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Main Ingredient's 2013 Events calendar updated 6th February 2013

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    • Here is our calendar of current and upcoming wine and food-related events for 2013. Itmay be updated at any time, so watch this space…. (Click on the bold highlights toaccess websites for more information). Not all the events are in the Western Cape and weare, occasionally, told about events in Johannesburg, London, and other cities and towns.When we receive the information, well pass it on. Events are listed in the order in whichthey will occur.Picnics and other programmesWinemakers Breakfast Served throughout Harvest Season! Join Lourens van derWesthuizen for an early morning of harvesting and gain insight into his handcrafted way ofselecting, picking, processing his grapes at Arendsig. Enjoying the early morning sights andsounds and learn firsthand what goes into creating his quality wines. Guests can then enjoya breakfast brunch whilst overlooking the beautiful views of the Breede River Valley. Cost:R200 per person (Max 10 people.) Bookings essential. Contact Lizelle on 076 853 0605 oremail lizelle@arendsig.co.zaEvery Saturday evening till 9th March Solms Delta, Simondium/Franschhoek SummerConcerts! Enjoy a hearty Kaapse Braai buffet and Solms-Delta wines while you listen to thesounds of local favourites Les Javan, Hannes Coetzee, Hot Water, Tribal Echo, Robin Auld,Albert Frost and Pieter van der Westhuizen, alongside the talented Music van de Caabmusicians, Soetstemme and Delta Valley Entertainers. Join us from 19h00. Music starts at19h30 and runs until 21h30. R210 per person includes the 3 course braai buffet andentertainment. Children under 12: R100. Booking is advised through Henry or Thozi on +2721 874 3937 ext 115 or restaurant@solms-delta.co.za as limited places will be availableon the night.Until 31st March from 11h00 to 17h00. Steenberg Festive Season Picnics. Enjoy adecadent picnic at Steenberg Vineyards during the festive season, offering visitors a greatSteenberg wine experience relaxing on the rolling lawn with friends and family. Picnics willrun from October to March and will be offered on weekends only on a pre-booked basis.They suit corporate function requirements very well and are also ideal for end of yearparties and the like. We have boules sets, parasols and picnic blankets available for thoselooking to enjoy themselves on the lawns in front of the winery. It is the philosophy ofSteenberg that the enjoyment of wine should be spontaneous and de-cluttered, yet stilloffering an exceptional experience. This is exactly what the Steenberg picnics are about,and this summer there will be little to beat the simple pleasure of a day spent enjoying themagical setting of this working wine farm in the heart of the Constantia Valley! TheSteenberg picnic offers a medley of scrumptious goodies from the pantry of Food Fanatics,one of Cape Town‘s leading catering companies. Picnic-goers may indulge in lip-smackingfare that includes two Italian Panini‘s enjoyed with a generous spread of the accompanyingOven roasted butternut and red onion spread with crushed pumpkin seeds or Smoked westcoast snoek pate, topped with tempting Cape Cheeses from Dalewood Fromage inKlapmuts. The delicious Charcuterie selection provided by Martin Raubenheimer of CureDeli fame will no doubt add to the sensory delight, along with Home baked mushroom,thyme and parmesan tartlet and a Summer couscous salad. Ending off on a sweet note,melt-in-the-mouth Chocolate Brownies are sure to prove irresistible, while a bottle of oneof Steenberg‘s superb ‗food‘ wines rounds off this perfect picnic. Green consciousness ispart of the picnic package, with everything in the picnic hamper being biodegradable: fromthe recycled wine cartons to food containers and cutlery. Added to this is the choice ofsuppliers - based on their penchant for using local produce, and for supporting farmers whoemploy humane farming methods. Guests are welcome to bring along a picnic blanket andsettle in a sunny spot on the lawn next to the reflection pools, or recline in the shade of a
    • tree after a bout of wine-tasting at the Tasting Bar in the Steenberg Winery. To work offsome energy a leisurely stroll through the vineyards, or a game of Boules in true Frenchstyle, may round off a yet another perfect day in the Cape Winelands. Click here todownload Steenberg Picnic Options. Pre-bookings are essential. Kiddies‘ picnics areavailable on request, as are picnic baskets with special occasions and requests. Grouppicnics are available by prior arrangement for Christmas parties and corporate functionstoo. Contact Steenberg Vineyards at +27 21 713 2211 or eMail info@steenbrg.co.za.www.steenberg-vineyards.co.zaUntil 30th April. Summer Picnics at Durbanville Hills. Spread out and relax on thebeautiful bespoke blankets and comfy pillows and while away the afternoon with acomplimentary bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé. Head outdoors this summer to ThePicnic Spot at Durbanville Hills Wines. With the sun on your back, the lawn tickling yourbare feet and surrounded by a spread of delectable treats, a picnic is a great way to refreshand re-energise after the long, cold winter. Offering the perfect setting in the olive grovewith panoramic views over the picturesque Durbanville vineyards and Table Bay, the PicnicSpot promises hand-woven baskets brimming with scrumptious artisanal foods. Spread outand relax on the beautiful bespoke blankets and comfy pillows and while away theafternoon with a complimentary bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé. The menu,developed by executive chef Riedwaan Rooknodien of The Eatery at Durbanville Hillsincludes a delicious selection of rustic bread, chicken liver pâté with grape chutney, mintedMoroccan salsa on nutty couscous, parmesan chicken, fresh salad and The Eaterys signatureGrabouw sausage and red onion marmalade quiche. Cheese and biscuits along with adecadent bag filled with Turkish delight, chocolate truffles and nougat end off a perfectday spent with family and friends. The free-form jungle gyms will keep the kids occupiedand the special 5 Ants picnic will tempt the little ones. Their special menu includesmeatballs, sesame chicken and cheddar wraps, pretzel sticks and dips, chocolate browniesand fruit juice. The picnics will be available until the end of April and cost R295 for twopeople, including a bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé and the kiddies‘ picnic is chargedat R65 each. Bookings are required at least 24 hours in advance during the week and forweekend picnics orders please book on the Friday by 16h00. For more information or tomake a booking contact Hanlie Campher: info@durbanvillehills.co.za /www.durbanvillehills.co.zaSaturday, 26th January to Sunday, 3rd February, 10h00 to 14h00 daily. Taste Le GoodLife at The House of J.C. Le Roux during Stellenbosch Wine Festival. Toast the bubblyharvest season by visiting the newly renovated House of J.C. Le Roux for a taste of Le GoodLife during Stellenbosch Wine Festival from Saturday, 26th January to Sunday, 3rdFebruary. With special tasting experiences on offer from 10h00 to 14h00 daily, SouthAfrica‘s leading home of sparkling wine will definitely be the highlight of your summer inthe winelands. The Sinfully Delicious tasting experience will be an absolute feast for thesenses. The refreshing J.C. Le Roux Brut Cap Classique will be served with a koeksister, atrue South African classic, and sweet lamingtons will be paired with the sparkling J.C. LeRoux Sauvignon Blanc. An irresistible treat of strawberry marshmallows dipped in milkchocolate will be the perfect partner for J.C. Le Roux La Vallée Rosé, a must try for bubblylovers with a dry or a slightly sweeter palate. And do not miss out on the romantic LaChanson served with a chocolate brownie. With a glamorous make-over and a stunning newlook for the Le Venue restaurant, your favourite home of sparkling wine is the ultimatehotspot to celebrate Le Good Life. The special tasting experiences at The House of J.C. LeRoux during the Stellenbosch Wine Festival cost R70 per person. For more information, visit
