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Gåte at Quoin Rock is the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner
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Gåte restaurant’s exceptional gourmet cuisine has been affirmed by triumphant wins at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

There is much to celebrate on the lavish Quoin Rock estate and these accolades highlight the skill of Head Chef Nicole Loubser and her team.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards are seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury restaurant industry, offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players.

Gåte has been declared the 2019 Global Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner, and well as the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner. It also secured the 2019 Molecular Cuisine Global Winner honour, plus the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards’ Best Head Chef - Global Winner accolade - which recognizes sustained commitment to service excellence and outstanding achievement in the international restaurant industry.

In addition, the Knorhoek Valley estate also scooped a win for 2019 Outstanding Architecture Continent Winner: Africa.

Head Chef Nicole Loubser delineates the brilliance of top level dining at Gåte. Her artistry was honed at Jan Hendrik’s 1 star Michelin restaurant in Nice and at Salzburg’s 2 Michelin star Ikarus. 

Nicole maximizes her expertise in the farm’s unusually large kitchen. “It’s a lot of fun as it’s bigger than most in terms of space as well as equipment. Gåte is cutting edge because we not only focus on molecular gastronomy, but also on fine dining. We aim to play with the senses of the guest. As such, it’s not just another wine farm but a high-end fine dining venue,” she adds.

“We focus on getting local food in, and also expensive items like truffles. We are setting up a greenhouse so we can be sustainable and have hydroponics in the kitchen for our own micro herbs and flowers.”

Gåte’s new menu launches on 1 August. “We’ve picked 14 countries to embody a taste-driven odyssey, fusing their flavours with South African cuisine.”

The fourteen-course menu can be enjoyed as a seven-course dinner, or five-course lunch menu. Lunch includes two teaser dinner dishes. Food is paired with 10 estate wines.

Daytime Experience: Tues – Sun, 12 – 2pm, R650. With wine pairing R950.
Night time: Tues - Sat, 6pm – late, Gourmet menu R1450. With wine pairing R2150.
Tasting menu: R1050. With wine pairing R1500.
Contact: +27 21 888 4750,
Open: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Quoin Rock Wine Estate: Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600

New York Fashion Week Is Coming To Town
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Strap on your high heels, New York Fashion Week is coming to Town! Friday, 11 October 2019 sees New York Fashion Week designers gracing the runway at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, South Africa.

Producers Red Carpet Creative in collaboration with Runway Prestige New York have hand-picked a curated selection of showstopping ready-to-wear and haute couture fashion designers direct from the Big Apple, bringing the freshest tailored trends to our doorstep. “We are beyond excited for this sublime collaboration of SA-NYC; transcending borders and breaking boundaries, we lift the curtain and unveil the best of the world’s culture capitals” says Jade Allen of Red Carpet Creative.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets start at R495 a pop, covering all bases from food to fashion, cocktail and beauty bars and everything in between. Gorgeous gifts, giveaways and surprise live entertainment acts to blow the hair back. Crystal Tower’s Orah bar will host the official after party. For R1400 (per person sharing) guests can upgrade their tickets with a stay over at Crystal Towers Hotel inclusive of breakfast.

"Runway Prestige is based on the vision of unity and exclusivity” explains Rabab Abdalla, Founder, Executive Producer of Runway Prestige New York. “We believe in fostering a space of tolerance and respect whilst cultivating and encouraging our fashion designer's creativity and cross-cultural fashion exploration. We are extremely excited to bring our New York fashion production to South Africa. Our aim is to empower designers to explore other ecosystems of production and distribution. We are transcending geographical boundaries and creating an open platform for designers to be inspired by other cultural fashion history, trends and expression."

Innovative, modern design emanating cotemporary sophistication and luxury, Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers offers the quintessential space for a global fashion event. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Century City urban hub, set beside the palm-lined canal and boasts majestic views of Table Mountain.

Says SA Haute Couture Designer, Jacques LaGrange “having worked with NYFW for the past three years consecutively, I can confidently say that South Africa is right up there in terms of vision and quality. The cross pollination of NY and SA makes perfect sense in the world of fashion and gives people something truly spectacular to look forward to and be a part of!”

Guests are encouraged to leave their cars at home and Uber in safety and in style. Uber is offering guests R100 off their first ride with the promo code NYRCapeTown.

Tickets can be purchased via For more details, email or you can visit the Facebook Event Page.

Exalted Quoin Rock Pushes The Limits Of Creative Artistry

Since its launch in November 2018, family-owned Quoin Rock Estate has introduced a new dimension of luxury to the Cape winelands.

