Calling all talented young sommeliers to enter the prestigious new South African Sommelier Association’s 2017 Best Young Sommelier competition, brought to you in association with Moët & Chandon.
Dedicated to the discipline, art and love of fine beverages, the South African Sommelier Association (SASA) aims, with this exciting new competition, to empower the next generation of professional sommeliers who share the joy and energy of wine and spirits.
Are you a young sommelier between 21 and 30 years old? Then this competition for the title of Best Young Sommelier 2017 is for you. It’s an incredible opportunity for you to expose yourself to a competition environment and could be just provide the career break you are looking for.
What do I need to know to enter?
All that is required to enter is good overall wine knowledge of South African and international wines in terms of region, viticulture and vinification, as well as basic knowledge of beers, ciders, spirits, water, coffee and tea. Questions will include topics such as wine styles, regions of origin and terminology, wine label information, wine regulations, wine storage and you’ll be tested on social skills as well as your ability to interact with the patron.
Do I need to be a qualified sommelier to participate?
You don’t need to have formal training or hold a sommelier qualification to join but must be employed in the service of food and wine at the time of entry and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. You must be an active SASA member or sign up on the SASA website before entry. You can be of any nationality but must be resident and employed in South Africa to participate.
How do I enter?
In the first round, you’ll put your knowledge to the test with short multiple choice and essay questions. To enter, simply download the online test from the SASA website, anytime between the 19 to 29 July (from 9am-5pm each day). Complete it in handwriting or type your answers with corresponding question numbers and your name marked clearly on each page. The final submission deadline is 5pm on 29 July. Completed tests to be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be notified whether they have made it into the second round by 31 July 2017.
Where does the second round take place?
If you make it through to the next round, you’ll be invited to the quarter finals consisting of a test in 3 parts: theory, service and tasting.
These tests will take place on: 14 August 2017: Cape Town | 16 August 2017: Johannesburg | 18 August 2017: Durban
How about the semi-finals and the finals?
The semi-finals will take place on the morning of Monday 4 September in Johannesburg, from 7h30 onwards. You’ll be welcomed at each venue by a panel of judges, including:
Quarter Final judging panel will include:
Higgo Jacobs: Founding Member and current Chairman of the South African Sommeliers Association
Xolani Mancotywa: Moët Hennessy Private Clients Manager
Manuel Cabello: Head Sommelier, Ellerman House
Semi Final judging panel will include:
Jean Vincent Ridon: Manager of the South African Sommelier Association and Founder of the South African Wine Tasting Championship
Germain Lehodey: Head Sommelier, Mosaic Restaurant
Michael Crossley: Graduate of the Wine Judging Academy, a Chevalier de Tastevin and a recipient of the ‘Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne’, he judges locally and abroad.
During the course of the morning, these experts will judge your ability to taste and identify spirits, test your theoretical knowledge and give you a standard service task, such as decanting service or sparkling wine service. You’ll then get to relax during a lunch break.
Only 3 of you will be selected for the finals which will take place that same afternoon.
What will the winner receive?
A place in the SASA Sommelier Course Level 2 presented by the Sommelier Academy and a coveted opportunity to compete in the Moët & Chandon Best Sommelier South Africa challenge in 2018. And of course a magnum of Moët & Chandon to toast to your celebratory #moetmoment!
Celebrating the winners in a true #moëtmoment
At the end of the challenging final day of the competition, a winner, 1st runner up and 2ndrunner up will be announced and we’ll toast them in a true #moëtmoment of celebration.
Can you see yourself, glass of champagne in hand, waiting for your name to be announced? Don’t hesitate any longer, take the first step by downloading the entry form from the SASA website.
Good luck – South Africa’s Best Young Sommelier 2017 might just be you!
Terms and conditions
* Travel to and from the competition venues is the responsibility of the entrants
CAVALLI GALLERY PRESENTS: BLINK | A GROUP STUDENT EXHIBITION
23. 07. 2017 – 03. 09. 2017
The exhibition will open on Sunday, 23 July, between the hours of 4pm & 6pm
“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? — and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ — then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.”
– Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
Cavalli Gallery in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch’s Visual Art Department is proud to present BLINK.
The student artists were asked to explore and draw inspiration from the readings of Susan Sontags ‘Regarding The Pain of Others’ and Albie Sach’s ‘Spring Is Rebellious.’
The artists were then encouraged to create work that focused on the notion of seeing, noticing and recording, looking critically at the context within which they see, and re-see the world around them.
The exhibition spans video, performance, drawing, photography, installation and sculptural works of art.
Exhibited artists: Strauss Louw, Chelsea Young, Kirstin Warries, Emma Aspeiling, Paul Marais, Carina Jansen, Nadja Reinmuth, Estèe Skein, McKayla Carstens, Rushda Deaney, Trude Gunther, Brad Jackson, Amy Pike, Megan Serfontein and Simone Verfaille.
The exhibition will run until the 03 September 2017. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 10h00 – 18h00.
Exhibition curated by Amy Lyn Eveleigh
For more information please contact the gallery on email@example.com / 021 855 3218
Celebrate the start of the year’s second semester with a delicious meal paired with craft beer. Join Barley & Biltong Emporium and Cape Brewing Company (CBC) at their next winter Brrrrew Event at the Spice Route Destination on 28 July.
The July Brrrrew Event will make for a memorable evening, starting with a welcome drink and guided brewery tour by CBC master brewer, Wolfgang Koedel. Guests will also be able to meet Barley & Biltong Emporium chef and co-owner, Philip Pretorius, who will be serving a meaty four-course meal, paired with CBCs delicious craft brews (including the limited edition flavoured beers). Additional drinks and kiddies menu are available at restaurant prices.
Venue: Barley and Biltong Emporium and CBC brewery at the Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Date: Friday 28 July
Time: 18h30 to 22h00
Tickets: R295 per person (includes welcome drink, brewery tour, four-course meal and beer pairing).
Bookings are limited and can be made at 021 863 5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What better way to escape the chill of the Cape winter than a cosy evening with friends, a shared Swiss cheese fondue and exquisite wine at iconic Eikendal Vineyards. Owned by the Swiss family Saager, Eikendal is embracing the best of both worlds.
Expect a rich mustard and ale infused Gruyère cheese fondue with an assortment of dipping delicacies to indulge in: steamed broccoli and cauliflower, chunks of piping hot potatoes, toasted olive ciabatta bread, hand-crumbed chicken strips, smoked pork ribs and oven grilled, soy marinated Portabellini mushrooms.
The cost is R200 per person and includes a glass of Eikendal’s Shiraz/Petit Verdot 2015. Cellarmaster, Nico Grobler, and food guru Marilou Marais will delight guests with fascinating stories and secrets ranging from the Eikendal cellar to the Swiss Alps. Wine enthusiasts will also be able to buy and enjoy any of the other Eikendal wines with their sizzling fondue.
Date: 28 July 2017
For more information and bookings, please contact Carina at email@example.com or 021-8551422. Seating is limited, so book a cosy spot early to avoid missing this unique and delightful event.
Time will go by exceptionally slowly in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley when Robertson Slow takes place. Wineries and guest houses from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will welcome visitors into their homes, to their dining tables and onto their farms for a food & wine experience – enjoyed SLOWLY. Dine at the homes of our winemaking families, cook traditional Robertson Country Fare such as Waterblommetjie Bredie, “melktert”, venison and Karoo Lamb and meet our winemakers to taste and discuss their wines.
Experience the charm of country life in an intimate setting characterised by each farm’s unique personal touch. One can sample honest, old-fashioned and rural hospitality, while enjoying time-honoured activities, interact with wine-makers and wine-farmers in an informal ambience, getting to know them and their respective families. Indulge in traditional cuisine, using local ingredients, learning more about wine in masterclasses and various food and wine pairings. Relish the slow food and wine that will satiate your senses and revel in the relaxed pace that will rejuvenate your soul.
The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival is a gateway for visitors into the award winning wines of the Overberg. The Overberg wine region produces some of the most sought after wines in the country and you are invited to browse through the wine show, appreciate, delight in and sense the fruit of the vines, and discover your own favourites.
