We chat to Stefan Otto, Head Sommelier at Xigera, as he describes the Lodge's collection of exceptional wines from our sister wine estate in South Africa, Bouchard Finlayson.

1. What are some of the key qualities you look for in each team member you have trained for Xigera?

Firstly, I love people who love people, and love to serve and entertain our wonderful guests. They must have a passion for food and beverage, and most importantly have a smile and a willingness to learn.
2. What is your perfect Bouchard Finlayson wine and meal pairing?

Firstly our fantastic award-winning Missionvale 2018, paired with Mrs Tollmans’s lemon chicken or whole Cape salmon on the braai, liberally basted with garlic butter, or freshly shucked oysters. Our Galpin Pinot Noir always expresses itself best with good food, such as Emmental cheese or our fabulous Botswana beef.
3. What type of notes can guests expect from the collection of Bouchard Finlayson beverages served at Xigera?

We have complete detailed tasting notes on every single wine that we have from the Bouchard range, I am very happy to say that we have one of the most complete collections of Bouchard wines and one of the biggest collection of Tete de Cuvees in Africa.