Festivals and Stuff

There is always so much going on in the wine circles and so many festivals and events to enjoy!  This is just the information I can find, so please check out the respective websites to confirm any of the information.
Here’s what I know of that’s coming up (please let me know about any I have missed) …

JUNE 2014

FRANSCHHOEK WINTER WINE FESTIVAL – 21 June 2014
Each of the Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their top red at this year’s Franschhoek Winter Wines.  Sample the wines amongst beautiful vintage and racing cars at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.  We visited last year and had a great time.
franschhoek.org.za

BAKERY AT JORDAN COOKING COURSE – 21 June 2014
Spend a fun interactive morning learning from the professionals.  Starting with coffee and pastries, break for a glass of bubbly and ending off with lunch.  R500 per person, this week’s course is – Basic cooking – Bread – basic white bread rolls, cape seed loaf, focaccia and ciabatta.
www.thebakery.co.za

LEOPARD’S LEAP COOKING CLASS – 18 June 2014
Join Pierneef à La Motte’s Pastry Chef, Michelle Theron and learn about the passion and perfection required in the making of pastries, desserts and sweets.  This week’s evening class & lunch is new ways with venison and game.  R650 per person
www.leopardsleap.co.za

BILTONG MAKING AT BABYLONSTOREN – 18 June 2014
A walk in the tea garden to start off the day followed by biltong making demonstrations and lunch, a full day event.  R890 per person – 10h00-16h30.
enquiries@babylonstoren.com

STEENBERG MOVIE NIGHTS – Love Actually – 18 June 2014
Private, fire side viewing of a movie in Bistro Sixteen82’s upstairs dining area and a hearty winter meal, as well as classic movie snacks – R190 per person.  1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

CALITZDORP PORT & WINE FESTIVAL – 14-15 June 2014
A unique jam-packed festival in the heart of the Klein Karoo showcasing renowned Port producers at the historic Calitzdorp Railway Station.
www.portwinefestival.co.za

FRANSCHHOEK COOK FESTIVAL – 13-15 June 2014
Enjoy interactive and exclusive hands on cooking demonstrations at some of the best restaurants and wine farms in the country. Most of the demonstrations include a beautifully prepared and paired meal with a Franschhoek wine.
www.cookfranschhoek.co.za

FATHERS DAY FESTIVITES – 15 June 2014
– Check out the blog post here

TUTORED GRAPPA & CHOCOLATE TASTING – 13 June 2014
The Gentleman Spirits distillery is located at Blaauklippen and they use on the finest fruits to capture purest flavours.
Enjoy a short tour of the distillery, light snack platter and a tutored Grappa and chocolate tasting.  R180 per person.www.blaauwklippen.com

WINE & DINE WITH BLUES RESTAURANT AND HAUTE CABRIERE – 13 June 2014
Haute Cabrière Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim and Blues’ Executive Chef Lorenzo Magni have collaborated to create a perfectly paired 3-course meal where each dish perfectly matches the selected wine.
www.wine.co.za

BURGUNDY LOVERS FESTIVAL, VINEYARDS HOTEL, CPT – 13 June 2014
Guests will be treated to one of the most impressive selections of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs ever seen in the country.  r170 per person, pre-booked.
http://wineconcepts.co.za

TASTE THE HELDEBERG FESTIVAL – 12 June 2014
For one night only, the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West will be transformed into a Helderberg treasure chest of the finest wines and food stemming from the region.  R70 per person.
www.wineroute.co.za

OLD MUTUAL TROPHY  WINE SHOW – JHB – 12 June 2014
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014 winning wines will be available for tasting at a series of masterclass and public tastings during the first two weeks of June.  The ticket price of R150 includes a tasting glass, unlimited tastings.
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre.
http://dogreatthings.co.za

MONTHLY BREAKFAST CLUB AT AVONTUUR – 11 June 2014
The regular monthly breakfast club this month presents Debbie Laubscher who will discuss an intriguing topic: Kill the mouse, use shortcuts!
www.avontuurestate.co.za

REUBEN’S WINE & DINE AT THE ONE&ONLY – 11 June 2014
Enjoy a 4-course menu prepared jointly by Reuben and his guest celebrity chef. Listen to them explain their culinary roots and influences and enjoy the tales and anecdotes of these top chefs whilst you feast on their themed menus including ‘Fruits from the Sea’, ‘East meets West’, ‘Seasonal & Organic’ and ‘Grass Fed and Free Range’.  This week – Chef Gregory Czarnecki – The Restaurant at Waterkloof Wine Estate.
http://capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

SOUP, SIP & BREAD FESTIVAL, DURBANVILLE – 7-8 June 2014
Food and wine enthusiasts can nose, sip and taste their way through the heart-warming offerings of wine farms on this verdant wine route, a mere 20 minutes from the city centre.
www.durbanvillewine.co.za

BAKERY AT JORDAN COOKING COURSE – 7 June 2014
Spend a fun interactive morning learning from the professionals.  Starting with coffee and pastries, break for a glass of bubbly and ending off with lunch.  R500 per person, this week’s course is – Basic cooking – learn how to make basic bread, cook a roast from scratch, adapt sauces for any dish and master simple dishes.
www.thebakery.co.za

OLD MUTUAL TROPHY  WINE SHOW – CPT – 6 June 2014
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014 winning wines will be available for tasting at a series of masterclass and public tastings during the first two weeks of June.  The ticket price of R150 includes a tasting glass, unlimited tastings. Venue: CTICC
http://dogreatthings.co.za

FINE BRANDY INFUSION FESTIVAL, JHB – 5-6 June 2014
Experience more than 50 premium brandy brands and discover why South African brandy is acknowledged to be the finest.  ProVerb will be your MC and MiCasa your entertainment.  R195 per person.  Sandton Convention Centre.
www.sabrandy.co.za

WACKY WINE FESTIVAL, ROBERTSON – 5-8 June 2014
Taking place for the 11th year now, the Wacky Wine Festival is a fantastic weekend of activities, great offers and fun in the Robertson Valley.  Check out the programme to see what is happening at all the participating farms, from live entertainment to wine blending, big screen rugby, boat cruises, market stalls and mall – so get your weekend pass.
www.wackywineweekend.com

THE SPICES AND SENSES OF SHIRAZ – 5 June 2014
Join La Motte Cellar Master and Chairman of the Shiraz Association of South Africa, Edmund Terblanche for a Comparative Tasting of international and South African Shiraz wines.  Tasting R120, Talk with special lunch/dinner R415.
www.la-motte.com

STEENBERG MOVIE NIGHTS – Notting Hill – 4 June 2014
Private, fire side viewing of a movie in Bistro Sixteen82’s upstairs dining area and a hearty winter meal, as well as classic movie snacks – R190 per person.  1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

MAY 2014

GOURMET FOOD & WINE WEEKEND – 30 May-1 June 2014
Bushmanskloof Gourmet Food and Wine Weekend with Meerlust Estate.  Chef Smith will present the perfect pairing of the finest local cuisine with outstanding South African wines, all within the luxury wilderness setting that is Bushmans Kloof.  R2,270 per person, per night, sharing including special presentations, tastings, nature drives, rock art excurisions, all meals and lodge activities.
www.wineroute.co.za

UITKYK WINTER WINE & PANCAKE PAIRING – 31 May 2014
Once a month on the last Saturday of the month (May-Aug).  Enjoy a gourmet food and wine pairing with a difference.  We went to one of these last year.
www.stellenbosch.travel

BAKERY AT JORDAN COOKING COURSE – 31 May 2014
Spend a fun interactive morning learning from the professionals.  Starting with coffee and pastries, break for a glass of bubbly and ending off with lunch.  R500 per person, this week’s course is – Bread – basic white bread rolls, cape seed loaf, focaccia and ciabatta.
www.thebakery.co.za

WINE & DINE WITH ZEVENWACHT WINES – 30 May 2014
Executive chef Jean-Pierre Lenferna de la Motte will introduce you to some of the Cape Wineland’s award-winning winemakers and their wonderful wines. – and show you how to pair food and wine to perfection.
www.stellenbosch.travel/