The Hermanus Wine & Food Festival was nominated as one of the 10 best wine festivals in South Africa! Local wineries from Elgin to Elim will present their wines and delectable fares for tasting, not forgetting delectable fares from various food and snack vendors. All the wines on tasting will be available for purchasing during the festival at cellar door prices.
Classical Music, Wine, Food and Art – If art and music are to bring a message, it should be the mirror of gifted personalities who, by virtue of their originality of vision and style, show us how much richer life is than it seems to the ordinary citizen.
U moet asseblief ons natuurskoon bewonder en geniet. Ons mense sal u baie tuis laat voel. Hulle is ons grootste bate. Wamkelekile e Klein Karoo. Yiza uzonkonwabela ubuncwane bokuzibuka kwethu. From music and wine, what sudden friendships spring.
BIGGER MUSIC PROGRAM AT THE 9TH KLEIN KAROO
Ticket prices set to remain the same as 2016
A greater number of shows spliced with more variety guarantee your money’s worth at the 9th edition of the Klein Karoo Klassique, which will take place from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August,” says Rhodé Snyman, CEO of Kunste Onbeperk, the host of the festival in Oudtshoorn.
“Owing to financial support from the Rupert music establishment, it is possible for the ticket prices to stay the same as last year and to present 8 shows instead of 7,” says Snyman.
“Tickets are available from Friday 5 May and festival goers need to act fast to get their hands on a special bargain deal which typically sells out in no time. The deal in question offers access to all 8 shows for only R700, at R87.50 a show. If tickets are purchased separately, attendance adds up to R1000. The deal lets you save a hefty R300,” says Snyman.
The 9th Klassique opens with a double SAMA-winner guitar duo, CH2 (Corneille Hutten en Dirkie van Staden). They play classical masterpieces from Tárrega, Rodrigo, Bach, their own flamenco-style compositions as well as arrangements of Afrikaans hits like Tussen treine en Vyfster.
Saturday’s program starts with a revisit of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Petrus de Beer (violin), Stanislav Angelov (accordion) and Schalk Joubert (bass guitar and presentation) arrange the timeless masterpiece of Vivaldi without the support of the string orchestra for which it was originally composed. The sonnets have been translated from Italian into Afrikaans by Dr. Dawid de De Villiers.
The Camerata Tinta Barocca ensemble features Bridget Rennie-Salonen (traverso), Jesse Groenewald (Baroque violin), Uwe Grosser (teorbe and baroque guitar), Cheryl de Havilland (baroque cello) and Erik Dippenaar (spinet) in a program of baroque music. Folk Baroque will be performed on authentic baroque instruments and includes the music of Barsanti, Geminiani, Scarlatti and Gow.
Saturday’s programme ends with Carmen – in die kleine, a concert version of one of the most famous operas in the classical canon. The opera has been reduced to an hour especially for Klassique, without inhibiting the integrity of the original piece. All the highlights will be performed chronologically, featuring singers performing more than just one role. On stage, expect to see Jolene McCleland (mezzo-soprano), Lauren Dasappa (soprano), Minette du Toit-Pearce (mezzo-soprano), Chris Mostert (tenor), Niël Rademan (baritone) and Raimondo van Staden (baritone). José Dias manages the piano accompaniment.
In Spieël-dans in die maanlig on Sunday morning, Jana van der Walt (harp) and Rina Schutte (cello) combine two favourite instruments for a program featuring a wide variety of music. They play Pärt’s Spiegel in Spiegel, Piazzolla’s Oblivion, Clair de Lune by Debussy, Bach’s Arioso and the Ave Maria by Gounod.
Beethoven Tango speaks to a curious musical palette and combines the finer quality of Zanta Hofmeyr’s classical technique (violin), with the improvisational skills of Charl du Plessis (piano). Their programme brings the fire of tango-rhythms, worldly music, jazz and Beethoven together and includes tango arrangements from the famous Für Elize.
