours is recommended for all game drives and bush walks. It is best to avoid white clothing and dark colours for bush activities, as they tend to attract certain bugs. Formal wear is not required at any of our lodges.

We recommend packing the following:

Comfortable walking shoes/track shoes/hiking boots for walks; and sandals to wear around the lodge.
Swimming costume/bathing suits, sun block, sun hat, sunglasses, lip balm, mosquito repellent (Lip balm and mosquito repellent is provided for all our guests, but you are welcome to bring along your favourite brand).
Camera and video camera, binoculars, spare memory cards and charging equipment.
Please note that in the event of rain during a game drive, waterproof ponchos will be provided for guests’ comfort.
All of our lodges are located in remote areas and therefore guests should remember to bring an extra pair of correction glasses (if required), contact lens solution and an extra set of contact lenses(if required) as well as a sufficient supply of any prescription medication.

Temperatures

Time of Year Average Minimum Average Maximum
Spring: Sept – Nov 18°C / 64°F 30°C / 86°F
Summer: Dec – Feb 23°C / 73°F 35°C / 95°F
Autumn: Mar – May 12°C / 54°F 26°C / 79°F
Winter: Jun – Aug 9°C / 48°F 22°C / 72°F


We will be touring the Franschhoek Valley, the heart of the South African winelands and part of the famous Stellenbosch region. We will be sampling some of the finest wines at Mont Rochelle, a favorite of Sir Richcard Branson. We will enjoy a private tasting, rounding out the experience with a visit to the vineyard’s cellar. Experience superb whites, including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc and rich, exciting reds including Pinot Noir, Pinotage, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visiting our second vineyard, La Residence we will be savoring the delicious flavors that a warm climate, cool ocean breezes, and exposure to a range of micro-climates imparts on the region’s wines. This evening you will have a delicious meal at the wineries “Winemaker’s Dinner” Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by the vineyard chef, including a comprehensive pairing menu.
While on safari in the Sabi Sands region of South Africa we will be enjoying a 4-course winemakers dinner featuring Trentadue wines and ports with Victor and Cindy Trentadue hosting.
The Singita wine list is internationally recognized as one of the best in the industry ∙ Chat with the on-site sommelier about his extensive collection of wines, including: Exclusive-release wines, Limited single vineyard bottlesand rare auction wine.

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