Easter weekend and April wine and food events are competing for attention as autumn adds colour to vineyards and brings mellow days to the winelands.
GROOTE POST MARCH COUNTRY MARKET
This popular monthly event takes place on Easter Sunday, March 27, from 10am to 3pm. As usual artisanal foods, arts and crafts, homeware and the farms wines will be on sale. Breads, cheese, mushrooms, charcuteries, sauces olive oils and craft beers from Darling Brew add up to a tempting mix.Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open as usual, but booking is essential. Although pets are welcome – all dogs must be on a leash at all times. For further informationcontact: Eldré Strydom: 082 877 6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EASTER SUNDAY AT WEBERSBURG ESTATE
DINING: Three course set lunch
A la carte children’s menu
COST: R380 per person.
VENUE: Webersburg Wine Estate
ENTERTAIMENT: Live band performance
Jumping Castle, Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt, Duck feeding
A second option of a gourmet picnic basket for two at R450 plus a bottle of estate wines is also available, ;plus options of children's and vegetarian menus.
CONTACT: (021) 881 3636; email@example.com
A Gallic treat awaits
The 2006 vintage of Dom Pérignon will be launched in South Africa in fine style: On April 6 in Johannesburg and April 8 in Cape Town, Wine Cellar will host exclusive celebrations at The Westcliff and at Ellerman House where representatives of this fine champagne will present the new vintage, considered the best since 1966. Limited to 24 guests each, walk-around tastings will enable them to sample the '06 alongside the previous two vintages, along with a vintage rose and the re-relased P2, Dom Pérignon 1998 Second Plenitude. Perfectly paired canapes will accompany.
Tickets cost R2 500. Book online at http://www.winecellar.co.za/dom-perignon-2006-tastings
BILTONG & PINOTAGE - ONE WEEKEND FESTIVAL THAT CANNOT BE MISSED!
The hugely popular annual Biltong and Pinotage fest takes place on Saturday and Sunday April 16-17 at L’Avenir estate outside Stellenbosch, from 11am. As well as indulging in a favourite occupation, the Anna Foundation will be there to entertain young visitors and raise funds for their worthwhile charity. While various biltongs will be on hand – such as smoky sweet chilli, spicy BBQ, sweet red pepper and more to be paired with some top Cape pinotages, guests can choose alternative wines, such pinotage rosés, bubblies, blends and even a white pinotage. Follow with lunch under the trees or on the cellar lawns. No less than 18 wineries are taking part, being Altydgedacht, Anura Vineyards, Badsberg Wine Cellar, Beyerskloof Wines, Boland Cellar, Chamonix, Diemersdal Wine Estate, Diemersfontein Wines, Flagstone Winery, Kaapzicht Estate, Lanzerac Wine Estate, L’Avenir Wines, Mellasat Vineyards, Perdeberg Wines, Remhoogte Wine Estate, Rhebokskloof, Rijk’s Private Cellar, Tulbagh Winery.
Tickets @ R150 pp includes a wine glass and a pairing card for the Pinotage and Biltong tastings. Bookings at www.plankton.mobi. and selected Joubert and Monty outlets from 1 March 2016. Visit www.joubertandmonty.co.zaor J&M’s Facebook page to find the outlet closest to you.
Sunday lunch in the beautiful Bottelary Hills
The first of three Pop Up lunches in the Bottelary Hills region takes place at Hartenberg on Sunday April 17 when chef Bertus Basson will cook over an open fire to create a contemporary gourmet meal. Charred food is in vogue, and Basson is a master of the grill and will celebrate lamb in different guises. The three-course meal, with wine costs R350 a head, lincluding winetasting beforehand . Booking is essential. Book through www.wineroute.co.za or call 021 886 8275.