The ATKV finale concert is, as ever, a showcase of South Africa’s best young musicians and features Megan Geoffrey Prins (piano), 2016 winner of ATKV-Muziq, Tatiana Thaele (flute), runner up of the competition and Palesa Malieloa (soprano), 2016 winner of the ATKV-Muziqanto. Thaele and Malieloa will be accompanied by Philippus Hugo on the piano.
“All eight performances will be held in the NG Moederkerk in Oudtshoorn. The area around the church will be equipped with a restaurant, CD shop and tasting experiences from the surrounding district. More information will soon be released,” says Snyman.
Tickets to individual shows are a R125 each and are available at Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers and House & Home. More information about the Karoo Klassique will soon be available on the festival’s new website at www.klassique.co.za. For more information follow Klassique on Facebook (@KleinKarooKlassique) or Twitter (@kkarooklassique).
* 2017 dates and programme to be confirmed * Webersburg Wine Estate, situated in the picturesque Stellenbosch winelands, is hosting their annual Model Yacht Regatta. Guests can enjoy the sights of the model yachts from the Webersburg Bistro, as it’s perfectly positioned, overlooking the magnificent dam.
Starting at 11:00 until 15:00, with delicious lunch dining options from the Bistro menu, guests can enjoy a leisure afternoon while sipping on Webersburg Wines and trying their hand at sailing. Bookings are essential to secure your table at the Webersburg Bistro, to ensure you get the full view of activities down on the dam.
Bookings can be made telephonically on 021 881 3636, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on exciting specials and upcoming events visit our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram
The Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show displays more than 400 species of freshly picked wildflowers, many of which grow nowhere else in the world, artfully arranged under one roof, illustrating the natural beauty of the Cederberg.
Various exciting activities are on offer throughout the Clanwilliam Wild Flower show which promises the whole family a fun-filled time that will not be forgotten. Flower enthusiasts are invited to get up close and personal with the glorious wild flowers during the various guided walking tours on offer.
Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor. The fifth annual Poetry in McGregor is happening from August 25th to 27th. Aimed at promoting community spirit, giving a stage to well-known poets as well as nurturing talented young artists, this special weekend offers poets from all over the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect extraordinary poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.
There is a great range of poets performing at various venues at this year`s event: Koos Kombuis, Ashley Dowds, Hugh Hodge, John Maytham, Nic de Jager, Kobus Moolman, Lungiswa Nyatyowa, Lerato Sibanda, Philip de Vos, Diana Ferrus, Daniel Hugo, Lara Kirsten, Fanie Olivier, Koos van der Merwe, Mavis Vermaak, Wendy Woodward and many more. A Complete list of all the performing poets can be found at http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/2017-poets/
Tickets a Computicket from mid July.
* 2017 dates and programme not yet confirmed * Make your way to De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp for the third annual Orchards in Bloom Festival. This time of the year the fruit trees, in particular the apricot, peach and plum trees, are in full bloom and it is truly a sight to behold. The spring blossoms traditionally indicate the start of the season for the fruit and wine industries.
Visitors to De Krans will be able to experience this beautiful sight for themselves as well as enjoy a few more exciting offerings during their visit:
A first for South Africa – a Biscotti and Wine pairing presented by well-known chef Francois Ferreira will be available to guests on the day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Pre-booking at De Krans Wine Cellar is recommended to avoid disappointment as seating is limited. The cost is R85 per person (18 years and older only).
Kickstart your day at 9am with the Vineyard Run. Jog or walk through the vineyards whilst admiring the breathtakingly beautiful orchards in full bloom. Participants can choose between a 5km or a 10km trail. Pre-enter via De Krans, or on the day from 8am. A superb selection of wine prizes are up for grabs for various categories.
If you prefer something less strenuous take a leisurely walk through the orchards at De Krans to view the beautiful blossoms from up close. Prizes will be awarded to the best photographs taken on the day.
During this year’s event visitors will get the opportunity to prune the vines which were planted by visitors to the Orchards in Bloom Festivals in 2014 and 2015. De Krans’ seasoned pruners will be on hand to provide guidance to novice pruners.
