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MED FED

Thoughts of Tuscany are not out of place at this time of the year, as parts of the Cape winelands resemble those Med countries that have inspired some of our finest Cape cuisine.

One such area is the Overberg where olive groves, vines and wheat  fields combine to present rolling hills of contrasting colour to travellers on the N2.

Gabrielskloof goes a step further, tempting visitors to stop and savour one of their Med taster platters, comprising four of their wines and five snacks, with a grape-studded focaccia on the side. Think chorizo and calamari, mini-lamb kofta on tzatzaki, hummus with chickpeas and dolmades and a classic Caprese salad.

Available on Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays until the end of May, priced at R250 per couple. For more info contact 028 284 9865 or send an email to info@gabrielskloof.co.za

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CAB FRANC CHALLENGE WINNERS – TAKE YOUR PICK

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Avontuur estate hosted the winners’ function last week, where the second Cab Franc Challenge proved to be a popular contest, entries increasing from 32 to 50 this year with 11 entering the vintage class for older wines.

Cape producers favour diverse styles which complicates judging but the vintage class proved easier, with a single clear winner. The judging panel liked those offering dusty road characteristics and those with minerality, while typical cab francs featuring red berry on the palate and aromas of violets were also encountered.

Wines were tasted blind and independently audited by Moore Stephens

The Top Six, in alphabetical order, are Doolhof estate Single Vineyard Collection 2015, Kaapzicht 2014, My Wyn 2014, Nelson estate Lisah Nelson 2014, Rainbow’s End estate 2015 and Warwick 2013.

The Vintage winners is Holden Manz estate 2012.  For gold medal winners, visit www.cvomarketing.co.za

The Top Six can be bought from Wine-of-the-Month Club for R1890 and they will deliver to your door.

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Every winelover  should experience at least one weekend end-of-harvest fest. Eikendal's is celebrating its finish and farewell to sleepless nights and long days on Sunday March 5 with its popular Weintaufe carnival. The usual ingredients - fine wine, scrumptious street-style fare, live music and lucky draws are all on the menu, and this year the star of the show is Eikendal chardonnay, which will be crowned as the first wine of the new vintage. 

Visitors can sample this straight from the barrel after its baptism by cellarmaster Nico Grobler, while Italian specialities are top temptations in the restaurant. Stomping, golfing, and tractor rides can all be enjoyed and there's plenty to keep the small fry absorbed and amused.

Buy your ticket at the gate for R80 a head which includes glass, barrel tasting and entertainment. Under 18s go in free. Gates open at 10am. For more info, contact 021 8551422 or email info@eikendal.co.za

 

 

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GROOTE POST’S COUNTRY MARKET

SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 10am – 3pm

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As summer fades into an early autumn, the West Coast comes into its own. Less wind, more balmy days, and – at Groote Post – another of their monthly country markets. Not only a beautiful farm in the Darling  Hills, but one steeped in history and which  offers warm hospitality.

Making a Sunday of it is an enjoyable pastime – and the family dogs think so too, as they are welcome provided they are on a leash.

 

As usual, the market offers a wealth of artisanal fare, art and crafts, and the farm’s value- for -money wines. Try the rosé which is exclusive to market visitors, and an ideal picnic partner. Craft beer is also onthe menu, so, once you have picked up your lunch items, chosen your wine and/or beer, head to a shady spot to relax and dine well. Stock up on breads, cheeses, wors and olive oil to take home.  Diarise March 26 for the next one, if you cannot make it this weekend. As always, entrance is free. The last market of the summer season is scheduled for April 30.

And, if you follow the KLINK awards, you may wish to vote for Groote Post’s appetising country markets in the Events & Festivals category.

See www.winetourismsouthafrica.co.za for more info.  If you need more info on Groote Post or its market, email eldre@loveyzer.co.za or contact her on 082 877 667.

Find them on Facebook  www.facebook.com/GrootePostCountryMarket.

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 MARCH INTO APRIL

 

 

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The third Chenin Blanc and Pinotage Celebration, hosted by Wine concepts, takes place on March 24 at the Vineyard Hotel this year for the first time.

Hugely popular and justifiably so, this is a Local is Lekker fest where guests can sample about 40 of the Cape’s divese chenins and pinotages from the top producers. These include bubblies, roses and dessert wines produced from these grapes. This year both chenin-based and pinotage-based blends are included in the mix. All wines on show will be on sale at special prices for the evening.

Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Road, Newlands

Date: Friday 24th March 2017

Time: 17h00 – 20h00

Cost: R200.00 per person – includes wine glass, tastings and light snacks

Tickets can conveniently be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za,   or at any of the Wine Concepts branches

Telephone Newlands at (021) 671 9030 or Kloof Street at (021) 426-4401

Email: admin@wineconcepts.co.za

or at the door on the evening subject to availability

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FNB EASTERN CAPE WINE SHOW – EAST LONDON

The third FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show once again takes place at Hemingways in East London on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 March.  Visitors can sample a wonderful selection of whites, reds, Cape ports and fine brandies. Along with many of the previous exhibitors, new names on show include Diemersfontein and Valdo Prosecco. The wines presented will be on sale at the shop@Show stand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Dates:        Thursday 30 and Friday 31 March 2017

Venue:       The Venue at corner Western Avenue and Two Rivers Drive, East London

Time:         17h00 to 21h00

Ticket Prices:  R170 per night (includes unlimited tastings, wine tasting glass and wine show guide). 

