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 Franschhoek Bastille Festival


 16 & 17 July 2016

An annual highlight that's always as popular, no matter what the weather. The food and wine marquee will keep visitors warm and dry, and if the weather is winter perfect, the surroundings are as fair as any in France.

Going Gallic over the weekend in mid-month is just what we need to remind us that Franschhoek continues to make superb vintages that complement the valley's gourmet fare.  Take part in boules, visit the markets and savour the vibe.

Tickets to the marquee cost R220, which includes glass,tasting coupons and a R20 wine vouchers. Book through www.webtickets.  For more information visit






To the Eastern Cape where the second FNB wine show takes place in Port Elizabeth on July 28 and 29 at The Boardwalk in Summerstrand. A great selection of SA' top wines are there to sip and its a good chance to stock up your cellar as well.

Exhibitors include produces such as Blaauwklippen, Ernie Els Wines, Jordan and Ken Forrestr,  while there are interesting boutique wineries taking part that can make worthwhile discoveries. Oude Molen brandy could make a fine finale . Visit for a full list of exhibitors and wines.


  Local wine outlet Prestons will operate the convenient Shop@Show facility where wine purchases at the show are delivered to your door.   


Venue: Tsitsikamma Rooms, The Boardwalk, Beach Road, Summerstrand

Time: 17h00 to 21h00

Ticket Price: R140 to R160 (includes unlimited tastings and  tasting glass). The early Bird price of R140 is valid for sales until 27th July. Thereafter and at the door tickets are R160.No under 18s, nor babies and prams.  A complimentary show guide includes producer information and informative notes on wine variety characteristics, food matching and serving temperatures.

Refreshments:  Light meals will be available for sale.

Queries:  011 482 5936/5/4

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at one of the following options:

  • Online through
  • Money Market counters in Shoprite Checkers stores
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Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration



Den Anker Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

30 July 2015 12:00 till 16:00

Not only will guests tuck into a kg of delicious black mussels, and wash them down with a range of fine white and red Cape wines, but there's more fun in watching the tussle that's promised between girls and boys in the wine sphere.


This years’ Ultra Mussels Wine Tournament to be held on Saturday, 30th July 2016 from 12 noon until 4pm at Den Anker Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.  Not only is this battle unique in that it pits guys and girls in wine against each other, but this is the first time  only one wine region will be represented.  Mark Norrish of Ultra Liquors Wine Division has  selected participants from the Stellenbosch region for this years’ battle.The girls in wine will be representing Blaauwklippen, De Morgenzon, Fleur du Cap, Haskell Vineyards, House of J.C. Le Roux, Simonsig , Uitkyk  and Warwick. The guys will be representing Beyerskloof , Delaire Graff , Ernie Els Wines, Glenelly, Kanonkop , Kleine Zalze and Rust en Vrede.


The best of Belgian cuisine has been embraced in the form of 1kg of mussels for each of the guests.

 Luke Krone Events will again be behind the scenes ensuring that a fun-filled experience is had by all.

Tickets cost R230 per person and are available through Webtickets and  include 1kg of fresh mussels, a souvenir wine glass, wine tastings and live entertainment.  Only 200 tickets available.  Booking essential.  No under 18’s allowed. 

For further information or queries contact Luke Krone,Cell: 082 354 9007 Email: Website:





 The annual FNB Free State Wine Show will  bring cheer to the palates of Bloemfontein wine lovers on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th August at Emoya Estate.  With award-winning producers  from the regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Hermanus, Robertson, Constantia, Franschhoek, Stanford and Tulbagh, show visitors will be spoilt for choice by the range of  styles on offer – from celebratory sparklings, to delicate whites and robust reds,  with a classic Cape Port or brandy as finales.    Visitors can also sample and buy at the Just Biltong, Dinutty Nuts, Woodview Gourmet Foods and Snyman Sjokolateur stands too.


Tickets to the show are available via Computicket as well as theoutlets listed below.  Wine lovers can plan their tasting experience in advance by visiting for a full list of exhibitors and wines in the lead-up to the show.  Online wine retailer Cybercellar will operate the convenient Shop@Show facility where wine purchases at the show are delivered to your door.   

