What's On In The Winelands

April 2014

Delta Trap

Sunday 20 April, Franschhoek, S 33° 51' 51.0" E 018° 59' 23.8"

This off-road cycle race covers a 20km loop amongst vineyards and along the banks of the Dwars River. Three quarters of the route is on farm roads, with a mix of sandy sections, some harder surfaces with stones and some short sections of single track. More »

Cooking Classes At Leopard's Leap Wine Estate

Wednesday 23 April, Franschhoek, S 33° 52' 58.8" E 19° 04' 50"

Food lovers can fine-tune and expand their culinary skills in a programme of cooking classes by Leopard’s Leap in-house chef Pieter de Jager and visiting local and international chefs. Staying seasonal and topical, the classes cover a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods. More »

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 30 April, Cape Town

Hidden Valley Wines join famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

May 2014

3rd Fijnwyn Food & Wine Festival

Thursday 1 May, Pretoria

Staged in a tranquil farm setting at the Shokran events venue in Pretoria East, the Fijnwyn Food & Wine Festival is a family-friendly feast of top-notch wine and food, also featuring live music and entertainment for the kids. More »

Val du Charron Theatre of Wine

Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 May, Wellington, S 33° 37' 28.14" E 019° 2' 55.32"

The owners of Val du Charron are showcasing the new vintages of their Theatre of Wine range during an extraordinary evening of dress-up, make-believe, theatrical displays, carnival cuisine, live music and dancing. Perfect for couples, families, corporates or book clubs, the extravaganza takes place in the wine cellar. More »

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 May, Riebeek-Kasteel

The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival is a lifestyle event, voted one of the best in the Western Cape because of the excellent olives, wine, cheese, pickles, jams, breads and an eclectic mix of local character, to name but a few ingredients. More »

Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival

Saturday 3 May, Elgin Valley

Explore the burgeoning cool-climate wine ward of Elgin, when about 20 estates, some not usually open to the public, welcome visitors to a Saturday of fun and entertainment. All are open for morning and afternoon tastings; specially prepared lunches at your farm of choice require pre-booking. More »

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 3 May, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

Cooking Classes At Leopard's Leap Wine Estate

Tuesday 6 May, Franschhoek, S 33° 52' 58.8" E 19° 04' 50"

Food lovers can fine-tune and expand their culinary skills in a programme of cooking classes by Leopard’s Leap in-house chef Pieter de Jager and visiting local and international chefs. Staying seasonal and topical, the classes cover a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods. More »

The Wine Show Jo'burg

Thursday 8 - Saturday 10 May, Johannesburg

Now in its ninth year, this popular consumer exhibition promises to deliver a fun and informative experience for wine lovers of all persuasions, including sessions hosted by world-renowned wine writer and judge Robert Joseph. More »

Nuy Valley Feast

Friday 9 - Saturday 10 May, Nuy

The annual Nuy Valley Feast offers an unique opportunity to experience a scenic tucked-away wine valley. The programme kicks off on Friday evening with a show by Jak de Priester, and includes walks and runs, wine and olive oil tastings, tractor and wagon rides, a farm market, live entertainment and much more. More »

La Motte Classical Music Concert Series: Antonio Pompa-Baldi Piano Recital

Saturday 10 May, Franschhoek

Internationally acclaimed by critics as “the epitome of perfection, splendour and magnificent musicianship”, Steinway Artist Antonio Pompa-Baldi will perform a special recital for La Motte. More »

Blend & Bottle At Slanghoek Cellar

Saturday 10 May, Breedekloof

Impress friends and colleagues by creating your own unique style of wine using a combination of three red varieties in a variety of proportions, and having it bottled under a personalised label. Meet the Slanghoek winemakers and discover more about the intricacies of making and blending fine wines. More »

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 17 May, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

Simonsvlei Concerts In The Cellar

Saturday 17 May, Paarl, S 33° 47' 24.9" E 018° 55' 49.1"

Paarl winery Simonsvlei hosts top SA pop/rock/country/gospel stars at its monthly Saturday night cellar concerts. Have a meal at Eat@Simonsvlei or pre-order a take-out to enjoy with Simonsvlei wines during performances by Riana Nel, Corlea Botha, Elvis Blue, Jak de Priester and Chris Chameleon. More »

Avondale Wine Estate's First Biodynamic Luncheon

Sunday 18 May, Paarl, S 33° 45' 52.9" E 019° 0' 4.7"

