What's On In The Winelands

July 2014

James Stewart Live At Joostenberg Wines

Saturday 26 July, Paarl

In the latest Dorpstraat Teater popup at Joostenberg family estate, Emmy-nominated, multi-SAMA award-winning singer/songwriter, producer and musical entrepreneur James Stewart performs live while you enjoy home-cooked food and Joostenberg wines. More »

Mini Port Festival At Muratie Estate

Sunday 27 July

Lovers of port-style wines are invited to cosy up in one of the Cape’s oldest wineries, Stellenbosch’s Muratie Estate, sailing from “port” to “port” with ten of South Africa’s top producers, appreciating the luscious flavours and enjoying warming treats and Von Geusau chocolates. More »

Delheim Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays

Sunday 27 July, Stellenbosch

Melt winter blues away in Delheim’s atmospheric ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar with a warming glass of Glühwein on arrival, lashings of piping hot cheese fondue, estate wines and the Wicomb Jazz Trio every Sunday afternoon during July and August. 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 »

Good Food & Wine Show Gauteng

Thursday 31 July - Sunday 3 August, Johannesburg

See the best local and international celebrity chefs in action, and get the inside track on the latest tips, trends and treats. This year’s stellar line-up includes Cake/Kitchen Boss’s Buddy Valastro and Matt Preston of MasterChef Australia. Local luminaries include Deena Naidoo and Siba Mtongana. More »

FNB Free State Wine Show

Thursday 31 July - Friday 1 August, Bloemfontein

Beat the winter chill tasting top Cape wines and brandies at the Free State Wine Show courtesy of FNB and leading SA wine authority Michael Fridjhon. The two-day event at Bloemfontein’s Leopards & Lace venue showcases some 40 producers, offers light meals and arranges deliveries of vinous purchases. 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

Sixth Annual Shiraz Showcase

Friday 1 August, Cape Town

Enjoy an end-of-week, after-work celebration of shiraz when Shiraz South Africa, local producers and supporters hold their sixth annual Shiraz Showcase. The line-up includes winners of the 2014 Shiraz Challenge, other showstoppers, latest releases and stalwart labels, accompanied by compatible snacks. More »

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 »

Robertson Wine Valley Festival At Kievits Kroon

Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 August, Pretoria

The Robertson Wine Valley Festival will bring the Cape winelands to Kievits Kroon Country Estate just outside Pretoria with a feast of wine, gourmet food, organic produce and handmade crafts. More »

Delheim Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays

Sunday 3 August, Stellenbosch

Melt winter blues away in Delheim’s atmospheric ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar with a warming glass of Glühwein on arrival, lashings of piping hot cheese fondue, estate wines and the Wicomb Jazz Trio every Sunday afternoon during July and August. 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 »

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival

Friday 8 - Sunday 10 August, Hermanus

Nominated one of the ten best wine shows in South Africa, Hermanus Wine & Food Fair affords the opportunity to taste more than 300 wines made by 65 producers in the cool coastal belt stretching from Elgin to Elim. More »

Amazing Wine Race

Saturday 9 August, Paarl/Stellenbosch

The annual Amazing Wine Race takes place at 25 wineries around Stellenbosch and Paarl, pitting the skills of teams of four against a range of wacky tasks dreamed up by the participating cellars, such as wine-pairing and -blending, barrel rolling, treasure hunting and boules. More »

Delheim Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays

Sunday 10 August, Stellenbosch

Melt winter blues away in Delheim’s atmospheric ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar with a warming glass of Glühwein on arrival, lashings of piping hot cheese fondue, estate wines and the Wicomb Jazz Trio every Sunday afternoon during July and August. More »

Gourmet Braai & Wine Festival

Monday 11 August, Stellenbosch

Be part of a singular wine-and-food festival as acclaimed South African chef and braai master Bertus Basson gives the beloved South African tradition of braaivleis a gourmet twist at Overture Restaurant on Hidden Valley Wine Estate. 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 »

Delheim Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays

Sunday 17 August, Stellenbosch

Melt winter blues away in Delheim’s atmospheric ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar with a warming glass of Glühwein on arrival, lashings of piping hot cheese fondue, estate wines and the Wicomb Jazz Trio every Sunday afternoon during July and August. More »

Gourmet Braai & Wine Festival

Monday 18 August, Stellenbosch

Be part of a singular wine-and-food festival as acclaimed South African chef and braai master Bertus Basson gives the beloved South African tradition of braaivleis a gourmet twist at Overture Restaurant on Hidden Valley Wine Estate. More »

Steenberg Movie Nights

Wednesday 20 August, Constantia, S 34° 4' 17.0" E 018° 25' 31.1"