    • www.jcleroux.co.za or www.facebook.com/HouseofJCLeRoux. Booking is essential, call021 865 8200.Wednesday, 30th January to Sunday, 3rd February, daily at the Estate. Hartenbergvertical tasting captures 20 years of winemaking with Carl Schultz. Join Hartenberg WineEstate during this year‘s Stellenbosch Wine Festival and celebrate winemaker Carl Schultz‘s20th harvest with rare vertical tastings of the flagship single vineyard Hartenberg GravelHill Shiraz. As one of South Africa‘s oldest Shiraz producers, Hartenberg enjoys wideacclaim for its exceptional terroir and Carl‘s masterly ability to work with this variety.Alternatively, Hartenberg invites Wine Festival goers to an authentic winelands picnicexperience in the estate‘s picturesque garden. Picnic baskets will be filled with localculinary delights from Hartenberg‘s kitchen, farm-baked bread, perfect with Eleanor‘sfamous snoek pate, to a rich combination of terrines. Rosemary focaccia, delivered daily bya local family owned bakery and delicious salads dressed in a neighbour‘s olive oil will addto the selection of delicious picnic treats. To avoid disappointment, Shiraz lovers shouldbook now for the Single Vineyard Shiraz Tastings, available at R 50 per person, offered dailyfrom Wednesday, 30th January to Sunday, 3rd February by calling +27 21 865 2541 or e-mailing info@hartenbergestate.com. The picnics, at R145 per adult, include a carafe ofHartenberg wine and are served seven days a week between 12h00 and 14h00. A children‘spicnic basket is available at R45. To taste the full range of Hartenberg and otherStellenbosch wines, be sure to visit the three-day Stellenbosch Wine Festival Expo at DieBraak, the town‘s famous grassy square, from 1st to 3rd February. For more info visitwww.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za. Hartenberg Wine Estate is on the Bottelary Road(M23) off the R304 to Stellenbosch.FEBRUARYWednesday, 6th February 7pm for 7.30pm. Grapes, Gourmet & Gallery, Harvey‘s at theWinchester Mansions, Beach Rd, Sea Point. A fabulous evening of food, wine and modernart. The Chef and his team have outdone themselves and created an amazing 5-coursemenu paired with fine wines from Doolhof. During the course of the evening guests canmarvel at artwork by Jill Fearon.R345.00 per person. To check out the menu click hereThursday, 7th February. A Valentine’s Day Rosé tasting will be held at Die BergkelderWine Centre. The experience costs R80 per person and includes the tasting and lightsupper. The evening starts at 17h30 for 18h00. Places are limited so booking is essential.Call 021 809 8025. This tasting forms part of a series of Thursday tasting evenings on offerat Die Bergkelder covering a wide selection of wines, fortified wines and brandies. Thereare lucky draw prizes up for grabs for anyone who purchases wines on the evening.Conveniently in Stellenbosch, Die Bergkelder Wine Centre offers a wide selection of finewines and spirits at competitive prices with knowledgeable and experienced staff eager tooffer advice and assistance.Thursday, 7th February. Cuvées Classiques’ first 2013 Champagne tasting for 2013.Time: 6.30pm for welcome drink, (Champagne tasting will begin at 7pm.)Venue: Cuvées Classiques, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, wine cellar through Rococoa.Price: R400 per guest. Champagnes in the Programme: First Flight BLIND: JacquessonBruts. We will taste 3 different years of Jacquesson brut non vintage, 2 new arrivals , thecuvée 735 and 736 and an older cuvée 731, which will have some bottle age. This will beinteresting to taste the effect that age has on the champagnes and also the subtledifference between the different years and blends. Second Flight: Blanc de Blancs.Guy Charbaut Blanc de Blanc, Drappier blanc de Blanc, Third flight : Rosés. Colin Brut roséDrappier Grande Sendrée Rosé. Final Flight: Vintage 2005 and Prestige cuvee. Taittinger
    • Brut 2005, Drappier Grandes Sendrée 2005. I think this will be an interesting programmewith some new champagnes and a wide variety of styles and blends. Dinner will be servedfrom 8pm. To Book places at this event, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINKSaturday, 9th February at 11am New vintage release of Hope Marguerite 2012 &Vitruvian 2009 The harvest is just weeks away and the excitement is mounting! Tocelebrate, the Beaumonts would like to invite you to join them in tasting the new vintagesof our two flagship wines, Hope Marguerite and Vitruvian. You will have the uniqueopportunity to enjoy these two wines and compare them to some of our previous awardwinning vintages. Following the tasting we will be pairing them with a delicious lunchprepared by Nici, Jen and the Zest team. Andy, the marvellous miller will be milling flourand our cellar will be fermenting some of the freshest juice. Join us in the cool shade ofJaynes garden for a truly unique experience. Space is limited so book soon! Menu:Starters: (Beaumont Hope Marguerite, Beaumont Vitruvian) Asian Prawn & Mango Salad,Gruyere & Onion Tarts, Seared Springbok with a Spiced Plum Sauce, Marinated lambskewers. Mains: (Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2011, Beaumont Vitruvian 2008) Hot SmokedSalmon with Potatoes & Horseradish, Pear, Goats Cheese and Rocket Salad, RoastedAubergine, Pomegranate and Pine Nut Salad. Dessert: (Beaumont Goutte DOr) Berry &Rosewater Pavlova, Pear & Almond Tart, Baklava. Tickets: R395 per person RSVP by Monday4th February : 028 284 9194 / info@beaumont.co.zaSaturday, 9th February Make your way to Hartenberg Wine Estate for the secondRiesling Rocks festival in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 9 February 2013featuring South Africa‘s finest Rieslings and two specialist tastings for lovers of thisversatile white varietal. Carl Schultz, celebrated Hartenberg winemaker and one of SouthAfrica‘s Riesling masters, has invited the crème de la crème of cellars to showcase their topWeisser/Rhine Rieslings at this fabulous wine and food celebration. Specialist tastings atRiesling Rocks at Hartenberg Wine Estate: In addition to sampling a wide variety of topRieslings from leading estates such as De Wetshof, Klein Constantia, Groote Post, and manymore, Thelema owner/cellarmaster, Gyles Webb, and promising, young upcomingwinemaker Howard Booysen will inspire your palate with specialist tastings. Gyles willpresent a reflective tasting of some of his older vintages, whilst Howard will take youthrough a flight of four of his favourite South African Rieslings. Possibly the most versatileof all wines, Riesling can be enjoyed with practically any food. Some of the Cape‘s bestpurveyors of fine deli food will be providing delicious treats to enjoy with the wines, withlocal musicians setting a festive tone for this singular Winelands wine and food experience.Riesling Rocks at Hartenberg will take place on Saturday, 9th February from 12h00 noonuntil 17h00. Tickets cost R180 per person, including a wine glass and are available eitherdirectly from Hartenberg Estate or online at www.webtickets.co.za. Bookings for theSpecialist Riesling Tastings, by winemakers Howard Booysen and Gyles Webb will take placeat 12:30 and 15:00 respectively, and will be treated strictly on a ‗first come, first serve‘basis at the tickets desk on the day of the event. For more information, call +27 21 8652541, Email: info@hartenbergestate.com or visit www.hartenbergestate.com.Hartenberg Estate is on the Bottelary Road off the R304 to Stellenbosch.Sunday, 10th February at 14h30. Muratie Summer Concert: Luna Paige with SchalkJoubert on bass guitar and the amazing Kevin Gibson on drums, will be performing an arrayof favourite songs from Lunas previous releases as well as brand new material for Luna fansto enjoy! Tickets: R80 per person. Another summer entertainment at Muratie Estate.Muratie, the historic Stellenbosch estate well-loved for its unique old-world ambience,
    • distinctive wines and warm hospitality, is once again hosting its series of summer musicconcerts, offering something for every musical taste. And Muratie‘s annual harvest festivalwill be an event not to be missed. All these wonderful outdoor events are a greatopportunity to get together with friends and family and to sit and relax under the estate‘sancient oak trees, soaking up the music while enjoying Muratie‘s fine wines and deliciousnew summer menu. Hamburgers, cheese platters and cold drinks will also be on sale andMuratie‘s full range of wines will be available by the glass or by the bottle. All drinks mustbe purchased on the farm. Tickets include a glass of Muratie wine on arrival. Children under12 enter free. It is preferable to make your booking in advance and pay via eft to ensure atable, but some tables will be kept aside for walk-ins on the day. Muratie can accommodateup to 120 people, and in the event of rain, Muratie will try and accommodate the peopleinside. Do not miss this show. What a wonderful way to while away a lazy summerafternoon. For further information or to pre-book, contact Thalia Alberts on 021 865 2330or info@muratie.co.za. Tickets can also be purchased on arrival.Sunday, 10th February from 4 to 8pm. Cape to Canton. Ni hao! A banquet in a bowl in the bucolicgardens of the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town. In celebration ofChinese New Year and the Capes tradition of trade with the East, come and enjoy the Cape‘s finestdim sum, wine, Bisquit Cognac and entertainment in an elegant and relaxed setting beneath TableMountain. Food by Haiku, South China Dim Sum Bar and the Vineyard. Wine by 7 of the Cape‘s mostauspicious producers: Anthonij Rupert, Durbanville Hills, KWV, Leopard‘s Leap, Nederburg, Plaisirde Merle, Vrede en Lust and Warwick as well as Cape-owned Bisquit Cognac. Travel from Cape toCanton [Kai pu dun dào Guangzhou] on the advent of the Year of the Snake and chase the Dragonsback to their lair on Table Mountain. Sunday, 10th February 2013 4:00 PM — 8:00 PM. Vineyard Hotel& Spa, - Red Tickets (only R295) and Gold Tickets (Only R595) for travellers from Cape to Canton.Dont Miss out on the experience! Get your tickets at: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/1561-cape-to-canton-chinese-new-year/Wednesday, 13th February Street Soirees celebrate theStellenbosch lifestyle. Summertime and the living is easy... in Stellenbosch, where you canrevel in the true pulse and pleasures of this vibrant oak-lined town. These bi-weekly socialStellenbosch Street Soirees – presented by the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routesand Stellenbosch 360 – transform the lower part of Church Street into a colourful gourmetand grape hub, with complimentary wine tastings offered by estates from South Africa‘soldest and foremost wine route. Participating restaurants will sell some of their dishes onthe street, while live music will get the vibes going. Each Stellenbosch Street Soireefeatures a different selection of cellars and caterers and entrance is free. These wine andfood rendezvous take place from 17h00 till 19h30 and a R20 deposit gets one a wine glassand a ticket to taste wines on the evening. For more information on the Stellenbosch StreetSoirees contact 021 886 8275/021 886 4310 or visit www.wineroute.co.za. Or go to theStellenbosch Street Soirees Facebook pageWednesday, 13th February to Sunday, 10th March Hanepoot picking at De Krans. Duringthe months of February and March, De Krans Wine Cellar will once again offer visitors to thearea the opportunity to pick deliciously sweet Hanepoot grapes. This fun-filled pickingexperience will take place from 13 February to 10 March, and will be made available everyday (except Sundays) from 8am until 4pm. Grapes cost R5.40/kg and visitors are welcometo bring their own containers. Alternatively containers can be purchased at De Krans at aminimal cost. Picking grapes can lead to visitors working up a hefty appetite, and to caterfor this need Vygieshof Home for the Aged will be offering delicious braaivleis meals onWednesdays and Saturdays, between 11am and 2pm. As these meals have proven to beextremely popular in the past, booking is essential. De Krans, in the picturesque LittleKaroo town of Calitzdorp, is home to some of South Africa‘s award-winning ports. Accoladesinclude a 5-star rating for the De Krans The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010. This 5-