While the leaves on the vines fall and return to the soil, Avondale's first Biodynamic Luncheon in conjunction with renowned chef Rudi Liebenberg from the Mount Nelson Hotel will focus on biodynamic farming practices and organic produce served direct from the farm onto your plate. More »

Cooking Classes At Leopard's Leap Wine Estate

Wednesday 21 May, Franschhoek, S 33° 52' 58.8" E 19° 04' 50"

Food lovers can fine-tune and expand their culinary skills in a programme of cooking classes by Leopard’s Leap in-house chef Pieter de Jager and visiting local and international chefs. Staying seasonal and topical, the classes cover a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods. More »

Fine Brandy Fusion - Western Cape

Thursday 22 - Friday 23 May, Cape Town

South Africa’s premier brandy event, Fine Brandy Fusion is a celebration of the finer side of South African brandy. The show features all major brands as well as the trendiest lifestyle partners. More »

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 28 May, Cape Town

Meerlust Wine Estate joins famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 31 May, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

June 2014

Cooking Classes At Leopard's Leap Wine Estate

Tuesday 3 June, Franschhoek, S 33° 52' 58.8" E 19° 04' 50"

Food lovers can fine-tune and expand their culinary skills in a programme of cooking classes by Leopard’s Leap in-house chef Pieter de Jager and visiting local and international chefs. Staying seasonal and topical, the classes cover a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods. More »

Nobu Méthode Cap Classiques Wine & Dine Evenings

Tuesday 3 June, Cape Town

Hosted by charismatic MC and One&Only Cape Town’s ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama, Nobu’s wine steward, Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sushi chef Keisuke “Keke” Itoh and head chef Dil Tamang, the Nobu Méthode Cap Classiques Wine & Dine programme offers evenings of exceptional quality, flavours and flair. More »

Fine Brandy Fusion - Gauteng

Thursday 5 - Friday 6 June, Sandton

South Africa’s premier brandy event, Fine Brandy Fusion is a celebration of the finer side of South African brandy. The show features all major brands as well as the trendiest lifestyle partners. More »

The Wine Show Durban

Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 June, Durban

Held at swanky Suncoast, Wine Show Durban is one of very few focused local wine shows, and aims to provide something new and invigorating to both consumers and producers. More »

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting

Friday 6 June, Cape Town/Sandton

Get to taste, and buy, around 100 of the Cape’s finest wines at the 13th Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show public tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg. See if you agree with one of SA’s top blind evaluations of wines by leading local and international palates. More »

Simonsvlei Concerts In The Cellar

Saturday 7 June, Paarl, S 33° 47' 24.9" E 018° 55' 49.1"

Paarl winery Simonsvlei hosts top SA pop/rock/country/gospel stars at its monthly Saturday night cellar concerts. Have a meal at Eat@Simonsvlei or pre-order a take-out to enjoy with Simonsvlei wines during performances by Riana Nel, Corlea Botha, Elvis Blue, Jak de Priester and Chris Chameleon. More »

Feast Of Shiraz & Charcuterie At Hartenberg

Saturday 7 June, Stellenbosch, S 33° 53' 52.5" E 018° 47' 30.4"

Spend a wintry afternoon exploring the Cape’s top shirazes in the company of Hartenberg’s vintner Carl Schultz and hand-picked shiraz specialists. The tasting includes artisanal fare, focussing on charcuterie as complementary to the variety, and accompanied by farm cheeses, olive products and fresh-baked breads. More »

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 7 June, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival

Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11 June, Johannesburg

After 24 years, Juliet Cullinan's festival is one of the most exclusive and longest-running wine shows in the country. Small and select (with only 50 handpicked wineries taking part), it's a great opportunity to taste premium wines and buy them at discounted show prices. More »

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting

Thursday 12 June, Cape Town/Sandton

Get to taste, and buy, around 100 of the Cape’s finest wines at the 13th Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show public tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg. See if you agree with one of SA’s top blind evaluations of wines by leading local and international palates. More »

Absa Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival

Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 June, Calitzdorp

Something for everyone at this quintessential Klein Karoo weekend event: expert-led tastings for port aficionados; trendy local reds from Portuguese varieties for wine lovers; secret suppers and culinary demos for foodies; street markets; walks through historic Calitzdorp; live music; a mountain bike race and more. More »

Cooking Classes At Leopard's Leap Wine Estate

Wednesday 18 June, Franschhoek, S 33° 52' 58.8" E 19° 04' 50"

Food lovers can fine-tune and expand their culinary skills in a programme of cooking classes by Leopard’s Leap in-house chef Pieter de Jager and visiting local and international chefs. Staying seasonal and topical, the classes cover a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods. More »

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 21 June, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 25 June, Cape Town

Warwick Wine Estate joins famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

Bouchard Finlayson Tutored Tastings

Thursday 26 June, Cape Town/Johannesburg

Informal public tastings of Bouchard Finlayson wines are back by demand. Following sold-out events in 2013, Bouchard Finlayson this year again is hosting a series of informal public wine tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg hosted by cellarmaster and pinot noir pioneer Peter Finlayson. More »

July 2014

Cooking Classes At Leopard's Leap Wine Estate

Thursday 10 July, Franschhoek, S 33° 52' 58.8" E 19° 04' 50"

Food lovers can fine-tune and expand their culinary skills in a programme of cooking classes by Leopard’s Leap in-house chef Pieter de Jager and visiting local and international chefs. Staying seasonal and topical, the classes cover a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods. More »

Cooking Classes At Leopard's Leap Wine Estate

Friday 11 July, Franschhoek, S 33° 52' 58.8" E 19° 04' 50"

Food lovers can fine-tune and expand their culinary skills in a programme of cooking classes by Leopard’s Leap in-house chef Pieter de Jager and visiting local and international chefs. Staying seasonal and topical, the classes cover a wide spectrum of food types and cooking methods. More »

Simonsvlei Concerts In The Cellar

Saturday 12 July, Paarl, S 33° 47' 24.9" E 018° 55' 49.1"

Paarl winery Simonsvlei hosts top SA pop/rock/country/gospel stars at its monthly Saturday night cellar concerts. Have a meal at Eat@Simonsvlei or pre-order a take-out to enjoy with Simonsvlei wines during performances by Riana Nel, Corlea Botha, Elvis Blue, Jak de Priester and Chris Chameleon. More »

Breedekloof Soetes & Soup Weekend

Friday 18 - Saturday 19 July, Breedekloof

This midwinter festival is hosted by the wineries of the Breedekloof district, and features homemade country soups, live entertainment, art exhibitions and, of course, the eponymous soetes – sweet and fortifying muscadels and ports.< More »

FNB Limpopo Wine Show

Thursday 24 - Friday 25 July, Polokwane

Polokwane wine lovers will again be treated to a prestigious array of wines, wine accessories and artisanal products during the eighth FNB Limpopo Wine Show. Gautengers can “make a weekend of it” and get away to the bushveld province only 3½ hours drive from Johannesburg. More »

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 30 July, Cape Town

Glen Carlou Wine Estate joins famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

FNB Free State Wine Show

Thursday 31 July - Friday 1 August, Bloemfontein

The second FNB Free State Wine Show at Leopards & Lace, Bloemfontein, affords Free State wine lovers the opportunity to savour around 250 award-winning wines by about 50 exhibitors, as well as wine accessories and artisanal products. More »

The Wine Show Port Elizabeth

Thursday 31 July - Saturday 2 August, Port Elizabeth

A favourite on local social calendars, Wine Show PE has captured the imagination of wine drinkers of all walks. Now staged at the Boardwalk Convention Centre, it is at the pinnacle of events in the Eastern Cape. More »

August 2014

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 2 August, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

Nobu Méthode Cap Classiques Wine & Dine Evenings

Wednesday 6 August, Cape Town

Hosted by charismatic MC and One&Only Cape Town’s ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama, Nobu’s wine steward, Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sushi chef Keisuke “Keke” Itoh and head chef Dil Tamang, the Nobu Méthode Cap Classiques Wine & Dine programme offers evenings of exceptional quality, flavours and flair. More »

Bouchard Finlayson Tutored Tastings

Wednesday 13 August, Cape Town/Johannesburg

Informal public tastings of Bouchard Finlayson wines are back by demand. Following sold-out events in 2013, Bouchard Finlayson this year again is hosting a series of informal public wine tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg hosted by cellarmaster and pinot noir pioneer Peter Finlayson. More »

Blend & Bottle At Slanghoek Cellar

Saturday 16 August, Breedekloof

Impress friends and colleagues by creating your own unique style of wine using a combination of three red varieties in a variety of proportions, and having it bottled under a personalised label. Meet the Slanghoek winemakers and discover more about the intricacies of making and blending fine wines. More »

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 16 August, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

Simonsvlei Concerts In The Cellar

Saturday 16 August, Paarl, S 33° 47' 24.9" E 018° 55' 49.1"