 Event name:       FNB Free State Wine Show

Dates:                   Thursday 4th and Friday 5th August 2016

Venue:                  Emoya Hotel and Conference Centre, 7 Kleynhans Avenue, Groenvlei, Bloemfontein

Time:                     17h00 to 21h00  

Ticket Price:        R150 to R190 (includes unlimited tastings and wine tasting glass)The early Bird price of R150 is valid for sales until 30th July. Thereafter and at the door, tickets are R170 for Thursday and R190 for Friday. No under 18s, nor babies and prams.  A complimentary show guide includes producer information and informative notes on wine variety characteristics, food matching and serving temperatures. 

Tickets can be purchased via, Money Market counters in Shoprite Checkers stores and at the door subject to availability.

Refreshments:  Light meals will be available for sale.

Website:      for a full list of exhibitors and wines from 18 July.   

Enquiries:            Telephone (011) 482 5936.


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Winemaker Henry Kotze, Giulio Bertrand and consultant Pierre Lurton



It always seems to be a beautiful day when its time to head to Morgenster, and this was no exception. A group of wine media and trade representatives filled the tasting room then filed into the cellar where tables, dressed in white, sported enough glasses to indicate a tasting of some magnitude. In front, courteous host Giulio Bertrand, winemaker Henry Kotze and Gallic consultant Pierre Lurton from Chateau Cheval Blanc introduced the lineup which comprised the release of the Bordeaux-style flagship wine and the 2013 vintages of his Italian Collection. Starting with what was, for me, an outstanding wine,the Morgenster White 2015 is a blend of 55% sauvignon blanc and 45% semillon, satiny, yet frisky, exhibiting both herbaceous notes, a touch of oiliness, and a whiff of fruit, in an elegant, irresistible combination. Bottled just two months ago after 10 months in oak, this was produced from bought-in grapes from vineyards close to the estate. Their own white grape vines will be ready to produce fine wines soon, but this wine, due for release in September at around R150, is worth waiting for.

On to the Italian cultivars, starting with the Caruso rosé, made from sangiovese, with its low- alcohol level of 12,5% makes a great introduction to Morgenster, with discernible backbone, plenty of berry fruit balanced with savoury notes, selling at around R80.

Tosca 2013 is a blend of 76% sangiovese, 12% each of cabernet and merlot, selling at just under R200, is an enjoyable meld, a great food wine, and probably more popular with locals than the Nabucco – the 2013 vintage of which is 100% nebbiolo, This cultivar has its fair share of fans, and is distinctly different from our reds, and should be paired with Italian fare.

The Lourens Valley 2012 may be regarded as a second fiddle red blend to the Morgenster, but is usually one that I have enjoyed hugely in the past. No change here – from its aromatic nose to a palate with fruit balanced with smooth tannins in an elegant and approachable combination, I would choose this for winter fireside sipping . It sells for around R145.

From the prelude to the main course, the release of the Morgenster 2012, the Bordeaux-style flagship of the estate, comprising, unusually, 72% merlot, along with 16% petit verdot and 12% cabernet. With alcohol levels of 14,5% ,this fresh and enjoyable wine elicited much discussion among wine writers who queried the choice of merlot as the lead cultivar, (one being regarded with some disdain by many a fundi.) Henry’s answer was simply that this combination proved to be the best when he and Pierre took decisions on the components and proportions of the blend. Expect to pay around R370.

Back in the tasting room a team had produced a wide selection of delectable Italian snacks, each one matched to one of the wines we had tasted. From parmesan risotto to tiny meatballs, from quality smoked salmon to veal tongues on ciabatta, the visitors tucked in, savouring the pairings with relish.

As the noise levels grew, our host moved among friends and colleagues, surely pleased that both his ambitions have been realised – to produce great Bordeaux-style blends at Morgenster and to make fine wines from Italian varietals on his very lovely, historic Cape farm. His olive oils are also rewarding his sizeable investment very well.

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Plenty to do wine-wise in June, during the first half of the month at any rate. Here’s a chronological summary to browse through and diarise…


Young Guns Reloaded – Young Guns and Old Bullets

Wine Cellar’s 2016 Young Guns tasting event has a new component, making it a family affair. The younger generation will be joined on stage by their famous fathers, all renowned winemaking pioneers. Double the talent means double the wines to taste as the following fathers and sons join forces as a dozen stars of the show.

