Our Wine List & Events
We boast an extensive wine list that represents a moment in time captured in each bottle, carefully chosen by our experienced sommelier – Nadia Fouche.
Nadia has 13 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She spent a year in the US and was exposed to the wonderful and diverse world of hospitality. Nadia studied Hospitality Management at the Central University of Technology (CUT) and worked at the Liz McGrath Collection. She started at The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay, and assisted at The Marine and The Cellars Hohenort. Nadia has worked with industry gurus such as Peter Templehof, Miguel Chan and Michelle Michaels.
She garnered vast international experience while working on Silversea Cruises on the five-star Italian cruise liner, The Silver Whisper.
She moved on to the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna, which was part of the hotel group, Leading Hotels of the World. Here she managed the acclaimed Zacharies Restaurant and Montrose Castle, and hosted various celebrity weddings and functions.
Nadia was then appointed as Food and Beverage Manager at the five-star La Residence Hotel niche boutique hotel owned by renowned hotelier Liz Biden whose collection (The Royal Portfolio) includes The Birkenhead House and Royal Malewane, which has been visited by many high-profile guests and celebrities.
Her passion for wines grew during this journey and she completed an international wine diploma at the Cape Wine Academy. Involvement with many winemakers and wineries included the management of tasting rooms and the hosting of formal wine tastings.
Nadia went on to work as operations manager at Spier in Stellenbosch alongside acclaimed hoteliers Joep Schoof and Tony Romer-Lee as part of the transition team and helped with lifting standards while improving the operations and offerings.
She relocated to Pretoria when her husband was offered a work promotion and started “Karisma – A Food and Wine Affair”. She hosted various tastings at restaurants and private tastings at homes, functions, corporate events and team-building activities. Nadia also hosted wine-training sessions at various properties and was consulted on many wine list compilations.
When she was approached by the owners of Ivory Manor, she fell in love with all the different elements of the hotel and the prospects of what the beautiful property could offer.
The motto that Nadia lives by is carpe diem – or seize the day. She embraces each opportunity given to her and looks forward to the gift of each new day. Average is never an option for her.
Our medley of wines represent the various styles and famous vineyards of South Africa and are artfully put together to appeal to different palates.
The exciting wine and food pairings at Ivory Manor beckon to you to share joyous moments with renowned winemakers.
Our wine list, like wine, is a living organism and evolves with time. And, like a work of art, it will never be truly complete. We strive to support niche garagiste wineries that produce quality, lesser-known wines.
Wine is a journey to be discovered, allow us the pleasure of being your travel companion.
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