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ALTIMA TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE & TOUR

Franschhoek

Activity Description

Your Private tour starts with meeting our team at Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek, from where you will be taken on a scenic 1-hour drive to Altima estate by private shuttle.
Altima Estate is situated in the picturesque Elandskloof Mountain valley near Villiersdorp in the Western Cape.
The drive takes you through the town of Franschhoek taking in magnificent views of the valley via the famous Franschhoek Mountain pass.
Upon arrival at Altima Estate, you will be met by your expert local host Hanene van Dyk.
With Hanene’s guidance, you will receive insight into the cultivation and retrieval of Black Perigold truffles, uniquely produced on this exceptional Estate,
learn more about these gourmet treasures and of course meet the dogs.
Enjoy a wine tasting sampling the award winning wines from the Estate’s cool climate vineyards before returning
to Anthonij Rupert Estate for an indulgent 4 course Truffle inspired lunch.

The program is as follows:

10h00 Arrival at Anthonij Rupert Estate
10h00- 10h15 Welcome and orientation talk at our Terra del Capo Tasting room
10h15- 11h15 Travel from Anthonij Rupert Estate to Altima Estate
11h15-12h45 Vineyard tour, wine tasting and truffle hunting experience on Altima Estate
12h45- 13h45 Return transport to Anthonij Rupert Estate
14h45- 16h00 4 course Truffle inspired Food & Wine paired lunch in our Private dining room
Departure at leisure

Arrangements

Duration6 hours
WhenSpecific days during the Truffle harvesting season Generally on Fridays and Saturdays, with a start time of 10h00 Should weather conditions influence our ability to proceed with the tour, alternative arrangements will be communicated to you via our reservation coordinators
WhereTerra del Capo Tasting Room, on Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate in Franschhoek
WeatherThe experience will continue in cool and overcast conditions. Should weather conditions be unfavorable, reservation coordinators will communicate alternative arrangements at least 5 days prior to your reservation
What to WearDress code is smart casual. It is recommended to wear flat and comfortable non-slip shoes Please bring gumboots/ wellies as well as an umbrella and/or raincoat with you in the event of rainy weather, as we will be mostly outdoors while at Altima Estate
Things to BringRemember to bring your camera to capture the beautiful setting at Altima & Anthonij Rupert Estates
Guests or SpectatorsProvision will be made for drivers or tour guides accompanying guests

Requirements

Minimum Age18 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Transport to and from and Anthonij Rupert Estate to Altima Estate.
A guided tour of Altima Estate including the tasting of 3 wines, made from grapes of this Estates vineyards
Introductory talk by Altima Truffle hunter Hanene van Dyk
An opportunity to see how the truffles are discovered and harvested
Return transport from Altima Estate back to Anthonij Rupert Estate
Tasting of our Truffle products produced from Altima Estate’s Black Perigord truffles,
4 course lunch inspired by Altima truffles,
Cape of Good Hope Wine pairing through lunch, with focus on wines produced from Altima vines

Exclusions

Any other drinks or food not mentioned
10% Gratuity on the lunch served

Notes

Unfortunately, no children under the age of 18 will be allowed to take part in this experience.
Kindly note that unfortunately we are not able to accommodate Vegan Dietary requirements in this experience.
For any other dietary requirement please contact us at least 7 days in advance of your booking to provide alternative catering as needed.

Customer Reviews

What an experience! I loved every minute of the outing. From start to finish the service and personal attention our small group received was outstanding. We were warmly welcomed by Ms Gidi Caetano, offered a quick cup of coffee and off we went to Villiersdorp. En route Ms Caetano and the driver/guide (whose name I've shamefully forgotten, sorry) provided us with a lot of information on truffles, how they grow, how they are harvested, and how the dogs are trained to sniff them out, as well as information on wine, the region, geology, history and anything else we asked them about. On arrival at Altima we were again welcomed with open arms by Coenie and Hanene and we set off to the lookout point. It was windy, wet and pretty cold, but that made the white wines we were given to taste all the more crisp and fresh, and the reds all the more appreciated for their warming properties. Besides, these are perfect conditions for truffles to ripen in, so no complaints from me. By the time we were ready to truffle hunt, there was a break in the drizzle and I was thoroughly entertained by both Hanene and her dog (Dique, I think?) and the hands-on experience and thrill of actually finding truffles was so exciting. I marvelled at the incredible skill of both dog and handler. One could easily become addicted to the thrill of finding these nuggets of black gold in the soil, I would imagine. It was all over too soon, in my view, but once back at Anthonij Rupert, we were treated to an exquisite 4-course lunch, with truffles used in three of them (all but the dessert), but we also had truffle butter for our bread rolls, so happiness all round. The service was discreet and professional and I really had a lovely day out. The experience is highly recommended and I'd probably do it again next season. Thank you to everyone involved for great day. - Linda Hodgkinson




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