    • star rating follows in the footsteps of the De Krans Espresso awarded the RX South AfricaTrophy for the Most Innovative Wine in 2012, at the 2012 Michelangelo International WineAwards, as well as De Krans winning the South African Champion Port at this year‘s SAYoung Wine Show, reaffirming De Krans‘ position as one of South Africa‘s premier portproducers. Visitors to the farm are invited to sample these as well as the other ports andvalue-for-money wines within the range, especially the Pink Port which is the first of itskind to be launched in South Africa. For bookings and further enquiries contact Helet orBessie at the farm on 044 213 3314 or e-mail dekrans@mweb.co.zaThursday, 14th February. Dornier Valentine’s Day Menu: A Glass of Colmant Brut & FreshOyster upon Arrival. Starters: Seafood Plate of Calamari, Mussels & Langoustine, marinatedin Lemon, Parsley, Chilli & Garlic served on Spicy Spanish Rice *Dornier Chenin Blanc OrKudu Melanzane - Kudu Carpaccio served on Aubergine, Tomato Pesto, Capperotto Capers,Parmesano Riggiano & Basil *Dornier Merlot Or French Brioche - French Style Sautéed ExoticMushrooms served on Toasted Brioche with Pickled Zucchini Ribbons *Donatus White. Mains:Fish of the Day - Fresh Fish served on an Asian Nasi Goreng tossed with Prawns & toppedwith Spring Onion & Gremolata *Donatus White Or Grain Fed Karan Beef - Char Grilled FilletCut served with Truffled Potato Royal, Lamb Demi Glaze & Baby Organic Vegetables*Dornier Cabernet/Merlot Or Italian Pasta - Broccoli & Walnut filled Tortellini served withWarm Leek Coulis sliced with Saffron & Dill *Dornier Chenin Blanc. Dessert: Eton Mess -Vanilla Meringue with Cinnamon, Mixed Berries & Vanilla Cream Or Chocolate Brownie -Chocolate Brownie with Cherries & Mascarpone Ice Cream Or Raspberry Sorbet - RaspberrySorbet served with Black Berry Coulis. Truffle Friandise & Coffee/Tea. R 380 for 3 course &R 450 for 3 course with wine*. Bookings are essential and place is limited, so phone 021880 0557 or send an email to bodega@dornier.co.zaThursday, 14th February. CLOUD NINE VALENTINE’S EXPERIENCE AT WATERKLOOF.Exclusive Degustation Menu of six food and wine pairings to woo the senses. Swap the rosesand chocolates for a ‗head-in-the-clouds‘ Valentine‘s dinner at Waterkloof Restaurant,perched high in the sky on the slopes of the Schapenberg outside Somerset West, where afairy tale six course Food & Wine Experience will marry a breathtaking view. Gorgeouslyappointed in a 10 metre high glass promontory flowing from the slick wine tasting loungeand state-of-the-art gravitational cellar, the restaurant is set against the majestic backdropof Waterkloof Estate‘s amphitheatre of vineyards and the full expanse of False Bay in thedistance – the perfect setting to celebrate your most romantic moments. French ChefGrégory Czarnecki knows just which fine dining buttons to push with the following sixdishes, complemented by Waterkloof‘s elegant wines, to woo all senses on Valentine‘s eve.Menu: • Foie gras in a candy shop • Smiling Valley marron - revisited prawn cocktail •Yellowtail carpaccio, mango and Piment d‘Espelette (chili pepper) • Bunny chow, Buffalolabneh and confit duck • Blue veined Healey‘s Cheddar• For the love of chocolate. Yourdreamy dinner will start with a complimentary flute of Cap Classique on arrival and ends ona decadent high with mignardises (tiny bite-sized desserts). The exclusive ‗WaterkloofValentine‘s Dinner with View‘ costs R650 per person which includes all the wines on theevening or R500 per person excluding the wine pairings. Bookings are essential. To reserveyour table, contact 021 858 1491 or send an email to restaurant@waterkloofwines.co.za.Waterkloof Estate is outside Somerset West on the M9 Sir Lowry‘s Pass Village Road.Thursday, 14th February Dornier Valentine’s Day Menu: A Glass of Colmant Brut & FreshOyster upon Arrival. Starters: Seafood Plate of Calamari, Mussels & Langoustine, marinatedin Lemon, Parsley, Chilli & Garlic served on Spicy Spanish Rice *Dornier Chenin Blanc OrKudu Melanzane - Kudu Carpaccio served on Aubergine, Tomato Pesto, Capperotto Capers,Parmesano Riggiano & Basil *Dornier Merlot Or French Brioche - French Style Sautéed Exotic
    • Mushrooms served on Toasted Brioche with Pickled Zucchini Ribbons *Donatus White. Mains:Fish of the Day - Fresh Fish served on an Asian Nasi Goreng tossed with Prawns & toppedwith Spring Onion & Gremolata *Donatus White Or Grain Fed Karan Beef - Char Grilled FilletCut served with Truffled Potato Royal, Lamb Demi Glaze & Baby Organic Vegetables*Dornier Cabernet/Merlot Or Italian Pasta - Broccoli & Walnut filled Tortellini served withWarm Leek Coulis sliced with Saffron & Dill *Dornier Chenin Blanc. Dessert: Eton Mess -Vanilla Meringue with Cinnamon, Mixed Berries & Vanilla Cream Or Chocolate Brownie -Chocolate Brownie with Cherries & Mascarpone Ice Cream Or Raspberry Sorbet - RaspberrySorbet served with Black Berry Coulis. Truffle Friandise & Coffee/Tea. R 380 for 3 course &R 450 for 3 course with wine*. Bookings are essential and place is limited, so phone 021880 0557 or send an email to bodega@dornier.co.zaThursday, 14th February. Sterling EQ’s picnic concert at Nitida. Show starts at 19h30 –gates open at 18h30. Sterling EQ‘s picnic concert at Nitida has become an annual highlighton the Durbanville events calendar, and the organisers have announced that the 2013 eventwill coincide with Valentine‘s Day to make this an event not to be missed! Cassia, signaturerestaurant at the award-winning Nitida Wine Estate, will spoil lovebirds with a delectablepicnic offering, to perfectly complement the romantic open-air ambiance of Sterling EQ`sconcert around the dam 14 February 2013. The quartet, fresh from releasing their thirdstudio album PULSE, will perform songs from the new album, as well as hits from theirprevious award-winning releases Nova, Sterling EQ live in concert, and Sterling SpeelAfrikaans. Tickets: R600 per couple/ R300 per person. Tickets include a picnic basket filledwith a variety of delicious sweet and savoury eats, as well a bottle of Cassia‘s red or whitewine. *Free entry for kids (under 12). Yummy picnic package available for kids at R60 each.Bookings: Via Computicket Please note: Only food and beverages purchased at the venuewill be allowed. Guests are encouraged to bring along picnic blankets or camping chairs.Cassia Restaurant: +27 21 976 0640 info@cassiarestaurant.co.zaThursday, 14th February. The Robertson Small Hotel celebrates Cupid’s craft inFebruary. Spoil your lover with a Midsummer‘s Night Dream date. If Romeo and Juliet hadto pick a spot for Valentine‘s Day, they would look no further than the enchantingRobertson Small Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Robertson, where amagical Month of Love, crowned with a Midsummer‘s Night Dream date on the 14th ofFebruary awaits lovers. This Valentine‘s Day, connoisseurs of Cupid‘s craft will be whiskedaway to the hotel‘s mystical garden for a sensory five course Food & Wine feast withcuisines fashioned from food and perfectly paired potions that personify love. Couples andgroups of friends will be seated at their own private tables for a romantic moonlit affairinfused with delights and surprises for the senses. ―Shakespeare so aptly proclaimed ‗Ifmusic be the food of love, play on‘, so in addition to this fairytale dinner under the starswe will also transport the lovebirds to a world of romantic wonder by an exclusive musicaldance performance,‖ shares Executive Chef Tiaan van Greunen whose special interactivedessert indulgence promises a decadent high on the evening. If a dinner is not enough todeclare your love, The Robertson Small Hotel, voted South Africa‘s Best Luxury CountryHotel for the second consecutive year at the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards, also bestowstheir guests with added Valentine‘s treats should they be spending a night or two in one ofits 10 spacious luxury en-suite rooms during the month of February. These ‗Valentine‘stouches‘ include a complimentary bottle of wine for your table if you dine at the hotel‘ssignature restaurant – Reuben‘s at The Robertson Small Hotel – during your stay; a specialgift and romantic treats in your room, and a R100 voucher to use towards any spatreatment valued at R300 or more at the hotel‘s Wellness Room. The Midsummer‘s NightDream Valentine‘s Dinner at The Robertson Small costs R240 per person which includes the
