Food & Wine Events
Date: 15, 16 & 30 June and 1 July 2017
Venue: Delheim Estate
Location: Stellenbosch Wine Routes
* Bookings open on 30 April
Participants are limited to 40 people per day, which allows Delheim to maintain the delicate balance between sharing a family passion and protecting the environment where the mushrooms appear.
Delheim’s Mushroom Forage was awarded “Highly Commended” in the Best Wine Event category in the Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge 2017.
It is a phenomenal achievement to be recognized amongst top international wineries so you can be sure you’ll enjoy a high calibre, memorable experience!
Bot River Barrels & Beards showcase
Date: 22 April 2017
Location: Various producers*
Price: R450 per adult
Email: email@example.com Wilmari Geyer
Telephone: 084 231 8930
* Producers taking part in the 2017 Barrels & Beards celebration are Anysbos, Barton, Beaumont Family Wines, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve MCC, Goedvertrouw Wine Estate, Luddite Wines, Maremmana Estate, Momento Wines, Paardenkloof Estate, Rivendell Estate, Villion Family Wines and Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate.
Soon, Bot River winemakers will return to the tribe where Gandalf, Lincoln, Chuck Norris, Castro and their bearded ilk hold sway. And as has become the most memorable fashion, they’ll ignite a party like no other. Now in its 7th year, Barrels & Beards has become an institution to celebrate the new harvest of Bot River wine on its hallowed journey from the ocean-cooled vineyards of this magnificent valley to the wine-lover’s glass.
Bot River ranks amongst the most exciting winelands destinations, having defiantly maintained its own distinct, laid-back identity and focus on the creation of outstanding wines that are enjoyed all over the world.
Come Saturday, April 22 and those famed lyrics of that eponymous 1960s musical will be recalled once more: “She asks me why. I’m just a hairy guy; I’m hairy noon and night…” Because, that’s the date for the hip and hirsute Barrels & Beards party – to which everyone is invited. This year, Barrels & Beards again welcomes lovers of all things fun and delicious to a sumptuous dinner spread and to taste wines right from the latest vintage straight from the barrel during the festivity hosted once more on the hillside grounds of Barton Vineyards.
La Petite Ferme: Wine & Food Experiences
Date: 4 May, 8 June, 6 July and 3 August 2017
Venue: La Petite Ferme mountainside estate
Price: R750pp *
Telephone: Ruan Olivier at Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3016
* includes the tasting of four wines and the three-course, wine-paired dinner
Each is distinctly different from the others and will be hosted by the La Petite Ferme’s talented winemaker Wikus Pretorius, who draws on his experience of local and international wines. Prior to joining La Petite Ferme in 2015, Pretorius worked for some of SA’s top wineries as well as estates in the world’s premier wine regions of France, California and Australia.
During the course of each evening, Pretorius will begin with a showcase tasting of four wines - one from La Petite Ferme; two from other local Cape winelands terroirs; and, one international. All the wines on the evening will be the same cultivar, providing a rare opportunity to compare different expressions and the effect of terroirs and techniques.
On 4 May, Viognier takes centre-stage. Traditional to France's northern Rhone valley, the cultivar is known for its delicate acidity, dryness and varied expressions.
On 8 June, it’s the turn of Chardonnay, a bold grape that continues to surprise and delight in all its different guises.
The dinner of 6 July is dedicated to what many consider the king of reds - Cabernet Sauvignon. Famous as a full-bodied wine, it is nonetheless capable of delicacy and elegance in skilled hands.
The curtain call then on 3 August belongs to Cape and red blends. The dinner features La Petite Ferme’s own Verdict, a champion wine that performs outstandingly with or without food.
Delheim Estate’s seasonal Riverside Picnics
Date: From October 1 until the end of April 2017
Venue: Delheim Estate
Price: R460 per basket which serves two people, R100 per child
Telephone: 021 888 4607
From October 1 until the end of April 2017, why not rally your friends and head to Delheim. The ultimate picnic experience awaits in a beautiful setting at the edge of the Klip River with its abundant bird life.
Brimming with all things homemade and share-worthy, your basket of epicurean bliss costs R460 per couple. For starters, there’s a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, pickled pumpkin, biltong, crusty bread and hummus. Then, tuck into the more substantial indulgences - a kidney bean and sweet corn salsa, two salads, one of watermelon, the other a chicken Caesar; a yummy roast beef bagel with all the trimmings and a decadent mini milk tart. A vegetarian option is also on offer.
Each basket comes with a bottle of zesty Delheim Sauvignon Blanc, the estate’s famous Pinotage Rosé, or a bottle of Delheim Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz - a firm favourite amongst red wine lovers.
Children’s baskets are available at R100 each and contain finger-licking goodies such as chicken wing lollipops with baby potatoes and cucumber, juice as well as cheese and crackers. Each kiddies’ box comes with home-baked cookies, which they can immediately set about decorating too.
Blankets are available with payment of a R100 refundable deposit.
Delheim Estate is going Cape Malay in May
Date: 6, 13, 20 and 27 May 2017
Venue: Delheim Estate
Location: Stellenbosch Wine Route
Price: R300pp *
Telephone: 021 8884607
* booking is essential
Re-connect with the alluring history of the Cape this winter by joining Delheim, the renowned Stellenbosch wine estate, for its special Cape Malay lunches in May. Known for its spice and warmth, the Cape Malay dishes will be the perfect foil for the cold winter days that lie ahead.
The journey along this spice route begins with crispy samosas of beef and vegetable; moreish lamb half-moons, and sumptuous curried yellow tail or as it is more affectionately known in the Cape - piekelvis. No hearty, traditional meal of this kind is complete without warm bread of course, which will be served on the side with swirls of butter.
Chicken often features in Cape Malay dishes and does so in the mains. Fragrant butter chicken is accompanied by mini homemade rotis, spicy sambals and toasted coconut. But that is not all. There is a thick, curried lamb stew, or denningsvleis, with jasmine rice, pots of delicious beef biryani, and a rich, flavoursome potato and green bean stew - gestoofde aartappel en groenboontjie-bredie.
Then, dessert: a course that as any die-hard Cape Malay food-fan knows is what you always keep space for. Von Pressentin’s menu serves up koesüster pastries and boeber, a sweet milk and sago-type pudding, and concludes with a welbeloontjie or small reward - stick bread made over the coals and served with butter and homemade jam.
Taste the Helderberg
Date: 15 June 2017
Time: 17h00 - 21h00
Venue: NH The Lord Charles Hotel
Location: Somerset West
Telephone: 021 886 8275
It’s time to shun the cold of winter and light up at Taste the Helderberg – the sophisticated annual sip-and-snack institution of warm company, levity and gastronomic delight.
For one night only, wine farms and restaurants in the desirable Helderberg region spread their rainbow colours in a showcase of fine local fare that takes place in Somerset West on Thursday, June 15. This year, you’re invited to shed the winter blues by donning something red – the theme colour that makes an eye-catching statement.
A highlight at Taste the Helderberg 2017 for wine-lovers in particular will be the opportunity to get an early-bird view and sampling of the famed region’s latest wines as well as tasters of icons that have put this Stellenbosch Wine Route sub-region on the map of international connoisseurs. Many of these show-stopper wines will be available for purchase at special promotional rates that are also applicable on delivery through logistics and transport solutions company Aramex, proud partner of Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
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