South African Steak Restaurant & Bar, Vivat Bacchus, teamed up with Kaapzicht Wine Estate and their charity to support children and families in the Winelands farming community of the Western Cape by donating proceeds from every bottle of Kaapzicht wines and their own VB wines. Serving delicious rustic food & excellent wines at their Farringdon and London Bridge branches it was nice to learn more about Vivat Bacchus’ commitment to charitable causes at their summer lunch and how drinking can all be for a good cause!
Ever since I visited South Africa for the first time during their last spring, I am a big fan of South African wines & food and I’m always excited to be able to enjoy South African cuisine in London as well. Part of our South African trip was a tour through the Cape Winelands (image above) and I wish I had heard of Kaapzicht Wine Estate before we went as I would have loved to visit the estate and to see their charity work first hand.
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Kaapzicht Wine Estate is a family run wine estate in the Bottelary Hills within the beautiful Stellenbosch district. With the first vintage bottled in 1984, it is now in the hands of the third generation Steytler family (picture above – image courtesy of Kaapzicht) and has earned numerous local and international awards for their wines which include different white wines, dessert wine as well as a wide range of reds, with their entry level red wines being repeatedly featured in Wine Magazine’s ‘Best Value for Money’ Awards.
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Where Kaapzicht Wines Estate certainly stands out is its commitment to the local community and before lunch started we heard more about Kaapzichts wonderful Community Projects who, together with the Pebbles Project, were able to build a crèche, provide an afterschool club, adult literacy classes and have even managed to convert some of the lands into a vegetable garden for the families working on the farm as well as a football field. Another great service on the estate is provided by the horse rescue centre who offer therapeutic riding lessons to children with disabilities and having volunteered myself for years, working with children with disabilities, I witnessed first hand how much a difference services like this can make!
For dessert we were served Kent strawberry Eton mess – crumbled meringue, vanilla creme Chantilly, strawberry coulis which is always a winner!
It was nice being invited to Vivat Bacchus Charity Summer lunch which combined delicious food & lovely wines for raising awareness and for supporting a good cause – there has never been a better excuse for an extra bottle of wine….
Vivat Bacchus, 47 Farringdon St, Holborn, London EC4A 4LL
And since images say more than words here a few photos of the Kaapzicht Wine Estate and Community Projects (image courtesy of Kaapzicht):