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The Cape Winelands should form an integral part of any visit to the Western Cape, with a slow-paced exploration of a few select estates highly recommended.

Stellenbosch and Franschhoek remain popular for their historic vineyards and stately Cape Dutch homesteads, while the Hemel en Aarde Valley and lesser known Wellington and Helderberg routes, should not be overlooked in your pursuit of award-winning wines.

With hundreds of impressive farms and estates to choose from, you are spoilt for choice and may need guidance in where best to do your tasting.

It’s therefore essential to have a local expert guiding you to the best of them, which is exactly what our Sommelier on Board Brent Bartlett will do.

Brent has been working in the service industry for over five years during which he developed a great interest in fine dining and high-end wine. Having managed wine tasting rooms on top quality producer wine estates in the Cape and prestigious restaurants in the United Kingdom, his exposure to some of the greatest local and international wine cellars have broadened his knowledge extensively.

Brent says that experiencing the Loire Valley for the second time around last year during harvest, was a highlight in his career. He has worked under two top Vignerons of Garagiste style wines mainly Cabernet Franc; Aurelien Revillot of Bourgueil, Restigne and Sebastien David of Saint Nicolas De Bourgueil.

Having excelled at The Cape Wine Academy and completed the WSET 2 with Merit, he continues to study and expand his knowledge. Currently working at Cape Town’s Butcher Shop and Grill, Brent assists with curating the wine list and bringing his clients the best of what the country has to offer.

When booking your experience, tell us what your favourite varietal is and together with Brent, we will design your time in the Winelands to best suit you.