Refreshments: Light meals will be on sale.

Queries: 011 482 5936/5/4

Website: www.easterncapewineshow-el.co.za

Tickets: Ticket sales are open and can be purchased at one of the following options

  • Online www.computicket.com
  • Money Market counters in Shoprite Checkers stores
  • At the door (subject to availability)

The FNB regional wine show programme, directed by wine authority Michael Fridjhon and presented by OutSorceress Marketing, is continued with the eighth FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show in Nelspruit on 6 and 7 April, followed by the fifth FNB Free State Wine Show on 3 and 4 August and concluded with the third FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show – Port Elizabeth on 23 and 24 November. For more information for all these wine shows visit www.outsorceress.co.za.

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Bonhomie and Beards at Bot River

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The Barrels & Beards bash takes place on 22 April 2017, a harvest celebration in this lovelyrural valley, which houses exciting cellars.

 

The Barrels and Beards party includes a sumptuous dinner and tastings of the new vintages from barrel. The venue is the hilly grounds of Barton Vineyards and the event includes an auction of rare and special wines, proceeds of which benefit the children of the area.

Producers taking part are Anysbos, Barton, Beaumont Family Wines, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve MCC, Goedvertrouw Wine Estate, Luddite Wines, Maremmana Estate, Momento Wines, Paardenkloof Estate, Rivendell Estate, Villion Family Wines and Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate.

The beards develop as winemakers don’t have time to shave during harvest, and this hairy feature has developed into a tradition at Bot river  and a winner is chosen at the fest, judged to possess the Best Bot Beard.

The 2017 Bot River Barrels & Beards showcase takes place on  2017 at 5pm and tickets are availalbe at R450 per adult. Get your tickets at www.quicket.co.za For enquiries and pre-bookings contact Wilmari Geyer, email: info@bartonvineyards.co.za and mobile: 084 231 8930.

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ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY – THE DESTINATION THAT LIVES UP TO EVERY EXPECTATION

 

 

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It’s  a beguiling valley, beautiful, spacious, offering compelling reasons as to why visitors should taste its lifestyle, Pretty towns and magnificent farms offer a broad palette, bisected by the iconic Breede river that winds placidly through the countryside. The Langeberge frame the eastern aspect, the Sonderend mountains ripple coastwards and local hills rear up to add diversity to the landscape.

The valley’s delicous wines, fine country fare, famous stud farms and rose-strewn gardens are renowned.  Even more important is the widespread hospitality which is allied to a down-to-earth disposition that is characteristic of most valley dwellers. Locals welcome travellers with warmth, make sure they are happy, and combine quality service and products with value for money. What more could anyone expect?

Now with harvest in full swing across the wine regions of the Western Cape, Robertson farms and cellars make time to slow the pace, to offer visitors cellar and vineyard tours, tastings and more:

The 2017 Hands-on Harvest is scheduled for the second weekend of March: From Friday 10 – Sunday 12  when more than 20 venues are offering an appetising range of activities.

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 Take part in harvesting, from picking and stomping to blending and tasting. Adrenalin junkies can also take to sky-diving and rock climbing, hiking and biking, cruising and boules. Those who favour more leisurely pursuits can focus on venues for  brunch or lunch, take in tastings casual or tutored, sample wines from garagiste through boutique to the vintages from giant cellars with endless rows of steel tanks. Groups can be as intimate as four or up to 30 – choose your preference.

Add a visit to a small distillery for sampling world-class grappa and eaux de vie, and make sure you don’t leave the valley without visiting the first Harvest b2ap3_thumbnail_hoh-1.jpgFamily Market: This takes place on the Breede river banks at Viljoensdrift, on Sunday March 12 from 10am, offering the perfect finale to a rustic weekend.  All ages are catered for, and the range of country goodies will be mouthwatering. Entrance is free and the setting is soul-soothing.

Among items worth hunting down are wholewheat rusks, excellent melktert, apricot jam and seasonal preserves, freshly harvested pecans and boerseep.

It all adds up to a fruity fiesta that should see city-dwellers go home happy and relaxed, carboots filled with fine wine and goodies from many a farm and village kitchen.

It makes sense to plan your weekend in advance: log onto b2ap3_thumbnail_hoh5.jpgwww.handsonharvest.com and work out your itinerary, booking with the relevant farms at least three days ahead. Any other questions will be answered by the staff at the Robertson  Wine Tourism office – contact them on 023 626 3167 or send an email to events@robertsonwinevalley.com.

For accommodation, contact the following tourism offices:

Mcgregor: 023 625 1954 info@tourismmcgregor.co.za

Montagu/Ashton: 023 614 2471.

Robertson: 023 626 4437 info@robertson.org.za

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 See you there and don’t forget the sunblock, hats, and sensible shoes – give the stilettos the weekend off.

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