A big part of what we do at Come wine with us is bringing people together to connect and share experiences. Like most of us know, South Africa is a very diverse country with a rich heritage and many cultures. Being active on social media, makes us think that although we are active and connecting with people and what’s happening around us, the question remains; Are we REALLY connected ?
There was only one way to put it to the test, so we decided to launch our FIRST Come wine with us to Khayelitsha. As most of you may know, Khayelitsha is one of the biggest suburbs in South Africa with a population of 500 000 of which only 7% of the population is older than 50 years.
A big reason why we chose to connect with Khayelitsha was to connect with the young up and coming entrepreneurs, and small business holders. The idea was to take a train trip with Cape Town’s very own tourism train to Khayelitsha, be collected by 5 local taxi’s where Loyiso from Khayelitsha travel would take us on a mini tour through the streets of Khayelitsha’s business hub, and then break bread and share a glass of wine with some traditional food with a few locals.
On the morning of 31 May, a group of 50 people from Cape Town got together at the Cape Town train station. For most people, it would be the first time they’d be travelling to the suburb and boy were they in for a treat!
After experiencing a very unique train ride to Khayelitsha, guests disambarked at the Khayelitsha station. They were then addressed by Loyiso, who is one of the owners of Khayelitsha travel who gave a brief introduction about Khayelitsha. They then made their way to the local taxis that came to collect everyone for their mini Khayelitsha taxi tour.
First stop was the Football of hope centre, which is the first of 20 centres built in disadvantaged communities across Africa, as part of the 2010 soccer world cup that was held in South Africa. Right next door to this, was the Harare Business Hub space which is a place for locals and others to share ideas, learn and discover new ways of working together and creating work.
The centre provides township based start – ups instant access to a shared work environment that has all the infrastructure and equipment they need to run their business successfully, without having to finance the set up cost and high operational overheads.
After all the inspirational talk and hubs the taxi’s headed to Malibongwe, where coffee beans were being roasted by the guys from Department of Coffees, & guests were also treated to muffins on arrival.
As a surprise to guests, we organised a local dance group to entertain which was a real treat to watch.
Guests then had the opportunity to start mingling with each other and also taking their seats for the traditional lunch.
The whole idea for the lunch was about sharing. Nederburg’s assistant white wine maker Natasha Williams, grew up on a farm where her parents use to work as season workers and pick grapes for a living, got the opportunity through a sponsorship from Distell to go and study as a wine maker.
This was the first year that she produced the 56Hundred Chenin Blanc all on her own! Well done Natasha! Come wine with us salutes you! The same for Wellington Methsane who is the assistant red wine maker at Nederburg, had the opportunity to prove himself and really is passionate about making wine for Nederburg.
Next up Ntsiki, the owner of Malibongwe restaurant had a chat about Malibongwe and traditional food. A truly inspiring lady who quit her job and wanted to offer something Khayelitsha really needed, which was a place where people could meet and share ideas and also have a great meal. She has been going strong for the last few years and is an inspirational figure in the community.
Our traditional food and wine menu for the day was
Starter -Khayelitsha Tappas served with steamed bread served with Nederburg 56 Hundred Chenin Blanc 2013
Main – Traditional Umleqwa and beef stew served with samp, papa, savoury rice, spinach, butternut and Ntsiki’s famous chakalaka sauce served with Nederburg 56 Hundred Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Dessert – Mini koeksisters, milk tarts and lemmingtons.
All in all it really was a fantastic day out and the locals had a great time exchanging ideas over a glass of wine and some traditional food. We look forward to going back to Khayelitsha in the near future.
The Come wine with us Team!
PS. Have a look at our video clip to give you an idea of what happened on the day: