Mhondoro Safari Lodge is one of only a select few South African game lodges to have received the coveted 2017 Diners Club Platinum Winelist Award. The luxurious 5-star safari lodge is located in Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo province). Since its opening less than two years ago, it has been widely recognised for its unique culinary offering that focuses on a healthy food concept, further enhanced by what is now known as an ‘award-winning’ wine list.
Mhondoro distinguishes itself from other safari lodges with its style and quality of fresh, home-grown and beautifully plated food, presented in an exciting, modern African style. Complementing the culinary offering, Mhondoro takes pride in presenting a comprehensive wine list as a showcase for South African wines. The wine list offers a selection across most varietals produced in this country, including sparkling wines, dessert and port-style wines, as well as white and red blends such as the iconic Meerlust Rubicon and Kanonkop Paul Sauer.
Frank and Myriam Vogel, the owners of Mhondoro said: ‘The Diners Club Winelist awards are a benchmark for excellence and it is an honour for us to gain recognition for the class and style of our wine list. We are proud to present our guests with fine wines to complete the perfect meal – served here in the African wilderness and surrounded by nature.’
Two of Tintswalo’s 5-star properties, Tintswalo at Waterfall, north of Johannesburg; and Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the pristine Manyeleti Private Game Reserve; have won a Platinum Award – presented to those restaurants with a total score of between 81% and 90% – in this year’s Diners Club Winelist Awards. Tintswalo Safari Lodge made their debut on the prestigious list for the first time, whilst it is the third Platinum Award for Tintswalo at Waterfall.
The annual awards, now in its 23rd year, recognise those restaurants that excel in their wine selection and pairing of food with wine. Tintswalo seeks to offer both international and local guests interesting wine lists that perfectly complement the cuisine and primarily highlight the abundance of quality wines available in South Africa – from iconic vintages to new trailblazers.
The wine list of Tintswalo at Waterfall was jointly compiled by General Manager Martin Greyling and Operations Manager Willem Schaap. It has a distinctly South African feel, championing local vintages. A short but fine list of French Champagne and exclusive auction wines, as well as a ‘Wines of the World’ section with vintages from France, Italy, Spain, Chile and New Zealand, completes the offering.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s Platinum-winning wine list was compiled by Camp Manager Tanja van Tonder. The wine list impresses with an expansive, exclusively South African selection, that includes White blends as well as Bordeaux and Rhône style blends, and with a nod to Europe, a concise French Champagne section.