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Enjoy the Winelands this Heritage Day!
Heritage Day is almost upon us, which means one of two things. You’ve either got to batten down the hatches in preparation for the hurricane-force storm of beer, braai, boerewors, and possibly bad life choices this most beloved of South African public holidays tends to come hand-in-hand with…or you can make all of the above someone else’s problem by spending the day in the winelands! Traditional South African food, the smell of wood fire, wine, beer, live music, kiddies entertainment, games, and more: here are some epic Heritage Day celebrations being thrown by wine estates all over the Cape.
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, Hermanus
+27 (0) 87 357 0637 | Benguelacove.co.za
Listen to live music, feast on braai platters, enjoy delicious wine, and let the kids play a round of Pirate Adventure Golf or enjoy our fun courtyard games whilst you relax on the Saturday before Heritage Day. Other activities to do at Benguela Cove include a one-hour guided tour around their state-of-the-art gravity fed wine cellar; an informative vineyard safari around the magnificent 200-hectare wine estate, nature reserve, Bot River Lagoon, and Palmiet Mountains; and wine tastings and pairings.
Details: Saturday 21st September, 11:00 – 15:00 | R600 per braai platter (feeds four) – Click Hereto view the braai platter menu.
Boschendal Wine Estate, Franschhoek
+27 (0) 21 870 4206, Boschendal.com
This year, Boschendal is shaking things up a little and throwing a market-style event set to entertain all. Guests can eat from multiple food stands showcasing the farm’s award winning produce. These delicious plates will be served from 13:00 to 15:00. Seating options will also be varied but unassigned: choose to join the long table, sit at smaller tables, or stretch out on bean bags on the grass. There will also be a variety of live musical performances and kids can look forward to a puppet show, face painting (included in the ticket price), and pony rides.
Details: Tuesday 24th September, 12:00 – 17:00 | R750 per adult (includes bottle of wine), R350 for kids U10 | call 021 870 4274 or email email@example.com book.
Bosman Hermanus, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
+27 (0) 63 083 5571, Bosmanhermanus.com
Celebrate our “South African-ness” with a traditional braai at Bosman Hermanus on Heritage Day. We’ll begin with a refreshing walk through the fynbos (11:00 – 12:00), stopping en route to taste wines and admire the spectacular views. The trail ends at the Frame House, where a long and lovely lunch of BBQ rooibos marinated pork ribs, spicy chicken wings, traditional “braai broodjies”, Karoo loin chops, and a medley of fresh, delicious salads and roast vegetables will be served (12:00 – 16:00).
Details: Tuesday 24th September | R250 per adult and R90 for kids U13 | only 60 tickets available | go to www.BosmanHermanus.comfor tickets.
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek
+27 (0) 21 876 8600, Grandeprovence.co.za
Enjoy a truly South African braai inspired harvest table of artisanal boerewors, rump steak, chicken sosaties, fresh salads, home-baked breads, sweet treats, and Grande Provence wines for a laid-back Heritage Day at Grande Provence, the picture perfect wine estate in the Franschhoek winelands. The Heritage Day Braai will be held under the oaks on the stretched out lawns in front of the new Bistro and is perfect for the whole family. Children can look forward to plenty of action including a jumping castle and a variety of lawn games.
Details: Tuesday 24th September | R300 per adults and R180 for kids U12 | Pre-paid booking is essential | Braai starts at 12:00. Go to www.Grandeprovence.co.zafor tickets.
Lanzerac Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
+27 (0) 21 887 1132, Lanzerac.co.za
Lanzerac Hotel & Spa will host a cultural experience showcasing a wide assortment of unique dishes cooked over open flames in celebration of national “braai day.” In true tradition, you will be welcomed with a glass of Lanzerac MCC and can spend the day savouring tapas-style fare and slow roasted gourmet style pub plates prepared by the Lanzerac chefs. Guests can also enjoy Lanzerac wines in the outdoor wine lounge or artisanal gin from the pop-up bar in the Governors Hall. There will be a kid’s station and live music.
Details: Tuesday 24th September, 12:00 – 16:00 | R650 per person, fully inclusive of all food, wine, and gin | contact 021 887 1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org tickets | pre-payment is essential
Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Tuck into a heritage-inspired picnic among historic Cape Dutch architecture with Spier’s Heritage Day picnic baskets featuring tasty Southern African favourites, such as mosbolletjies, farm-baked bread, smoked snoek and corn samosas, pickled fish, chicken, Amarula fudge, and a bottle of Spier Signature wine. Vegetarian options available.