Paarl winery Simonsvlei hosts top SA pop/rock/country/gospel stars at its monthly Saturday night cellar concerts. Have a meal at Eat@Simonsvlei or pre-order a take-out to enjoy with Simonsvlei wines during performances by Riana Nel, Corlea Botha, Elvis Blue, Jak de Priester and Chris Chameleon. More »

Bouchard Finlayson Tutored Tastings

Tuesday 26 August, Cape Town/Johannesburg

Informal public tastings of Bouchard Finlayson wines are back by demand. Following sold-out events in 2013, Bouchard Finlayson this year again is hosting a series of informal public wine tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg hosted by cellarmaster and pinot noir pioneer Peter Finlayson. More »

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 27 August, Cape Town

Graham Beck Wines join famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

Telkom Business Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience

Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 August, Johannesburg

Wine authority Michael Fridjhon takes guests on a taste discovery of some of the world’s most esteemed wines, in collaboration with the Hyatt Regency. Over the years he has sourced once-in-a-lifetime bottles which have not only illustrated the theme of the weekend, but raised the stakes for all who love fine wine. More »

Cooking Courses At Jordan Wine Estate

Saturday 30 August, Stellenbosch, S 33° 56' 33.7" E 018° 44' 41.3"

Spend autumnal Saturday mornings up in Stellenbosch Kloof at Jordan Wine Estate learning how to bake bread, make duck confit, smoke freshly caught fish... Basic cooking made easy (and fun!) under guidance of resident top chef George Jardine. More »

September 2014

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 24 September, Cape Town

Dalla Cia Wines join famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

October 2014

Nobu Méthode Cap Classiques Wine & Dine Evenings

Wednesday 1 October, Cape Town

Hosted by charismatic MC and One&Only Cape Town’s ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama, Nobu’s wine steward, Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sushi chef Keisuke “Keke” Itoh and head chef Dil Tamang, the Nobu Méthode Cap Classiques Wine & Dine programme offers evenings of exceptional quality, flavours and flair. More »

Swartland Winemakers At Kirstenbosch

Saturday 11 October, Cape Town

The award-winning winemakers of the Swartland, together with this creative community’s producers of gourmet foods, are bringing their wares to Capetonians’ doorstep on a spring Saturday when the Kirstenbosch Cottages host the Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route Country Market. More »

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 22 October, Cape Town

Thelema Mountain Vineyards join famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

Slanghoek Triathlon at Breëland Winery

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 October, Rawsonville, S 33° 39' 2.87" E 019° 13' 40.08"

The Slanghoek Triathlon in scenic Slanghoek Valley, organised by Pieter du Plessis (pieter@4x4teambuilding.co.za), is the biggest event of its kind in the Western Cape. Breëland, the host farm, offers winetasting, game viewing by appointment, weekend accommodation and camping, walking routes and team-building facilities. More »

RMB WineX

Wednesday 29 - Friday 31 October, Sandton

Billed as the wine happening of the year, RMB WineX is about winemakers talking about their passion, fashionistas seeking out maverick garagistes, and Gauteng winelovers meeting to socialise en masse over a glass of good wine. More »

November 2014

The Swartland Revolution

Friday 7 - Saturday 8 November, Riebeek-Kasteel

Quick-off-the-mark booking is essential as soon as tickets become available for this two-day, serious(ly) fun, Swartland-themed tasting of local and international benchmarks, led by maverick winemakers and an overseas wine guru. Dinner, breakfast and breaks provide gourmet homemade delights and surprises. More »

Blend & Bottle At Slanghoek Cellar

Saturday 8 November, Breedekloof

Impress friends and colleagues by creating your own unique style of wine using a combination of three red varieties in a variety of proportions, and having it bottled under a personalised label. Meet the Slanghoek winemakers and discover more about the intricacies of making and blending fine wines. More »

Bouchard Finlayson Tutored Tastings

Wednesday 12 November, Cape Town/Johannesburg

Informal public tastings of Bouchard Finlayson wines are back by demand. Following sold-out events in 2013, Bouchard Finlayson this year again is hosting a series of informal public wine tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg hosted by cellarmaster and pinot noir pioneer Peter Finlayson. More »

Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 26 November - Sunday 26 October, Cape Town

Boekenhoutskloof Winery joins famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

September 2015

Cape Wine 2015

Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 September, Cape Town

With growing evidence that South Africa is increasingly the source of some of the world's most exciting and original wines across the pricing continuum, there is significant interest in Cape Wine 2015, a three-day showcase for the wine trade held in the heart of Cape Town. More »

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