Pruning and outdoor fun can lead to working up a healthy appetite and what better excuse than to enjoy a hearty country style meal made by chef Retief van der Walt, in the comfort of the De Krans Bistro & Deli, which will be open from 9am to 5pm. Unfortunately no reservations will be taken on the day, so come early to avoid missing out on a delicious brunch or lunch.
And what would a visit to De Krans be without sipping, sampling and stocking up on their range of superb ports and wines. Don’t miss out on tasting the newly released 2016 wines such as the Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage Rosé and delicious Moscato Perlé.
Winemaker Louis van der Riet will be showing off his cocktail skills as he whips up a delicious port cocktail (or two) for you during your visit.
A fun day out for the whole family with so much to do. Live entertainment and boules under the vines complete what promises to be an unforgettable day in the Klein Karoo Winelands.
For more information contact Helet Viljoen at De Krans on 044 213 3314/64 or email email@example.com.
What on earth is a Scottish Braai? Join the Stellenbosch wine route of Bottelary Hills and acclaimed chef George Jardine for a special, fire-side lunch at Kaapzicht Wine Estate on 27 August to find out. Scottish-born Jardine takes centre-stage with wines from the unique region of Bottelary Hills at this second event in a trio of Bottelary Hills Winemakers Pop Up Lunches.
Tables will be set around an open fire where Jardine will apply his culinary wizardry in this theatre of fine fare, conjured up from the best locally-sourced ingredients. At the same time, there’s the opportunity to get to know some of the personalities at the head of generations of wine expertise now responsible for the wines of Bottelary Hills.
The Bottelary Hills Winemakers Pop Up Lunches have become an eagerly anticipated foodie event that showcases the essence of the Bottelary Hills wine region: family heritage, award-winning wine and authentic hospitality. Every year, a top chef is recruited to become conductor of festivities.
George Jardine has built a loyal following through a number of successful restaurants and his most recent project – the fine dining eatery in the heart of Stellenbosch, Restaurant Jardine. The first Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch saw Jardine mesmerise an audience of diners at Hartenberg Wine Estate while the series concludes on November 19 at Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve.
In addition to Kaapzicht and Mooiplaas, farms that are participating in this year’s event are Hazendal, Hartenberg, and Bellevue.
The lunch at Kaapzicht Wine Estate gets underway at 12:30.
Tickets are R550pp and include a wine tasting before the meal; the meal itself, with dishes expertly paired with individual wines; and, a bottle of superb wine from the Bottelary Hills region to take home.
Booking for every one of the popular events is required as the tickets are limited. To make a reservation or see a map of Bottelary Hills, visit the Stellenbosch Wine Routes website at www.wineroute.co.za. For more information phone (021) 886 8275.
Get social and share your experience with Stellenbosch Wine Routes on Twitter @StellWineRoute and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StellWineRoute).
Winter is on its way and it’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy a glass of wine in front of a cosy fireplace whilst tucking into a hearty bowl of soup and home baked bread. This winter Lanzerac Wine Estate, home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage, invites you to join them during May, June, July and August for a series of after-work winter inspired tastings. The tastings will be presented in the comfort of the Tasting Room and the inviting fireplace is guaranteed to add extra warmth from the cold weather. Look forward to sampling some of Lanzerac’s new release wines as well as a few favourites such as the Cabernet Sauvignon and iconic Pinotage. Before making your way back home after the tasting enjoy a hearty bowl of delicious soup and home baked breads on offer. This will also be the perfect opportunity to stock up on wines which will be on sale at cellar door prices.
The tastings, which will start at 5:30pm, are scheduled for 31 May, 29 June, 26 July and 31 August. Pre-booking is essential as space is limited to 30 guests per evening to ensure an intimate wine tasting experience. The cost of R95 per person includes a welcome drink, the wine tasting and a light dinner of soup and bread afterwards. Your winter warmer evening will conclude by 8pm, allowing some extra time at home to unwind before calling it a day.
Contact Zelda Furstenburg at Lanzerac Wine Estate on 021 886 5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org for queries or to book your seat.
