AccTech Systems De Grendel Wine Evening
We would like to invite you and your partner to AccTech’s De Grendel Wine evening on 26 June 2019 at Forti Grill and Bar – Time Square
This quarter we have the greatest Cellar Master in South Africa, Charles Hopkins. His stories and nose will inspire you all with the good food pairing from the greatest Fortunato Mazzone, and from a technology side… the only thing that will never ever happen in the cloud… is food and wine…
Please join us with your partner and enjoy life with us.
Charles Hopkis – Cellar Master
Charles Hopkins has been at De Grendel for 10 years, since the first wines were produced on the Estate. He was lured to De Grendel from Graham Beck Wines in Franschoek when Sir David Graaff offered him the opportunity to not only head up winemaking at the new estate, but also to design and build his own cellar.
Modest and unassuming, Charles studied at Elsenburg, and in 1990 was appointed winemaker for Bellingham Wines.
He is one of South Africa’s most highly regarded winemakers, a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild and Chairman of the South African Wine Show Association.
Charles is passionate about his craft, often going abroad to study winemaking. He has spent harvest seasons in the Sonoma Valley, California, and in Bordeaux, France. Over the last ten years he has also conducted study tours to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and France.
The evening will include a combination of sumptuous food and world class wine.
Wine: Read the history of De Grendel, starting in 1720, especially the part of Dawie Graaf – 1870, that started working at age 11 in a butchery, owned his own butchery business at age 18, and became the Mayor of Cape Town in 1890, at age 31, bought De Grendel in 1891, became Minister of Public Works, Post and Telegraphs in 1910 in the Cabinet of General Louis Botha. His son, Sir De Villiers Graaff became the sole opposition party member in 1948 for the United Party, in Parliament after election won by the National Party. He leads the opposition to the government, with three NP prime ministers, becoming the longest-serving leader of the opposition in South Africa.
Venue: Forti Bar & Grill Internationally acclaimed chef Fortunato Mazzone brings his culinary magic to Time Square with a carefully curated menu which combines the finest Italian cuisine paired with a decadent drinks and dessert menu. No stone has been left unturned at Forti Grill and Bar, the first to carry the acclaimed chef’s name in South Africa. Expect a fine-dining experience of the highest standard with a glass-enclosed kitchen to intrigue your imagination…