Written By:

Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust

Tuesday, 1st February 2022

Esona Boutique Wine Estate

Esona Boutique Wine Estate: Taste the Difference in a Candelit Underground Cellar. With music filtering through the old walls, it feels like a step back in time and one that romantically locks you in a moment of simplicity, complete with good food, laidback conversation and now even artworks to enhance your drinking pleasure. There is something inexplicable about sipping wine from Riedel glasses in an ancient, candelit cellar that doesn't translate easily into words; it has to be experienced first-hand to be truly understood. Needless to say, it remains one of my most unique winetastings for so many reasons - but perhaps most of all because it was just a timeless, pleasurable outing with a fun group of people. What it includes: Esona has a nice selection of wines to enjoy. You can choose from the Standard Tasting (two vintages in Riedel glasses) or the more elaborate tastings and pairings, wherein wine, art, confectionary and music are all included in the experience. Note: Their standard tastings are enjoyed on the deck, upstairs at Caryl's Bistro or inside near the fire. (I won't spoil it entirely - but the Riedel glasses are also the reason you really get to taste the difference. This is because the glass you drink wine from, really does factor in the taste and overall experience!) Why I enjoyed it: We visited as a small media group and enjoyed a wonderful, candelit wine tasting in their underground cellar - famous for its century-old 'kuip' (a cement and river-stone cistern that was formerly used to ensure suitable darkness and temperature control way back when). With music filtering through the old walls, it feels like a step back in time and one that romantically locks you in a moment of simplicity, complete with good food, laidback conversation and now even artworks to enhance your drinking pleasure. There is something inexplicable about sipping wine from Riedel glasses in an ancient, candelit cellar that doesn't translate easily into words; it has to be experienced first-hand to be truly understood. Needless to say, it remains one of my most unique winetastings for so many reasons - but perhaps most of all because it was just a timeless, pleasurable outing with a fun group of people.

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