1 JUN – 31 AUG 2017 / Wine & Brandy tasting @ R100 per person / Sweet Temptation tasting @ R60 per person
* 2017 dates not yet confirmed. Please check voorkamerfest-darling.co.za for the latest updates * Widely regarded as one of the most unique arts festivals in the world, the Voorkamerfest takes place annually during the first week of September. The 21 houses in which the different performances take place, range from small township abodes to some of Darling’s grand Cape Dutch homes, and the owners play host to the guests and introduce the performers who hail from South Africa and Europe.
The acts, performed in local Darling resident’s living rooms, include a variety of dance, musical and drama genres, comedy, storytelling and magic – once again feeding the curiosity of those audience members who might not get the chance to attend a performance of any of the selected genres being show cased.
Bot River explodes with colour for 2017 Spring Weekend. Follow the rainbow for fanciful farm hopping and pantry shopping.
Let the bluebird of happiness lead you over the rainbow when the annual Spring Weekend comes to the pretty little village of Bot River on 1-3 September and a kaleidoscope of exciting wine, food and genuine, country-style fun explodes.
Just like the rainbow-theme it has adopted this year, the people of this Overberg town have lined up a dazzling spectrum of activities and fun that showcase the best of the region. In celebration of the awakening of nature in all its forms, all the participating wine farms will throw open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce through convivial farm hopping and pantry shopping.
“The wineries of Bot River are truly a welcoming community and the Spring Weekend is one of our favourite occasions to showcase our farms and the riches to be found on them,” says Melissa Nelsen of Genevieve MCC.
“This is what makes Bot River a real rainbow village, a place we’re proud to call our home. And this is what our Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend is all about. It’s a celebration of the diversity of our village in all its magnificent colour and swag.”
The tone for the jam-packed weekend programme will be set at the Best of Bot Wines exclusive dinner on Friday, 1 September. The event stars Forage restaurant executive chef Gregory Henderson, renowned for roaming local pastures in search of ingredients for his indigenous dining experiences; Higgo Jacobs, head of the SA Association of Sommeliers, and fellow sommelier Ewan Mackenzie. Together they will present an expert food and wine pairing showcase, which offers the perfect context leading into the weekend. It takes place at Wildekrans Wine Estate. Tickets are R850pp, must be purchased through Quicket (details below), and include a Spring Weekend pass.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Bot River’s participating wineries will turn on the charm, each representing a colour of the rainbow. They include newcomer to the Bot River wine family, Arcangeli Family Vineyards; Barton Vineyards; Villion Wines; Luddite Wines; Genevieve MCC; Beaumont Family Wines; Gabrielskloof Wine Estate; Rivendell Estate & Vineyards; Paardenkloof Estate; and, Maremmana Estate.
Why be a shrinking violet if you can unleash your inner Italian at the new Arcangeli Wines where a BARolo wine bar with an Italian-South African twist is on offer? Violet is of course, Arcangeli’s part in this rainbow theme as it presents a rare food and wine experience.
It’s orange for the vines at Barton Wines, which dishes up a smorgasbord of fun from burgers to paintball, wine blending to tractor rides. Enter the wine blending competition and stand a chance to win a two-night stay in one of the Barton Villas.
Wildekrans goes pretty in pink for the whole weekend, serving up its MCC Brut Rosé as you enter its gates. Enjoy a light meal at the wine tasting room or something more formal at Forage; bring the kids for tractor rides and the jungle gym too.
Villion Family Wines waves a big red flag for spring this year, hailing the season as nature’s way of declaring: let’s party! Book your table and don’t forget your comfortable shoes for the Spit & Skoffel dinner dance on 2 September from 19:30. There will be Overberg lamb on the spit, complimentary wines per table and a wine bar too. The event takes place at the Afdaksrivier Nursery and tickets for the three-course dinner, wines and dance are only R385pp.
Villion’s wines can be tasted throughout the weekend at the nursery too, where there’s a large garden, sandpit and jumping castle for children and a coffee shop.
Silver is the colour for Luddite – a colour fitting of sterling wines and sublime experience awaiting visitors to the farm during the festival. In addition to latest vintage releases on offer, including the alluring Saboteur White 2017, there will be the extraordinary food truck run by Jason from the eponymous Cape Town bakery.
