Wellington, Franschhoek and Elim are hosting spring and early summer festivities over the next three months.
Wellington and the Mutual & Federal Agri Wellington Wine Route invite winelovers to their second Wellington Fork & Cork wine festival at Kleinevalleij Estate on 12 September. To look out for: a fresh produce and lifestyle market and a new wine theatre with five entertaining productions and great prizes to be won. A supervised kids area is available. Live music from a rock band, a blues and a jazz band is on the menu. The People's Chenin will be judged by visitors, so take your palate along and be in with a chance to wine a case of chenin blanc. Red blends also come under the spotlight and there will be local whisky tasting, and a pinotage tasting will follow - all these finish with product prizes for lucky visitors, with the finale of a case of the top 10 winners from the Wellington Quest for the Best contest.
Tickets cost R150, book through Computickets, and children under 17 entre free. The fun starts at 10am.
Join Franschhoek as the wineries open their doors to #Braai4Heritagefhk at the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, 26 to 27 September. New vintages will be poured as food is cooked over fire. For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za for further details and a list of participating farms.
Your Uncorked Weekend Pass, which costs R120 per person, allows you access to the participating farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings. Pre-book through www.webtickets.co.za to avoid disappointment.
Saturday October 10 is the date to diarise for the Elim Wine Festival, starting at 10am at Strandveld Vineyards, Elim
Cycle & Trail Run registration starts at 07h00 and r aces start from 08h00 – 09h00.
Outdoor fun for the whole family is on the programme along with a outstanding wines from nine inspiring Cape South Coast wineries. Book your accommodation early and buy your festival tickets and entries to the associated sports activities now on www.webtickets.co.za.
The participating wineries, Black Oystercatcher, Dâbar, The Giant Periwinkle, Ghost Corner, Jean Daneel Wines, Lomond, Sijnn, Strandveld Vineyards and The Berrio, represent some of Africa’s southernmost wineries. Beer lovers will also have the opportunity to sample artisanal ale from Africa’s most southerly brewery, Fraser’s Folly.
For the first time, the festival will be hosting themed one-on-one tutored tastings presented by winemakers from participating farms in slots during the day.
Local produce, hand crafted pottery and beautiful indigenous flowers will be available for purchase. The line-up of activities includes a remarkable archery performance on horseback, savvy sheepdog herding and a vintage tractor treasure trove.
Scenic cycle rides & trail run will cater for all strengths -
Exclusive trail run (15 km) and mountain bike rides (40 and 70 km), or opt for a more relaxed 8 km fun walk, ride or run through nature routes that are otherwise inaccessible to the public. The 70 km mountain bike ride start at 08h00, while the 40km MTB ride starts at 08h30 (entrance fee including festival tickets R150 and R180 respectively for adults; R75 and R105 respectively for under 18’s), 15 km trail run starts at 08h45 (entrance fee R100 for adults and R50 for under 18’s). The 8km fun walk, ride or run costs R25 per person and starts at 09h00. Registration starts at 07h00 and participants are encouraged pre-enter via webtickets.co.za.
The entrance fee is R75 per person, including a branded wine glass and wine tastings. Entrance for under 18’s is free. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za and will be available at the event. Pre-bookings for the tutored tastings need to be done in advance by calling Tel: 028 482 1902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the event, schedule and pricing of the Winemaker one-on-one sessions and accommodation options in the area, visit www.elimwines.co.za.
Looking ahead to November the annual country festival at the historic Bosman family estate, Lelienfontein in Wellington. takes place on November 14 and 15
New vintages of Fairtrade De Bos Handpicked Vineyards and signature Bosman Family Vineyards wines will be released, along with a
Weisser Riesling, a Pinot Gris and for the first time ever in South Africa, a Nero D’Avola!
A festive food market will be set up under ancient oak trees on the estate’s lawns. A variety of food options, perfectly complimented by the estate wines, will tantalize your taste buds.
Trained crèche staff will look after the entertainment of smaller children.
The day begins at 11h00 and ends at 16h00. The tasting journey is open from 12h00 to 15h00 in the cellar.
The wine maker theatre sessions can be booked on a first come first serve basis during 12h00 to 15h00.
ThiTickets cost R150 a head which includes access to both days, a wine glass and a R50 voucher redeemable with your first purchase of six bottles of wine on the day.
Children under 12 enter free of charge. Food is sold at an additional cost of R50 per station.
book now at http://bosmanwines.com/tickets/ to secure your place.
For more information contact Neil Büchner at email@example.com or call (27) (21) 873 3170.