Unless you’re into English sparkling, the opportunity to meet your new-world winemaking heroes usually involves a lengthy flight.
However, thanks to Ben Prior’s Cape to Cape event, some of South Africa’s best winemakers are congregating in Cornwall this September – and you’re invited to the tasting extravaganza
Since spending his last winter break vineyard hopping across South Africa, award winning chef Ben has almost exclusively served bottles from the winemakers he met on his travels at his Marazion bistro, BCK Bistro & Bottle Shop. And this September he’s teamed up with online bottle-shop VinoSA to host a line-up of tasting and feasting events in Cornwall with some of the most exciting producers.
The two-day Cape to Cape tasting event will kick off at 2pm on Friday September 6 at The Fire Engine in Marazion where some of South Africa’s most exciting wine producers will gather to showcase their wines. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new wave producers such as Jon Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters, Thinus Kruger of Fram, Peter-Allen Finlayson of Crystallum and more. On Saturday, the braai (South African barbecue) will be lit from 2pm for round two of tasting and a family-style alfresco cook-out.
The party continues on Friday evening when five of Cornwall’s most talented chefs will come together at Porthminster Beach Cafe to cook a one-off tasting dinner in celebration of the Cape to Cape event. The five course menu will feature dishes from Ben and chefs Jude Kereama, Mick Smith, Bertus Basson and Ryan Venning, and each course will be paired with a South African wine. In addition to tasting their way through the bill, guests will have the opportunity to chat tasting notes with the winemakers.
Tickets to the Friday and Saturday tasting events at The Fire Engine are £25 and can be bought online here.