Beaumont Family Wines lays claim to blue. Think little flowers and azure skies – and how you’ll feel if you fail to book for the special vertical tasting of the Hope Marguerite, a benchmark South African Chenin blanc. Have kids? Don’t worry: there’s a childminder on duty for the whole weekend, catered lunch and daily activities.
Genevieve MCC will be decked out in a celebratory turquoise to present breakfast with bubbles at its new home – Klein Botrivier Farm on the Karwyderskraal Road. Grub’s up at 09:00 to 11:30, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are R200; booking is essential and should be made through Quicket or at email@example.com. You can also pop in for a tasting; learn to sabrage a bottle like a cavalry rider; and, linger longer with cheese and charcuterie platters.
Mellow yellow is the colour of Gabriëlskloof Estate, a stunning, family-friendly destination surrounded by wheat and canola fields for most of the year. The restaurant menu will be inspired by spices and heritage cooking with mielies, curried fish, bobotie and the like. For something lighter, try the tasting room’s new Mzansi Tapas Taster platters at R250/couple which comes with 4 estate wines to taste. Kids under 12 eat for free from the kiddies menu.
For Rivendell Estate & Vineyards, there’s the shimmer of gold, the promise of a royal experience. Settle in for a long lunch and wall-to-ceiling views of the vineyards and mountains, to enjoy its special wine and canapé tasting plate in the spirit of spring.
The essence of the season is reflected in green – the colour for Paardenkloof Ecology Lifestyle Farm. Enjoy wine tasting and a festival of fynbos in its Garden Restaurant and farm market. Attend a talk on landscaping with fynbos, each day at 09:00; and, order a picnic basket for lunch. Bring the children and their gumboots to explore the veggie patch, cuddle in the petting zoo or simply navigate the jungle gym. Then, wrap up each day from 17:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an evening of live jazz, pizza and sundowners: tickets are R180pp and must be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 079 504 3593.
Sundowners will also be served up at Maremmana Polo Estate, where you can relax with a drink and a boerewors roll as all the rainbow colours recede from the sky. The rainbow bar opens on Saturday evening from 17:00 to 19:30.
Tickets for the 2017 Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend cost R100 per person and can be purchased, along with tickets to individual events, at www.quicket.co.za unless specified otherwise. The weekend pass includes an armband and wine glass, which you may collect at the Bot River tourism office. Quicket stations will also be at Beaumont, Gabriëlskloof, and Wildekrans on the weekend. Youngsters under 18 years may enter for free.
For accommodation options in the area visit: www.botriverwines.com.
For more information on the Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend 2017 contact Melissa Nelsen at cell: 083 302 6562 or email Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za.
* 2017 dates to be confirmed * The annual Waterblommetjie Festival offers waterblommetjie dishes and wine pairings, many children’s activities, live entertainment, and more.
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Waterblommetjie Dishes available throughout the day
Live Cooking Demonstration
Oysters & MCC
Artisanal Pop-Up Deli
Waterblommetjie Sport Challenge
Open Air Bar Area
Shiraz on Tap
For more info: email@example.com or 021 869 8386.
Diemersfontein in Wellington celebrates “The Original Coffee Pinotage” with barrels of its famous wine spread around the wine estate providing the goods from a tap – à volonté. Ad fundum. The ever-growing legions of devotees who attend Diemersfontein’s “POT Parties”(dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure and playtime, augmented by volumes of the now-legendary Coffee-Chocolate Pinotage) know that these festivals are the ultimate jols on the South African social calendar, so it may come as no surprise to fans that Pinotage-on-Tap was officially rated “Best Wine Event in the World“, at the 2014 Drinks International Tourism Awards in London.
The Diemersfontein Original Coffee Chocolate Pinotage is a young wine made to be drunk early. We bottle each year in July or August – after an oaky immersion for just five months. Ready to enjoy soon thereafter – and though you can reserve it a little, – it’s at its best in the first year or two. (However, fans don’t generally wait that long!)
