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Diamonds & Champagne

A day out… Shimansky style.

Arriving at the Cape Town Helicopters home-ground, it was clear that this event, was not just an ordinary one.

The morning started off with Groot Constantia’s Cap Classique Brut Rosé and a helicopter ride with Cape Town Helicopters, from the V&A Waterfront to Groot Constantia Wine Estate.

We were lucky enough to experience flying in the airbus helicopter, which can seat up 6 passengers! The helicopter was built with big windows, so that each passenger gets to witness the jaw-dropping views of Cape Town. Cape Town Helicopters, are the only helicopter company in Cape Town who offer rides in an airbus helicopter!

The route taken allowed us to take in the beauty of the Atlantic Seaboard (Table Mountain, Lions Head, Robben Island, the Green Point Stadium, Twelve Apostles, and Camps Bay). The ride lasted approximately 15 minutes, after which we landed at Cape Town’s oldest wine estate, Groot Constantia, which is characterised by an abundance of heritage, views… and wine!

Despite the typical Cape Town turbulence, the ride was a smooth one! To make the ride even more special, we were flown by a female pilot!

I had been to Groot Constantia Wine Estate several times prior to the Shimansky event. I had arrived by car, by the red bus tour, but never by helicopter! In fact, I had never landed anywhere, by helicopter!

We were greeted by Karen, a lady so passionate about Groot Constantia. Although our time at the wine estate was limited, she managed to take us on a quick tour of the Manor House and the Cloete Cellar (despite being to Groot Constantia before, I had never seen these parts of the Estate!)

What’s better than wine tasting at Cape Town’s oldest wine farm? Wine AND chocolate tasting!

The tasting included their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Shiraz, Rood and the Gouverneurs Reserve. Each wine is so distinctive, and its respective paired chocolate compliments its partner wine, so perfectly. If I had to choose a favourite pairing, it would be the Pinotage, Shiraz and Gouverneurs Reserve.

We were given some time to sip on our wine, mingle, and indulge in snack platters prepared by Groot Constantia’s Jonkershuis Restaurant.

To conclude the day, we were taken back to the Cape Town Diamond Museum at the Shimansky Store. The museum and store are located at the V&A Waterfront, near the Clock Tower.

We were taken on a museum tour, where we learnt about the history of diamonds, where diamonds are found and the process of transforming a rough diamond into the final product. (For a complimentary museum tour ticket, visit the Cape Town Diamond Museum website linked above. Alternitavely, tickets are R50).

The highlight of the  day was when we were welcomed to the Shimansky Showroom, by Mr. Yair Shimansky, himself. To top it off, we were also given the opportunity to hold a rough diamond!

The showroom exudes elegance and luxury, with cabinets filled with the most beautiful jewels, each uniquely created, using locally sourced diamonds.

Thank you Shimansky Diamonds, Cape Town Helicopters and Groot Constantia – each moment of this event will truly last a lifetime!

If you’re visiting Cape Town this festive season, or looking to spoil your loved one, I highly recommend a visit to the Diamond Museum and Shimansky Showroom! 

If you’re feeling extra romantic, feel free to contact the Shimansky team, and get them to assist you with planning a special experience (like ours), be it a sunset cruise or a helicopter ride, that will end with diamond shopping.


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