I have received so many releases on Valentines Day/night/weekend events that they would fill blogs of three times the length of mine - so I am not including these tastings/lunches/dinners/overnight offers at all. But I am starting the February diary with a one-day fest that falls over the romantic mid-month weekend. Revving up Rosé its dubbed, its a first of its kind, and I think the timing is great. Along with being a wine geared to romance, late summer through autumn is the season when rosés come into their own - refreshing, inviting, easy-drinking wines that pair so happily with salads, salmon, berries, watermelon - in fact most rosy-hued foods while also making a companionable beverage to picnic fare and most al fresco menus. On Saturday February 13 the fun begins at at 8,30am at Rickety Bridge estate outside Franschhoek with a run and mountain bike ride, with breakfast on sale to follow. Tasting starts at 10am, and cellars taking part include Anthonij Rupert, Babylonstoren, Delaire, Foothills, Haute Cabrière, Krone, Le Lude, Lynx, Paul René, Rickety Bridge, Solms-Delta, The Wolftrap and Vrede en Lust … The lunch menu at Paulina's restaurant will, of course, be rosé-friendly, or picnics can be pre-booked. A cocktail bar, live music and tapas will operate from 4 - 6pm. Rosé wines, carefully made from a variety of cultivars, are on the up, and this is a good chance to sample well-made examples. Tickets cost R120 which includes glass and tastings. Available through www.webtickets.co.za or at the door.
STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL – A SNAPSHOT OF SOUTH AFRICA’S WINE AND GOURMET CAPITAL
Savour the Stellenbosch lifestyle during the 2016 Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay at Coetzenburg Sports Grounds. From 5 to 7 February festival-goers will have the opportunity to sample some of the best wines in the country, delight in gourmet food offerings from top restaurants, enjoy great live music and take part in fun outdoor activities, in what must be the most picturesque surroundings in South Africa.
The three-day lifestyle festival will showcase hundreds of wines from Stellenbosch Wine Routes’ members, ranging from award-winning producers to small boutique wineries. The Gourmet Lane and Pick n Pay Fresh will offer delicious snacks, while guests can explore the magic of food and wine pairings presented by select winemakers in the Tasting Room.
Daily tickets cost R180 for adults, and include a tasting glass. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za. Children under 18 pay R60. Tickets are limited, so book early. Visit the festival website www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za for a full event schedule. Follow the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on Twitter @StellWineFest and sign up for regular updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StellenboschWineFestival.
COOL SOUNDS AT HAUTE CABRIERE ON THURSDAYS
Two local artists - Nuka and Morne Meyer will alternate performing at this Franschhoek mountainside cellar from 5 - 7pm every Thursday until April. the view and the sunset are added free attractions. Seating is on the terrace and lawns, and the Terrace menu will be offered. There is no cover charge. For reservations and info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 876 3688.
Grande Provence Harvest Day
On Saturday, 20 February this Franschhoek estate will host its annual harvest day fest, starting at 9am with coffee and muffins, followed by grape picking, stoming, wine tasting and a cellar tour. Chef Darren Badenhorst will present his harvest lunch feast to a background of live music. Tickets are R650 for adults and R350 for children under 12. Booking is essential, contact Barbara at Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail email@example.com.
Feast of the Grape
27 & 28 February 2016
Kick off your shoes for some squishing and splatting at this year’s Durbanville Wine Valley’s Feast of the Grape, a weekend of harvest fun hosted by 12 wine farms in the Valley. Celebrating the bounty of harvest season, the festival takes place on 27 and 28 February 2015, which takes place at D’Aria Wine Farm with an abundance of seasonal wines and entertainment to enjoy.
The 12 farms coming together from the Durbanville Wine Valley to take part in the grape festivities are: Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida and Signal Gun.
“This year’s festival brings all our member farms together on one wine farm, rather than each hosting its own separate harvest celebration”, says Angela Fourie, Marketing Manager of the Durbanville Wine Valley Association.
Tickets costs R120 and include entrance to the festival, a wine glass and tasting coupons. Tickets will be available viawww.webtickets.co.za.A full festival program is available on www.durbanvillewine.co.za