What's On In The Winelands

July 2016

Vaal River Meander Wine Route

Saturday 16 July - Sunday 28 August, Gauteng

Billing itself as South Africa's most diverse and varied wine route, Gauteng's Vaal River Meander offers 6 weeks of weekend wine tastings at 20 different venues - perfect for wine connoisseurs and even those who know nothing about wine but just want a pleasant, well-priced outing in a relaxed and welcoming environment. More »

August 2016

FNB Free State Wine Show

Thursday 4 - Friday 5 August, Bloemfontein

Again bringing cheer to Bloemfontein winelovers, this annual show will feature awarded producers from top wine regions. A smorgasbord of winemaking styles will be on offer and, to complement the wine-sampling experience, visitors can also sample and buy from Just Biltong, Dinutty Nuts, Woodview Gourmet Foods and Snyman Sjokolateur. More »

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival

Saturday 6 - Monday 8 August, Hermanus

Take your inner wine guru on a journey to one of South Africa’s most prestigious wine and food festivals, featuring more than 250 wines from over 50 premium cool-climate producers, gourmet food, live music and an onsite shop offering cellardoor prices. More »

Blend & Bottle At Slanghoek Cellar

Saturday 13 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 »

Bouchard Finlayson Tutored Tasting

Tuesday 16 August, Cape Town

Bouchard Finlayson‘s popular Tutored Wine Tastings are informal events for small groups, presented at venues in Cape Town and the winelands by cellarmaster (and pinot noir pioneer) Peter Finlayson. Absolutely everyone is welcome. Bouchard Finlayson’s wines, as well as a few international vintages, are paired with a selection of canapés. More »

Winemaker’s Table Dinner At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 20 August, Franschhoek

A culinary feast paired with wines selected by cellarmaster Niel Bester will be served in the Plaisir de Merle manor house, a treasure of the Cape winelands dating from 1764. More »

Mercury Wine Week

Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 August, Durban

Mercury Wine Week returns to Greyville Racecourse, where it was first staged 38 years ago, with an event packed with hundreds of top wines, limited-seating samplings for connoisseurs (separate reservations required), a special trade preview, tapas-style delights for hungry tummies and much more. More »

September 2016

Bot River Spring Weekend

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 September, Bot River

Each of Bot River’s 11 wine farms, mostly family-owned and -run, will share something unique to their “farm cupboard”, including olive oils, fresh produce, deli offerings and, of course, wine, plus a host of family activities and amenities like hikes, picnics and a petting zoo for the kids. More »

Fijnwyn Food & Wine Festival

Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 September, Pretoria

Staged in a tranquil farm setting at the Shokran events venue, Pretoria East, Fijnwyn is a family-friendly feast of deli food and top-notch wine (more than 30 estates are taking part), also featuring live music and entertainment for the kids. More »

October 2016

Swartland Country Market

Saturday 8 October, Cape Town

The stalls are packed to the rafters with everything from awarded wines to farm-fresh eggs and fragrant spice rubs to creamy cheeses and glistening jams. Pick up some ingredients to experiment at home, buy a delicious ready-made meal, pull up a chair and let live musicians entertain you as you settle in for the day. More »

Winemaker’s Table Dinner At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 15 October, Franschhoek

A culinary feast paired with wines selected by cellarmaster Niel Bester will be served in the Plaisir de Merle manor house, a treasure of the Cape winelands dating from 1764. More »

November 2016

Blend & Bottle At Slanghoek Cellar

Saturday 5 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 Tasting

Tuesday 15 November, Cape Town

Bouchard Finlayson‘s popular Tutored Wine Tastings are informal events for small groups, presented at venues in Cape Town and the winelands by cellarmaster (and pinot noir pioneer) Peter Finlayson. Absolutely everyone is welcome. Bouchard Finlayson’s wines, as well as a few international vintages, are paired with a selection of canapés. More »

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