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Altima Truffle Experience with Anthonij Rupert Wyne

PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH THE RECENT CLOSURE OF THE FRANSCHHOEK PASS TO RESTORE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE RAIN THIS EXPERIENCE WILL BE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL THE WORK IS COMPLETED.

GREAT NEWS IS THAT YOU CAN STILL BOOK THE DELICIOUS WINE PAIRED TRUFFLE LUNCH BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK

 

Tucked away in a beautifully secluded corner of the mesmerising Elandskloof north of Villiersdorp, Altima Estate is the perfect place to hunt for Black Périgord truffles. Join trufelau Hanene van Dyk on a quest to unearth this black gold and learn about truffle cultivation first hand,  then sit down to an exquisite pairing of truffle-inspired dishes and gorgeous cold-climate wines back at Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek.

Highlights

  • Full-day wine & truffle experience in the heart of the Cape Winelands
  • Scenic drive from Anthonij Rupert Estate to Altima Estate in the Elandskloof valley
  • A private tour at the hands of a local guide
  • Meet a truffle hunter and her dogs
  • Taste wines from Anthonij Rupert Wyne
  • Sit down to a 3-course truffle-inspired lunch + dessert

Overview

Truffle hunting is a favourite autumn-time outing around the globe, with trained dogs and pigs leading hunting parties to copses of this rare black gold in shady spaces throughout Europe, Australia, and Oregon. Now, for the first time, South African locals and visitors will be able to join in on the fun on Altima Estate outside of Villiersdorp in the Western Cape.

 

Altima Estate forms part of the Anthonij Rupert Estate holdings. Situated in the picturesque Elandskloof valley, this is where Anthonij Rupert Wyne grows the grapes for their exquisite cool-climates wines, such as the Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay and Cape of Good Hope Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir. The high altitude and shady microclimate also happen to make it prime truffle-growing land.

 

Hanene van Dyk and her husband have been stewards on the land since the Rupert family purchased it in 2008. They travelled to Italy, just outside Alba, about four years ago to learn the age-old craft of truffle hunting from some of the foremost experts in the world, and returned home with two Lagotto Romagnolo pups who have now become a part of the family and helps them to sniff out the edible delicacies that the Van Dyks have since started to cultivate among a young oak plantation on Altima Estate.

 

When you join in on this rare experience you will be whisked from Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek to Altima Estate outside Villiersdorp on a scenic one-hour trip via private shuttle. Upon arrival, sample award-winning wines from the estate’s cool-climate vineyard collection right there amongst the beautiful vineyards.

 

Then join Hanene and her dogs for an illuminating tour of the farm, where she will tell you all about the cultivation and retrieval of Black Périgord truffles along the way. Wander the oak plantation and find out how Hanene and her dogs seek out the elusive fungi.

 

Get back on the shuttle to return to Anthonij Rupert Estate, where an epic truffle-inspired, wine paired lunch will be served at the Terra del Capo tasting room’s private dining room (followed by an indulged dessert of course).

Details

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  • Important Information
  • Itinerary
  • Return transport from Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek to Altima Estate in the Elandskloof Valley
  • The services of a private tour guide throughout the experience
  • An in-depth truffle hunting experience alongside an experienced local truffle hunter and her specially trained dogs
  • Wine tasting from Anthonij Rupert Wyne, featuring wines produced from Altima vines
  • A three-course truffle-inspired lunch (plus dessert!)
  • Transfers to and from Anthonij Rupert Estate
  • Any additional wine and deli purchases at Anthonij Rupert Estate
  • This experience is only suitable for individuals of 18 years or older due to the wine-tasting component.
  • Dress comfortably in light layers and wear suitable shoes – there will be some walking on slightly uneven and steep terrain. If it’s a drizzly day, or it had been raining in the area the week prior to the excursion, waterproof shoes such as wellingtons are recommended.
  • Meet at Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek at 10:00 sharp
  • Enjoy a scenic 1-hour drive from Anthonij Rupert Estate to Altima Estate via private shuttle
  • Meet up with expert local host Hanene van Dyk and her truffle-hunter dogs
  • Learn more about truffle hunting on a guided tour of Altima Estate
  • Learn about Black Périgord truffles cultivation and gathering first hand
  • Taste the estate’s cool-climate wines
  • Board the private shuttle back to Anthonij Rupert Estate
  • Sit down to an indulgent truffle-inspired lunch

What eatsplorers are saying

“Hanene and her dogs will be on hand to take you an illuminating tour of the farm, teaching you all about the cultivation and retrieval of Black Périgord truffles along the way.”

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