HARTENBERG FEAST OF SHIRAZ & CHARCUTERIE – 30 May 2014
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience these taste sensations.  Sample some of SA’s finest Syrahs paired with delectable artisanal fare.
www.stellenbosch.travel/

GRANDE PROVENCE WINE & DINE COLLABORATION – 30 May 2014
The featured grape variety is Pinot Noir and Executive Chef, Darren Badenhorst, will prepare a decadent six-course dinner to match these magnificent wines.  R495 per person.
www.grandeprovence.co.za

WOODMILL MAY COURTYARD MARKET – 30 May 2014
Located in a perfect indoor setting, the contemporary night market offers a fantastic Friday Night out for the whole family.  Mouth watering food exhibitors, live music and a new array of Vintage clothing and accesories.
htt://thewoodmill.co.za

VAL DE VIE NIGHT MARKET – 30 May 2014
Live music, kids area and Pongraz & chocolate tasting as well as all the usual market stalls.
www.valdevie.co.za

GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW – 29 May-1 June 2014
It’s food, beverage, design and lifestyle, “reimagined.”  From farm to fork, food trucks and so much more, don’t miss the early bird special which includes a free ticket to the Celebrity Chefs Theatre presented by Woolworths & Robertsons Herbs & Spices.  Doors open 10am everyday.  R125 per adult, R50 per child.
www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za

BURGUNDY LOVERS FESTIVAL, WANDERES CLUB, ILLOVO, JHB – 29 May 2014
Guests will be treated to one of the most impressive selections of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs ever seen in the country.  r170 per person, pre-booked.
http://wineconcepts.co.za

MALBEC MONTH AT BLAAUKLIPPEN – 29 May 2014
Six year Malbec vertical tasting with assistant wine maker, Albert Basson.  Light finger fork buffet dinner.  R180 per person.
www.blaauwklippen.com

Light finger fork buffet dinner. Vintages featured in this tasting will range from 2006 – 2011. – See more at: http://www.blaauwklippen.com/event/six-year-malbec-vertical-tasting/#sthash.d0tZm1ws.dpuf
Six year Malbec vertical tasting with our assistant winemaker, Albert Basson.
Light finger fork buffet dinner. Vintages featured in this tasting will range from 2006 – 2011. – See more at: http://www.blaauwklippen.com/event/six-year-malbec-vertical-tasting/#sthash.d0tZm1ws.dpuf

STEENBERG POP UP DINNERS – 28 May 2014
Surprise custom menus, last Wednesday of every month.  R450 per person, including a 5-course surprise menu with wine pairing – booking essential.
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

CELLAR RATS PORT & WINE FESTIVAL – 25 May 2014
Held in Magaliesberg at the “Old Mill” on the banks of the picturesque Magalies River.  R105 (R120 at the door) for wine tasting and delicious winter food.  Designated drivers get in free.
www.winefestival.co.za

CAPE TOWN FINE BRANDY FUSION – 22-23 MAY 2014
Experience more than 50 premium brandy brands and discover why South African brandy is acknowledged to be the finest.  ProVerb will be your MC and MiCasa your entertainment.  R195 per person.  CTICC.
www.sabrandy.co.za

NOBU WINE & DINE EVENING – 21 May 2014
Every alternate month, the restaurant will feature a fine Cap Classique producer and their sparkling wines, pairing them in an evening of fabulous bubbles and flavours in the Nobu Lounge.  R495 per person.
capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

STEENBERG MOVIE NIGHTS – Schindler’s List – 21 May 2014
Private, fire side viewing of a movie in Bistro Sixteen82’s upstairs dining area and a hearty winter meal, as well as classic movie snacks – R190 per person.  1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

LEOPARD’S LEAP COOKING CLASS – 21 May 2014
Join Pierneef à La Motte’s Pastry Chef, Michelle Theron and learn about the passion and perfection required in the making of pastries, desserts and sweets.  This week’s evening class & lunch is Perfecting Pastries.  R650 per person
www.leopardsleap.co.za

AVONDALE BIODYNAMIC LUNCHEON – 18 May 2014
This extraordinary autumn affair will focus on Biodynamic farming practices served direct from the farm onto your plate.  The Biodynamic luncheon includes a hand selected 3 course lunch, tips on Biodynamic products, and a cherished explanation from Johnathan Grieve and Farmer Angus explaining biodynamic practises and its uses.  R500 per person.
www.avondalewine.co.za

BAKERY AT JORDAN COOKING COURSE – 17 May 2014
Spend a fun interactive morning learning from the professionals.  Starting with coffee and pastries, break for a glass of bubbly and ending off with lunch.  R500 per person, this week’s course is Duck – start with a whole duck, learn how to break it down, make duck liver parfait, seared duck breast and confit duck leg. Enjoy a duck feast!
www.thebakery.co.za

PLAISIR DE MERLE WINEMAKER’S TABLE DINNER – 17 May 2014
A culinary feast with wines selected by Neil Bester, Cellar Master at Plaisir de Merle, served in the cellar.  R395 per person including wine.
franschhoek.org

STEENBERG SAUVIGNON BLANC ODYSSEY – 17 May 2014
A five course culinary voyage focusing on Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc. Take a trip with Steenberg as we take you down a path of heritage and remembrance while treating your palates to the best of Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc produced over the years with a 5 course menu prepared by Catharina’s Executive Chef, Garth Almazan.
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

WINE & MALT WHISKEY AFFAIR – 16 May 2014
20 of South Africa’s premier wineries will be showcasing 5 wines each alongside 50 Malt Whiskies at African Pride, 15 on Orange Hotel.  R180 per person.
www.wadebaleswinesociety.co.za

NETWORK BREAKFAST AT AVONTUUR – 14 May 2014
“Whip your lazy Website into Shape” by James van der Hoven.  Bookings essential.www.avontuurestate.co.za

MOTHER’S DAY TREAT AT SOLMS-DELTA – 11 May 2014
A lavish spread of three courses of traditional Cape cuisine.  A lovely day out for the whole family.
www.wine.co.za

NEW BALANCE TSIBA TRAIL RUN – HIDDEN VALLEY WINE ESTATE – 10 May 2014
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.
Hidden Valley Wine Estate – R60 / 7:30am
tsiba.eden@gmail.com

BLEND YOUR OWN WINES AT SLANGHOEK – 10 May 2014
Visitors get to create their own style using a combination of three cultivars in a variety of proportions, to create a wine that impresses friends and colleagues and is bottled under a personalised label.  R40 per person.
www.wine.co.za

HASKELL VINEYARDS WINEMAKER’S DINNER – 9 May 2014
Corli Els, proprietor and executive chef of The Long Table Restaurant, will be presenting another awe-inspiring three course meal from her arsenal of culinary delights, married up with wine pairings presented by Haskell Vineyards’ Cellar Master, Rianie Strydom.  R395 per person, 3 course dinner including wine pairing.
www.wine.co.za

THE WINE SHOW JOBURG – 8 May 2014
The popular consumer wine exhibition returns to the Sandton Convention Centre and promises to deliver a fun and informative experience for wine lovers of all persuasions.  Tickets are R150 per person through Computicket.
www.wineshow.co.za

STEENBERG MOVIE NIGHTS – Pearl Harbour – 8 May 2014
Private, fire side viewing of a movie in Bistro Sixteen82’s upstairs dining area and a hearty winter meal, as well as classic movie snacks – R190 per person.  1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

AVONTUUR TUTORED WINE TASTING – 8 May 2014
Start off with a glass of sparkling & follow with tank & barrel samples versus bottled wines.   18h00 to 20h00. R85 pp, includes light supper.
www.avontuurestate.co.za

LEOPARD’S LEAP COOKING CLASS – 6 May 2014
Join Pierneef à La Motte’s Pastry Chef, Michelle Theron and learn about the passion and perfection required in the making of pastries, desserts and sweets.  This week’s morning class & lunch is Perfecting Pastries.  R650 per person
www.leopardsleap.co.za