Details: Tuesday 24th September | Picnic baskets: R695 per couple | available from 10:00 | pre-booking required – Click Here
Head to the Spier Hotel for a braai buffet laden with perfectly grilled awesomeness, including Farmer Angus’s pasture-reared pork ribs and beef steaks, bacon and liver skilpadjies, mushroom risotto, cheese-stuffed butternut, and more. Fresh seasonal salads, farm bread, and decadent desserts round out the meal.
Details: Tuesday 24th September, 12:00 | R300 per adult, R150 for kids U12 | Contact: +27 (21) 809 1100 or email@example.com book
Vrede en Lust Wine Estate, Simondium
+27 (0)21 874 1611, Vnl.co.za
Come and enjoy a day full of fun and laughter and, of course, loads of wine! For just R350, you will receive a bottle of Vrede en Lust’s iconic Boet Erasmus wine and two super yummy 100% sirloin burgers (200 g of coarsely-ground sirloin steak on a sweet potato and sourdough-bun) served with a small garden salad. There will also be live entertainment, a kiddies play area, and wine tastings.
Details: Tuesday 24th September, 09:00 – 14:00 | R350 per ticket | advanced bookings for wine tastings advised | wine tasting costs excluded from ticket costs.
Franschhoek Uncorked 2019: the Line-up for this Year’s Festival
It’s time for the Franschhoek Uncorked festival, set to descend upon the Franschhoek Valley over the weekend of the 14thand 15thSeptember 2019. With new vintages of wines, live music, delicious foods, lawn games, and so much more on offer, you just might want to plan your route to take in the most! Here are the participating wine estates and their various offerings.
Allée Bleue Wines
021 874 1021, Alleebleue.co.za
This year, as with every year, there will be plenty of wine to taste at Allée Bleue, including some limited releases, a delicious selection of menus, and something for the children. Book for their daily tutored herb and wine tasting (limited seats available).
Black Elephant Vintners
+27 (0) 21 876 2903, Bevintners.co.za
Wine, cake, food, music, chill… it’s the annual Uncorked Day at Black Elephant Vintners again! Come and experience their free cake and wine pairing, relax to some great music, drink wine, and taste great food. This year will see the launch of a brand new wine – the Rosé Rebel 2019 – plus the release of the 2019 vintage of their ever-popular Two Dogs, a Peacock, and a Horse Sauvignon Blanc. Bring your party boots and Black Elephant Vintners will provide the rest. Cheers!
+27 (0) 21 876 3320, Boekenhoutskloof.co.za
Visit Boekenhoutskloof to celebrate the release of The Chocolate Block: the 2018 vintage. While its fruit-forward, spicy, and aromatic profile is signature to The Chocolate Block, the make-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the Swartland vines that are integral to the wine’s charm and personality. And, of course, once again the Kitchen Jamming Blues Band will bring on the good vibes and Callie Louw from The Southern Smoke is going to blow your socks off with his slow smoked pulled pork sandwiches.
Boschendal Wine Estate
+27 (0) 21 870 4200, Boschendal.com
Boschendal Wine Estate, one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, is pulling out all the stops for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked. Join them at The Cellardoor for one of their newly released wines, live music, and a selection of delicious food offerings. Guests can look forward to fun and games on the picturesque Rose Garden lawns all while nestled between the beautiful Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountain Ranges. This is the one stop you do not want to miss!
Dieu Donné Vineyards
+27 (0) 21 876 2493, Dieudonnevineyards.com
Dieu Donné Vineyards invites guests to experience their botanical range, which was inspired by the flora and fynbos surrounding the farm. Sit back and enjoy sing-along music with Johan Roos, while looking out over the Franschhoek Valley; experience ‘Cork Golfing’ on the terrace and lawn games for the whole family. Dieu Donné will have braai rolls, cheese platters, meat platters, as well as ROCA’s a la carte menu. 15% Off wine purchases all weekend!
+27 (0) 21 876 2044, Glenwoodvineyards.co.za
This year’s instalment of Franschhoek Uncorked will bring lawn games, delicious food, chilled wine, and live music on both days with Mario Arnolds performing his saxophone on the Sunday.
Holden Manz Wine Estate
+27 (0) 21 876 2738, Holdenmanz.com
Holden Manz wine estate will be hosting a rosé brunch at 11:00 (tickets to be purchased in advance), as well as live bands, a DJ, De-luxe Wagyu Burgers, Salmon Wraps, and cellar tours.
+27 (0) 21 876 3245, Labourgogne.co.za
La Bourgogne invites guests to visit the farm for this year’s Uncorked Festival, where they will be hosting wine tastings, incredible wine deals, Sam & Calla band for the weekend, a jumping castle for the kids, and delicious food. Don’t miss out!