They are

• Jacques and Reenen Borman (Boschkloof and Patatsfontein)
• Peter and Peter-Allan Finlayson (Bouchard Finlayson and Crystallum)
• Etienne and Christo Le Riche (Le Riche)
• Neil and Warren Ellis (Neil Ellis)
• Braam and David van Velden (Overgaauw)
• Danie Senior and Danie Junior Steytler (Kaapzicht

The Johannesburg event takes place at Melrose Arch on June 2 and in Cape Town at DoubleTree by Hilton on June 3, both at 16h00 for 18.30. Tickets cost R450 a head, which includes a light supper. Bookings to




The Soup, Sip and Bread festival is back in the Durbanville Wine Valley from 3 to 5 June.



A dozen Durbanville wine farms will take part this year, serving wine, soup, artisan breads along with other culinary treats and menus. As usual, each winery offers its own attractions, along with a barrel special at good prices. The valley has joined with Century City Mercedes Benz who will display their distinctive cars at all the farms. And Uber has come in as a partner and is offering visitors who become new users a free first ride.

Farms taking part are Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phizantekraal and Signal Gun. Create your itinerary by browsing through the festival programme on more information contact Angela Fourie or 083 310 1228.





Hard to believe this top notch show has been going for 14 years, but the public tastings of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine show are as important this year as in 2002. The one-night show of tastings of award-winning producer wines see wine lovers and collectors gather to meet the winners of categories like Best Whie and Best Red, Discovery of the Show and much more. There will be more than 100 wines on show, all trophy, gold and silver medalists that have been chosen blind by a panel of international and local judges.

Early bird tickets cost R165 until May 30, after which they are R190 and at the door. Book through Ticket includes glass and unlimited tastings. Light meals will be on sale. For more info, contact (011) 482 5936. See

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting - Cape Town

Date:               Friday, 3 June 2016

Venue:             CTICC (Ballroom, Level 1), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

Time:               18h00 to 21h00

Parking:           Secure underground parking available in CTICC parkade

 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting – Johannesburg

Date:               Friday, 10 June 2016

Venue:             Bill Gallagher Room (Level 2), Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Sandton

Time:              18h00 to 21h00

Parking:          Secure underground parking available at the convention centre and neighbouring shopping malls.





The landmark Marine hotel in Hermanus will, once again, make the venue for the third Hermanus FynArts programme taking place from June 10 -19. Organised by Melvyn Minnaar, the 2016 event sees an appealing and varied programme of tastings and talks from local fundis, each of who will present about 45 minutes of info, sipping and opinion that has proved hugely popular with wine lovers in previous years. It all adds up to a definition of the current state of local wine and visitors can choose to attend one event or buy a series ticket for all of them.

They include Tasting Terroir, in which Hannes Storm will explore regional sites, (June 11 at noon) and Local show-stoppers where Higgo Jacobs will present wines that win awards for this coastal region (June 11 at 15h00). MCCs, riding the new wave will be presented by John Loubser and Pieter Ferreria (June 12 at noon and 15h00) while Cathy van Zyl will chat about Wine now – the classics (June 13 at 12 noon.) She will be followed by Tim James who will also tackle Wine now, but focus on the avant-garde, those that push the boundaries (June 13 at 15h00). Winnie Bowman will prove that our brandies are world-class by testing them against cognac (June 14 at noon) and the finale will see Melvyn Minnaar asking wine critics to present their single choice of wine they think is outstanding.Booking is open and more info is available at



Taste the Helderberg 2016




This popular annual event takes place at the NH Lord Charles hotel in Somerset on Wednesday June 15. As a midweek break it’s quite an affair, as more than 100 local wines will be lined up for sipping, alongside fine fare from local chefs and artisanal producers.

The hotel is transformed into a mini wine route, as around 25 producers pour their best, and these include Bilton, Ken Forrester Wines, Longridge, Lyngrove, Peter Falke, Somerbosch, Vergenoegd and Waterkloof Estate.

The chefs will present bites of their best as well, adding up to a regional showcase for fine fare and winning wines.

Tickets cost R100 a head and include glass and t astings, while the food will be on sale. The event takes place from 17h00 to 21h00. Visit or call 021 886 8275 for more info and book ahead. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Be one of 50 caring diners who will savour a brilliant six-course dinner, paired with complementary wines, on Friday May 13.