For a fun midweek night out, book for an exclusive, limited-seating, fireside meal and movie at Steenberg wine farm’s Bistro Sixteen82. Enjoy a gourmet meal, bottle of wine, entertaining movie (from Schindler’s List to Love Actually) and chef Brad Ball’s homemade cinema snacks. More »

We Luv Wine Festival

Friday 22 - Saturday 23 August, Cape Town

The We Luv Wine Festival returns to Cape Gate Shopping Centre, Cape Town, with a wide selection of wines and pot-stilled brandy on offer, along with biltong, cheese, olives, olive oil, chocolates and other foods, lounge seating areas for socialising and a casual vibe. More »

Delheim Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays

Sunday 24 August, Stellenbosch

Melt winter blues away in Delheim’s atmospheric ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar with a warming glass of Glühwein on arrival, lashings of piping hot cheese fondue, estate wines and the Wicomb Jazz Trio every Sunday afternoon during July and August. 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 »

The Mercury Wine Week

Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 August, Durban

In its 36th year, KwaZulu-Natal’s longest-standing wine show lets you discover hundreds of wines and walk away with your favourites at the best prices. New is the Grindrod Bank Wine Theatre, featuring three dedicated tastings each night hosted by individual wine estates. 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 »

Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience

Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 August, Johannesburg

Wine expert Michael Fridjhon takes guests on a taste discovery of some of the world’s most desired and esteemed wines, in collaboration with the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg. The theme for this year’s Wine Experience is “Tradition & Modernisation – the Impact of New Technologies on Old Classics”. 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 »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 31 August, Darling

Take a break, round up the family and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for a country market of artisan foods, arts and crafts, homeware and décor, live entertainment, lots of fun activities for kids, and of course, Groote Post wines. More »

Delheim Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays

Sunday 31 August, Stellenbosch

Melt winter blues away in Delheim’s atmospheric ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar with a warming glass of Glühwein on arrival, lashings of piping hot cheese fondue, estate wines and the Wicomb Jazz Trio every Sunday afternoon during July and August. More »

September 2014

Steenberg Movie Nights

Wednesday 3 September, Constantia, S 34° 4' 17.0" E 018° 25' 31.1"

For a fun midweek night out, book for an exclusive, limited-seating, fireside meal and movie at Steenberg wine farm’s Bistro Sixteen82. Enjoy a gourmet meal, bottle of wine, entertaining movie (from Schindler’s List to Love Actually) and chef Brad Ball’s homemade cinema snacks. More »

Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival

Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 September, Gauteng

The 10th Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival promises to deliver another innovative and exciting experience for visitors, celebrating food, wine, fashion, design and life - Soweto-style! More »

Chefs Who Share - The Art Of Giving

Thursday 11 September, Cape Town

Hosted amid the Edwardian elegance of Cape Town’s City Hall, this black-tie evening gala will once again draw together 14 award-winning South African chefs, as well as seven top sommeliers, to create a food-and-wine pairing experience par excellence. More »

Ride2Nowhere

Friday 12 - Sunday 14 September, McGregor

The Ride2Nowhere is a 3-day mountain bike stage race based in the beautiful town of McGregor, catering for the whole family. Highlights include 40/60km rides per day, kiddies activities, local entertainment and hospitality, wine tastings and more. More »

Steenberg Movie Nights

Wednesday 17 September, Constantia, S 34° 4' 17.0" E 018° 25' 31.1"

For a fun midweek night out, book for an exclusive, limited-seating, fireside meal and movie at Steenberg wine farm’s Bistro Sixteen82. Enjoy a gourmet meal, bottle of wine, entertaining movie (from Schindler’s List to Love Actually) and chef Brad Ball’s homemade cinema snacks. More »

Gourmet Braai & Wine Festival

Monday 22 September, Stellenbosch

Be part of a singular wine-and-food festival as acclaimed South African chef and braai master Bertus Basson gives the beloved South African tradition of braaivleis a gourmet twist at Overture Restaurant on Hidden Valley Wine Estate. More »

Gourmet Braai & Wine Festival

Wednesday 24 September, Stellenbosch

Be part of a singular wine-and-food festival as acclaimed South African chef and braai master Bertus Basson gives the beloved South African tradition of braaivleis a gourmet twist at Overture Restaurant on Hidden Valley Wine Estate. More »

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 »

Swartland Shiraz Matazz Weekend

Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 September, Riebeek Valley

The focus is on Swartland shiraz on this spring weekend in the Riebeek Valley. Eateries in and around Riebeek West and Riebeek-Kasteel will produce menus to match the variety; local wine farms will host tastings, live music and art exhibitions; and more is still being planned. More »

Franschhoek Uncorked

Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 September, Franschhoek

Wineries in and around Valley Franschhoek will be pulling out the stops, showcasing limited-release wines (and possibly a new release or two) and offering wine specials, valid for the weekend only. More »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 28 September, Darling

