After only five years' exposure to the South African market, Leopard’s Leap Wines has been rated by Nielsen as one of the top thirty local wine brands. Its wines have gained such popularity that they are currently being exported to more than forty countries world-wide. During the course of 2011, a further major stride was taken by entering into the largest wine contract ever between South Africa and China.
And now, Leopard's Leap Wines has a new “home” only a stone's throw from Franschhoek village, where its passion for fine wines and fine food can be expressed to the full, while a host of hospitality attractions can be shared with visitors.
A major leap forward is the newly formed partnership with renowned international chef Liam Tomlin – the drive behind Liam Tomlin Food. With culinary expertise gained world-wide, Tomlin brings with him the popular concept of the Chef's Warehouse, introducing a completely new food and wine experience to Franschhoek. Following the success in Cape Town, the culinary studio will be offering food enthusiasts an ongoing series of hands-on classes and chef's tables – presenting demonstration lunches and cookery sessions – as well as themed courses by leading chefs and culinary experts from around the world. First on the itinerary is Michelin Star recipient, Irish chef Richard Corrigan.
In conjunction with the cookery school, Leopard’s Leap now has its own fully-fledged tasting room where wine ambassadors will introduce visitors to its versatile range. For shoppers, there is a culinary store offering a large variety of internationally renowned kitchen equipment, appliances, crockery, cutlery, glass ware, knives and utensils as well as gourmet ingredients and inspiring recipe books.
Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of Leopard's Leap Wines: “We believe that the Leopard's Leap brand deserves to be taken to the next level, following its astounding success over the past five years. To us it means creating a place where wine and food lovers can get close to the brand, its identity and its passions – wine, food, conservation and involvement in a variety of significant literary events.”
The Leopard’s Leap tasting room will be open from Mon – Sat from 09:00 – 17:00. Tastings will be charged at R30 for 8 wines and R35 for a tutored group tasting.