Arguably South Africa’s best known chef Margot Janse of Le Quartier Francis established her unique culinary charity Isabelo seven years ago. From small beginnings – when she baked nutritious muffins on Fridays for 70 needy children at a Franschhoek crèche, to the present, where she provides 1 305 protein-based meals for hungry valley children, is impressive progress. These meals are provided to five schools in the valley.

It costs R12 a day to feed a child, amounting to R60 000 a month, so the ongoing need for fund-raising is self-evident. Isabelo also pays the salaries of seven cooks who produce the breakfasts daily for 1100 pupils in two primary schools.

To celebrate her birthday Margo is creating a special gourmet dinner, to be presented to diners at Le Quartier’s renowned restaurant, to raise further funds. Her co-chef will be Russell Armstrong, another chef with a long pedigree, who honed his craft at top London and French restaurants, three of which are three-star Michelin establishments.

It promises to be a memorable affair in every respect. Tickets, limited to a total of 50, cost R2 500. To book, or for further information, contact Eleanor Kerwan via email at  or  Ebeneze Hoffman at or reserve your seat by phoning +27 21 876 2151. 

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Farm to Table festival weekend



Celebrate natural produce and artisanal fare at Boschendal farm during the weekend April 23 -24. This huge farm, in a setting of outstanding beauty, is ready to inform and inspire guests with a programme of talks, tours, demos and workshops, that will please eco-conscious visitors and should convince many others that  sustainable farming that is gentle to the earth, cuts food miles, and ensures humane treatment of animals is the route we should be taking.

While all ages will be catered for with children’s activities on the Sunday, Saturday's programme includes compost creation, sausage-making, wine tasting, craft beer, organic food garden tours, and free-range poultry and beef tours..

 There's a farm feast on Saturday, starting at 4pm and including a spitroast Angus ox and a barbecue picnic on Sunday to contemplate The farm feast dinner costs R450, children ‘R200 at separate table. The Sunday picnic and live music costs R295 for adults, children 12 and under R100. Picnic prices includes entertainment and childrens activities.

 please visit to book. Tickets are limited for all events.






This annual success story is marking its 15th birthday this year with another great weekend of cheese and other goodies at Sandringham near Stellenbosch., exit 39 off the N1. As always, cheese tastings can be partnered with wines, and delicious snacks of all kinds, and celebrity chefs will be doing demos of their speciality dishes. See you there!

Tickets are available from Computicket , Shoprite or Checkers store at R150 per day. Senior citizens pay R100 and children 13 years and younger enter  free. No tickets will be sold at the gates. The festival opens from 10:00 - 18:00 daily. Facebook

For more information contact Agri-Expo on tel 021 975 4440 or or visit


The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival




The annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival takes place over the weekend of 7 - 8 May (10am to 5pm daily), where you are guaranteed to find everything olive related

From olives to olive oils and olive -inspired produce, this promises to be a feast for the senses. Not forgetting the great  wines in the area too.! Artisanal beers, an abundance of hearty local food and live entertainment add up to the promise of a great weekend.

 An Olive Passport, valid for the  weekend, gives visitors access to participating wine farms. It costs R125 and includes a tasting glass. Book online via or on the day at any of the participating venues. Children under 18 enter for free. A complimentary shuttle service will be available for the duration of the weekend.

Those choosing to make a weekend of this excursion have a wide selection of accommodation from which to choose. For more information contact Riebeek Valley Tourism on 022 448 1545 or mail





The first of these elegant evenings take place on May 14, from 6,30pm with others to follow in

August and October.Tickets are available at R595 per person, for the five course dinner with wine included. Limited seats are available so call 021 874 1071 or email to be part of this exclusive event.





Shiraz and charcuterie events are becoming trendy affairs, with Anthonij Rupert holding theirs on Saturday, 28 May (12pm to 5pm). Their own range of syrah, which includes the Anthonij Rupert Syrah, the Cape of Good Hope Riebeek’s Rivier Shiraz and Protea Shiraz will be there for sampling, as will fine shiraz from Rust en Vrede, Waterford, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Hartenberg Estate, Simonsig and Thelema. These can all be paired with a range of charcuterie and artisanal fare such as French onion soup, and braised lamb arancini with tomato chutney, Toulouse sausages with braised lentils are among the rustic Rhone specialities, perfect to pair with shiraz. Tickets cost R180 per person and are limited, so pre-booking is recommended. Your ticket includes entry and tastings of the wines.. Book directly via

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