The Sweet Service Award goes to OpenServe, for their installation of a fibre internet line directly into my apartment, via a new internet provider. While they did not finish the job on the same day, they stayed until 19h00 to complete everything that they could, having to call in Telkom to fix a line problem at the pole. This happened promptly the following day, and my WiFi was up and running smoothly, and has not given a day’s problem in the past two months. Continue reading →
Ellerman House is one of Cape Town’s leading boutique hotels, and has one of the largest private art collections. Now it has inaugurated a world class Wine Gallery in the basement of its newly opened Villa Two, with a record number of 7500 bottles of wine. Architect Michael Dennett of DV8 Architects created the unique space, which aims to reflect the more than 350 year history of winemaking in South Africa, and to create an environment of learning more about and tasting our wines. It presents the Ellerman House wine collection as a work of art in itself.
Earlier this week I visited Ellerman House, and friendly guide Heike Gerntholz showed a group of us around the new Villa Two and its Wine Gallery. The 3 bedroom villa costs R50000 per night to rent, with its own butler and chef. The Wine Gallery can be accessed by the guests in the villa, as well as by the guests in Villa One, and in the main building, via a separate entrance. Villa Two guests are isolated from any noise made by the users of the Wine Gallery, we were told.
My focus was the Wine Gallery, and a hand-crafted stainless steel spiral staircase takes one down to it. It is a vast temperature-controlled space, and a number of elements attract one’s attention. The design of the very large lights above the tasting table was inspired by wine glasses. Behind the tasting table is a Terroir Wall designed by Angus Taylor, in shades of brown, orange, yellow, and beige, representing the soils of 100 local wine farms, including La Motte and Chamonix, each framed and named. There is a massive bar counter made from a solid block of granite, with a hematite wall behind it, and a Continue reading →