RIEBEEK VALLEY OLIVE FESTIVAL – 3 May 2014
The Olive Emporium in the centre of town will be host for the festival, showcasing local olives and olive products as well as wine and artisal beers from the surrounding farms.  Shuttles and tractor rides will get you to the particpating farms.  Enjoy a day out in this beautiful Swartland town.
www.wine.co.za

BAKERY AT JORDAN COOKING COURSE – 3 May 2014
Spend a fun interactive morning learning from the professionals.  Starting with coffee and pastries, break for a glass of bubbly and ending off with lunch.  R500 per person, this week’s course is bread making – basic white bread rolls, cape seed loaf, focaccia and ciabatta.
www.thebakery.co.za

ELGIN COOL WINE & COUNTRY FESTIVAL – 3 May 2014
A fabulous day of wine, hearty food and live entertainment.  Different activities and entertainment will be on offer at each participating wine estate.  Festival passes for R50 can be purchased at any of the participating farms.
www.elginwine.co.za

WINDMEUL FARMER’S MARKET  – 3 May 2014
Come stock up on your monthly fresh products and goodies while enjoying some great wine and music.
www.windmeulwinery.co.za

LIVE MUSIC AT AVONTUUR – 2 May 2014
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Blair Taberer will entertain you from 17h00-20h00 on the terrace outside the tasting room at Avontuur Wine Estate.  Wine and a terrace menu of snacks will be available.  Booking essential.
www.avontuurestate.co.za

SIGNAL GUN MONTHLY WINE EVENINGS – 2 May 2014
Signal Gun Estate in Durbanville will be hosting the first of their monthly taste sensations where a three course menu is paired with the Signal Gun and Tin Hill wines.  Booking is essential.  R195 per person.
www.signalgun.com

APRIL 2014

ZINFANDEL WINE & DINE – 29 April 2014
Enjoy a Zinfandel wine and dine evening hosted by Blaauklippen’s winemaker at Barouche restaurant on Blaauklippen Estate.  Dinner costs R295 per person.
www.wine.co.za

SA CHEESE FESTIVAL – 26-29 April 2014
One of the biggest festivals of the year, with more than 400 different cheeses to sample from all over the country, not to mention the wines and other mouth-watering products, demonstration theatres with well-known chefs and loads of other activities.  One not to be missed.  Taking place at Sandringham farm in Stellenbosch.
www.cheesefestival.co.za

MARCH 2014

CELLARBAKE @ NITIDA – 23 March 2014
Celebrate decadence in Durbanville with the all-new fabulously indulgent Cellarbake@Nitida wine pairing festival on Sunday 23 March 2014 from 11am to 7pm.
www.yellowpapaya.co.za

KEN FORRESTER AT THE HOTEL IZULU WINE MARKET – 23 March 2014
Ken Forrester wines and food pairings created by the Executive Chef.  R195 per person.  Afritude band will be the live entertainment.
www.wine.co.za

FRANSCHHOEK HARVEST FESTIVAL – 22 March 2014
Authentic music and food of the rural Cape at the annual ATKV Oesfees at Solms-Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek.  R130 for adults, R30 for children.  A family friendly festival with loads of activities and live music.
www.solms-delta.co.za

KZN BUBBLY FESTIVAL – 21-22 March 2014
R250 per person includes a tasting glass and a book of “Bubbly Bucks” tasting vouchers.  Delicious food will also be available for purchase.  Friday 21st venue will be Bellevue Campus, Kloof.  Saturday 22nd venue will be Piggly Wiggly Village, Midlands.
www.bubblyfestival.co.za

ARRA VINEYARDS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY CELEBRATION – 21 March 2014
Enjoy a wine tasting and a cheese platter for R35 at this lovely wine farm.
www.wine.co.za

VERGENOEGD HARVEST DINNER – 20 March 2014 
Grape stomping in the cellar and a spectacular 3 course dinner.  R345 per person.
www.vergenoed.co.za

HAUTE CABRIERE SUMMER SOIREE – 20 March 2014
Relax with good food, wine and music on the terrace and lawns of Haute Cabriere.
franschhoek.org

 

BACKSBERG PICNIC CONCERTS – 16 March 2014
Featuring Mr Cat and the Jackal.  Bring friends and family and laze on the lawns.
www.facebook.com

WELLINGTON HARVEST FESTIVAL – 15-16 March 2014
R100 per person will give you a glass, programme, map and loads of fun.  Come and experience the Wellington wine route at the three different festival destinations and loads of entertainment.
www.harvestfestival.co.za

NEW BALANCE TSIBA TRAIL RUN – SIMONSIG WINE ESTATE – 15 March 2014
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.
Simonsig Wine Estate, Koelenhof – R60 / 7:30am
tsiba.eden@gmail.com

VREDE EN LUST HARVEST FESTIVAL – 15 March 2014
Tickets include a 3km wine tasting hike, grape stomping, a mouthwatering carnival feast and live music.
www.vnl.co.za

ASV OESFEES WORCESTOR – 15 March 2014
Kom ry deur die wingerd, pluk jou eie druiwe en geniet iets te ete terwyl jy die asemrowende uitsig geniet.  Grand View 9am.
www.worcesterwineroute.co.za

FNB MPUMALANGA WINE SHOW – 14-15 March 2014
This 5th Annual Wine Show takes place at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort where visitors can refresh their palates and sample the latest vintages from an array of wine farms.  R130 per person.
www.outsorceress.co.za

HAUTE CABRIERE SUMMER SOIREE – 13 March 2014
Relax with good food, wine and music on the terrace and lawns of Haute Cabriere.
franschhoek.org

STELLENBOSCH STREET SOIREE – 12 March 2014
The last monthly gathering where visitors can taste wines from various estates while enjoying live music in the street.  Lower Church street is where it is at, R30 will get you a glass and free tastings from all the farms available.
www.capetownmagazine.com

FAIRWAY HOTEL WINE FESTIVAL, JOHANNESBURG – 9 March 2014
R100 per person in the Windsor Ballroom overlooking the Randpark Golf Course and sampling wines from the Cape Winelands.
www.wine.co.za

BACKSBERG PICNIC CONCERTS – 9 March 2014
Featuring Bed on Bricks.  Bring friends and family and laze on the lawns.
www.facebook.com

OMMIBERG FESTIVAL, PAARL – 8-9 March 2014
With Harvest in full swing, visitors have the opportunity to taste the first unfiltered wines of 2014 at the “Round the Rock” festival.  Tractor rides, grape stomping, cork spitting, onion tarts, new wines and loads more.  See the detailed programme for activities at each farm.
www.ommiberg.co.za

HASKELL VINEYARDS WINEMAKERS DINNER – 7 March 2014
The chef and owner of the The Long Table Restaurant will be pleasing your palate with a masterfully created 3 course dinner.  Cellarmaster Rianie Strydom will be pairing the wines.  R395 per person.  Spaces are limited
www.wine.co.za

AVONTUUR LIVE MUSIC EVENINGS – 7 March 2014
Grace Newton will be performing on the terrace in front of the winery, enjoy the views and the sunset with a glass of Avontuur wine.
www.avontuurestate,co.za

KGB WINE TASTING CLUB – 6 March 2014
An informal tasting with Hermit on the Hill.  R30 per person, tasting 7 wines.
www.wine.co.za

VERGENOEGD HARVEST DINNER – 6 March 2014
Grape stomping in the cellar and a spectacular 3 course dinner.  R345 per person.
www.wine.co.za

HAUTE CABRIERE SUMMER SOIREE – 6 March 2014
Relax with good food, wine and music on the terrace and lawns of Haute Cabriere.
franschhoek.org

CAPE WINE ACADEMY FOOD & WINE EVENING – 5 March 2014
Enjoy a Wine & Food Course, focusing on food & wine combinations & its affect on taste.  R395 per person, including 7 pairings.
www.wine.co.za

