“We want to take our wine loving LGBT travelers some place unique, that appeals to the gay traveler,” says Mark Vogler, co founder Out In The Vineyard. "How much more unique can it be than drinking wine with gay winemakers in Franschhoek, South Africa?"
Sonoma, California (PRWEB) April 11, 2014
Out In The Vineyard, the only LGBT luxury wine travel and event company in the world, is leading an intimate, 14 day "South Africa Wine Safari" to LGBT owned wineries in Southern Africa, for a very exclusive and intimate wine, food and safari adventure October 13 – 26, 2014.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to indulge in an itinerary that took over two years to curate, offering very personal experiences and access to LGBT owned wineries and private estates previously unavailable or unknown to the LGBT community and the wine community.
“We want to take our wine loving LGBT travelers some place unique, that appeals to the gay traveler,” says Mark Vogler, Co-Founder, Out In The Vineyard. “Everyone organizes wine tours to Provence or Mendoza. How much more unique can it be than to drink wine with gay winemakers in Franschhoek, South Africa?"
In addition to gay owned wineries, Out In The Vineyard guests are hosted overnight at the 15,000 acre 1770’s Dutch Colonial Farmstead, Kersefontein, on the Western Cape and will enjoy a sumptuous, multi course, perfectly wine paired dinner in the restored 1770’s candle lit dining room – the exact same room that the original founding Vortrekkers of the Kersefontein family did 250 years ago - complete with giant lion and cape buffalo heads on the walls.
Guests have the option to spend the day relaxing in a private suite, reading on the lawn or jumping into the saddle of one of the ranch horses and joining LGBT owner, Julian Melck, as he drives his 653 head of sheep across the grasslands of his working ranch and ancestral home.
Throughout the wine safari the LGBT travelers will meet locals, whether at the number one restaurant in all of Africa, Le Quartier Francais, over a 5 course wine paired chef’s menu or discovering some of the best boutique wines on the continent in the lush vineyards of Franschhoek, Stellenbosh, Paarl and Wellington. The journey includes a private farm to table lunch with LGBT vintners on their ultra lux winery estate, nestled against the magnificent Jonkershoek mountains.
After 4 days of delectable culinary adventures and sumptuous wine tasting guests fly to a private, ultra luxurious safari camp on the banks of the Mabrak River, in the posh, private Sabi Sands Game Reserve. They will experience an intimate and personal safari experience like none other. Out In The Vineyard has bought out the indulgent Dulini boutique safari camp, providing the LGBT travelers and their companions complete privacy. Each couple will have exclusive access to one of only 6 exquisite cottages designed with the discerning traveler in mind.
Each day guests will have the ultimate, quintessential safari experience as they venture out for morning and afternoon game drives, for unforgettable encounters with Africa’s wildlife. They’ll take home with them incredible bush stories – like the feel of the blood curdling ROAR of a hungry lion or pushing through the bush and being suddenly surrounded by a herd of 100 elephants.
Guest may spend the heat of the day enjoying a dip in their private plunge pool or taking the adrenaline educing walking safari, where they’ll get out of the safety of the land rovers and put feet on the ground to hike through the South African grasslands, never knowing what lurks behind the next bush.
For the LGBT traveler, South Africa has the strongest constitutional protections for LGBT people in the world. In 1994 Nelson Mandel took office as the first black president of South Africa and drafted a new post apartheid constitution, which includes constitutional protections for LGBT people and outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender - including transgender. Same sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006.
Details of Out In The Vineyard’s South Africa LGBT Wine Safari is available at http://www.outinthevineyard.com/trips-and-itineraries/south-africa-wine-safari-2014/
About OUT IN THE VINEYARD
Out In The Vineyard is an experiential Wine Country Event and Travel company promoting positive LGBT lifestyles and offering exclusive, luxury itineraries and events in Wine Countries around the world for the discriminating gay traveler and their friends.
(707) 591-1800 – mark(at)outinthevineyard(dot)com