Magic of Bubbles in Franschhoek

Be sure not to miss this year’s The Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, taking place over the weekend of the 3rd to 5th of December, and for the fifth year running, this social calendar highlight is sponsored by Investec Private Bank. Proving to be the ideal host for this festival, the largest of its kind in the country allowing visitors the opportunity to sample both Champagne and Cap Classique wines, Franschhoek offers visitors a unique combination of French heritage and South African winelands.

Festival times

Friday 3 December 2010: 6pm to 10pm
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2010: 12pm to 6pm

Bookings

R 180 per day. Book tickets online through http://www.webtickets.co.za.

Theme

Dress up according to our theme “White and Black” and stand a chance of winning great prizes.

Value-added Festival packages

To afford visitors a complete Franschhoek experience, accommodation establishments are making available tailor made festival packages, offering you ample time to not only attend the festival, but take in other sights.

Offers include reduced rates, festival tickets and sumptuous breakfasts for the duration of your stay.

Click here to access these special offerings.

Read more about the exhibitors and the programme here.

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Franschhoek Uncorked

Make your way to the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, over the weekend of 4 and 5 September, for the unique spring wine meander, Franschhoek Uncorked. This multi-faceted celebration takes place on satellite farms throughout the Valley, and affords award-winning wineries – as well as the smaller hidden gems – the opportunity to ‘bloom’ as they showcase new vintages and releases, coinciding with the onset of spring.

Highly acclaimed wineries, participating in this much loved event include Allée Bleue, Boekenhoutskloof, Cabrière, Solms-Delta, Graham Beck Wines, Grande Provence, La Motte, Anthonij Rupert Wines, Môreson, Rickety Bridge, Vrede en Lust and Plaisir de Merle. Also included in the line up are some of Franschhoek’s smaller gems such as Dieu Donné, Franschhoek Cellars, GlenWood Wines, La Chataigne, Lynx Wines, La Petite Ferme, Topiary Wines and Maison. In addition select wineries will keep their visitors entertained with a range of events, whilst enjoying their fine wines.

Take in the picturesque scenery while soaking in country hospitality at its best. Wander along leisurely from farm to farm, enjoying some of live entertainment on show while enjoying fine wines and an array of delectable treats; a taste of what you can expect from South Africa’s gourmet capital.

Some of the not-to-be missed highlights at this year’s festival include: • As part of their wine tasting experience, Rickety Bridge will be offering visitors an array of delectable hot and cold tapas throughout the weekend, as well as picnics (weather permitting), live entertainment, boules in the vines and fun farm rides on their vintage Dodge truck for the kids.

• Coinciding with the opening of their new Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, visitors to La Motte can experience a unique presentation of traditional cooking – Cape Winelands Cuisine – inspired by centuries of creativity in food. Booking is essential. Added to the mix is their new Farm Shop, perfect for wine sales, wine-related gifts and an irresistible selection of fresh, farm baked bread. The new La Motte Museum features historic aspects of the Rupert family and La Motte itself, with a room devoted to the art of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef.

• Stop over at Vrede & Lust for a unique French laundry experience, which includes a butler welcoming you at the door, a shoe cleaning service and French music provided by an accordion player. A selection of their new release wines as well as sumptuous treats, such as freshly baked breads, deep fried olives and cheeses, will also be on offer.

• It’s Fiesta time at Lynx Wines. Raised in Spain, winemaker, Dieter Sellmeyer, invites you to a fun filled weekend of tapas galore, live Spanish guitar, as well as lessons on drinking out of a traditional Spanish Porròn (leather pouch).

• At the picturesque and historic L’Ormarins – home to Anthonij Rupert Wines, visitors will experience a unique combination of both fine wine and vintage cars. Sample their new wine releases of Protea and Terra del Capo (an Italian cultivar). Classic car enthusiasts can view the extensive range of vintage cars on display, while wine connoisseurs can get a sneak peek at their gravity fed cellar and experience the esteemed Anthonij Rupert Wines at the tutored tastings.

• Master the craft of wine blending at Topiary Wines, presented by winemaker, Chris Albrecht. Relax on the lawn while enjoying live entertainment by Jo Martin, and nibbling on something from the food stall.

• GlenWood Wines invites you to join them for an unforgettable gourmet food and wine pairing experience. Included in the lineup is Bouillabaisse soup, chicken curry and Crêpe Suzettes, presented and prepared by well known culinary couple, Camil and Ingrid Haas, formerly proprietors of the Bouillabaisse Restaurant.

• Visitors to Môreson won’t be disappointed as the festival marks the official opening weekend of the Exotic Plant Company, with discounted prices on fresh-cut flowers and orchids. The food-and-wine market offers a selection of Môreson wines, including a new release from the Miss Molly range, as well as an array of fresh, local, organic produce.

• For music-lovers, there are live music extravaganzas which cater for all tastes, ranging from jazz- and blues bands to French bistro genres to fiesta Española flamenco.

An access card system will be implemented to ensure the successful running of Franschhoek Uncorked. The access cards, available directly from participating wineries on the day or through Computicket, at R80.00 each, includes a tasting glass and free wine tasting at participating wineries for the duration of the event.

Contact Winelands Experience, on 021 876 4204, for a professional shuttle service. The Franschhoek Wine Valley supports responsible drinking and driving.

So, with something for everyone, make a weekend of your visit, taking full advantage of the various accommodation packages on offer. Come and indulge yourself as you witness the country’s gourmet capital blossom and come alive.

For more information about the festival, please contact: Darielle Robertson Events Manager: Franschhoek Wine Valley Tel: 021 876 2861 Email: events@franschhoek.org.za

The Swartland Revolution – 12 & 13 November

http://www.theswartlandrevolution.com/

AA Badenhorst Family Wines, Mullineux Family Wines, Porcelain Mountain Wines, Sequillo Cellars and The Sadie Family Wines
would like to invite you to the first annual Swartland Revolution Weekend.
When: 12 – 13 November 2010

Where: Riebeek Kasteel

Price: Weekend package is R1750 per person –

What do I get for my R1750?
* A Swartland style welcome hamper.
* A fantastic in-depth sit down seminar and tasting and tasting of 8 world class wines from Stephane Ogier of Cote Rotie.
* A truly gatskop Braai by Reuben Riffel, including wine and Jukskei lessons.
* Breakfast and coffee on Saturday morning.
* An insightful sit down seminar & tasting of the experiences and next level Swartland experiments of the AA Badenhorst and Sadie Families, moderated by Tim James.
* A presentation by Michael Fridjhon on the Independent character and spirit of the Swartland.
* Saturday Lunch at the World famous Bar Bar Blacksheep, including wine.
* Entry to the Real Men Ferment Wild tasting where you get to taste over 50 wines from more than 16 wineries, convened by Neil Pendock.
* The chance to tell your grandchildren that you were there!
(view the entire programme of events here)

To only attend the Real Men Ferment Wild Tasting on Saturday afternoon is R50 pp.

Bookings: Mail info@dnaevents.co.za
or call the ladies at DNA Events: Ann (082 909 1116) or Darielle (084 207 3820)

The event will also host the launch of the Swartland Independent, a forum for all independent wineries in the area to work together.

The Swartland is producing some of South Africa’s most exciting wines, with its old bush vines expressing a lot of intensity of fruit. Winemakers such as Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst have made their names in this incredible region with unique terroir and wine making styles. – Under the influence, June 2010

So, tired of fashonista cuvees, head out to Malmesbury to embrace the zeitgeist of zef wine – Neil Pendock, May 2010

There is unqualified respect for the area’s terroir and the wines it produces. In its favour are ancient soils, old bush vines and interesting grapes – from Chenin Blanc, red and white Grenache to Clairette Blanche and Shiraz. – WOSA

Dorp Street MCC & Champagne Festival

Starts : 28 August 2010 18h00
Ends : 28 August 2010 21h00
Intro : In 1971 South Africa’s premier wine producing region, Stellenbosch, released the country’s first wine modeled on the famous sparkling wines of the Champagne region in France. 39 years later, we have the privilege of announcing the arrival of the inaugural Dorp Street MCC and Champagne

Space : 200
Location : Black Horse Centre, c/o Dorp and Market Street

Description : This prestigious event, taking place on 28th August 2010, is aimed at providing a personalised, bespoke, memorable and compelling experience as well as a celebration of the lifestyle which Champagne and Method Cap Classique embody.

It will provide a platform for a small group of like-minded people (only 200 tickets available), who share the same passions, lifestyle, needs and desires to network and enjoy some fine exponents of this style of wine. It is sure to become a social highlight on the annual South African wine calendar.

The festival also aims to give exposure to the Black Horse Centre, in one the of town’s oldest streets, namely, Dorp Street, and to celebrate the joy of the Stellenbosch Winelands lifestyle.

The festival will be divided into two parts:

Cost:

R400 per person for the Informal Tasting; additional R250 per person for the Formal Tutored Tasting.

Informal Tasting:

10 boutique Champagne and 10 boutique MCC producers will offer unlimited tastings of their Sparkling wines.

The informal tasting will run on Saturday, 28 August from 18h00 until 21h00, after which guests can retire to the restaurant area, do some shopping at one of the shops in the centre which will be open until 21h00 or purchase wine at the wine stall.

Theming will be in a chic country style and guests will be encouraged to dress appropriately

Formal Tutored Tastings:

There are three formal tutored tastings to choose from.
The first one is a comparitive tasting of Prestige Cuvees and vintage MCC, chaired by Allan Mullins.
The second one is a water tasting of imported waters such as VOSS and FIJI.
The third one is a vertical tasting of Villiera, Simonsig and Desiderius vintage MCC, chaired by Jeff Grier.
Each tasting will only be open to 25 guests and 5 prominent media/wine personalities. The formal tutored tastings will take place on Saturday, 28 August from 17h30 until 21h30 in three separate slots.

Contact : Inke Gouws
Phone : 079 268 3779
eMail : inke@inkegouwschampagne.co.za

Doing it Slowly with the Graham Beck Wines Team

HOSTS: Graham Beck Wines’ Nation Conservationist Mossie Basson, Winemaker Irene Waller & Viticulturist Marco Ventrella

Come get carried along on a tide of Bubbles and fine wine, experiencing the memorable company of chefs, winemaker and
conservationists par excellence. Feast your senses as you move from our cellar, a glass of Graham Beck Brut NV in hand, in our open
vehicle, through our vineyards, to Rhona’s Rock in our private nature reserve. Take in the views from this most splendid spot, rarely visited by anyone. Amble down to Mossie’s lapa – our Gamekeeper’s special hide, put on your apron and enjoy magnificent food and our award-winning wines.

MENU:
Salmon Bagels with Crème Fraiche & Chives at Rhona’s Rock
Fresh Black Saldanha Mussels in a Sauvignon blanc/Vermouth and
Vegetable Brunoise
Slow-spit Roasted Karoo Lamb flavored with Wild Mountain Herbs,
Buttered Potatoes, Fire Baked “Potbrood” stuffed with Feta, Olives
and Peppadews, Fresh Garden Salad
Pavlova Surprise with Forrest Fruits

Saturday 7th of August
Time: 08h00 – 16h00

Franschhoek Uncorked – 4 & 5 September 2010

Make your way to the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, over the weekend of 4 and 5 September, for the unique spring wine meander, Franschhoek Uncorked. This multi-faceted celebration takes place on satellite farms throughout the Valley, and affords award-winning wineries – as well as the smaller hidden gems – the opportunity to ‘bloom’ as they showcase new vintages and releases, coinciding with the onset of spring.

Highly acclaimed wineries, participating in this much loved event include Boekenhoutskloof, Boschendal, Cabrière, Solms-Delta, Graham Beck Wines, La Motte, Anthonji Rupert Wines, Môreson, Vrede en Lust and Plaisir de Merle. Also included in the line up are some of Franschhoek’s smaller gems such as Dieu Donné, GlenWood, Haut Espoir, La Bri, La Petite Ferme, Topiary and Maison. In addition select wineries will keep their visitors entertained with a range of events, whilst sampling their fine wines.

Take in the picturesque scenery while soaking in country hospitality at its best. Wander along leisurely from farm to farm, enjoying some of live entertainment on show while sampling fine wines and delectable treats, such as oysters, smoked salmon, creative curry combos, tapas and al fresco platters; a taste of what you can expect from South Africa’s gourmet capital.