VILLIERA SUNSET GAME DRIVE – 5 March 2014
Enjoy a glass of MCC, Game Drive and a Wine Tasting of Villiera & French Domaine Grier wines. Light Supper included..  R200 per person.
www.wine.co.za

LEOPARD’S LEAP COOKING CLASS – 4 March 2014
A Taste of Eastern Asia – Morning Class & Lunch.  R650 per person
www.leopardsleap.co.za

FEAST OF THE GRAPE – DURBANVILLE – 1-2 March 2014
Kick off your shoes for some squishing and splatting at this weekend of harvest activities.  Taking place at D’Aria Wine Farm with a host of other participating farms from the surrounding area.  
www.durbanvillewine.co.za

BACKSBERG PICNIC CONCERTS – 2 March 2014
Featuring Francois Van Coke.  Bring friends and family and laze on the lawns.
www.facebook.com

HARVEST HIGH JINKS AT EIKENDAL – 2 March 2014
Eikendal is set for happy times and high jinks in the vineyards when this prominent wine estate hosts its ever-popular Weintaufe Harvest Celebration with a feast of activities to delight the whole family on Sunday, 2 March 2014.  R30 per person, includes glass and barrel tasting.
www.eikendal.com

CONSTANTIA BEER CRAFT PROJECT – 1-2 March 2014
This festival will present 15 local and international craft brewers accompanied by slow food stalls offering delicious snacks and meals as well as local wineries.
www.thecraftbeerproject.co.za

VEUVE CLIQUOT POLO CLASSIC @ VAL DE VIE – 1 March 2014
SA’s most glamorous Polo event on the annual social calendar.  R850 for VIP, R150 for picnic tickets.
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WINDMEUL INTERSKOLE DRUIWETRAP & MARKET – 1 March 2014
Come stock up on your monthly fresh products and goodies while enjoying some great wine and music.
www.windmeulwinery.co.za

MURATIE HARVEST FESTIVAL – 1 March 2014
Join the Melck family for their annual “Harvest Festival” – A celebratory family event featuring good food, great wine, live music and fun grape stomping activities.
www.muratie.co.za

ELGIN OPEN WINE WEEKEND – 1 – 2 March 2014
Once a month Elgin Open Wine Weekends will open 17 different vineyards to the public for visiting and tasting, most of which are normally by appointment only.
www.elginwine.co.za

FEBRUARY 2014

ARRA WINES MONTHLY WINE TASTING – 28 February 2014
Hosted by the wine maker, Dee Wentzel.  R50 per person.
www.wine.co.za

HAUTE CABRIERE SUMMER SOIREE – 27 February 2014
Relax with good food, wine and music on the terrace and lawns of Haute Cabriere.
franschhoek.org

HOLDEN MANZ WINEMAKER’S DINNER – 27 February 2014
Another one of their famous Winemaker’s dinner.  Bookings essential.
franschhoek.org

BOTTELARY HILLS WINEMAKER’S LUNCH – 23 February 2014
The winemaker’s wife will be cooking up a feel-good feast of seasonal delights.  R275 per person for a four course lunch including a glass of wine with each course.
www.wine.co.za

ARNO CARSTENS AT ALLEE BLEUE – 23 February 2014
Arno will be promoting the release of his 5th solo album, ‘Lightning prevails’.  Enjoy a picnic from the new deli on the luscious lawns while you watch the show.  Tickets are R150 per person.  Picnic baskets are R300 per couple.
www.alleebleue.co.za

SOLMS DELTA SUMMER CONCERTS – TRIBAL ECHO – 22 February 2014
Enjoy traditional Kaapse-Kos and unique Solms Delta wines while listening to the sounds of local favourite artists.  From 18h00.  R90 per person.
www.solms-delta.co.za

HARVEST ROCKS WITH ARNO CARSTENS – ASHTON KELDER – 22 February 2014
Big Band Summer Sessions at Ashton Kelder Wine Estate, Ashton.  R150 per ticket.
arnocarstensmusic

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT GRANDE PROVENCE – 22 February 2014
All budding vintners and wine aficionados – experience the magic of harvest day with tractor rides to the vineyards for grape picking, a cellar tour and grape stomping.  R450 per adult, R280 per child.
www.grandeprovence.co.za

HANDFUL OF KEYS @ PAUL CLUVER – 22 February 2014
Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment with great wines under the stars in the magical woodlands amphitheatre.  Seats are unreserved and limited to 600 people.
www.cluver.com

MURATIE  SUMMER MUSIC CONCERT – THE SWINGSETTERS – 22 February 2014
A great opportunity for friends and family to get together and relax under the estate’s oak trees, soaking up music, enjoying fine wine’s and the Farm Kitchen’s summer menu.  R100 per person.
www.muratie.co.za

RIEBEEK CELLARS GRAPE STOMP – 22 February 2014
A great family day of wine, music, food and more.  Enter your grape stomping teams of four for R40 and wine prizes for best dressed, best team and more.   
www.riebeekcellars.co.za

NEDERBERG HARVEST DAY AT DUSK – 22 February 2014
Gather friends and family for an evening of grape-picking adventures in the Paarl vineyards.  Harvest, taste and stomp.  R250 per person including harvest activities, juices, mezze platters and a braai. 
www.wine.co.za

CONSTANTIA FRESH FINE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – 22 February 2014
A food and wine festival which offers the best this breathtaking and historic Constantia wine route has to offer.  3pm – 8pm on the lawns of Buitenverwachting Wine Estate.  R400 per person with over 200 wines to taste and canapés too.
www.constantiafresh.com

CONSTANTIA FRESH TASTE & DINNER – 21 February 2014
Treat your taste buds to an Alfresco four course dinner prepared by celebrated South African chef Bertus Basson in the leafy park of historic Klein Constantia.  R990 per person.
www.constantiafresh.com

HAUTE CABRIERE SUMMER SOIREE – 20 February 2014
Relax with good food, wine and music on the terrace and lawns of Haute Cabriere.
franschhoek.org

CONSTANTIA GLEN ROSÉ CELEBRATION – 15 February 2014
Indulge your love of Rosé on the lush lawns with spectacular views amidst the vineyards.  R250 per person.
www.wine-style.co.za

PLAISIR DE MERLE WINEMAKER’S TABLE DINNER – 15 February 2014
A culinary feast with wines selected by Neil Bester, Cellar Master at Plaisir de Merle, served in the cellar.  R395 per person including wine.
franschhoek.org

SOLMS DELTA SUMMER CONCERTS – VALIANT SWART – 15 February 2014
Enjoy traditional Kaapse-Kos and unique Solms Delta wines while listening to the sounds of local favourite artists.  From 18h00.  R90 per person.
www.solms-delta.co.za

VALENTINE’S DAY IN THE WINELANDS – 14 February 2014
Check out my Valentine’s post to see all the details.

HAUTE CABRIERE SUMMER SOIREE – 13 February 2014
Relax with good food, wine and music on the terrace and lawns of Haute Cabriere
franschhoek.org

STELLENBOSCH STREET SOIREE – 12 February 2014
A monthly gathering where visitors can taste wines from various estates while enjoying live music in the street.  Lower Church street is where it is at, R30 will get you a glass and free tastings from all the farms available.
www.capetownmagazine.com

FRANSCHHOEK SUMMER WINES – 8 February 2014
An intimate and relaxing festival where Franschhoek’s finest wineries will be showcasing their premium summer wines.  Venue:  Leopard’s Leap.  R120 per person.
franschhoek.org.za

SOLMS DELTA SUMMER CONCERTS – ANTON GOOSEN – 8 February 2014
Enjoy traditional Kaapse-Kos and unique Solms Delta wines while listening to the sounds of local favourite artists.  From 18h00.  R90 per person.
www.solms-delta.co.za

WINESTYLE SUMMER WINEDOWN – 7-8 February 2014
Come dressed in your summer whites, unwind and relax.  Prizes for best dressed in the theme of “White with a touch of bright”.  R120 per person includes a glass and tastings.  Tintswalo Waterfall, Kayalami
www.wine-style.co.za 

