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South African Wine at Jiko

Where do you go to enjoy one of the finest South African wine collections on the North American continent? Jiko-The Cooking Place at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World! Sommeliers at Jiko have great reason to boast about their vintages!

Thankfully, they enjoy sharing their knowledge (and wine!) with guests.

Jiko Wine Tastings
On Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., stop by Jiko to sample three South African wines paired with cheese and fruit.
The cost is $25 plus tax and gratuity and you should make a reservation by calling 407-938-7149.

Jiko Wine Dinners
Looking for South African wines paired with incredible cuisines? There are six dinners planned where guests will savor their meals while the winemakers and chef are on hand to describe each course!

May 4 – Post House Winery with Nick Geber. The Post House farm is part of a popular winery in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region.

June 8 – This meal features winemaker Alex Dale, founder of Radford Dale Wines with Vinum vintages from the Stellenbosch region.

June 15 – Ken Forrester Wines is the guest on this evening. This winery is found on the Helderberg Mountain in the heart of the Stellenbosch region, which is often referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc.

September (date to be announced) – Showcasing Mulderbosch Vineyards from the Stellenbosch area. Winemaker Richard Kershaw creates handcrafted and individual wines.

October 27 – Robin Back from Spice Route and Fairview Winery in the Paarl wine district of South Africa presents. (This dinner is part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events.)

Dinners are five courses with a cost of $135 except for October, when dinner is seven courses and $180. Price includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, email megan.c.devries@disney.com.

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10 Comments

  1. Jenn says:

    Mmm….wine :) Looking forward to the wine tasting!

  2. Kim says:

    I hear ya, Jenn. I may have to add this to my October vacation!

  3. Nate says:

    Boy, I think this is really cool. Do any other restaurants do this?

  4. AJ says:

    Jenn — I can’t WAIT for your review!!! I just changed my May dates so that I won’t be there for a tasting :-(

    Nate — Not the straight wine-tasting as far as I know :-)

  5. Chelsi says:

    We are trying for the Oct. 27th! You should be going A.J.!!! :)

  6. Mark D. says:

    I will be checking into Animal Kingdom Lodge on a Wednesday in May. I may have to figure out a way to make sure I am there by 3 for this tasting. My wife doesn’t drink wine but her Grandmother loves when I come to dinner because it gives us both a reason to crack open a bottle and since she is coming on vacation with us, I think this would be great.

    We are supposed to be at AK during that time, but I am suddenly thinking Nanny may get tired say….around 2pm that day?

  7. Kim says:

    Mark, I like the way you think! Nanny will definitely need a rest by 2 p.m.! ;-)

  8. Erin says:

    Just made reservations for October! It’ll be the night before we leave from a 12 day trip…sounds like a perfect send-off to me. YUM.

  9. Kim says:

    Erin, Cheers to a great send-off!

  10. I cannot wait to try this in May! My excuse is that it is part of my Bday celebration! ;-) Oh that and I LOVE wine tastings.

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