Media Release: Brookdale Estate appoints new Bistro & Tasting Room Manager

Michelle Michaels has been appointed as Bistro and Tasting Room Manager at Brookdale Estate in Paarl. Michaels comes with extensive experience in the wine and hospitality industry complemented by wine qualifications that include WSET Level 2 and the Certificate Wine Course of the Cape Wine Academy.

She spent the past eight years in Cape Town as Group Head Sommelier of The Liz McGrath Collection, and as Head Sommelier at The Greenhouse Restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel and Spa, and later at Matt at Homespun at The Andros Hotel.

Her career first started as Junior Sommelier at The Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl, after which she went abroad to Gravetye Manor House, a Relais & Châteaux property in England and its One Star Michelin restaurant, where she was the appointed Head Sommelier for four years.

On her return to South Africa, she spent the next ten years as Head Sommelier at The Marine Hotel in Hermanus and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay.



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Brookdale wines are for sale at leading wine merchants in Cape Town and may be ordered from the estate for delivery countrywide.


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Brookdale Estate is the pinnacle of the Rudd family’s passions. Here, Mediterranean varietals, a unique Paarl terroir and unusual winemaking techniques are brought together under the visionary hand of owner, Tim Rudd, and winemaker, Kiara Scott Farmer. The first step in this vision was to produce fine and interesting wine blends using unusual varietals in a South African context. The second step was opening the doors to the elegant Manor House, set against a dramatic backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein mountains as a refuge of wellness and a haven of tranquillity. Brookdale Estate recently embarked on the next step in the journey with the opening of a restaurant and tasting lounge where guests may expect the unexpected with menus crafted by Executive Chef Gary Coetzee and food and wine tasting experiences that serve to nourish the mind as much as the palate.



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