LIVE MUSIC AT AVONTUUR – 7 February 2014
Join the Avontuur team, on the terrace in front of the winery, for some live music between 5:20 – 8pm on a Friday.  Artist: James Saunders.
www.wine.co.za 

HAUTE CABRIERE SUMMER SOIREE – 6 February 2014
Relax with good food, wine and music on the terrace and lawns of Haute Cabriere
franschhoek.org

OVERTURE GOURMET BRAAI & SOKKIE EVENING – 5 February 2014
Join chef Bertus Basson and the Overture team for a delicious gourmet braai to raise funds for The Pebbles Project.  R450 per person.
www.wine.co.za 

ELGIN OPEN WINE WEEKEND – 1 – 2 February 2014
Once a month Elgin Open Wine Weekends will open 17 different vineyards to the public for visiting and tasting, most of which are normally by appointment only.
www.elginwine.co.za 

SOLMS DELTA SUMMER CONCERTS – ROBIN AULD – 1 February 2014
Enjoy traditional Kaapse-Kos and unique Solms Delta wines while listening to the sounds of local favourite artists.  From 18h00.  R90 per person.
www.solms-delta.co.za

JANUARY 2014

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL EXPO – 31 January 2014 – 2 February 2014
70 wine estates showcasing 5 wines each, this expo is all about fantastic wines, a wonderful heritage and a great lifestyle.  The expo will be at Die Braak in Stellenbosch, tickets are R170 per adult, R60 per child.
From 24th January most of the wine farms will also be participating in the American Express Winery Experiences, check out the festival webpage for details.
www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za 


VILLIERA MID AFTERNOON FIZZTHERAPY – 29 January 2014
As part of the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, enjoy Villiera’s exciting range of MCCs complemented by matching treats.  R100 per person, 2pm – 4pm.
www.wine.co.za 

LONGRIDGE LANGTAFEL – 29 January 2014
Promising to be one of the highlights of the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, this star studded dining experience where Longridge wine estate will transform the streets in front of Stellenbosch town all into an open-air dining venue.  R650 per person.
www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za 

WINOS FOR RHINOS, SANDTON – 25 January 2014
Join Bushwine and New World Wines at the famous Katy’s Palace Bar for an afternoon of exceptional wine tasting.  R150 per person includes a tasting glass.
www.wine.co.za 

SUMMER CONCERTS AT SOLMS DELTA – 25 January 2014
Enjoy traditional Kaapse-Kos and unique Solms-Delta wines while listening to the sounds of  favourite local artists.  R90 per adult, R45 per child.  Artist: Koos Kombuis.
www.solms-delta.co.za 

RIESLING ROCKS FESTIVAL – 25 January 2014
Taste the finest flagship Rieslings from South Africa’s top wine producers paired with gourmet deli fair at Hartenberg Estate in Stellenbosch.  12 – 5pm, R120 per person.
www.wine.co.za 

DELHEIM HARVEST CELEBRATION – 25 – 26 January 2014
Grape stomping action and family fun galore to kick start the harvest.  R220 per adult includes activities, food and a Delheim wine glass.
www.delheim.com 

NATANIEL AT PAUL CLUVER – 18 January 2014
Come enjoy an evening of entertainment with great wine and food under the stars in the open air woodland amphitheatre at Paul Cluver.  Doors open 5pm, music begins 7pm.  R250 per person.
www.wine.co.za 


VILIERRA ST VINCENT’S FESTIVAL – 18 January 2014
Celebrating the start of the harvest season with great food, wine and music.
  R350 per person, starting at 18h00.
www.wine.co.za 

SUMMER SERIES WINE TASTING, PEPPERCLUB – 16 January 2014
Complimentary Summer wine tasting Series from 17h30 – 19h30 at the stunning Pepperclub Hotel & Spa on the corner of Loop and Pepper Streets, with prizes up for grabs.
www.facebook.com 

STELLENBOSCH STREET SOIREE – 15 January 2014
A monthly gathering where visitors can taste wines from various estates while enjoying live music in the street.  Lower Church street is where it is at, R30 will get you a glass and free tastings from all the farms available.
www.whatsonincapetown.com 

WINDMEUL FARMER’S MARKET  – 11 January 2014
Come stock up on your monthly fresh products and goodies while enjoying some great wine and music.
www.windmeulwinery.co.za

DECEMBER 2013

BANDS ON THE BANKS @ SPIER – 29 December 2013 

Entrance is free for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the banks of Eerste Rivier listening to local music.  Starting from 2pm.  Wine Tasting is open until 4:30, picnics available at the deli or lunch at Eight restaurant.  Today’s act is Tombstone Pete.

www.spier.co.za 


FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE AT LA PETIT FERME – 27 December 2013 

Every Friday right through to March 2014.  Enjoy alfresco dining under African summer skies with live music on the lawns.  R50 per person. 18h00 – 21h00.  Tonight’s band is James Stewart.

lapetiteferme.co.za

BANDS ON THE BANKS @ SPIER – 22 December 2013 

Entrance is free for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the banks of Eerste Rivier listening to local music.  Starting from 2pm.  Wine Tasting is open until 4:30, picnics available at the deli or lunch at Eight restaurant.  Today’s act is Philip Malan.

www.spier.co.za

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE AT LA PETIT FERME – 20 December 2013 

Every Friday right through to March 2014.  Enjoy alfresco dining under African summer skies with live music on the lawns.  R50 per person. 18h00 – 21h00.  Tonight’s band is Natasha Meister.

lapetiteferme.co.za

CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT STEENBERG – 19 December 2013 

Bring your chairs and picnic baskets and come laze on the lawn while enjoying the Christmas Carols.

www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

BANDS ON THE BANKS @ SPIER – 15 December 2013 

Entrance is free for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the banks of Eerste Rivier listening to local music.  Starting from 2pm.  Wine Tasting is open until 4:30, picnics available at the deli or lunch at Eight restaurant.  Today’s act is Gerald Clark.

www.spier.co.za

KLOOVENBURG CHRISTMAS MARKET, RIEBEEK VALLEY – 15 December 2013 

Showcasing the finest produce from the Riebeek Valley, well known for its wine and olives.

www.facebook.com

MOVIE NIGHT AT SPIER – 13 December 2013 

Watch Babette’s Feast movie under the stars with a delicious picnic basket.  R300 per couple includes the movie, a bottle of wine and a picnic basket.

www.spier.co.za

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE AT LA PETIT FERME – 13 December 2013 

Every Friday right through to March 2014.  Enjoy alfresco dining under African summer skies with live music on the lawns.  R50 per person. 18h00 – 21h00.  Tonight’s band is Newton & Co.

lapetiteferme.co.za

BANDS ON THE BANKS @ SPIER – 8 December 2013 

Entrance is free for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the banks of Eerste Rivier listening to local music.  Starting from 2pm.  Wine Tasting is open until 4:30, picnics available at the deli or lunch at Eight restaurant.  Today’s act is Tombstone Pete.

www.spier.co.za 

TSIBA TRAIL RUN, GROOT CONSTANTIA – 7 December 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Groot Constantia Wine Farm, Constantia – R60 / 7:30am

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

TSIBA TRAIL RUN, BARTON VINEYARDS, OVERBERG – 7 December 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Barton Vineyards and Villas, Overberg – R60 / 8am

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

WINDMEUL FARMER’S MARKET  – 7 December 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Come stock up on your monthly fresh products and goodies while enjoying some great wine and music.

www.windmeulwinery.co.za

MAC STANLEY AT PAUL CLUVER AMPHITHEATRE  – 7 December 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Enjoy an evening of entertainment, with great wine, under the starts in their magical woodland amphitheatre.  Tickets R 220.

www.cluver.com

VITAL RUN AT LOURENSFORD – 7 December 2013 

The 4th annual Vital Run in aid of PATCH Helderberg centre for abused children.  Sign up for the 21km, 10km or 5km and enjoy a family day out in the winelands.

www.vitalrun.co.za

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE AT LA PETIT FERME – 6 December 2013 