La Bri Wine Estate
+27 (0) 21 876 2593, Labri.co.za
Join La Bri Wine Estate in their state-of-the-art wine cellar where they will showcase fine wine and art. Guests will be welcomed with a complimentary taste of the new Double Door release. Experience their decadent wine pairings with sessions running every hour on the hour (R70 per person) and make the most of exclusive discounts on selected wines. Art lovers can attend La Bri’s first art exhibition by artists Katherine Hamilton (fine art photographic prints), Belinda Ormond (hand built sculpture), and Helen Treweek (Ceramic plates and oil paintings). All of this is complemented with live music by the Blue Jeans Trio!
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
+27 (0) 21 876 8002, Leopardsleap.co.za
Does wine need a partner? It is pretty spectacular on its own! But combine it with your favourite friends, tunes, and pizza and you are guaranteed an even better time! Relax to the sounds of Stuart Reece and try the estate’s latest releases with their delicious pizza partners, such as the refreshing Leopard’s Leap Chenin Blanc with buffalo mozzarella, chorizo, and basil.
Lynx Wine Estate
+27 (0) 21 867 0406, Lynxwines.co.za
Join Lynx Wine Estate for an unforgettable Franschhoek Uncorked festival, featuring the newly released and easy drinking red 2018 Vino Tinto, as well as some surprise releases, unbeatable wine specials, modern live music from Charel Kleinhans, and mouth-watering pork neck rolls from the smoker, vegetarian yummy toast, and the not-to-be-missed traditional German curry wurst.
+27 (0) 21 876 2770, Virginlimitededition.com/en/mont-rochelle
This year, the Country Kitchen at Mont Rochelle, will offer lawn games and live entertainment to delight young and old. Winemaker Dustin Osborne will also be on hand to share some insight on Mont Rochelle’s wines. Linger longer for lunch – a full a la carte and children’s menu will be available, or opt for a quick cheese board or nibbles platter.
Môreson Wine Estate
+27 (0) 21 876 3055, Moreson.co.za
Slip down the rabbit-hole at Môreson….Home to what has been described as “wine for the hedonistic crowd,” Môreson has decided to pack their Uncorked 2019 with all the best things in life. Great wine, delicious food, root-to-table G&Ts, an unmissable jol, and whatever else they decide to add into to mix between now and then.
Noble Hill Wine Estate
+27 (0) 21 874 3844, Noblehill.com
You are invited to a spring celebration of Noble Hill’s release of the 2019 Mourvedré Rosé at the Latin-inspired Zona Rosa. Think: pink, pink, pink! Frosé and frozen Paloma cocktails, wine tastings, Hitachino Japanese craft beer, wine specials, and mouth-watering Jack Daniels burgers from the grill (12:00 – 16:00 only) with sabrosa jalapeño salsita. Tasty vegetarian options available. Enter the lucky draw and stand a chance to win a wine hamper!
Plaisir de Merle
+27 (0) 21 874 1071, Plaisirdemerle.co.za
Plaisir de Merle invites you to taste the Plaisir de Merle’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, recently named in the top ten of Winemag.co.za’s Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2019. While you enjoy stunning wines and mouth-watering snack options, stretch out on the lush lawns under ancient oak trees with breathtaking views and live music presented by the 1925 Band. Explore Plaisir de Merle’s range of beautifully balanced and multi-layered wines in the tasting room and take advantage of a 10% discount on all wines purchased on the day.
Rickety Bridge Winery
+27 (0) 21 876 2129, Ricketybridgewinery.com
Uncork and unwind at Rickety Bridge on the 14thand 15thof September! Taste your way through the Foundation Stone range, their latest release of Sauvignon Blanc 2019, or taste directly from the barrel. There will be a variety of festival food on the go, as well as delicious cheese platters to be enjoyed on the lawn in front of the Manor House. Newton & Co, the live band, will be entertaining festivalgoers and, for accommodation, you can stay over in one of their 4-star guesthouses. The festival is kid friendly, with lawn games, a jumping castle, and jungle gym in eyesight.
+27 (0) 21 867 0258, Topiaryvineyards.simplesite.com
Relax and enjoy the beautiful view over the vineyard and mountains while challenging family and friends on the most French golf green of Franschhoek. Take a break between each put to taste (and drink) Topiary’s wines, including the new Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah blend “Innocence” 2017 and Chardonnay 2018. Enjoy the band, the food, and even tackle the mountain/hiking trail that begins at Topiary, followed by an overnight at their modern vineyards cottages (www.Booking.com).
