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Raise a Glass at Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

With one of the finest collections of South African wines in the U.S., sommeliers at Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge love sharing tastes.

Each Wednesday from 3-4 p.m., take a journey through the wine regions of South Africa and sample three delicious vintages paired with cheese and fruit. Reservations can be made at 407-938-7149.

Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

It’s easy to plan ahead for a delish dinner – six already are planned featuring delicious South African-inspired cuisine paired with South African wines, with the winemakers and chef describing each course.

May 4 – Post House Winery with Nick Geber. The Post House farm is in one of the preeminent wineries in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region.

June 8 – Featuring Alex Dale, founder of Radford Dale Wines with Vinum vintages from the Stellenbosch region.

June 15 – Ken Forrester Wines from the slopes of Helderberg Mountain in the heart of the Stellenbosch region, often referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other award-winning wines.

September (date to be announced) – Mulderbosch Vineyards featuring from the Stellenbosch area, featuring winemaker Richard Kershaw who creates handcrafted and individual wines

October 27 – Robin Back with popular Spice Route and Fairview Winery in the Paarl wine district of South Africa. (This dinner is part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events.)

For reservations, call 407-938-7149.


  • It probably was the Molderbosch Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc

  • I had the best wine of my life at Jiko – a chenin blanc. I didn’t write the name down, though! Is there anywhere to get the wine list? I’ve scoured the web, but I can’t find it.

  • I loved eating here when we stayed there for our anniversary. This post makes me want to go back!!!

  • We ate here last year on our trip. I had the spicy Mac & Cheese… SO GOOD. I also had Lavendar Ice Cream, I didn’t know flower flavored deserts could taste so delicious!!

  • Jiko is one the best restaurant on property. Last time we were there, Chef Mace took care of all our needs and I cant wait to go back!


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