Every Friday right through to March 2014.  Enjoy alfresco dining under African summer skies with live music on the lawns.  R50 per person. 18h00 – 21h00.  Tonight’s band is Lynne Poulsen & The Dream Catchers.

lapetiteferme.co.za 

LABORIE CHRISTMAS CAROLS – 6 December 2013 

An evening of Christmas Carols on the lawn under the stars.  With live entertainment and Father Christmas for the kids.  R50 adults / R20 children.

www.whatsonincapetown.com 

MURATIE END OF YEAR BASH – 6 December 2013 

The ‘Kitchen Jammin’ Blues Band’ will be playing at Muratie Wine Estate.  R80 cover charge, the kitchen will be open and wine for sale.

www.wineroute.co.za 

SPRING SERIES WINE TASTING, PEPPERCLUB – 5 December 2013 

This week’s tasting is Elgin Vitners from the beautiful Elgin Valley.  Tonight is the last of the Complimentary Spring Series from 17h30 – 19h30 at the stunning Pepperclub Hotel & Spa on the corner of Loop and Pepper Streets.  A prize of a R400 dinner voucher from Sinatra’s is also up for grabs.

www.facebook.com 

BANDS ON THE BANKS @ SPIER – 1 December 2013 

Entrance is free for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the banks of Eerste Rivier listening to local music.  Starting from 2pm.  Wine Tasting is open until 4:30, picnics available at the deli or lunch at Eight restaurant.  Today’s act is Francois Haasbroek.

www.spier.co.za 

NOVEMBER 2013

FRANSCHHOEK CAP CLASSIQUE & CHAMPAGNE FESTIVAL – 30 Nov-1 Dec 2013 

“The Magic of Bubbles”.  An unrivalled culinary showcase in the Marquee situated on the lawns surrounding the Huguenot Monument.  R200 per person

www.franschhoekmcc.co.za 

ELGIN OPEN WINE WEEKEND – 30 Nov-1 Dec 2013 

Once a month Elgin Open Wine Weekends will open 17 different vineyards to the public for visiting and tasting, most of which are normally by appointment only.

www.elginwine.co.za 


NEDERBURG SUNSET PICNIC CONCERTS – 23 November 2013 

Nederburg is celebrating summer with sizzling live entertainment and delicious food.

Gates open from 3pm, concerts start at 5pm.  R100 per person includes a bottle of wine per couple.

www.nederburg.com 

TSIBA TRAIL RUN, GABRIELSKLOOF, OVERBERG – 23 November 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Gabrielskloof Wine Estate, Botrivier – R60 / 8am

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

‘FINER THINGS IN LIFE’ CHAMPAGNE FESTIVAL – 22 November 2013

Guests are encouraged to dress to the Moulin Rouge theme at this year’s annual ‘Finer things in life’ festival to be held in the magnificent Summer room of the Vineyard Hotel & Spa.  R400 per person.

wineconcepts.co.za 

BOSMAN RELEASE CELEBRATION – 17 November 2013

An understated, relaxed country event marking the annual release of new vintages from the Bosman Family Vineyards.  R150 per person includes, live entertainment, drink on arrival, wine tasting etc.

www.bosmanwines.com 

DELVERA HI-TEC FULL MOON HIKE – 16 & 17 November 2013

Experience these popular hikes through the vineyards with friends and family both young and old.

R60 / R25 for children.  Booking essential.

www.dirtopia.co.za 

VILLIERA SUMMER FESTIVAL – 16 November 2013

There will be live music, food on sale and special offers on wine.  R60 per person includes a wine glass.  Booking is essential.

www.villiera.com 

ROSE SPRING CELEBRATION – 16 November 2013

Indulge your love of Rosé in Constantia on lush lawns with spectacular views amidst the vineyards.  Constantia Glen, Beau Constantia & Eagle’s Nest.  R250 per person includes a picnic lunch

www.constantiaglen.com 

HELDERBERG FESTIVAL – 14 – 17 November 2013

Wineries from Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Sir Lowry’s village and Faure will participate in this annual event with tastings and festivities at all participating farms.  R100 per person.

www.helderbergwinefestival.co.za  

SIX SENSES AT WATERKLOOF – 14 November 2013

Waterkloof kicks off the Helderberg festival in style with an evening of sublime tastes unique to the area.  The “in the sky” wine estate will be joined by more than 20 local wineries and 10 restaurants for this exclusive affair.  R200 per person, incl festival weekend, free wine tasting, R50 food voucher. www.waterkloofwines.co.za 

BISTRO SIXTEEN82’S 4TH BIRTHDAY – 13 November 2013

A celebration dinner featuring an exclusive signature menu from chef Brad Ball.

R325 per person.  Steenberg Vineyards.

www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za 

MAGIC OF THE VINE FESTIVAL, PRETORIA – 9-10 November 2013 

The idea of the whole festival is to bring the feel and vibe of the Cape winelands to the heart of Pretoria.  R90 per person, Pretoria Botanical Garden.

www.silvercrestevents.co.za 


LE KAP LIFESTYLE FAIR – 9 November 2013 

Born out of the appreciation and understanding for the finer things in life, expect gourmet foods and wines, luxurious couture, dressage and showjumping.  Lourensford Wine Estate, Stellenbosch.

R295 per person, includes wine tasting, food coupons and access to activities.

www.lekaplifestylefair.com 


SWARTLAND REVOLUTION – 9 November 2013 

The aim of the revolution is to raise awareness of the area with the wines to be showcased.

www.theswartlandrevolution.com 

WAY2WINE TRAIL RUN & WINE TASTING – 9 November 2013 

A brand new 12km trail run & wine tasting extravaganza, with a wine stop every 2km.  Wine can be purchased on route and live music and luck draws await all finishers.  R220 per person (R100 without wine tasting for the more serious runners).  Hazendal Wine Farm, Bottelary Road.

events@raw-promo.co.za

SANLAM FOOD WINE DESIGN FAIR, JOHANNESBURG – 8-9 November 2013 

A chance to meet close to 100 exhibitors on the rooftop of Hyde Park corner.  Food artisans to jewellery designers, charcuterie, winemakers and locally produced gin.  R80 per person.

foodwinedesign.co.za 


FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE AT LA PETIT FERME – 8 November 2013 

Enjoy Dinner from La Petite Ferme’s famous a la carte menu, alfresco under African summer skies, to the sound of live music on their lawns. Friday from 18:00 till 21:30.  R50 per person.

lapetiteferme.co.za 


VERITAS TASTING, DURBAN – 7 November 2013 

This is your chance to taste the top winning wines and brandies of the Veritas competition.  R110 per person.  Deloitte Head Office, Umhlanga.

www.veritas.co.za 

VILLIERA SUNSET GAME DRIVE & WINE TASTING – 6 November 2013 

Fantastic sightings of gemsbok, zebra, giraffe and more.  The evening will include a glass of Brut, a game drive, wine tasting and dinner.  R200 per person.

www.villiera.com  

KAMERS VOL GESKENKE, CAPE TOWN – 5-10 November 2013 

A Creative feast of handmade products.  “It’s about high end true craft, slightly imperfect, timeless and originally designed”.  R50 per person.  Webersburg Estate, Stellenbosch.

kamersvol.com/

I AM BEAUTIFUL, AVONTUUR ESTATE – 5 November 2013 

An annual event for women where 100 ladies grab the limited seats for a morning of pampering, learning and networking.  Ending with foodie treats and wine.  R200 per person.

openhand@polka.co.za / www.avontuurestate.co.za

TSIBA TRAIL RUN, LANDTSCAP – 2 November 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Landtscap, Devonvale Road, Stellenbosch – R60 / 8am

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FAIR – 2 November 2013 

Seasonal freshly picked palattes and all things berry at the Stellenbosch slowmarket.  

