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ANGLING, TROUT AND SAUVIGNON BLANC - that's the invitation from Eikendalb2ap3_thumbnail_Eikendal-Cellar-and-dam-view-pink-skies-LR.jpgFor October events, scroll down.

It's called a Fish Out Feast, and takes place on Sunday November 8. Keen anglers and wine enthusiasts - and their families - are invited to Eikendal's dam for a final day of fly fishing before the season closes. Organiser Philip Meyer invites both experienced fishermen and amateurs to come and try their luck - he will offer tips - then go on to relish a long fish braai on the lawns, to live music and complimentary glass of the estates sauvignon blanc 2015.

Visitors must bring their own rods. They can take home their catch at a price of R110 a kg. The event costs R150 per head and R75 for children under 12. Fishing starts at 9am and lunch is at noon. The estate wines will be on sale.

Tickets are limited to 80 guests. Advance booking is essential. Contact the farm on 021 855 1422 or e-mail Lana Dippenaar at 






This hugely popular annual sparkler is said to make the start of the festive season for many regulars. Wine Concepts 14th (can you believe) Finer Things in Life Champagane Fest takes place ,as usual, at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands on Friday, November 20 from 6 - 9pm.

The stars of the evening will be more than 30 cuvees for tasting, including names you expect like Taittinger, Ayala, Drapper, Laurent perrier, Montaudon and many more. Guests are invited to dress up in turn with the theme Fire and Ice and the best-dressed couple will enjoy a chauffeur-driven drive in a Rolls Royce to a prestigious wine estate for lunch.

Live music, entertainment, snacks are all on the menu, along with vintage cars and inspire ceramics to inspect at leisure.

The champagnes will be discounted in price for the evening. Lucky-draw ticket holders will take home champagne prizes. And the Vineyard is offering a discounted stay-over package for the evening, DBB at R2 590 for two.

Tickets for the event cost R400. Buy from Wine Concepts stores or online through or at the door.



 The entrants into this year's Veritas, SA's biggest wine competition, have been judged and results are imminent. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the contest, and the celebratory dinner - already sold out - taking place at the Cape Town convention centre on October 9 is offering diners a special gastronomic experience, thanks to some of our top chefs.

Meanwhile there is space for every winelover to tasting some of the winning wines and brandies at the country-wide venues this month and continuing into November.

The Cape Town tasting takes place on 20 October from 17:00-20:00 at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. Tickets are priced at R160.00 per person.

In Johannesburg The Bill Gallagher Room, Sandton Convention Centre will be the venue  on 27 October from 17:00-20:00 (R170.00 per person).

The Durban tasting will be presented at the Function Room, Deloittes Head Office in Umhlanga on 4 November  from 17:00-20:00 (R120.00 per person).

Tickets for the Cape Town, Joburg and Durban tastings are available at Computicket from 1 October and include wine tasting, light snacks and a tasting of selected Qualité cheeses.
  Veritas has partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from the event safely and in style! All new users can sign up here. Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. For more detail please contact U]ber at Applicable to Cape Town, Joburg and Durban events only.


Port Elizabeth residents can diarise  10 November, taking place at Elizabeth Place Conference Venue, Pickering Park, Pickering Street, Newton Park in PE from 18:00-19:30. Tickets are R120.00 per person, which includes a sit-down tasting and snacks. Contact Jacques van der Merwe on 083 406 3354 for bookings.

Kilzer's Kitchen will again play host for the Knysna events on 11 November (tasting and dinner – themed Culture meets Cuisine) and 12 November (tasting and Thai canapé menu – themed My Thai, your Tie). Tickets are available at R310.00 for 11 November (starting at 19:00) and R150.00 for 12 November (starting at 18:00). The dress code is black and white. For bookings, contact Jenny Kilzer on 044 382 0135/082 572 7986.
  For more information, contact Anka du Toit at the Veritas office on: tel 021 863 1599, e-mail:  visit



It's a very pleasant way of finishing the first work day of the week. Free tastings of interesting wines from 6 - 7pm, with the winemaker or producer in attendance to answer questions.

Today, October 12, its the turn o f Stony Brook from Franschhoek , a small family farm which make top quality wines, including a great MCC and their Ghost Gum White is equally renowned.

On October 19, sip vintages from Gabrielskloof, a large Bot River farm that is making a great name for itself although new on the block.

Waterkloof Wines is the cellar occupying the final Monday, October 26, and this Helderberg cellar needs little introduction  to wine lovers, - or to gourmets for that matter.

For more info, call 021 657 4500.