    • wine/beverage pairing per course. Cupid will be ready with his bow at 19h00 and bookingsare essentials as seating is limited. To reserve your table or to book a room contact TheRobertson Small Hotel at +27 23 626 7200 or send an email toinfo@therobertsonsmallhotel.com. The Robertson Small Hotel is at 58 Van Reenen Street,Robertson, Western Cape.Thursday, 14th February: CAROLINE’S WINE TASTINGS: SPAIN – EXPLORE THE MAINREGIONS of Rueda, Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Toro, Priorat, Castillo Y Leon. VinaOropendola Verdejo 2010 (R183); Martin Codaz Albarinho 2011 (R208); Fincas de GanuzaRes 2004 (R431); Vega Sicilia Alion 2008 (R659); Vega Sicilia Valbuena 2007 (R1400); VegaSicilia Pintia 2008 (R529); Teso La Monja Victorino 2009 (R439); Terroir al Limit Arbossar2008 (R766); Mauro ( ex winemaker of Vega Sicilia ) VS 2006 (R863) R395 p/p. Find theBooking form HereSaturday 16th February at 16h00. Muratie Summer Concert: Andra, the enchantingtalented artist from Namibia, with her strong captivating voice, soul binding lyrics andsoothing guitar strings. Tickets: R80 per person. Another summer entertainment at MuratieEstate. Muratie, the historic Stellenbosch estate well-loved for its unique old-worldambience, distinctive wines and warm hospitality, is once again hosting its series ofsummer music concerts, offering something for every musical taste. And Muratie‘s annualharvest festival will be an event not to be missed. All these wonderful outdoor events are agreat opportunity to get together with friends and family and to sit and relax under theestate‘s ancient oak trees, soaking up the music while enjoying Muratie‘s fine wines anddelicious new summer menu. Hamburgers, cheese platters and cold drinks will also be onsale and Muratie‘s full range of wines will be available by the glass or by the bottle. Alldrinks must be purchased on the farm. Tickets include a glass of Muratie wine on arrival.Children under 12 enter free. It is preferable to make your booking in advance and pay viaeft to ensure a table, but some tables will be kept aside for walk-ins on the day. Muratiecan accommodate up to 120 people, and in the event of rain, Muratie will try andaccommodate the people inside. Do not miss this show. What a wonderful way to whileaway a lazy summer afternoon. For further information or to pre-book, contact ThaliaAlberts on 021 865 2330 or info@muratie.co.za. Tickets can also be purchased on arrival.Friday, 22nd February. NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West. The last Wine andDine Evening of the summer season will feature Ayama Wines. ‗Ayama‘ is a Xhosa wordmeaning someone to lean on and this philosophy shines through in every aspect of how thefarm is worked and managed. The first wine was produced in 2005 and the farm alsoproduces olive oil and plums. The farm also received Conservancy status in 1999, and has ahealthy population of small Cape fauna. Price: R275 per person, including a 5-coursedinner, featured wine and after-dinner coffee. (10% discount for NH The Lord CharlesExecutive Club members.) For more information or to make a reservation, please contactDenise Reddell on 021 855 1040 or email d.reddell@nh-hotels.co.zaFriday, 22nd February at 19h30. Robertson Hands on Harvest Programme: Come WineWith Us at Arendsig. Wine and Food are one of Life‘s pleasures. Join us at Arendsig tomeet and greet those who make things happen. (3 course meal & wine included). Max 20guests. Price R280 per person. For bookings contact Lizelle on 076 853 0605 or emaillizelle@arendsig.co.zaFriday, 22nd and Saturday, 23rd February: À la carte Hands on Harvest menu withArendsig Wine Specials. Mo and Rose at Soekershof, Klaas Voogds, near Robertson. Lunch12h00 – 15h00. Dinner 18h00 – 21h30.
    • Friday, 22nd February until Sunday, 24th February. Experience the ‗Magic OF Harvest‘ atthe Robertson Wine Valley’s Hands-On Harvest. Prepare to get your hands dirty as youharvest the best of the Robertson Wine Valley. With harvest time around the corner, it istime to make plans to head out to the Robertson Wine Valley to experience the ‗magic ofharvest‘. Given the success of the previous events, the Valley‘s fifth Hands-On Harvest is afestival not to be missed! This year‘s Hands-On Harvest will be taking place from Friday, 22until Sunday, 24 February , and this boutique fun-filled family event promises to offer awide variety of activities that will appeal to both wine lovers and budding vintners. Here isjust a ‗handful‘ of the myriad activities on offer at the Hands-On Harvest. Experience theexcitement of harvesting one‘s own grapes; Witness the art of wine-making; Enjoy asumptuous farm breakfast while overlooking the vineyards; Take a ‗breakfast boat trip‘ onthe Breede River; Make a family event of grape-stomping; Take part in a wine-tasting trail,on horseback or by horse-and-cart; Take a tractor trip through the vineyards andexperience the landscape from a different vantage point; Picnic in the vineyards; Relish anabundant ‗harvest-lunch‘ while sipping on the fizz of award-winning bubblies; Be treated toan engaging discussion on ‗Grape vs Wine‘ and compare the flavours of the grapes with theresulting wine; Shop at leisure and spoil oneself at the Harvest Market; Be educatedthrough informative talks and demonstrations; Indulge oneself at the Harvest Spit-braai;Relish a delicious, bountiful Harvest Dinner prepared by a Master Chef. As some of thewineries participating in ‗Hands-On Harvest‘ are not ordinarily open to the public, the focuswill be on hosting a series of intimate events. This ensures that guests enjoy the best, mostpersonalised and ‗hands-on‘ experiences. Visit www.handsonharvest.com for theprogramme of activities (which includes contact details for participating wineries). Theprogramme will be available from end of November 2012. All bookings to be made directwith participating wineries by no later than 20 February. Payment is required in advance.FOR ACCOMMODATION, Visit the web-based regional brochure,www.robertsonwinevalley.com, for accommodation options. ENQUIRIES: Elizma Botha,Robertson Wine Valley: 023 626 3167 Email: manager@robertsonwinevalley.com Website:www.robertsonwinevalley.comSaturday, 23rd February at 19h30. Robertson Hands on Harvest Programme: An EveningAfter Harvest. Experience a typical evening during harvest time on Arendsig Boutique winefarm. Enjoy a relaxed evening, seated at a table between French casks and meet thewinemaker, Lourens van der Westhuizen, whilst enjoying dinner and tasting his superbrange of wines. Max 30 guests. Price R170 per person. For bookings contact Lizelle on 076853 0605 or email lizelle@arendsig.co.zaSaturday, 23rd February at 10h00. Robertson Hands on Harvest Programme: Canapé TourThrough The Vineyards. Enjoy a mid-morning tour through the vineyards of Arendsig farmwith winemaker Lourens van der Westhuizen and enjoy a range of gourmet canapé‘screated by highly acclaimed Mo & Rose Restaurant and paired with the fine wines ofArendsig. Max. 20 guests. Price R220 per person. For bookings contact Lizelle on 076 8530605 or email lizelle@arendsig.co.zaSaturday 23rd February from 11h30. Muratie Harvest Festival. This annual open day atMuratie, a celebratory family event, features good food, fine wine, great company, livemusic and lots of fun stomping the newly harvested grapes. From 14h30 prepare to berocked by The Rites with their music, antics and comedy. This hugely energetic band willkeep you captivated with music ranging from folk and blues through to rock and screamingpunk. Entrance is free of charge and visitors will receive a complimentary glass of wine onarrival. Food, wine and cold drinks will be on sale. Festival-goers can choose from Muratie‘sdelicious new summer menu. Hamburgers and cheese platters will also be on sale and
    • Muratie‘s full range of wines will be available by the glass or by the bottle. A vertical winetasting for 20x people will be on offer at 12h00 at R50 per head. For further information orto pre-book, contact Thalia Alberts on 021 865 2330 or info@muratie.co.za. Tickets canalso be purchased on arrival.Saturday, 23rd February: 17h00 to 20h00. Hartenberg kicks off Tapas and Jazz withManouche. Join Hartenberg Wine Estate for a fun-filled evening of gypsy swing onSaturday, 23 February when they kick off their Tapas and Jazz season with the ever popularband Manouche, in the heart of the captivating Stellenbosch Winelands. The very talentedManouche, known for their funky foot tapping and hip-swinging jazz sounds, will wowguests from 17h00 – 20h00 with a combination of original material and a great selection ofclassic favourites. The price per person is R75 including a glass of Hartenberg wine. Tapasplatters are available at between R10 and R60 and additional wine can be purchased atcellar door prices. For bookings, call +27 21 865 2541, Email: info@hartenbergestate.comor visit www.hartenbergestate.com. You can also purchase your tickets throughwww.webtickets.co.za. Hartenberg Estate is situated on the Bottelary Road off the R304to Stellenbosch.Sunday 24th February: Sunday Lunch along the Riverside @ ARENDSIG with Lourens vander Westhuizen and Axel Daniel. Please note: The Wine Bistro will be closed on Sunday the24th as we will be braaiing at Arendsig! Enjoy a typical South African warm summers dayafter harvest & enjoy a generous lunchtime feast alongside the river with winemakerLourens van der Westhuizen. Arendsig will offer an informal yet stylish afternoon whereguests can play a game of boules, relax on the rolling lawns, find a table under the trees oreven hop on the