Oude Libertas Road, Stellenbosch.  From 9am.

www.stellenbosch.travel

OCTOBER 2013

CAROLINE’S ANNUAL WHITE WINE & CAP CLASSIQUE – 30 October 2013 

Taste Creme-de-la-creme wines with the winemakers themselves, who will show you their best white wines or Methode Cap Classiques.  R150 per person – Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town.

www.carolineswine.com 

OKTOBERFEST @ BLAUKLIPPEN – 27 October 2013 

The Blauwklippen market will have an assortment of craft beers and imported German beers.  The songscape Beerfest Trio will bring the Bavarian sounds to the market from 11am.  Free entrance.

www.blaauwklippen.com/ 

GOURMET FOOD & WINE @ AVONTUUR – 26 October 2013 

A new vintages launch where winemaker Jan Van Rooyen and the restaurant team will join forces to create a gourmet food & wine evening.

www.avontuurestate.co.za 


RMB WINEX, JOHANNESBURG – 23-25 October 2013 

RMB Winex is all about having the greatest ranges of wines, varietals and wine styles at your fingertips – all in one place, on one night.

The Pavillion, Sandton Convention Centre – R140 / R160 per person.

www.winex.co.za

PINOT NOIRS AROUND THE WORLD – 24 October 2013

A blind tasting of various Pinot Noirs from around the globe to compare styles and quality.

R300 per person.  Polymer Chemistry Building, De Beer Street, Stellenbosch.

ndo@roedigeragencies.co.za

VERITAS TASTING JOHANNESBURG – 23 October 2013

A chance to taste the top winning Veritas wines and brandies.  R150 per person.

Bill Gallagher Room, Sandton Convention Centre.

www.veritas.co.za 


WINE ENTHUSIAST WORKSHOP – 22 October 2013

‘Sip, learn and enjoy’ an informative evening with Cape Winemaster and Maison de Teijger, Charl van Teijlingen.  This month’s workshop will be on Sauvignon Blanc.  R210 per person.

www.signalgun.com / www.wine.co.za


COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTINGS @ VINEYARD HOTEL – 21 October 2013 

Celebrated winery Darling Cellars will feature its popular and award-winning wines for complimentary tastings in The Garden Lounge at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa.

www.vineyard.co.za 


WINE ON THE RIVER, ROBERTSON – 18-20 October 2013 

Open air wine festival on the banks of the Breede River – prices dependent on the day you choose.
Live music, plenty of wines, big screen rugby and local produce.

www.wineonriver.com

TSIBA TRAIL RUN, LOUIESENHOF – 28 September 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Louiesenhof Wine Estate, Koelenhof Road, R304, Stellenbosch – R60 / 8am

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

WADE BALES WINE & MALT WHISKY AFFAIR – 17-18 October 2013

An evening of unlimited fine wine and malt whisky tasting.

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel, Cape Town.  R180 per ticket.

www.wadebaleswinesociety.co.za

LA MOTTE SHIRAZ TALK AND TASTING – 17 October 2013

A talk on and tasting of one of South Africa’s most popular varietals showcasing its affinity for food with a guided food and wine pairing.  R 100 per person.

www.la-motte.com

ANNUAL ABSA CHAMPAGNE FESTIVAL – 15 October 2013

Enjoy an evening of exquisite food and fine champagne under the stars.

Summer Place, Mellville Road, Johannesburg – R 495 per person.

gift@javelinstar.co.za

STEENBERG MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS – 15 October 2013 

Enjoy timeless classics with a lovely meal – R130.

Featured Film:  Wuthering Heights
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

DIEMERSFONTEIN PINOTAGE ON TAP, CAPE TOWN  – 12 October 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

The original coffee chocolate Pinotage – on tap!

Bands: Gangs of Ballet, Newton’s 2nd Law & Natashe Meister

Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, Jan Van Riebeck Drive, Wellington – Tickets are R340

www.diemersfontein.co.za

OUTDOOR & WINE FESTIVAL @ OPSTAL  – 12 October 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Make the most of the glorious summer days and head out to Opstal Estate in the Slanghoek Valley.R100 per person, live concert in the evening, farmer’s market and kids entertainment.

www.opstal.co.za

SUNSET VINEYARD TOURS AT VERGELEGEN – 11 October 2013

Sightseeing adventures at dusk will include a tour of wine tastings in the spectacular setting of the Vergelegen vineyards, Somerset West.  R250 per person.

www.vergelegen.co.za

WORLD’S TOP SAUVIGNON BLANCS – 8 October 2013

A tasting to convince those Sav B naysayers of the greatness that this variety can achieve.

R400 per person.  Cape Wine Academy, Johannesburg.

www.winecellar.co.za

PIEDMONTE vs TUSCANY – 8 October 2013

Taste Italian 10 difference reds from Piedmonte and Tuscany and various vintages.

R250 per person.  Polymer Chemistry Building, Stellenbosch

ndo@roedigeragencies.co.za

LA CAPRA GOAT RUN, FAIRVIEW – 5 October 2013 

A fun day out for the whole family, great goodies bags, food and wine at the finish.
5km / 8km / 15km – (R100-R150)

www.fairview.co.za

SEASONS OF SAUVIGNON, DURBANVILLE – 5-6 October 2013 

Themed events, trendy food trucks, West Coast food feasts and old school hospitality, come and join the eleven participating Durbanville wine farms in welcoming summer back with their best known Sauvignon Blancs.

www.durbanvillewine.co.za

FEAST OF FLAVOURS, SOMERSET WEST – 5-6 October 2013 

Wine and art meandering, craft beer stations, live music, wine tastings, freshly made dishes and a kids Family Zone.

Paardevle, Somerset West – R50 per adult, R25 per child.

www.feastofflavours.co.za

STEENBERG MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS – 1 October 2013 

Enjoy timeless classics with a lovely meal – R130.

Featured Film:  Casablanca
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

SEPTEMBER 2013

BEAT AROUND THE BOSCH – 28 September 2013 

Part fun run. part music festival in this winelands town – Stellenbosch.

Run or walk the 7.9km route with 6 live bands playing along the way.

http://beataroundthebosch.co.za/run-music-festival/

TSIBA TRAIL RUN, HARTENBERG – 28 September 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Hartenberg Wine Estate, Stellenbosch – R60 / 8am

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

ELIM WINE & FOOD CELEBRATION – 28 September 2013
The finest cool climate wines,the best locally sourced foods, mountain biking, trail running and live music.

Strandveld Vineyards, – R50 entrance

www.elimwines.co.za

GOOD FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, JHB – 21-24 September 2013 

Come and celebrate the latest trends, top celebrity chefs and a great culinary experience.

Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesberg – R75. 

www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za

HIDDEN VALLEY GOURMET BRAAI – 24 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Enjoy a gourmet braai sensation with family and friends.

R350 – Includes a gourmet braai feast, barrel wine tasting & a bottle of wine to enjoy on the day.

www.bit.ly/braaiwine

DELHEIM HERITAGE FLAMES, SNOEK BRAAI – 24 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Enjoy a laid back day under the oak trees.

R195 per person (R65 for kids) will get you a buffet braai.

www.delheim.com

FIJNWYN INNIE LENTE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – 24 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

It will be the ideal setting for families to enjoy a day where they will feast their senses with wine, food, music and the beautiful setting of Shokran. 

Shokran Events Venue, Pretoria East – R80 per ticket

www.shokran.co.za

 
UITKYK PANCAKE & WINE PAIRING – 21 September 2013 

Enjoy a delicious wine and pancake pairing in the old Flat Roof Manor House.

R60 per person.  There are two seatings – 11h00 or 14h00.

See my post on our pancake and wine pairing experience – Uitkyk – Wine & Pancake Pairing

www.wine.co.za

DIEMERSFONTEIN PINOTAGE ON TAP, DURBAN  – 21 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

The original coffee chocolate Pinotage – on tap!

Bands: Gangs of Ballet & Natashe Meister

The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Road, Salt Rock, KZN – Tickets are R280

www.diemersfontein.co.za

SPIER 21 GABLES HERITAGE DINNER – 21 September 2013 

A Heritage day celebration at the Old Manor House with a traditional Cape Dutch dinner.

Spier Wine Estate – R295

WINE PAIRED DINNER – 20 September 2013 

The Square Restaurant, Vineyard Hotel – R279

A wine and dinner pairing with Jordan wines.