With most of the Franschhoek Vignerons participating in this innovative initiative, there promises to be something for everyone with: cellar- and vineyard tours, barrel-tastings, a micro-brewery tasting , delectable food- and wine pairings, art exhibitions, a flower-bulb market, a food-and-wine market boasting fresh, organic food, a fynbos trail and wine-blending, to name but a few. For music-lovers, there are live music extravaganzas which cater for all tastes, ranging from jazz- and blues bands to French bistro genres to fiesta Española flamenco. To add to the ‘local is lekker’ flavour, visitors can also expect to be entertained by a handful of top local musicians. Motor car exhibitions add an innovative and ‘racy’ element to this year’s Uncorked with: Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati and Ferrari’s all on show.

An access card system will be implemented to ensure the successful running of Franschhoek Uncorked. The access cards, available directly from participating wineries on the day or through Computicket, at R80.00 each, includes a tasting glass and free wine tasting at participating wineries for the duration of the event. A shuttle service will assist responsible tasting and allow for easy, hassle-free transport at this popular social calendar event.

So, with something for everyone, make a weekend of your visit, taking full advantage of the various accommodation packages on offer. Come and indulge yourself as you witness the country’s gourmet capital blossom and come alive.

For more information about the festival, please contact: Darielle Robertson Events Manager: Franschhoek Wine Valley Tel: 021 876 2861 Email: events@franschhoek.org.za

Please visit the Computicket website to pre-book your tickets for the festival.

Bastille Festival in Franschhoek 17 & 18 July 2010

Make your way to Franschhoek, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the Valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage at its annual Bastille Festival.

The Franschhoek Wine Valley has throughout the years been linked with the pursuit of freedom, as the destination where the French Huguenots sought refuge from persecution. Aside from the European legacy, the connection with freedom is also evident in a local context with the Drakenstein Prison (formerly Victor Verster), the prison from which the iconic Nelson Mandela was released, situated between Franschhoek and Paarl. This year in particular will be more significant as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of Mr Mandela’s release from the exact prison.

And 2010 will without a doubt be a year of celebrations. Taking into account that South Africa will be winding down from the hype and festivities of World Cup 2010, what better way to paint the town red, white and blue and join in ‘A Celebration of Freedom’. Not forgetting, it’s the only time of the year you’ll be forgiven for wearing a beret.

The Food and Wine Marquee open from 12 noon until 5pm, is always the focal point which draws people to the hub of activity, where visitors can sample fine wines from some of Franschhoek’s award-winning wine estates and indulge in mouth-watering dishes created by the Valley’s highly acclaimed chefs. Sample a wide selection of cuisine, ranging from: oysters, sushi, local and French cheeses to charcuterie, hand-made chocolates and salmon trout from the area.

Not to be missed is the festival’s comprehensive sporting element featuring the usual, popular traditions and activities of: boules, Franschhoek minstrel parade, a barrel-rolling contest and a waiters’ race. A farmers’ market, French Corner Market, musicians and children’s activities are also included in the line up of festival celebrations. For those wanting to appreciate French heritage in comfort, the Screening Room at Le Quartier Français will be screening movies throughout the weekend.

Known throughout the world for its fine cuisine, Franschhoek’s award-winning restaurants will also be offering special menus exclusively prepared for this annual Festival.

So, with something for everyone, make a weekend of your visit, taking full advantage of the many Bastille accommodation packages on offer. Come celebrate the universal triumph of freedom. C’est la vie!

A R100.00 per person entrance fee allows you access to the Food and Wine Marquee, which includes a tasting glass and a complimentary booklet containing 5 tasting coupons. Thereafter all tastings will be charged on consumption.

Tickets can be purchased through webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za)

2010 Soweto Wine Festival expands to meet demand

Dubbed Mzansi’s trendiest wine festival, the 2010 6th annual Soweto Wine Festival, taking place from the 2nd to the 4th September at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus, is expanding to meet the demands of expected growth in visitors.

(I-Newswire) July 12, 2010 –
SOUTH AFRICA, GAUTENG: Making history by being the most successful annual lifestyle event held in Soweto, and dubbed Mzansi’s trendiest wine festival, the 2010 6th annual Soweto Wine Festival, taking place from the 2nd to the 4th September at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus, is expanding to meet the demands of expected growth in visitors.