Elegant, chic and eye-catching, everything at Quoin Rock offers a refined experience - designer architecture and furnishings, award-winning wine, and superb molecular gastronomy at Gåte Restaurant, which pushes boundaries with arty aesthetics and a playful spirit that epitomises the theatre of food.

Quoin Rock’s exclusive use Manor House maximises sweeping views of the Simonsberg, which can also be enjoyed from the Gåte tasting lounge and terrace, and a newly-built function venue overlooking the estate vineyards.

The farm’s transformation has taken place over six years, when the Gaiduk family purchased it in 2012. Managing Director Denis Gaiduk explains: “My dad Vitaly Gaiduk is a wine enthusiast and as his collection grew, he decided to ‘paint his own painting’. He was looking to buy a wine farm in Italy but saw this amazing farm and fell in love with it. It took several years to improve the vineyards, with the aim being to create wine which would compete on the international market. Our Quoin Rock Shiraz 2015 is already a Top 12 Shiraz in South Africa – and this is a beginning. We want to create something big, bold and powerful.”

Denis’ wish is for guests to quieten and savour their excellent wines. “I want to be a wine lounge, because if you’re drinking an exceptional wine it can’t just be quick.”

What makes Quoin Rock so inimitable is the uniqueness of the terrior, the winemaking techniques and mountain views. “This place is built to enjoy the beauty of the surrounds - at daytime for people to have more of a wine experience and at night to have more of a food experience,” he adds.

Helmed by Head Chef Nicole Loubser fronting a team of 11 chefs, Gåte has taken innovative dining to new heights. The novelty of dining here includes a fourteen-course menu presented in cube format. 

Nicole brings expertise acquired at Jan Hendrik’s 1 star Michelin restaurant in Nice and Salzburg’s 2 star Ikarus. “Dining at Gåte is cutting edge because we focus not just on molecular gastronomy, but also on fine dining. We aim to play with the senses.”

Part of the joy of this superb gourmet indulgence is the artistic presentation. “When I plate, it’s like a canvas.” Guests can choose from a seven-course dinner, or a five-course lunch menu. Lunch includes two teaser dinner dishes.

Food is paired with 10 estate wines, which includes two bubbles. Winemaker Jacques Maree explains: “Our wine has the ability to pair fantastically with any food. We’ve got grapes from Elim and Stellenbosch which give two different fruit profiles.”

“The Simonsberg is your classical Bordeaux area, so the result is more new world, bigger structures and fruit forward.” Quoin Rock also does a grappa.

Special events and weddings are superbly catered for in a function hall accommodating parties of 150 to 200 people, and offers three catering options.

The beautiful Manor House epitomizes the opulent Quoin Rock lifestyle. In keeping with opulent villas popular for multi-age family travel, this exclusive, tranquil haven accommodates 14 people. Features include a honeymoon suite and garden designed by Francesca Watson. Packages range from bed and breakfast to full board for a minimum stay of two nights.

Daytime Experience: Tues – Sun, 12 – 3pm, R900. With wine pairing R1 250.
Night time: Tues - Sat, 6pm – late, Gourmet menu R1 700. With wine pairing R2 400
Tasting menu: R1050. With wine pairing R1500.
Contact: +27 21 888 4750,
Open: Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Quoin Rock Wine Estate: Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600

A Triple Win for Red Carpet Creative

Celebrating its tenth year in operation, boutique PR, marketing and events agency, Red Carpet Creative, celebrates three new top tier client acquisitions on the local and global markets.

Bringing haute couture fresh from New York Fashion Week to South African soil, Red Carpet Creative has been selected to partner with Prestige Runway New York, debuting the New York Runway show on 11 October 2019. Set to take place at Marriott Hotel Cape Town Crystal Towers, the collection of NYFW designers will introduce leading fashion trends to the local market, taking back inspiration from the multiplicity of cultural influences and artistic trends South Africa offers the world.

Red Carpet also recently signed the immaculate five-star Quoin Rock winery, Manor House, venue hall and molecular gastronomy Gåte Restaurant in Stellenbosch. The full spec 360-degree marketing portfolio will see the launch of the new Gåte menu in August presented by Head Chef Nicole Loubser; the launch of the esteemed Icon Wine and finally the debut of the annual Wedding & Wine Show. 

In addition to the First Thursday Movie Nights at 15 on Orange Hotel featuring a series of Quentin Tarantino Cult Classics, Red Carpet Creative has simultaneously spearheaded the alluring First Thursday Night Markets at Botanik Social House on Queen Victoria Street in CPT.

A collection of SA’s trendy retail, beauty and lifestyle vendors under one roof. With free entrance, complimentary Belvedere welcome cocktails on offer and Kweyol street food style cuisine, the DJ driven fiesta caters a refreshing new take on Cape Town’s monthly art institution.

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