Last week we asked you what country exclusively supplies all the wine for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States. Now you may or may not be surprised that the answer is South Africa.
If you have ever been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom then you will know that it is decorated in an African theme. Although the decorations are a combination of many different cities and countries throughout Africa, including: Zanzibar, Kenya and South Africa. When you enter into Animal Kingdom you start your journey in the village of Harambe, which in Swahili means “come together.” The imagineers who designed and constructed Animal Kingdom searched the entire continent of Africa to bring back both design elements as well as wildlife, plants and much more, giving visitors the feel of really being in Africa.
If you would like to sample some of these South African wines then head to Jiko the Cooking Place. Here you will be able to try some fantastic wine and cheese pairings.
South African wine has a history almost as rich as its robust flavors. Wine production in the country dates back to 1659 in Constantia, a village near Cape Town. The roots of this production go back to the Dutch East India Company, which came to South Africa and immediately started growing wine, to ward off scurvy for the sailors. Today the wine is still produced near Cape Town, with most of the vineyards being in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.
Our Disney expert Connie Ruedinger suggests the Chardonnay from Boma in Animal Kingdom lodge saying, “We got the bottle after the first glass.”
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