Singita is recognised as one of South Africa’s most influential collectors of wine, with an extensive cellar showcasing a premium selection of wines, including some of the country’s most sought-after private reserves, including Exclusive Release, Limited Single Vineyard and Rare Auction Wines.
With a wine list that encompasses approximately 222 labels and 20,000 bottles in Singita’s South African lodges’ cellars alone, it’s safe to say that wine is a key ingredient of the unique Singita experience. The Singita wine list has received numerous Awards of Excellence, the top Diners Club Wine List accolade as well as recognition from countless other local and international organisations. François Rautenbach is responsible for this excellence as the director of Singita Premier Wine, he manages the selection, purchase, storage, and service of all the wines at Singita’s lodges. François also manages Singita Premier Wine Direct which allows guests to order their favorite wines from their safari to enjoy at home. With the Singita Premier Wine Direct service, wines can either be specially packed for guests as checked luggage or shipped directly to a guest’s home.
Personalised wine tastings within the unique ambience of each lodge’s own temperature-controlled cellar are a true guest favorite, for connoisseurs and casual tasters alike. Singita’s experienced sommeliers are able to guide guests through a variety of wine styles, years and cultivars to find the wines most suited to their individual tastes.
As with all that Singita does, community upliftment and involvement is incorporated into the Singita wine programme as well. François Rautenbach, the director of Singita Premier Wine Direct, has created a special training programme for enthusiastic young wine lovers, developing the ‘next generation’ of Sommeliers for Africa. The programme provides educational assistance, personal mentoring, formal wine training and access to Africa’s Finest Wine program.