SA Brandy celebrates its 350th anniversary this year. In celebration, the Durbanville Wine Valley has teamed up with an artisanal chocolate-maker to raise awareness for the occasion.
The Durbanville Wine Valley is well-known for its diverse experiences, among outdoor enthusiasts as well as wine-and-dining. But it is also home to some of South Africa’s most renowned wineries and champion brands, thanks to its cool climate, and diversity of soils and slopes.
This includes Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, Canto, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Loch Lynne, Maastricht, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phesantekraal and Signal Gun.
The partnership brings together the art, skill and experience of D’Aria winemaker Rudi von Waltsleben and Nini Jerman, the entrepreneur behind the Winston & Julia chocolate brand.
As with the making of premium SA brandy, Winston & Julia use only the very best ingredients in a specially created array of chocolate truffles to complement the unique flavours and aromas of the D’Aria Piccolo potstill SA brandy.
The Veritas 2021 Double Gold award-winning SA brandy shows layers of strawberry, cherry, orange peel and vanilla on the nose with traces of spicy hazelnut. On the silky, smooth palate is intense fruit providing a rewarding and complex finish.
Included in the Winston & Julia premium truffle collection are:
· Spicy Chai Tiger Truffle
· Crunchy Hazelnut Truffle
· Brandy-soaked Raisin Truffle
· Citrus Butter Ganache Truffle
· Espresso Coffee Truffle
· Crunchy Mint Truffle
· Salted Caramel Truffle
· Nougatine Truffle
· White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Truffle
SA Brandy Aroma Wheel
To guide you on your sensory enjoyment, the SA brandy aroma wheel, developed by the South African Brandy Foundation, provides a handy checklist that matches the flavours of the truffles with those found in the D’Aria Piccolo potstill brandy.
The SA brandy is available from the D’Aria tasting room at R310 per 500ml bottle.
To download the full Brandy Aroma Wheel PDF, click here.
Winston & Julia Chocolate Shop and Ceramic Café
Nini Jerman – the entrepreneur behind the Winston & Julia chocolate brand – has opened an exciting new restaurant and activity hub located at Stellenbosch Vineyards.
Called the Winston & Julia Chocolate Shop and Ceramic Café, the new establishment replaces the wine farm’s previous Bus Stop restaurant and is situated on an island on the Welmoed Farm’s duck pond.
The refurbished venue has been divided into two sections: a pizza restaurant, complete with woodfired pizza oven, wicker lights and soft, relaxing décor and a chocolate workshop that offers chocolate slab-making and chocolate truffle-making parties as well as various pairings with rooibos tea, coffee, wine, pizza and chocolate.
The old yellow Bedford bus, that has been an iconic feature of the island for many years, is still there and has been renovated and converted into the Splatter & Paint Bus, a fabulous venue for children’s parties.
Says Jerman: “The idea behind the project was to create a really good pizza and wine eatery combined with an activity hub in which all members of the family can have a huge amount of fun.
“There’s something for everyone, from making chocolate truffles and bespoke slabs to fused glass painting, ceramic figurine painting, T-shirt and canvas painting and splatter painting.”
Jerman points out that some of the activities must be pre-booked in advance and can also be organised to cater for private parties or corporate team events.
Pizza offerings have an artistic bent and diners can choose from the Pierneef (BBQ pulled pork, caramelised red wine onions, rocket and feta), the Tretchikoff (harissa chicken, parmesan, peppadews and mint yogurt), the Sekoto (bacon, feta, avocado and sundried tomatoes) or the Battiss (bacon, fig, brie and rocket) amongst others.
There are also various platters (cheese, charcuterie or pizza) to share and the aforementioned pairings which include a chocolate truffle and wine pairing, pizza and wine pairing, chocolate and rooibos tea pairing and an African coffee and chocolate pairing.
On the drinks menu there is a selection of Stellenbosch Vineyard and Welmoed wines from which to choose as well as beers, craft beers, wine cocktails and botanical gins.
The Winston & Julia Chocolate Shop and Ceramic Café looks set to become a firm favourite with locals and tourists, a place where families can enjoy a great meal and indulge in something a little extra. The perfect destination for those looking to do something a little different these holidays.
The Winston & Julia Chocolate Shop and Ceramic Café is located at R310 Baden Powell Drive, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00. For more information, go to winstonandjulia.co.za or phone 021 881 8054.
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