STEENBERG MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS – 17 September 2013 

Enjoy timeless classics with a lovely meal – R130.

Featured Film:  New York, New York
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

LOURENSFORD PRIDE & JOY FUN RUN – 15 September 2013 

Choose to walk, run or hike at this family fun run.

Goodie bags for the first 500 entrants – R50

 

FORK & CORK WELLINGTON WINE FESTIVAL – 14 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Wine, food, live entertainment, a market and more.  A day of fun and entertainment for the whole family.  Kleine Valleij 10am- 5pm.  R120 gets a glass and tasting coupons.

www.wellington.co.za/


HIDDEN VALLEY GOURMET BRAAI – 14 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Enjoy a gourmet braai sensation with family and friends.

R350 – Includes a gourmet braai feast, barrel wine tasting & a bottle of wine to enjoy on the day.

www.bit.ly/braaiwine

JOHNNY CLEGG UNPLUGGED, RHEBOKSKLOOF – 14 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

An intimate unplugged show on the lawns, with picnic baskets available.

R250 per ticket from Computicket. www.rhebokskloof.co.za

TSIBA (OVERBERG) TRAIL RUN, NEWTON JOHNSON – 14 September 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus – R60 / 8am

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

“CAB QUARTET” TUTORED TASTING, AVONTUUR  – 12 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

A private Cabernet tasting, with a welcome drink, light meal and a potstilled Brandy & dark chocolate tasting included.  R75 per person.

www.avontuurestate.co.za

FRANSCHHOEK UNCORKED WINE FESTIVAL  – 7-8 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views.
R120 per ticket gets you access to all the farms participating.

www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/

CELLAR TO CELLAR TRAIL RUN & WINE EXPERIENCE  – 7 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Wine your way through picturesque Paradyskloof vineyards, getting a bit of fresh air, exercise and great wine tasting.
Starting and ending at Blaauwklippen, R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.
R150 – R315 – depending on the event you choose.

cellar2cellar.co.za/


WINDMEUL FARMER’S MARKET  – 7 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Come stock up on your monthly fresh products and goodies while enjoying some great wine and music.

www.windmeulwinery.co.za


LEOPARD’S LEAP COOKING CLASS  – 7 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Learn to embrace the Slow Food revolution by harvesting your own meal from the Leopard’s Leap vegetable garden and cooking Franschhoek Trout and Stuffed Free Range Chicken – R650.

http://leopards-leap.com


DIEMERSFONTEIN PINOTAGE ON TAP, GAUTENG  – 7 September 2013

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

Superb wines, great food, live entertainment and picture perfect views – See more at: http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/#sthash.xIgPKYL9.dpuf

The original coffee chocolate Pinotage – on tap!

Bands: Newton’s 2nd law & Natasha Meister

Oakfield Farm, Beyers Naude Drive – Tickets are R340

www.diemersfontein.co.za

WINE PAIRED DINNER – 6 September 2013 

The Square Restaurant, Vineyard Hotel – R279

A wine and dinner pairing with Glen Carlou wines.


SOWETO WINE FESTIVAL – 5-7 September 2013 

It is Styling in Soweto in September – Wine, Food and Travel experiences await!

University of Johannesberg, Chris Hani Road, Soweto – R120

www.sowetowinefestival.co.za

STEENBERG MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS – 3 September 2013 

Enjoy timeless classics with a lovely meal – R130.

Featured Film:  The Great Gatsby 

www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

CELLAR RATS SPRING WINE FESTIVAL – 1 September 2013 

A Family festival with over 600 wines available for tasting.  Designated drivers get in free.

The Old Mill, Magaliesberg.  R99 at computicket, R110 at the door.
www.winefestival.co.za/

BOT RIVER SPRING FESTIVAL – 31 August – 1 September 2013 

Wine lovers from near and far have the opportunity to meet vitners, taste their wines and enjoy great food and music over the weekend.

www.botriverwines.com

AUGUST 2013

TSIBA TRAIL RUN, MEERENDAL – 31 AUGUST 2013
Enjoy the opportunity to run through the vineyards, taste wine and win great prizes.

Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville – R60

tsiba.eden@gmail.com

McGREGOR FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – 31 AUGUST 2013
McGregor Town – R60 gets you a glass and tastings

www.montagu.org.za/events/food-and-wine-fest/


SOUTH AFRICAN WINE TASTING CHAMPIONSHIPS – 31 AUGUST 2013
SAWTC is calling all talents to test their tasting abilities!
Hilton Hotel, Cape Town – R250

www.sawtc.co.za

SEDUCTIVE SAUVIGNON BLANC FESTIVAL – 30 AUGUST 2013
A Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Festival.
The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands – R130 (prebooked), R140 (at the door)

www.wineconcepts.co.za

FEEL LIKE A SAILOR, EAT LIKE A CAPTAIN – 30 AUGUST 2013
An evening of food & wine pairing around the Spice Route farm.

Spice Route Restaurant, Paarl – R265

www.spicerouterestaurant.co.za

MERCURY WINE WEEK, DURBAN – 28-30 AUGUST 2013
The highlight of the Kwa-Zulu/Natal wine calendar – R100
Battery Beach Road, Durban

www.mercurywineweek.co.za

NEBANK CAPE WINEMAKERS GUILD AUCTION SHOWCASE – 29 AUGUST 2013

The Atrium, Nedbank Head Office, 135 Rivonia Road

www.capewinemakersguild.com

BIG BOTTLE FESTIVAL, CAPE TOWN – 23-25 AUGUST 2013

An extravaganza celebrating big bottle masterpieces!
Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Constantia – R500

www.bigbottle.co.za

SIMONSIG VINTAGE WINE DAY – 24 AUGUST 2013

Taste and buy rare vintage wines and enjoy a family day out.
Simonsig Wine Estate, Stellenbosch – R150

www.webtickets.co.za / www.simonsig.co.za/blog

NEBANK CAPE WINEMAKERS GUILD AUCTION SHOWCASE – 22 AUGUST 2013

CTICC – R170 per person

www.capewinemakersguild.com

WINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD – 22 AUGUST 2013

Satisfy your inquisitive palate as you taste your way around the world.
Durbanville Hills Wine Farm, Durbanville – R220

www.durbanvillehills.co.za

SHIRAZ SHOWCASE – 22 AUGUST 2013

The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands – R120

www.shirazsa.co.za

LEOPARD’S LEAP COOKING CLASS – 21 AUGUST 2013

Winter Warmer Curry

Leopard’s Leap Wine Farm, Franschhoek – R650 per person
http://www.leopardsleap.co.za/events/winter-warmer-curry-2/

DIEMERSFONTEIN PINOTAGE ON TAP, NELSPRUIT – 18 AUGUST 2013

The original coffee chocolate Pinotage – on tap!

Bands: Tasha Baxter, Fake Leather Blues & Classic Rock Project

Kavinga Guest House, R37, Nelspruit – R280

www.diemersfontein.co.za

WHISKY SUNDAYS AT ASARA – 18 AUGUST 2013

Asara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

A tutored tasting in Sansibar restaurant.

www.asara.co.za

FRANSCHHOEK WINTER WINES FESTIVAL – 17 AUGUST 2013

Bid a fond farewell to winter in style…

L’ormarins Wine Estate, Franschhoek Motor Museum

R180 entrance

http://franschhoek.org.za/

FRANSCHHOEK MYSTERY WEEKEND – 16-18 AUGUST 2013

Franschhoek Valley – R2,390 per couple

Every package includes accomodation, two wine tastings, two breakfasts, a movie at the Screening room, a dinner and one other surprise Franschhoek experience.

office@franschhoek.org.za

WINE CONCEPTS BURGUNDY LOVERS FESTIVAL – 15 AUGUST 2013
The Burgundy Lovers festival celebrates the Cape’s finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.
R170 (pre-booked) / R180 (at the door)

Centre Court Restaurance, The Wanderers Club, Illovo
www.wineconcepts.co.za

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