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The Great Plains Collective – Issue 4

By 30th Aug 2021May 6th, 2022The Great Plains Collective

ART TIPS AND WINE SIPS

“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty. There is clearly room for more wine”

Whilst we endure turbulent times in the world, I feel we need to continually create occasions to “wine down” and focus on what’s important in our lives.

At Great Plains we have been doing just that! After working passionately for months to keep the dream alive we are now starting to bear fruit from the vine. With more positive news steadily spreading throughout the world, we hope for less “surviving ‘and far more wining and dining. In this edition, we showcase and feature a few of our favourite art and wine spots in the fair Cape as well as an inside scoop on my recent experience at the Residence Spa in Johannesburg.

WINE TIP

The One&Only Cape Town features one of the most balanced and diverse wine collections on the continent. Explore 5,000 bottles of the world’s best wine and rare South African vintages, and taste bold, new flavours with their resort sommeliers. The recently opened Wine Studio at the One & Only is a sleek and sophisticated space with an impressive offering and is where guests can enjoy sensational wine journeys. For any wine lover, the opportunity to blend your own wine is one not to be missed. Let Luvo Ntezo, Resort Head Sommelier, take you on an exceptional South African Wine Blending experience. Learn about the wine landscape in South Africa and some of the popular varietals, and begin to create your very own signature blend.

ART TIP

The One & Only Cape Town has a private art collection scattered throughout the resort, and walking through the hotel is like a creative conversation unfolding. The resort has a long history of supporting the arts and the fairly new association with the Melrose Art Gallery is just another step in creating memorable experiences for guests and visitors. Currently “Disrupting Patterns” in an art exhibition is Dr Esther Mahlangu a globally acclaimed South African artist and much-loved cultural ambassador.

WINE TIP

The Wine Studio on Leeu Estates offers a truly immersive wine experience. The knowledgeable staff will guide you on a tasting experience like none other, of their premium handcrafted wines. The resident Mullineuxs winemakers, husband and wife duo, follow a reasoned approach to farming and endeavour to be as natural and organic as possible. Some of the vineyards are certified organic. We encourage you to enjoy some of their award-winning wines whilst delighting in a culinary experience at one of their well-known portfolio of restaurants.

ART TIP

Everard Read’s newest gallery at Leeu Estates is situated in the fynbos quarter of the estate, with sculptures set in the breathtaking fynbos and vineyards. This being their 6th Gallery it is a considered space showing the best artworks of Southern African artists. The Everard Read Gallery in Franschhoek in partnership with Leeu Estates can be found next door to Le Quartier Français. The gallery includes a sculpture garden interspersed with herbs and vegetables.

Did you know?
The fresh produce from the sculpture garden features on the menus of the Leeu Collection’s restaurants.

WINE TIP

Awarded best Vineyard in Africa in 2020, Delaire Graff will most certainly delight any palette. Due to its unique terroir and the expert hand of winemaker Morné Vrey, Delaire produces supreme vintages. Their art-filled Wine Lounge is open for sampling exclusive vintages only available at Delaire Graff. For innovative wine pairing with award-winning wines, we recommend a visit to one of their restaurants where even the food is crafted into edible art pieces.

ART TIP

Delaire Graff is a world-renowned art and wine destination in the heart of the Stellenbosch Valley. Their beautiful landscaped gardens are a living art canvas dotted with esteemed African and international Artwork serving as a remarkable outdoor art gallery with more than 400 works from Laurence Graff’s private collection. Whether gracing the walls, ceilings or gardens, these pieces are the finishing touches that will continually draw your gaze and enrich your experience whether you are an art lover or not.

Did you know?
“Delaire means ‘from the sky’. A befitting name for this unique piece of “heaven and earth” in Stellenbosch.

The Residence Hotel, as featured in our Collective Editions 3is a hidden gem in the suburbs of Jozi. Even more true to that statement is their onsite Residence Spa! Unlike any other spa I have been to, the Spa at the Residence offers four luxurious Suites, including a Couples Suite and a Private Spa Suite offering the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity. Being cocooned in your own “Spa bubble” is a dreamy experience. Not having to be concerned about Covid protocols due to the nature of the set-up allows for complete freedom and abandonment. Should any of your guests be staying over in Johannesburg, I would highly recommend spending a night at the Residence with a visit to the Spa. Their signature treatment, “The Residence Moroccan Mud Ritual”, comes highly recommended, whether you are about to head off onto a 10-day safari or returning home, nothing beats some me-time by giving back to your mind, body and soul.

Keeping the dream fresh and alive,
Eluisa Di Benedetto | Product Manager