Take a break, round up the family and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for a country market of artisan foods, arts and crafts, homeware and décor, live entertainment, lots of fun activities for kids, and of course, Groote Post wines. 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 »

Steenberg Movie Nights

Wednesday 1 October, Constantia, S 34° 4' 17.0" E 018° 25' 31.1"

For a fun midweek night out, book for an exclusive, limited-seating, fireside meal and movie at Steenberg wine farm’s Bistro Sixteen82. Enjoy a gourmet meal, bottle of wine, entertaining movie (from Schindler’s List to Love Actually) and chef Brad Ball’s homemade cinema snacks. More »

Gourmet Braai & Wine Festival

Monday 6 October, Stellenbosch

Be part of a singular wine-and-food festival as acclaimed South African chef and braai master Bertus Basson gives the beloved South African tradition of braaivleis a gourmet twist at Overture Restaurant on Hidden Valley Wine Estate. More »

Swartland Country Market Day

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 »

Steenberg Movie Nights

Wednesday 15 October, Constantia, S 34° 4' 17.0" E 018° 25' 31.1"

For a fun midweek night out, book for an exclusive, limited-seating, fireside meal and movie at Steenberg wine farm’s Bistro Sixteen82. Enjoy a gourmet meal, bottle of wine, entertaining movie (from Schindler’s List to Love Actually) and chef Brad Ball’s homemade cinema snacks. More »

Gourmet Braai & Wine Festival

Saturday 18 October, Stellenbosch

Be part of a singular wine-and-food festival as acclaimed South African chef and braai master Bertus Basson gives the beloved South African tradition of braaivleis a gourmet twist at Overture Restaurant on Hidden Valley Wine Estate. 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 »

Good Food & Wine Show Durban

Friday 24 - Sunday 26 October, Durban

See the best local and international celebrity chefs in action, and get the inside track on the latest tips, trends and treats. This year’s stellar line-up includes Cake/Kitchen Boss’s Buddy Valastro and Matt Preston of MasterChef Australia. Local luminaries include Deena Naidoo and Siba Mtongana. 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 »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 26 October, Darling

Take a break, round up the family and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for a country market of artisan foods, arts and crafts, homeware and décor, live entertainment, lots of fun activities for kids, and of course, Groote Post wines. 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 »

Tuning The Vine

Friday 31 October - Sunday 2 November, Cape Town

Forget “wine tasting” and try a little “wine tuning” – perhaps it’s a lot more interesting and tons more fun. With 5 easy steps - Try it, Pair it, Learn About it, Mix it and Have Fun With it - your Tuning the Vine experience could easily transform you into the next wine buff on the block. More »

November 2014

Steenberg Movie Nights

Thursday 6 November, Constantia, S 34° 4' 17.0" E 018° 25' 31.1"

For a fun midweek night out, book for an exclusive, limited-seating, fireside meal and movie at Steenberg wine farm’s Bistro Sixteen82. Enjoy a gourmet meal, bottle of wine, entertaining movie (from Schindler’s List to Love Actually) and chef Brad Ball’s homemade cinema snacks. More »

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 »

Swartland Independent Street Party

Saturday 8 November, Riebeek-Kasteel

Quaint Riebeek Kasteel’s main street closes on the Saturday of the Swartland Revolution pre-booked weekend wine event for a wine-and-food walkabout. Some 20 local Swartland Independent member-growers and -vintners offer their latest bottlings to try and buy, while food stalls provide al fresco eating and seating. 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 »

Steenberg Movie Nights

Wednesday 19 November, Constantia, S 34° 4' 17.0" E 018° 25' 31.1"

For a fun midweek night out, book for an exclusive, limited-seating, fireside meal and movie at Steenberg wine farm’s Bistro Sixteen82. Enjoy a gourmet meal, bottle of wine, entertaining movie (from Schindler’s List to Love Actually) and chef Brad Ball’s homemade cinema snacks. 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 »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 30 November, Darling

Take a break, round up the family and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for a country market of artisan foods, arts and crafts, homeware and décor, live entertainment, lots of fun activities for kids, and of course, Groote Post wines. More »

December 2014

Kloovenburg Christmas Market

Saturday 13 December, Riebeek Valley

Do some country Christmas shopping in the convivial surroundings of the Du Toit family’s historic wine and olive farm in Riebeek-Kasteel. Besides Kloovenburg’s wines and array of olive products (including a range of special Christmas gift packs), seasonal goodies from the Riebeek Valley will be for sale. More »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 28 December, Darling

Take a break, round up the family and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for a country market of artisan foods, arts and crafts, homeware and décor, live entertainment, lots of fun activities for kids, and of course, Groote Post wines. 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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