little boat on the river. Hand select your choice of meat and take it to thefire, where it will be specially prepared for you by Axel, from Mo&Rose. Enjoy a tasting ofArendsig fine wines whilst feasting in the sunshine and dress in white with a hat to match!For reservations, please call: 023 626 4134 or send an email to:welcome@moandrose.co.zaSunday, 24th February. Robertson Hands on Harvest Programme: Sunday Lunch Along TheRiverside. Enjoy a typical South African warm summer‘s day after harvest & enjoy agenerous lunchtime feast alongside the river with winemaker Lourens van der Westhuizen.Arendsig will offer an informal yet stylish afternoon where guests can play a game of boule,relax on the rolling lawns, find a table under the trees or even hop on the little boat on theriver. Hand select your choice of meat and take it to the fire, where it will be speciallyprepared for you by Chef Axel, from acclaimed Mo&Rose. Enjoy a tasting of Arendsig finewines whilst feasting in the sunshine and dress in white with a hat to match! Max. 50guests. Price R190 per person / R50 for children. Wine tasting included with lunch. Forbookings contact Lizelle on 076 853 0605 or email lizelle@arendsig.co.zaSunday, 24th February. Villiera adds sparkling cheer to Bottelary Hills WinemakersLunch. The friendly wine folk of the Bottelary Hills – a sub-route of the StellenboschAmerican Express® Wine Routes – will give their ‗Pop Up‘ Winemakers Lunches a sparklingsummer spin when they set the tables for the first lunch at Villiera Estate on Sunday, 24February. This elegant al fresco feast dishes up sumptuous fare by Chef Christophe Dehosseof Joostenberg Bistro; the genuine, uncomplicated hospitality of this secluded winecommunity, and select summer wines of Goede Hoop, Hartenberg, Kaapzicht, Mooiplaasand Villiera. With the latter – one of the finest Cap Classique producers in the country –playing host on this indulgent day, one is guaranteed an exuberant Winelands experiencewhen the corks start popping. Nestled north-west of Stellenbosch, along the R304 and M23,the Bottelary Hills Wine Route reveals an untapped world of quality wine to both discerning
    • wine drinkers and those who appreciate Cape heritage. Steeped in history, this ‗hidden‘wine route is home to some of the oldest wine farms in the country including Beyerskloof,Bellevue, Goede Hoop, Groenland, Hartenberg, Kaapzicht, Mooiplaas, Stellenrust andVilliera. The Bottelary Hills themselves contribute to the complex terroir of the soil andhelp the area produce some spectacular red wines. The slopes of these hills are kept coolby the ocean breezes of both False Bay and Table Bay, allowing the area to also producesome award-winning white wines and Méthode Cap Classiques. The great charm of this wineroute comes from the fact that most of the farms have been family-owned for manygenerations. This rich sense of history, commitment and family radiates in both the winesand the welcoming atmosphere of this area. If you like the sound of a lazy Sunday lunch inthe Winelands, with great food and fine wine shared at tables where strangers becomefriends, then the Winemakers Lunch at Villiera will be the perfect end to your weekend.This unadulterated experience of true Winelands camaraderie costs R250 per person andincludes a four course meal and the wines on the day. To book your seats contact 021 8868275 or send an email to marketing@wineroute.co.za. Pre-bookings are essential asseating is limited. Villiera Estate is 40km from Cape Town, 20 km from Paarl and 10 kmfrom Stellenbosch, on the R304.Tuesday, 26th February at 18h30. Cuvées Classiques introduces Michel Drappier atAuslese. Michel will be hosting a 4 course paired dinner created by Chef HaraldBresselschmidt. Enjoy Drappier Carte dOr and canapés on arrival and look forward to thefollowing with dinner: Drappier Rosé, Drappier Blanc de Blancs, Drappier Grand Sendrée &Drappier Brut Nature. Menu to be revealed soon.... Cost: R950 pp all incl. RSVP:jane@ccq.co.za Auslese, 115 Hope Street, Gardens. 021 461 9727 info@auslese.co.zahttp://www.auslese.co.zaWednesday, 27th February. Street Soirees celebrate the Stellenbosch lifestyle.Summertime and the living is easy... in Stellenbosch, where you can revel in the true pulseand pleasures of this vibrant oak-lined town. These bi-weekly social Stellenbosch StreetSoirees – presented by the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes and Stellenbosch360 – transform the lower part of Church Street into a colourful gourmet and grape hub,with complimentary wine tastings offered by estates from South Africa‘s oldest andforemost wine route. Participating restaurants will sell some of their dishes on the street,while live music will get the vibes going. Each Stellenbosch Street Soiree features adifferent selection of cellars and caterers and entrance is free. These wine and foodrendezvous take place from 17h00 till 19h30 and a R20 deposit gets one a wine glass and aticket to taste wines on the evening. For more information on the Stellenbosch StreetSoirees contact 021 886 8275/021 886 4310 or visit www.wineroute.co.za. Or go to theStellenbosch Street Soirees Facebook pageThursday, 28th February. Cape Town Opera is Teeing off. Calling all Brandon Graces!Cape Town Opera has a swinging line up planned to take you down the fairway of 2013,with a four ball of classics (Verdi‘s Otello, Mozart‘s Don Giovanni, Puccini‘s MadamaButterfly and Rossini‘s The Barber of Seville) set to play against a side of wild card concertsand fresh faces (Donizetti‘s Lucia di Lammermoor, Voice of the Nations Ensembleperformances and our very own Philip Miller‘s Two:30). To keep Cape Town Operas(w)inging in , we have teamed up with Stellenbosch Golf Club to host a special Cape TownOpera Golf Day which will include an opera concert and light dinner as well as a great dayout on the fairways. Not only will this event provide a wonderful opportunity for golfers andCTO supporters to entertain their clients and friends, but all proceeds will go to Cape TownOpera‘s Artist Development Programme. Please consider joining us, as a player or as asponsor. Venue: Stellenbosch Golf Club. Times: 11am Registration, 12pm first tee-off, 7pm
    • Concert, light dinner and prize giving. Cost: 4 ball alliance @ R1000 p/p. RSVP: 021 4109807 or Email: paulam@capetownopera.co.za by 1st February. Please join us! To tee ornot to tee, that is the question… Sponsor: We will need four items for each prize. CTO is aregistered PBO and on request will issue a Section18A tax receipt. CTO is a broad BasedBlack Economic Empowerment Level 2 Contributor and can supply our certificate tocorporate ticket buyers. You can also use this contribution to CTO towards the calculationof your BBBEE scorecard.MARCHFriday 1st and Saturday, 2nd March : RMB STARLIGHT CLASSICS. Celebrate some of theSouth Africa‘s most-loved names in music and the performing arts on the Great Lawn atVergelegen. The concert will be conducted by Richard Cock and directed by Ian vonMemerty and promises to be an innovative mix of popular and classical pieces, anchored bythe Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme will feature performances by SouthAfrica‘s ‗Queen of Song‘, Lira; Idols 2010 winner, Elvis Blue; internationally acclaimedsoprano Angela Kerrison; SA-born soprano, Sarah-Jane Brandon and SAMA award winner andAfrikaans singer-songwriter Anna Davel. Other highlights include the versatile ZipZap CircusSchool; finalists from SA‘s Got Talent - George Avakian and the PJ Twins; SA‘s Got Talent2012 winner, Botlhale Boikanyo; Cape Town City Ballet and the Cape Town Opera Chorus.Bookings only through Computicket - www.computicket.com • Bookings open: Monday 14January for Vergelegen Patrons and Monday 28 January for the public. Prices on bothnights: • Standard R180 • Pensioners and children R150.Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd March DURBANVILLES FEAST OF THE GRAPE. Join in thefun as local wineries from the Durbanville Wine Valley celebrate the harvest season at itsannual Feast of the Grape, which takes place at the Durbanville Race Course from 12pm to5pm daily. Harvesting the bounty of the vineyards is regarded as one of the most importantmoments in the making of good wine. This event marks the end of the grape harvest andthe arrival of autumn with a weekend feast filled with an array of activities and anabundance of seasonal wines to taste. The bumper festival offers visitors the completepackage from superb wine, live entertainment, to nonstop kiddies‘ entertainment. Oldschool games will keep young and old entertained throughout the day, and kids can lookforward to a jumping castle, face painting and so much more. While the kids are having funthe adults can sip and sample superb wines from the 11 wineries on show from theDurbanville region. Try your hand at grape stomping, milking a dairy cow, be amazed at thelatest and greatest on offer at the tractor exhibition or simply browse the stalls fordelectable local produce on offer. Local restaurants will ensure you‘re kept well fedthroughout the day. What better way to celebrate and feast on the bounties of theDurbanville Wine region. Tickets to the festival cost R100 for adults and R50 for children,which can be booked directly through www.webtickets.co.za. Your ticket allows you accessto the venue, as well as a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons. Additionalcoupons can be purchased throughout the day. For more information visitwww.durbanvillewine.co.za.Sunday, 3rd March – MCC Festival in the gardens at the Vineyard. More detailedinformation will follow in early February. t: +27 21 657 4500/4544, f: +27 21 657 4514,www.vineyard.co.zaSunday, 3rd March Harvest High Jinks at Eikendal WEINTAUFE . Laid-back weekend vibesmeet family fun on the farm, when Eikendal Estate sets the scene for its popular WeintaufeHarvest Celebration teeming with great wines, wholesome country-style fare and barrels ofentertainment for young and old. Over the past three decades the Eikendal Weintaufe has