Not a Wine Lover? Craft Breweries in Franschhoek and Surrounds
While the Cape winelands and particularly the Franschhoek Valley have become internationally acclaimed for their wines, the beer is pretty darned good too! So, if you’re not a wine lover or have a hankering for something cold and fizzy that’s not sparkling wine, here is a constellation of breweries you can visit.
Dieu Donné Microbrewery
+27 (0) 21 876 2493, Dieudonnevineyards.com
British style ale, German style Pilsner, and Irish style stout are produced at this gorgeous wine estate, which overlooks the entirety of the Franschhoek Valley. Dieu Donné is also home to a fabulous restaurant, ROCA, so enjoy both the magnificent views and the beer over lunch in the snug indoors or, weather permitting, on the terrace – highly recommended!
Franschhoek Beer Co.
+27 (0) 21 876 2092, Franschhoekbeerco.co.za
The Franschhoek Beer Co.’s handcrafted beers are made by their dedicated brewmaster with pure Franschhoek mountain spring water and the best quality imported hops and malt. Made from only natural ingredients, their beers are unpasteurised and naturally carbonated using specialized equipment imported from Italy. In other words, expect absolutely delicious craft beer and a lovely tasting experience at their venue, which overlooks vineyards and the dramatic Franschhoek mountainscape beyond.
Hey Joe Brewing Company
+27 (0)66 150 9681, Heyjoebrewery.com
What happens when you mesh foreign traditions with local twists? Hey Joe Brewing Co.! And no, they are not only talking about their beer. They are talking about their team: a collective of Belgian beer enthusiasts who have sworn to bring the public unique beer-derived experiences (and who brew their beer in a 1961 copper brew house from Belgium). Hey Joe Brewing Co. is a Belgian inspired Abbey style brewery located just 3 km outside of Franschhoek on the R45 Main Road.
Soul Barrel Brewing Co.
+27 (0) 83 600 8716, Soulbarrel.co.za
Located in Simondium just outside of Franschhoek, Soul Barrel’s brewing embodies their passion for hoppy ales, old world fermentations that harness the art of aging beer in wood, and local ingredients that express flavours of the Cape. Soul Barrel’s beer is only available onsite at their taproom, beer garden, and in growlers to go. They also offer an intimate tour and guided tasting of their cellar and brewery by their head brewers, which delivers an in-depth experience of who they are and what their brewery is all about.
Stellenbosch Brewing Company & Taproom
+27 (0) 21 884 4022, Stelliesbeer.com
Stellenbosch Brewing Company has earned its place among the top-notch brewers of today. The craft brewery has dubbed their range “New World Beers” as they respect tradition and heritage but complement them with authentic modern South African ingredients, creating a unique fusion of flavours that celebrates the country’s diversity. The taproom at Stellies Beer, as it is affectionately known, is the perfect place to chill with friends and savour picnic-style food in the gorgeous garden. There are also brewery tours on offer.
Tuk Tuk Microbrewery
+27 (0) 21 492 2207, Leeucollection.com/SA/dine/tuk-tuk-microbrewery
Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in partnership with the award-winning Cape Brewing Company (CBC) team, serves bespoke brews and Mexican-inspired food, the perfect food partner. Tuk Tuk’s brewery is ‘micro’ in the truest sense of the word and provides an interactive experience. Guests can be seated indoors around the microbrewery and watch fine craft beer being expertly brewed, or outdoors on the bustling main street of Franschhoek village.
Wagon Trail Brewery & Restaurant
+27 (0) 21 875 5360, Anura.co.za/wagon_trail.php
Wagon Trail Brewery, the latest addition to the Anura collection, is a microbrewery that offers a selection of craft beers, as well as a brewpub where visitors can sample beer and a menu of charcuterie platters, cheeses, and laidback gastro-pub style foods, while watching the brewery in action. And when the sun comes out, all of this can be enjoyed on their expansive deck overlooking a beautiful lily pad pond and gardens. Wagon Trail’s beers pay homage to those who forged the original wagon trail: a salute to those trailblazers who break the rules for rewarding results.
+27 (0) 82 656 6306, Zebonkey.co.za
After having arrived in South Africa from Germany, the dynamic team behind Zebonkey Brewery decided to create a range of beers that was tasty, refreshing, and different from what was currently on the shelves. Today, they are casting the spotlight on some innovative and exciting beer varieties, such as Weizen, a Bavarian-style beer and Smokey, made from malted wheat smoked with the buchu herb. The German principle of beer-making (Reinheitsgebot), dating back to the early 16thcentury, is honoured and upheld at Zebonkey.
P.S. A “Zebonkey” is a cross between ‘ZEBra’ and ‘dONKEY’. A family-owned brewery, Mignonne is the South African ‘zebra’ and Jan is the German ‘donkey’ who moved to South Africa in 2008.