Five-star luxury on the water’s edge 

The Plettenberg, a five-star ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ property in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, South Africa, has 35 beautiful rooms and two family-style villas. The hotel is famous for it’s high standards and breath-taking views over the ocean and also it’s world-class cuisine and wines.

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Breathtaking views from The Plettenberg hotel

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Immaculate interior decòr entice guests’ senses in every corner of the hotel

Incredible South African wines

MJ Birch, general manager says: “Compiling the Plettenberg’s wine list was a collaboration between myself and our ‘Food and Beverage’ team. Our goal is to be able to present a list that is an excellent representation of the incredible wines this country has to offer.

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Only French Champagne & the best South African wines are on the wine list here

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Dinner served with a view

“Other than French Champagnes our list comprises of purely South African wines, where we focus on a small list where quality outweighs quantity. Being a seaside hotel, the ocean has many influences on the guests’ experience, this of course includes the wine list. We seek out wineries whose wines show those ocean influences and hand pick those for our list.”If you are looking for another luxury five-star hotel with an extensive South African wine list on the other side of the Atlantic, read more about the Ellerman House here.

Most ordered boutique wines

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An extensive wine cellar with top-notch wines are available at The Plettenberg

Three of the hotel’s most ordered wines are the Raats Family Wines Chenin Blanc, Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc and Waterford Estate’s Rose-Mary Rosé. Buy these South African wines here.

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Every Thursday, guests at the hotel have the option to do a complimentary wine tasting to discover new wines

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A magical African sunset

South African wines among international greats

Hotel guests and public patrons are encouraged to indulge and learn more about wine with the hotel’s first Thursday wine tastings. It has been running for the last few years. Guests can participate in complimentary tastings. Each month has a theme and the restaurant promotes those wines for the remainder of the month.

MJ says Plett is all about the laidback lifestyle, fun in the sun and a lust for life. Plett’s emerging wine region is known for its Sauvignon Blanc – the cultivar often used in Cap Classique, the bubbly made in the traditional method. “I feel wine farms such as Bramon, Newstead and Kay & Monty are great examples of these winning bubbles. There is no doubt that Plett is going to be a bubbly force to be reckoned with in future. Newstead took top honours for their Blanc de Blanc in 2020 at the annual Amorim Cork Challenge and as the region develops even more, the sky is the limit.”

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The perfect spot to catch some incredible views

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The best type of laid back lifestyle

With compliments from The Plettenberg Food & Beverage team, their signature Kingklip, which pairs wonderfully with a chilled glass of Waterford Rose-Mary rosé

Kingklip, Sous vide @ 55°C for 45min


160g – 200g portion Kingklip

3 sprigs lemon thyme

1 tablespoon butter

Stick of lemongrass

Salt to taste

Raspberry vinaigrette caviar

1 cup frozen raspberries

2 Tablespoons raw honey

4 Tablespoons raspberry vinegar

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon ground mustard

½ cup extra light virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons Agar

1 x 5ml Syringe


Place raspberries and honey in a small bowl. Using a fork, smash berries until mostly smooth and strain through thin sieve.

In a jar combine the red wine vinegar, ginger, ground mustard, and salt. Whisk until fully combined.

Place oil in freezer for half an hour until ice cold.

After straining the raspberry mixture, simmer and whisk in agar agar. While warm insert mixture into syringe and, slowly drip drops of mixture int the cold oil, continue doing this until you have reached preferred amount of raspberry caviar.

Grilled lemon and double thick yogurt

1 lemon slice in half grilled

1 tea spoon raw honey

3 Double thick yoghurt

Grill lemon until scorched and caramelized.

Squeeze out juice and mix all ingredients

Seasonal micro garden salad

Any seasonal micro vegetables and fruit with a dash of light virgin olive oil will do wonders to this dish, season lightly, bon appetite!

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A match made in heaven

BY Maryke Roberts | May 14, 2021

Maryke Roberts Maryke is an award-winning, Cape Winelands based journalist who has been writing about local and international wine and travel for over three decades. When she's home, her days are almost exclusively concluded with a walk on the beach and a glass of South African fine wine or spirits.

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