    • evolved into a not-to-be-missed highlight on the social calendar, attracting a vibrant crowdof young and old, all celebrating the harvest high jinks at this prominent Stellenboschcellar. Eikendal is known for its fine Chardonnay and superb flagship reds and visitors willget to taste the cellar‘s first wine of the harvest – the flagship Chardonnay– straight fromthe barrel, after the baptism of this new wine. Other attractions include Eikendal winetastings, live music entertainment, craft stalls, lucky draws, vineyard tractor rides, flyfishing, barrel stomping, pony rides and lots of activities for the little ones. Delicious foodand wine will be on sale, so bring your friends, family and picnic blanket and claim yourspot at the water‘s edge for the perfect ending to your weekend in the warm company ofEikendal. Entrance to the Eikendal Weintaufe costs R60 per person and includes acomplimentary glass and barrel tasting of the Chardonnay for adults, whilst children underthe age of 12 get in for FREE. Tickets are available at Eikendal or at the gates on the day.The event starts at 10h00 with the official baptism and tasting of the new Eikendal wine at12h00. Eikendal is on the R44, midway between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. For moreinformation on the Eikendal Weintaufe or to book your tickets prior to the event contactthe cellar on Tel: 021 855 1422 or send an email to info@eikendal.co.zaThursday, 7th March. A Fine Brandy by Design tasting will be held at Die Bergkelder WineCentre. The experience costs R80 per person and includes the tasting and light supper. Theevening starts at 17h30 for 18h00. Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 021 8098025. This tasting forms part of a series of Thursday tasting evenings on offer at DieBergkelder covering a wide selection of wines, fortified wines and brandies. There are luckydraw prizes up for grabs for anyone who purchases wines on the evening. Conveniently inStellenbosch, Die Bergkelder Wine Centre offers a wide selection of fine wines and spirits atcompetitive prices with knowledgeable and experienced staff eager to offer advice andassistance.Thursday, 7th March: CAROLINE’S WINE TASTINGS: CREATION WINES with CarolynMartin. Enjoy the superb range of wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot,Pinot Noir and two excellent blends. Says Carolyn: ―Creation takes pride of place on thelofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in the maritime appellation of Walker Bay. In combining therich gifts of nature and our unique terroir with the considerable skills of our dedicatedteam, we strive to reward the wine lover with wines of rare balance, elegance, distinctionand finesse‖. R95 p/p. Find the Booking form HereSaturday, 9th March. Ommiberg ‘Round the Rock’ Festivities at Laborie Beckons Youngand Old. Join in the festivities of the annual Paarl Ommiberg ‗Round the Rock‘ festival andmake your way to Laborie Wine Farm on Saturday, 9 March for an unforgettable experiencefor young and old. Less than an hours‘ drive from Cape Town, Laborie Wine Farm, situatedin the heart of Paarl, and surrounded by the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, with the PaarlMountain as its backdrop, is regarded as one of the precious jewels in the Cape WinelandsDistrict. The focal point of Laborie‘s festivities will be an exciting pairing of youngunfiltered wines with traditional onion tart - a custom originating in Germany and adaptedby Ommiberg. Other fun filled activities include a blending competition and grape stomping– with a winning prize for each. Children can look forward to a demarcated kiddies‘ areawhich will include face painting and balloon modeling. Participate in a fun filled game ofboules which will take place at Harvest at Laborie restaurant. With so much on offer theday promises to be one filled with laughter, fun and enjoyment. A shuttle service will beoperational between participating farms, at no charge. Prepaid tickets, at R80 per person,can be purchased directly from www.computicket.com. Tickets purchased on the day costR100 per person. Your ticket includes a tasting glass, access pass and programme. Adding tothe day‘s festivities visitors can look forward to a live music performance by Mathys Roets
    • and 2003 SA Idols winner Anke Pietrangeli. Tickets to the concert, which starts at 7:30pm(gates open at 6:30pm) at a cost R120 per adult and R60 per child (under 18). Picnicbaskets will also be available to purchase at a cost of R250 per two adults and R80 perchild. Pre-booking for the concert and picnic baskets is essential and can be done throughinfo@dnaevents.co.za. These prices do not include the Ommiberg harvest activities. Thepopular Laborie Lazy Days Market will be open from 9am until 2pm where visitors canexpect a wide selection of carefully selected lifestyle products, with the primary focusbeing on food and a handful of arts and craft stalls. Food stalls range from freshly bakedbreads, coffee, cheese, olives, honey, charcuterie and other exciting fresh local produceexhibitors. Laborie is one of the oldest operational wine farms in South Africa and producessome of the best Méthode Cap Classique bubblies; an array of award-winning wines as wellas the Alambic brandy which has been named ―Best Brandy in the World‖ for twoconsecutive years. Visitors can stay overnight in the tranquil guest house or enjoy adelicious meal at the recently launched Harvest at Laborie. For more information contact021 807 3390, visit our website www.laboriewines.co.za, join our Facebook page or emailinfo@laboriewines.co.za. So join us as we celebrate life, love and laughter at the Laborie―Ommiberg ‗Round the Rock‘ festivities.Sunday 10th March at 14h30. Muratie Summer Concert: Matt Woosey & José Luis Pardo,highly-acclaimed international blues artists. Tickets: R80 per person. Another summerentertainment at Muratie Estate. Muratie, the historic Stellenbosch estate well-loved for itsunique old-world ambience, distinctive wines and warm hospitality, is once again hosting itsseries of summer music concerts, offering something for every musical taste. And Muratie‘sannual harvest festival will be an event not to be missed. All these wonderful outdoorevents are a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and to sit and relaxunder the estate‘s ancient oak trees, soaking up the music while enjoying Muratie‘s finewines and delicious new summer menu. Hamburgers, cheese platters and cold drinks willalso be on sale and Muratie‘s full range of wines will be available by the glass or by thebottle. All drinks must be purchased on the farm. Tickets include a glass of Muratie wine onarrival. Children under 12 enter free. It is preferable to make your booking in advance andpay via eft to ensure a table, but some tables will be kept aside for walk-ins on the day.Muratie can accommodate up to 120 people, and in the event of rain, Muratie will try andaccommodate the people inside. Do not miss this show. What a wonderful way to whileaway a lazy summer afternoon. For further information or to pre-book, contact ThaliaAlberts on 021 865 2330 or info@muratie.co.za. Tickets can also be purchased on arrival.Sunday, 10th March Stellenbosch estates blend Word & Wine during Woordfees.Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day – Loose lips and long legs take on a whole differentmeaning when the Greater Simonsberg sub-route of the Stellenbosch American Express®Wine Routes celebrates literary art and vinous culture during the Woordfees (Festival of theWord), and closes this festive chapter with a vibrant Market Day at Delvera Estate onSunday, 10th March. Leading up to the buzzing Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day,esteemed wine estates jotted along the foot of the Simonsberg will be hosting exclusiveWord & Wine celebrations on Friday, 8 March, during which literature fanatics can meetand mingle with some of the country‘s finest authors and personalities in the company ofquality wines. These bespoke Word & Wine encounters feature Liz Meiring who will beadding her quirky flair to Uitkyk; Dana Snyman for some wit and wisdom at Neil Ellis Estate,and Stellenbosch author Karin Brynard who will be sharing the spotlight with Delheimwines, while South Africa‘s famous ‗Oupa and Ouma‘, Johan & Lida Botha will cater forsome great story-telling at Muratie. But if all you want to read is the back label of a qualitybottle of wine and just chill out with your friends and family then the Simonsberg Wine