No wine is ever exactly the same year on year, and we do taste some vintage variation. The fans of course love to argue about their favourites and the merits of each. But we will always maintain the essential features of this phenomenal wine – the consistency that comes from using only the highest quality grapes from the Wellington region and the same fermentation and oak maturation process every year.
Over the past 15 vintages, this unique Pintage has received numerous awards and accolades. It was quite literally out of the starting blocks when it won a place in the ABSA Top Ten, followed shortly thereafter with a Trophy at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards for best Pinotage, silver at Wine Style Asia, Silver in Nova Scotia, Michelangelo Gold 2006, and the list continued to grow. One of the best acknowledgements included when in April 2007, Neil Pendock christened it “The People’s Pinotage” after his consumer survey in the South African Sunday Times found that it was the “overwhelming favorite” of all Pinotages! Since then the people have spoken again by voting it “The Best Red Wine on Show” at Winex in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2008/9/10, and the awards continue today.
The Darling Wildflower Society has been around now for more than a century and the Society’s Show takes place annually over the third weekend in September. It celebrates an integral part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom comprising of Renosterveld, Rietveld, Sandveld, and Strandveld where more than 1200 different species of flowers can be found.
The Darling Wildflower Society has held a show virtually every year since that first show in 1917. The ideals expressed by the founders still hold true today. They wanted to display Darling’s God-given wealth for the world to see. At the same time they promoted the conservation of flowers amongst the farmers of the district, who have since maintained the botanical diversity of the region over several generations.
The West Coast flower region, an integral part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom, boasts more than 1200 species of flowering plants. About 80 of these are endemic to the West Coast and known nowhere else. The rich flora of the West Coast occurs on mainly three different soil types, culminating in three distinctive vegetation types, namely, Strandveld, Renosterveld and Sandveld. Darling lies within the Cape West Coast Biosphere reserve in the centre of the threatened lowland sandplain and renosterveld fynbos.
Darling’s veld is unique in that it consists of an intermingling of various veld types. This situation is found nowhere else in the world. The Cape Floral Kingdom, with more than 12 000 species, is also the richest in species diversity. It is astounding that Darling contains more than 10% of the species count of the Cape Floral Kingdom in less than 1% of the area. If there was ever a “Golden Mile” of the plant kingdom anywhere in the world, it must surely exist in Darling. If there was ever a “Most Threatened” area in the world, likewise.
The Flower Show will be offering a variety of activities to entertain young and old, and on Friday, 18th September, entrance for pensioners will be only R30! Your ticket includes entry to the Landscaped Hall depicting the flowers of the area in their natural habitat; a free ride on a tractor-drawn wagon to see the pristine wetland at Oude Post which is not normally accessible to the public and may only be visited during the Show; a Craft & Gourmet Food Market; Veteran Tractor/Car Display; an Entertainment Tent featuring live music from the famous Swartland band, Klassik and other local acts, with safe and secure parking for vehicles.
With more than 100 food and craft stalls, everyone’s taste buds and shopping needs will be catered for! Kids will have a weekend of fun in the playpark area with entertainment ranging from face-painting to rides, whilst adults can relax in the Mini Wine Route & Beer Tent. In addition there will be a shuttle driving through Darling, and stopping at places of interest. Your entrance fee to the Darling Wildflower Show will help to conserve our endangered floral kingdom for future generations.
Contact Michelle Linder
Tel 072 178 5744 / 084 916 1111
* 2017 dates to be confirmed * Linking creativity to a celebration of comestibles, this event brings together galleries & gastronomy, entertainment & eateries … so say “mmmM”, as you sample the mastery of the cellar, the kitchen and studio. McGregor’s boutique Food and Wine Festival. Wineries from the valley will be participating including our own grappa distillery. Foodie stalls, fun for kids, music and bargain wine prices. Experience hand made hospitality in McGregor.
It’s been described as the most fun, the most affordable and the least pretentious of any food and wine fest. At McGregor’s Country Food and Wine Festival, the winemakers of local cellars present their valley wines and village restaurateurs, chefs and caterers tempt with fare that ranges from rustic to topnotch, from traditional to trendy.