What's On In The Winelands

January 2015

Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Friday 30 January - Sunday 1 February, Stellenbosch

Sporting a new format and venue, South Africa’s oldest wine festival takes place over three days at Stellenbosch’s Coetzenburg Sport Grounds. Experience great wines, gourmet food, beautiful scenery and performances by some of SA’s most popular musicians. More »

Start Of Harvest Celebration At Delheim Estate

Saturday 31 January - Sunday 1 February, Stellenbosch

Proving that there is life after the holidays, the Sperling family hosts a fun-filled weekend harvest celebration at Delheim Wine Estate, featuring a grape stomping competition, delicious buffet-style lunch and live entertainment. Children welcome. More »

Riesling & Rarities Rock Festival

Saturday 31 January, Stellenbosch

Hartenberg Estate and other innovative and progressive producers showcase their premium bottlings of riesling, semillon, viognier and gewürztraminer, among others, in a celebration of rare varieties, gourmet deli fare and live entertainment. More »

Jason’s Hill Hosts Popular Afrikaans Singers

Saturday 31 January, Rawsonville

Spend a summer’s Saturday evening at Jason’s Hill winery in the Slanghoek Valley, relaxing on the lawn, surrounded by mountains and vineyards, listening to popular Afrikaans music by Flooze, Snotkop and Robbie Wessels. Wines and food for sale; gates open at 17h30pm for a 19h00 start. Tickets through Computicket. More »

The Blues Broers Live At Joostenberg

Saturday 31 January, Paarl

The Blues Broers take to the Joostenberg stage for the very first time. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience the legendary bluesrockers while optionally tucking into a home-style meal and, of course, Joostenberg’s handcrafted wines. More »

February 2015

Elvis Blue Live At Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

Saturday 7 February, Elgin

Not-for-profit Thembalitsha Foundation and Paul Cluver Wines join forces to uplift and develop communities in Elgin and Grabouw through the family-friendly Hope@PaulCluver season of live events, featuring the cream of SA’s musical talent performing in a woodland amphitheatre. Tonight Elvis Blue returns to the amphitheatre for a show demonstrating why he is a household favourite. More »

Franschhoek Summer Wines

Saturday 7 February, Franschhoek

Celebrate summer in style and head off to Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards for a relaxing afternoon of rotisserie-style food, live entertainment and beautiful scenery, all matched with a wide selection of Franschhoek Valley ’s finest summer wines. More »

Stellenbosch Street Soiree

Wednesday 11 February, Stellenbosch

Drostdy Street is the venue for the Stellenbosch Street Soirees, after-work get-togethers offering the perfect remedy for a hectic day at the office and inviting strangers to become friends over a glass of wine and delicious street food. More »

Movie Under The Skies At Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

Saturday 14 February, Elgin

Not-for-profit Thembalitsha Foundation and Paul Cluver Wines join forces to uplift and develop communities in Elgin and Grabouw through the family-friendly Hope@PaulCluver season of events. This Valentine's Day, bring your wingman for a romantic al fresco screening of the movie classic Top Gun. More »

Winemaker’s Table Dinner At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 14 February, Franschhoek

The Winemaker’s Table dinner at the scenic and elegant Plaisir de Merle wine estate is a culinary feast prepared by Abigail Donnelly, renowned chef, food editor and judge, paired with wines selected by cellarmaster Niel Bester. More »

Backsberg Picnic Concert Featuring Bed on Bricks

Sunday 15 February, Paarl

Staged among vineyards and gardens, Backsberg's popular Sunday picnic concerts let you, family and friends enjoy a glass of wine, feast on Karoo lamb wraps or beef burgers, and unwind to the sounds of Cape Town funk rockers Bed on Bricks. More »

Backsberg Picnic Concert Featuring Mean Black Mamba

Sunday 22 February, Paarl

Staged among vineyards and gardens, Backsberg's popular Sunday picnic concerts let you, family and friends enjoy a glass of wine, feast on lamb wraps or beef burgers, and unwind to the gritty and hard-hitting sounds of Mean Black Mamba, exponents "afro swamp gospel". More »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 22 February, 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 »