    • Route Market Day, which takes place at the Delvera agri-village, is your ticket to soak upthe last bit of summer Winelands fun. Young and old can delight in a festive day blendedwith the finest wines from the Simonsberg area, country fare, craft stalls with proudly localproduce, harvest activities, horse rides and live music. The little ones will have barrels offun in the play corner with go-cart rides, a trampoline, jungle gym and a Kids Theater tokeep them busy. The Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day starts at 10am and entry is FREE.The Vine Hopper will provide a shuttle service to and from Stellenbosch on the day. Formore information about the Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day or the individual Word &Wine events contact the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes at 021 886 8275 orvisit www.wineroute.co.za. Tickets for the individual ‗Word-and-Wine‘ events areavailable at Computicket. Seating is limited so be sure to book early! Click onwww.woordfees.co.za for the Woordfees programme.Wednesday, 13th March Street Soirees celebrate the Stellenbosch lifestyle.Summertime and the living is easy... in Stellenbosch, where you can revel in the true pulseand pleasures of this vibrant oak-lined town. These bi-weekly social Stellenbosch StreetSoirees – presented by the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes and Stellenbosch360 – transform the lower part of Church Street into a colourful gourmet and grape hub,with complimentary wine tastings offered by estates from South Africa‘s oldest andforemost wine route. Participating restaurants will sell some of their dishes on the street,while live music will get the vibes going. Each Stellenbosch Street Soiree features adifferent selection of cellars and caterers and entrance is free. These wine and foodrendezvous take place from 17h00 till 19h30 and a R20 deposit gets one a wine glass and aticket to taste wines on the evening. For more information on the Stellenbosch StreetSoirees contact 021 886 8275/021 886 4310 or visit www.wineroute.co.za. Or go to theStellenbosch Street Soirees Facebook pageThursday, 14th March: CAROLINE’S WINE TASTINGS: THE NEW KWV with cellarmasterRichard Rowe. KWV has won 299 medals worldwide in 2012, 53 of them being Gold, and thisincludes Top Producer of the Year at the 2012 Trophy Wine Show. Richard says, ―We wantto be better next year – yes, it‘s about quality, but also style, an aspect that‘s especiallyimportant in the flagship The Mentors range….‖. Don‘t miss Richard‘s serious, butentertaining presentation of this stunning range of wines, which includes Grenache Blanc,Semillon, Chardonnay and some top reds such as the excellent Orchestra 2010 Bordeauxblend. R95p/p. Find the Booking form hereFriday, 15th March. Fleur du Cap salt pairing dinner returns to Die Bergkelder. Discoverthe unusual combination of Fleur du Cap wines and artisanal salts from around the worldwhen salt aficionado, Chef Craig Cormack returns to Die Bergkelder, the famous ‗cellar inthe mountain‘ in Stellenbosch with one of his unique dinner experiences on Friday, 15March. Inspired by Fleur du Cap‘s close affinity to nature and especially the Fleur du CapUnfiltered range, Craig will be serving three courses for his elegant dinner in DieBergkelder, the cellar cut deep into the slopes of the Papegaaiberg. To start off, Craig willserve delicate Franschhoek salmon trout on Himalayan Salt Blocks paired with Fleur duCap‘s elegant white blend, the Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Semillon Viognier.For mains guests will delight in traditional Irish Corned Beef seasoned with Khoisan salt andpaired with Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon. To end the evening Fleur du Cap‘s5-star Noble Late Harvest will accompany Savarin cake, Spicy Syrup and Praline Ice Cream.For those unable to make the dinner, the daily Fleur du Cap and Salt offerings are theperfect alternative. These pairings include five lighter savoury treats with wine, such asFleur du Cap Unfiltered Viognier paired with golden cheese straws encrusted with flakedKhoisan sea salt from the West Coast and the Platter 5-Star Fleur du Cap Noble Late
    • Harvest paired with decadent chocolate tart finished off with delicately pink Murray RiverSea salt. Die Bergkelder‘s, daily Fleur du Cap and Salt tasting experiences cost R100 perperson, whilst the Fleur du Cap and Salt Dinner taking place on Friday, 15 March at 18h30,costs R290 per person. Booking is essential, contact Nadia Ferreira on Tel: 021 809 8025.For more information visit www.fleurducap.co.za, fleurducap.tumblr.com or join the Fleurdu Cap Facebook community.Saturday, 16th March Franschhoek Summer Wines. Celebrate the last few days ofsummer in style and head off to Leopard‘s Leap Family Vineyards on 16th March, set in thepicturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, for the annual Franschhoek Summer Wines. Regardedas one of South Africa‘s leading wine destinations, more than 30 of the Valley‘s finestwineries will be showcasing their top summer wines at this exclusive event. Participatingwineries include, amongst others, La Bri, Morena, Colmant, Môreson, Anthonij Rupert‘sCape of Good Hope and Terra del Capo, Franschhoek Cellars, Bellingham, Noble Hill,Leopard‘s Leap, La Motte, Solms-Delta and Haut Espoir. Wine lovers will have theopportunity to browse at their leisure or engage with the winemakers. To ensure you don‘tgo hungry visitors will be able to purchase mouth-watering deli-style food from the HarvestTable, prepared by the chefs in the Leopard‘s Leap Kitchen. Round off your meal withdelicious ice cream from the Ice Cream Bar. Relax and unwind, taking in the scenery of thevalley as live entertainment ensures an unforgettable experience throughout the day.Taking full advantage of the glorious summer days the festival will be open from 12pm until5pm, and the theme for this year‘s event is ‗elegantly white‘. Tickets cost R180 per personwhich includes a tasting of all the wines on show. Wine aficionadas can look forward totutored tastings which will take place at 1pm and 3pm on the day. As seating is limitedvisitors are requested to pre-book their seats which can be done viaevents@franschhoek.org.za. Tickets can be purchased directly fromwww.webtickets.co.za and booking is essential as tickets are limited to 500 people only.Make the most of the experience and book an overnight stay in one of Franschhoek‘s fineaccommodation establishments, ranging from the finest bed and breakfasts to luxuriousboutique hotels, all nestling in a picturesque and safe environment. For more informationcontact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861Saturday, 16th March. Cape Town Opera SHAKESPEARE FEAST in The Ballroom, TheMount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Cape Town. Times: 7.30pm Arrivals and Reception,8pm Feast, Music and Song, 11pm Carriages. In celebration of their first major production in2013, Otello, for which bookings are now open, Cape Town Opera has planned a dazzlingShakespearean feast at the Mount Nelson. Guests are invited to dress in the theme of aShakespeare play, or in black tie if preferred. Drinks and a canapé reception will befollowed by a three course dinner with wine and a recital by Cape Town Opera‘s bestsingers. A midsummer night‘s dream evening? We think so, and we‘d love to see you there.―If music be the food of love, play on…‖ Cost: R 12 000 per table of 8 people / R 1,750 perperson (incl. a ticket to Otello per person). RSVP: 021 410 9807 or Emailsophiev@capetownopera.co.za to secure your tableWednesday, 27th March Street Soirees celebrate the Stellenbosch lifestyle.Summertime and the living is easy... in Stellenbosch, where you can revel in the true pulseand pleasures of this vibrant oak-lined town. These bi-weekly social Stellenbosch StreetSoirees – presented by the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes and Stellenbosch360 – transform the lower part of Church Street into a colourful gourmet and grape hub,with complimentary wine tastings offered by estates from South Africa‘s oldest andforemost wine route. Participating restaurants will sell some of their dishes on the street,while live music will get the vibes going. Each Stellenbosch Street Soiree features a
    • different selection of cellars and caterers and entrance is free. These wine and foodrendezvous take place from 17h00 till 19h30 and a R20 deposit gets one a wine glass and aticket to taste wines on the evening. For more information on the Stellenbosch StreetSoirees contact 021 886 8275/021 886 4310 or visit www.wineroute.co.za. Or go to theStellenbosch Street Soirees Facebook pageAPRILThursday, 4th April. A tasting of Award Winning wines will be held at Die BergkelderWine Centre. The experience costs R80 per person and includes the tasting and lightsupper. The evening starts at 17h30 for 18h00. Places are limited so booking is essential.Call 021 809 8025. This tasting forms part of a series of Thursday tasting evenings on offerat Die Bergkelder covering a wide selection of wines, fortified wines and brandies. Thereare lucky draw prizes up for grabs for anyone who purchases wines on the evening.Conveniently in Stellenbosch, Die Bergkelder Wine Centre offers a wide selection of finewines and spirits at competitive prices with knowledgeable and experienced staff eager tooffer advice and assistance.Thursday, 11th April: CAROLINE’S WINE TASTINGS: PLATTER’S WINERY OF THE YEAR –CHAMONIX. Join cellarmaster Gottfried Mocke, who will present eight of his top wines,including all four 5-star achievers. R95 p/p. Find the Booking form HereSaturday, 13th April. Mime Voir Couture Fashion Show with top South African designersand models. Five course dinner with celebrity guests. Various exhibitions. Live music andOverberg wines. An event for the whoIe family - supervised childrens‘ play area. The OaksEstate, Greyton. Gates open 16h00. R300 per person. Tickets available at Computicket andGreyton Tourism 028 254 9414 The Oak & Vigne Café is open 7 days a week, and is fullylicensed. Tel: 028 254 9037. DS Botha Street, Greyton. Like us on Facebook and stand achance to win a meal for two!Sunday, 14th April – Pinot Noir Festival in the gardens at the Vineyard. More detailedinformation will follow in early February. t: +27 21 657 4500/4544, f: +27 21 657 4514,www.vineyard.co.zaThursday, 18th April: CAROLINE’S WINE TASTINGS: LET THE FRENCH TAKE YOU FOR ARIDE…………….. well, not really! Michael Crossley, of well-established importers ReciprocalWine Trading, will show 8 different French wines, from the major regions, such as Chablis;Burgundy‘s Cote-d‘Or; Loire; Bordeaux etc, and Caroline will choose the most compatible,typical French cheeses of those regions, which will be tasted together. Think Vouvray andRocquefort……………. fresh, young Chevre and Pouilly-Fume………………… R295 p/p. Find theBooking form HereSaturday, 20th April Bot River bares all at Barrels & Beards. The wine route‘s best post-harvest beards and wines revealed. Wine beauties meet hairy beasts when the colourfulwine community of Bot River sets the stage for its annual Barrels & Beards celebration totoast the local winemakers‘ post-harvest looks and latest fruits of their labour on Saturday,20 April. Each year the laidback wine folk of this prized yet unspoilt Winelands pocket inthe Overberg, follow a tradition of ‗no shaving or barber visits for the duration of theharvest season‘, only to reveal their scruffy facades during a fun-filled ‗beard parade‘. Andthis year‘s event promises one big hairy hullabaloo. Along with esteemed judges, guests willget to vote for the boldest beard in Bot River and sharing the spotlight with raging beardsand monster mo‘s will be the latest cellar gems to be sipped and savoured straight fromthe barrels. ―We only get one chance a year to make the best wines we can and we inviteenthusiasts to come and rub shoulders with our winemakers as we flaunt our whiskers and
    • wines,‖ shares winemaker Sebastian Beaumont of Beaumont Estate. The quaint Bot RiverWine Route is home to an eclectic bouquet of conservation-conscious wineries ranging fromhistoric and time-honoured to ultra modern, state of the art cellars that are all committedto individualistic, quality-driven wines. Joining Beaumont at this joyous occasion will beBarton, Eerstehoop, Feiteiras, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve, Goedvertrouw, Luddite,Maremanna, Rivendell and Wildekrans. ―At the Barrels & Beards evening we pay tribute tothe pampering that went into our wines and not ourselves over the past few months,‖ addsbubbly beaut Melissa Nelsen, proprietor of Genevieve Cap Classique. This exclusive eveningincludes a hearty ‗terroir to table‘ potjiekos dinner of unique tastes and produce from thearea, whilst cool-climate, top quality wines from more than eight local producers will be onsale. The ‗boereorkes‘, Die Stoepsitters, will add sakkie-sakkie vibes to this homegrownaffair. Barrels & Beards takes place at The Old Shed at Anysbos Farm on the SwartrivierRoad, Bot River and starts at 5pm. A shuttle service will be available on the evening insupport of responsible drinking. If last year‘s sell-out inaugural Barrels & Beards event isanything to go by, tickets will be flying fast so make sure you get hold of yours today.Tickets costs R250 per person and include a complimentary barrel tasting of the latest BotRiver wines, a souvenir wine glass, dinner, music entertainment and real countryhospitality. For more information or to book your tickets contact Nicolene Heyns atnicolene@botriverwines.co.za. Seating is limited and no kids under 12 allowed. Bot Riveris en route to Hermanus on the N2 – a mere hour‘s drive from Cape Town.Friday, 26th April Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from theVineyard Hotels 5 wine partners. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call021 657 4500 or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.Friday, 26th and Saturday, 27th April. 17h00 to 21h00. ANNUAL APRIL WINE SHOWFEVER. Lowveld wine lovers can look forward to another bumper wine show when the FNBMpumalanga Wine Show returns to Ingwenyma Conference and Sports Resort, on R40between Nelspruit and White River. As thousands of visitors have experienced since 2010,the wine show is designed to delight wine enthusiasts with the latest vintages, maturedfavourites and new wine accessories and gadgets on the market. A fun night out for boththe guru and novice, the fourth Mpumalanga Wine Show is a great two-night event to sharethe fruits of the vine with friends and colleagues. As in previous years, the exhibitor line-upwill turn out an A-list of Cape producers. Around 65 wineries and 350 wines will beavailable for sampling and purchase via Shop@Show, the show‘s convenient retail facilityrun by Nelspruit‘s Tops The Grove where visitors can order wine for home delivery.Showgoers wishing to plan their tasting experience and looking for accommodation optionsshould visit www.mpumalangawineshow.co.za from March onwards for a full list ofexhibitors and wines. With a vast range of game reserves and lodges in the region,Gautengers should also consider the FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show as a reason to visit thesunshine province for the Freedom Day weekend. Ticket Price R120 includes unlimitedtastings and wine tasting glass. Refreshments: Light meals will be available for sale at TopsThe Grove Deli on the Deck. Queries: www.mpumalangawineshow.co.za or 011 4825936/5/4. Tickets can be purchased at one of the following options: Onlinewww.computicket.com - Money Market counters in Shoprite Checkers stores - Tops TheGrove - At the door. The FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show is one of three regional wine showsdirected by wine authority Michael Fridjhon and organised by OutSorceress Marketing. TheFNB Limpopo Wine Show, now in its seventh year, takes place in Polokwane on 25th and26th July and the inaugural FNB Free State Wine Show, in Bloemfontein on 1st and 2ndAugust. For more information see www.outsorceress.co.za.
    • MAYThursday, 2nd May. A tasting of top Red Blends will be held at Die Bergkelder WineCentre. The experience costs R80 per person and includes the tasting and light supper. Theevening starts at 17h30 for 18h00. Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 021 8098025. This tasting forms part of a series of Thursday tasting evenings on offer at DieBergkelder covering a wide selection of wines, fortified wines and brandies. There are luckydraw prizes up for grabs for anyone who purchases wines on the evening. Conveniently inStellenbosch, Die Bergkelder Wine Centre offers a wide selection of fine wines and spirits atcompetitive prices with knowledgeable and experienced staff eager to offer advice andassistance.Friday, 10th May Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromSteenberg Vineyards. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.Friday, 24th May Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from deWetshof Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.JUNEThursday, 6th June. A Vinoteque tasting will be held at Die Bergkelder Wine Centre. Theexperience costs R80 per person and includes the tasting and light supper. The eveningstarts at 17h30 for 18h00. Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 021 809 8025.This tasting forms part of a series of Thursday tasting evenings on offer at Die Bergkeldercovering a wide selection of wines, fortified wines and brandies. There are lucky drawprizes up for grabs for anyone who purchases wines on the evening. Conveniently inStellenbosch, Die Bergkelder Wine Centre offers a wide selection of fine wines and spirits atcompetitive prices with knowledgeable and experienced staff eager to offer advice andassistance.Friday, 7th June Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromShannon Vineyards. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 ore-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.Friday, 21st June Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from Tokara.Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or e-maileat@vineyard.co.za.JULYFriday, 5th July Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your taste buds toa dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from TheWinery of Good Hope. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.Friday, 19th July Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromBuitenverwachting. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 ore-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.
    • Wednesday, 31st July. CAROLINE’S RED WINE REVIEW at the Table Bay Hotel. Moredetails laterAUGUSTFriday, 2nd August Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromKlein Constantia Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 6574500 or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.Friday, 23rd August Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromStrandveld Wines. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.SEPTEMBERFriday, 6th September Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromGlen Carlou. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or e-maileat@vineyard.co.za.Friday, 20th September Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat yourtaste buds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatestfrom Jordan Wine Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 6574500 or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.OCTOBERFriday, 4th October Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromDelaire Graff Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 ore-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.Friday, 25th October Join the Vineyard Hotel‘s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest winesfrom Constantia Valley. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500or e-mail eat@vineyard.co.za.Wednesday, 30th October. CAROLINE’S WHITE WINE REVIEW at the Table Bay Hotel. Moredetails later