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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.

For more information and the full programme contact tel021 864 1378, e-mail or visit





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 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 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


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


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 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  For more information on the event, schedule and pricing of the Winemaker one-on-one sessions and accommodation options in the area, visit


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 to secure your place.

 For more information  contact Neil Büchner at or call (27) (21) 873 3170.




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b2ap3_thumbnail_sauvignon-2.jpgHard to believe that this popular fest of sauvignons is about to be held for the 13th successive year next month. Wine Concepts will, of course, be the host, having collected a good selection of impressive blancs and captivating current vintage cabs from more than 40 Cape producers.  And this year there will be sauvignon blanc bubblies, roses and even dessert wines among the offering.

The hospitable Vineyard hotel in Newlands makes the venue, as usual, serving up good finger snacks to pair with your tastings. The wines will be on sale at a discounted price for the evening.


Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Road, Newlands,

Date: Friday 4th September 2015

Time: 17.00 – 20.00

Cost: R170.00 per person – includes wine glass and light snacks

(Early Bird tickets @ R160.00)

Tickets from,   or  Wine Concepts branches

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


or at the door on the evening subject to availability


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b2ap3_thumbnail_cabfranc-event-1.jpgIts coming up time for the annual Taste the Helderberg get-together being held, as usual, at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. Thursday June 11 is the date to diarise and the doors open at 5pm.

Regional fare and fine wines – a choice of more than 100 – can be mixed and matched as around 25 cellars showcase their best and signature dishes from top local chefs and artisanal producers can be sipped and sampled.

Tickets, which cost R80 and include glass and tastings, can be bought by logging on to or at the door. For more info, call 021 886 4310.



b2ap3_thumbnail_Kim-McFarlane---Hermanuspietersfontein.jpgCab franc is among Kim McFarlane of Hermanuspietersfontein favourite wines - to make and to drink.


Cab Franc comes into its own on Saturday June 20 when more than a dozen Cape producers showcase their products at Avontuur estate, off the R44, near Somerset West. Starting at noon, visitors can choose to relax in a lounge, or sit at café chairs with their choice of samples, while food stalls will offer plenty of lunch options.

Those taking part include the host Avontuur, along with Camberley, Cape Chamonix, CK, Doolhoof, Druk-My-Niet, Hermanuspietersfontein, Lynx, Mont du Toit, Ormonde, Raats, Ridgeback and Nelson.

Tickets, which include tastings and glass, cost R120 and can be bought through

or by contacting For more info, call 021 981 0216.

They throw away the textbook and push winemaking boundaries way beyond convention. The Young Guns, as they are known, will star at Wine Cellar’s annual show, introducing the wines they make under their own labels – although many also work for well-known cellars. A selection of South Africa’s most innovative young winemakers will showcase their wines and expound their philosophies at an informal seated tasting taking place in three major cities.

The lineup includes a vintage mystery Gun whose identity will be revealed at the show. Those taking part are Gavin Bruwer of B-Vintners, Mick and Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines, Lucinda Heyns of Eendevanger, Ryan Mostert of Avant Garde Wines, Tremayne Smith of The Blacksmith and Jasper Wickens of Swerwer.

The event starts at 6pm on June 24 at the Cape Sun hotel in Strand street, Cape Town.Tickets, which include a light meal, cost R275, book online at The Johannesburg event takes place from 6pm on June 25 at Cafe Cru at Southern Sun Montecasino in Fourways. The Durban event takes place from 6pm on June 26 at Garden Court Marine Parade.

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4th - 7th JUNE 2015

 The annual WWW  - the Robertson Wine Valley's biggest and most popular party - takes place from June 4  - 7.  But there are several more serious activities for visitors wanting to find out more about the valley's fine wines, including private tastings with some top winemakers. The fun activities come in every shape and form, ranging from river cruises through to barrel tastings, mountain biking and dining on a fabulous selection of local and imported foods.  Children are, as always, well catered for at most destinations.


Visitors can support the valley's worthwhile charities by bringing unwanted winter clothes and a blanket or two with them and taking them to the Wine Valley office where they will be weighed: Your gesture will earn you bottles of local wine, with a maximum of a case of six, which weighs about 9kg.

To make sure everyone arrives and departs safely, visitors are asked to use the Buddy Bus or the Designated Driver Programme. See the website for details.

Tickets  - or passports - cost R120 and must be bought at your first stop, any of the wineries taking part. In return you get a glass and a goodie bag. Before setting out, visitors should decide on which cellars they want to visit, as some activities need to be pre-booked.




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