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Say Kunjani!

Last week I had the pleasure of boarding a big coach with a number of incredible bloggers, writers and media representatives and taking a short road trip to Kunjani in Stellenbosch for the reveal of their gorgeous new wine labels.

Admittedly, I had never heard of Kunjani previously and, while taking a look at their website and doing some research, was intrigued by their bold colour scheme and gorgeous architecture, making me super excited about our day trip.

Once on board the coach, we set off on an hour-long trip to Kunjani. Surrounded by some of the most talented bloggers, writers and media representatives in the biz (with the opportunity to meet so many more), I was in my absolute element.

Before we knew it, we were at the end of our coach journey and Kunjani’s unmistakable red building came into view. Honestly, you couldn’t miss it.

The interior of the restaurant is as jaw-dropping as the exterior, oozing style and sophistication and with views that will knock your socks off, Kunjani really stands out from the crowd.

But for now, back to the original reason we were at Kunjani – the unveiling of their gorgeous new wine labels. Once we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly and were ushered in to find a seat before we were addressed by Kunjani’s owners, Paul Bath and Pia Watermeyer.

They gave us some background about Kunjani and how the wine farm came about, as well as winemaker Carmen Stevens – who graduated from the Elsenburg Agricultural College near Stellenbosch in 1995 and became the first black winemaker in South Africa – who is responsible for creating Kunjani wines.

“We believe wine is a universal language,” explains Pia. “Nothing builds a relationship and keeps friendships going, like sharing a bottle of fine wine and excellent food. And we offer both here at Kunjani.”

The selection of wines we got to taste – all of which were paired perfectly with a selection of delish canapés made by head chef Lamek Mnisi who has been at the helm of the Kunjani kitchen since it’s opening in 2017 – included Kunjani Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Kunjani Chenin Blanc 2018, Kunjani Merlot 2017, Kunjani Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Kunjani Shiraz 2015 and Kunjani Stolen Chicken Rosé 2018.

All of the wines were divine (as were the accompanying canapés), but my favourite was the Kunjani Stolen Chicken Rosé 2018, as it was easy drinking, sweet and ideal for the warmer winter weather. My least favourite was the Kunjani Merlot 2017, and that is only because it was a tad too dry for me and I am really picky when it comes to red wine as I prefer white or rosé over red any day.

The food, too, was nothing short of divine, with head chef Lamek Mnisi pairing each wine perfectly with an array of delights from lentil samosas to pork belly and a cheese selection (my fave!).

After tasting both the wines and food, we headed down to the vineyard to get some shots of our group all together. The perfect place to have a mini photo shoot, the vine leaves were shades of autumn and the views a sight I will never forget.

Image credit: Cape Town Twins

We also had the opportunity to take a look inside one of their villas and, as you can see, the style and sophostication from the inside of the restaurant follows through to that of their villas, too, making them ideal for a getaway with friends or family.

Thank you so much to Pia, Paul and Zelda for hosting such a fabulous event and for the invite, it was a day that will be imprinted in my memory for years to come as it truly was an unforgettable day in the wine country.

Disclaimer: Although I was invited to Kunjani wines, all opinions are my own.

All images were supplied by Kunjani unless stated otherwise.

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