As a result of its extensive growth and increasing popularity, the 6th annual Soweto Wine Festival has raised the bar by increasing the festival length to 3 evenings; a large marquee will also be added to the side of the hall to cope with crowd capacity; and a business arena will be launched to showcase careers in wine, wine education, and entrepreneurial opportunities in wine.

Says Marilyn Cooper, Cape Wine Master, joint founding member of the Soweto Wine Festival and MD of the Cape Wine Academy, who are the organisers of the festival, “In our 6th year, we have extended the festival to 3 evenings and will include a large marquee to allow for the enormous growth this festival is experiencing. It is the most exciting wine festival in South Africa.”

In 2010, visitors will be treated to the ultimate tasting experience with the opportunity to sample over 800 of South Africa’s best known wines from 100 wine producers including some of South Africa’s most reputable, award-winning labels and our most successful empowerment brands.

It is expected that in excess of 6500 visitors will be at the 2010 festival to delight in tasting a wide range of styles and cultivars, whilst interacting with lifestyle brands, having a meal in the food court, or taking a wine class.

Offering an educational food & wine component for visitors, Pick n Pay will present two one-hour food and wine pairing sessions hosted by wine experts and renowned chefs.

Major sponsors of the festival include Pick n Pay, Mango Airlines (Travel Partner), Soweto Hotel (Hotel Partner), First Car Rental (Car Rental Partner), DStv (Gold Sponsor), Samsung Mobile (Silver
Sponsor), City Press and Kaya FM (Media Partners).

Says Colleen Goodman, DStv Marketing Manager, “Once again DStv is proud to be partner of this year’s Soweto Wine Festival. We are proud to play a part in its astonishing growth and also helped
introduce wine to the people of not only Soweto but to the people of Gauteng. We are also happy to have signed a three year deal to be part of the event, which gives us an opportunity for our brand to
interact with our subscribers and also to introduce our brand to potential subscribers”.

Nico Bezuidenhout, Mango CEO: “South African wine ranks, amongst its global peers, as some of the finest from a relatively young viniculture. Mango lauds initiatives such as the Soweto Wine Festival where inland access to wine’s greatest brands is made possible; it is in this spirit that we have elected to participate as Official Travel Partner to the event.”

The launch of the Wine Business Education arena will provide a strong platform for business opportunities and add economic value to the South African wine producers by introducing South African wines to new markets via education and interaction that simultaneously increases local consumption and sales.

Mnikelo Mangciphu, co-founding member of the Soweto Wine Festival and owner of Morara Wine Emporium in Soweto says, “We are no longer a small wine festival. A much anticipated change to the
festival is the business lounge. You must love wine to be in the business of wine. The business of wine in South Africa has huge potential but is largely untapped by the black market. We need to share our knowledge to grow others. Wine is our heritage. It is time.”

Comments Cooper, “This year we are pleased that Norman Goodfellows and the Soweto Wine Festival will be launching the Soweto Wine Shop at the festival making it a one-stop wine shopping experience. Taste and Buy at great prices.”

FESTIVAL DETAILS
Dates and Times:
Thursday 2nd September to Saturday 4th September 2010
6pm to 10pm
Venue:
Main Hall, Soweto Campus, University of Johannesburg, Chris Hani Road, Soweto
Tickets:
R60 per person
Buy Tickets Online:
http://www.sowetowinefestival.co.za

WACKY WINE WEEKEND IN ROBERTSON

Cap Classique at The Vineyard Hotel

You are invited you to The Vineyard Hotel Cap Classique tasting on Sunday 7th March 2010 from 4pm until 7pm. This sparkling event will take place around their fountain on the lawns of the beautiful indigenous garden. Entry is R125 per person and includes the opportunity to experience 11 renowned Cap Classique houses and a selection of delightful canapes our musicians will be provide light classical music.

Booking is essential – eat@vineyard.co.za or tel 021 657 4500

Come and meet our winemaker Irene and Arnold our Brand Ambassador and share their delight of our award winning and simply delicious bubblies. Hope to see you then.