Stellenbosch Street Soiree

Wednesday 25 February, Stellenbosch

Drostdy Street is the venue for the Stellenbosch Street Soirees, after-work get-togethers offering the perfect remedy for a hectic day at the office and inviting strangers to become friends over a glass of wine and delicious street food. More »

Magical Evening Of Music At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 28 February, Franschhoek

Scenic Plaisir de Merle Wine Estate and The Friends of Cape Town Opera invite you to bring a picnic basket and blankets and laze on the lawns fringing the manor house while enjoying a glass of the house's wine and a mix of opera, operetta? and musicals performed by the cream of South Africa’s vocal talent. More »

Grande Provence Harvest Festival

Saturday 28 February, Franschhoek

Celebrate the 2015 grape harvest at Grand Provence with a family-friendly festival kicking off with fresh coffee and muffins followed by a day of grape picking, stomping, wine tasting and magnificent food. More »

Muratie Wine Estate Harvest Festival

Saturday 28 February, Stellenbosch

The Melck clan host their annual harvest festival, welcoming visitors to their historic Stellenbosch estate for some family fun: foot-crushing freshly harvested grapes, cellar and vineyard tours, old-vintage tasting, Farm Kitchen lunch with Muratie wines, and live music. More »

March 2015

Backsberg Picnic Concert Featuring Piet Botha & Akkedis Band

Sunday 1 March, Paarl

Staged among vineyards and gardens, Backsberg's popular Sunday picnic concerts let you, family and friends enjoy a glass of wine, feast on lamb wraps or beef burgers, and unwind to the sounds of local music legends Piet Botha and the Akkedis Band. More »

Hidden Years Festival At Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

Saturday 7 March, Elgin

Not-for-profit Thembalitsha Foundation and Paul Cluver Wines join forces to uplift and develop communities in Elgin and Grabouw through the family-friendly Hope@PaulCluver season of live events, featuring the cream of SA’s musical talent performing in a woodland amphitheatre. Tonight’s festival celebrates the life and music of some of SA’s foremost protest singers, folk musicians and singer/songwriters and the two men, David Marks and the late Ben Segal, who had the foresight to record their music. More »

Backsberg Picnic Concert Featuring The Blues Broers

Sunday 8 March, Paarl

Staged among vineyards and gardens, Backsberg's popular Sunday picnic concerts let you, family and friends enjoy a glass of wine, feast on lamb wraps or beef burgers, and unwind to the legendary bluesrock sounds of The Blues Broers. More »

Stellenbosch Street Soiree

Wednesday 11 March, Stellenbosch

Drostdy Street is the venue for the Stellenbosch Street Soirees, after-work get-togethers offering the perfect remedy for a hectic day at the office and inviting strangers to become friends over a glass of wine and delicious street food. More »

Inaugural FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show

Thursday 12 March, East London/Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape winelovers can sample top South African wines at the inaugural dual-city FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show in East London and Port Elizabeth. The events promise a selection of about 200 of the best wines from about 40 producers, plus the opportunity to stock up via the Shop@Show retail facility. More »

Inaugural FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show

Saturday 14 March, East London/Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape winelovers can sample top South African wines at the inaugural dual-city FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show in East London and Port Elizabeth. The events promise a selection of about 200 of the best wines from about 40 producers, plus the opportunity to stock up via the Shop@Show retail facility. More »

Backsberg Picnic Concert Featuring Mr Cat & The Jackal

Sunday 15 March, Paarl

Staged among vineyards and gardens, Backsberg's popular Sunday picnic concerts let you, family and friends enjoy a glass of wine, feast on lamb wraps or beef burgers, and unwind to the sounds of multi-instrumental experimental acoustic folk band Mr Cat & The Jackal. More »

Kaleidoskoop Live At Muratie Estate

Sunday 15 March, Stellenbosch

Soak up the sounds of some of SA’s leading acts this summer under the oaks at Old-World Stellenbosch family farm Muratie, while enjoying the estate’s fine wines and Farm Kitchen fare. Tonight's act is Kaleidoskoop, the popular Afrikaans music group led by Jouba and Anique Jordaan, which has been awarded Best Contemporary Album at both the Huisgenoot Tempo and Ghoema awards. More »

FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show

Friday 20 - Saturday 21 March, Nelspruit

The sixth FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show, staged at the newly refurbished Southern Sun Emnotweni Arena in Nelspruit, promises an array of award-winning wines, wine accessories and artisanal products, and the means to stock up on your favourite wine discoveries through the Shop@Show facility. More »

Stellenbosch Street Soiree

Wednesday 25 March, Stellenbosch

Drostdy Street is the venue for the Stellenbosch Street Soirees, after-work get-togethers offering the perfect remedy for a hectic day at the office and inviting strangers to become friends over a glass of wine and delicious street food. More »

Kids Theatre Festival At Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

Saturday 28 March, Elgin

Not-for-profit Thembalitsha Foundation and Paul Cluver Wines join forces to uplift and develop communities in Elgin and Grabouw through the family-friendly Hope@PaulCluver season of events. For the Kids Theatre Festival, Roald Dahl’s popular children’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox returns, along two other plays, Get Kraken and Memory, interspersed with Whose Line Is It Anyway style interactive improvisation fun. More »

La Motte Classical Music Concert Series: Easter Celebration

Saturday 28 March, Franschhoek

One of the La Motte Classical Music Concert Series’ great traditions is the Easter Concert, featuring readings by Johann Nel. This year he will be joined by organist Erik Dippenaar, who will complement the readings with Easter-inspired improvisations. More »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 29 March, 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 »

April 2015

Inaugural Biltong & Pinotage Festival

Saturday 18 April, Stellenbosch

Two of South Africa’s best-loved delicacies will be on offer at L’Avenir Wine Estate just outside Stellenbosch during the family-friendly Biltong & Pinotage Festival presented by Joubert & Monty Famous Biltong. More »

La Motte Classical Music Concert Series: Juliet String Quartet

Saturday 18 April, Franschhoek

The newly formed Juliet String Quartet comprises four of the Cape Town Philharmonic’s finest musicians: Patrick Goodwin and Annien Shaw on violin, Emile de Roubaix on viola and Babette Roosenschoon on cello. Their fresh approach ensures an evening both modern and beautiful. More »

Inaugural Gravel & Grape 2015 MTB Challenge

Saturday 25 - Tuesday 28 April, Slanghoek

Slanghoek Wine Cellar and the Slanghoek Valley offer mountain bike enthusiasts a terrific new three-day MTB challenge over 3 stages and a total of 227 km. The inaugural event will be a family-oriented weekend, as the race village is based at ATKV Goudini Spa and the Spa will present special programmes to keep everyone entertained. More »

Groote Post Country Market

Sunday 26 April, 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 »

May 2015

Winemaker’s Table Dinner At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 16 May, Franschhoek

The Winemaker’s Table dinner at the scenic and elegant Plaisir de Merle wine estate is a culinary feast prepared by Abigail Donnelly, renowned chef, food editor and judge, paired with wines selected by cellarmaster Niel Bester. More »

La Motte Classical Music Concert Series: Lecolion Washington and Luis Magalhães

Saturday 16 May, Franschhoek

Known as one of the most charismatic bassoonists around, Lecolion Washington teams up with pianist Luis Magalhães for a programme highlighting contemporary American composers alongside more familiar Bach and Saint-Saëns. More »

August 2015

Winemaker’s Table Dinner At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 15 August, Franschhoek

The Winemaker’s Table dinner at the scenic and elegant Plaisir de Merle wine estate is a culinary feast prepared by Abigail Donnelly, renowned chef, food editor and judge, paired with wines selected by cellarmaster Niel Bester. 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 »

October 2015

Winemaker’s Table Dinner At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 17 October, Franschhoek

The Winemaker’s Table dinner at the scenic and elegant Plaisir de Merle wine estate is a culinary feast prepared by Abigail Donnelly, renowned chef, food editor and judge, paired with wines selected by cellarmaster Niel Bester. More »

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