Tag: wine farms

Harvest time, Theatre and Art in the Mother City - Cluver Family Harvest Day - Part 1

March 28, 2017

Out in the beautiful and tranquil Elgin Valley, you’ll find a picture book family-owned wine farm called Paul Cluver Wines. You should make your way there by train, which departs from Cape Town Station at 9:00 AM and takes 2 incredible and scenic hours, filled with little treats along the way.

The train will depart again for Cape Town at 4:00 PM. Once a year, after Harvest, Paul Cluver Wines throws a party to celebrate this year’s yield, and it has become one of those annual must-go events. You will be entertained by live music, gourmet and artisanal foods, local specialities and a variety of goods. 

Sample the superb selection of fine cheeses, creative charcuterie and freshly home baked apple crumble. What will be music to any parents ears is the fact that there is a supervised children’s entertainment area, with a huge variety of activities for them to enjoy. Including apple bobbing, sack races, egg and spoon races and many other traditional games. 

Not all the food is high end hipster fare though, and you will find ample stalls with slightly more “low impact” meal options for children. Back to the adults, let us not forget the wine, and the cider, both will be served in abundance, and both are simply stunning. Grab your stout shoes and head out to Elgin for the day, it is an all-round outstanding experience.

URL http://www.cluver.com/cluver-family-harvest-day

E: info@cluver.com

Tel:      +27 21 844 0605 

Location: De Rust Estate, N2 Grabouw

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The Nederburg Wine Tasting

January 12, 2017

Once again, Annetjie Hopkins proved to be a most able and charming ambassador for Nederburg, taking our hands and guiding us through the intricacies of the selection in front of us. The tasting was conducted in a warm and conversational style, and our host discussed the wines with us, never lecturing, which definitely added to the experience. 

Having a preference for reds, the stand out wines we tasted were “The Brewmaster” from the Heritage Heroes range and the Ingenuity Italian blend, both of which delivered tons of flavour and body, pungent and muscular wines which entertain from beginning to end. 

The white wines didn’t disappoint either, we tasted a sublime The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of gooseberry and a Nobel Late Harvest dessert wine that revolutionised the category and created an international auction

One thing that is consistent, and that reflects in all of the wines is the touch of Andrea Freeborough, the Cellarmaster. Andrea has a playful, innovative approach to wine, always keen to explore new ways to do old things, and her experience and skill is evident in everything Nederburg produces. 

Most of the wines we tasted were available to order for selected international locations

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The Nederburg Cellar Tour

January 11, 2017

We were greeted at the visitor centre with a glass of chilled bubbly (Cuvee Brut) and browsed along the beautifully laid out information area and thoroughly enjoyed the air conditioning, a welcome respite from the 37 degree heat. Shortly we were introduced to Annetjie Hopkins, our guide for the tour and the tasting. Annetjie is amazing, so knowledgeable, warm, funny and welcoming, she took us and 5 others in tow and off we were. 

We will highlight a couple of key points that we found fascinating, and leave the rest up to you to go and explore. Every part of the process  of wine making is represented and actively engaged in on this fully working winery, from seed to vine to barrel to bottle. The entire process spins off other industries from grape seed oil manufacture, composting of plant waste and repurposing of barrels to be used for brandy ageing, that there is virtually no waste. Generations upon generations of wine masters and their families have thrown themselves passionately into crafting beautiful wines here, and it shows. 

The smell in the main cellar is something magical, almost church like, with all the natural wood and history ingrained in the structure itself. Annetjie explained the differences between all the types of barrels (German, French, Romanian and much more) and we had a peek in the wine masters “playground” where new methods and varietals are blended and perfected.

 *Sidenote, take time to admire the craftsmanship in the elaborate carvings on selected wine barrels on display.

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January 09, 2017

Discover the best of the Cape Winelands, Nederburg.

We recently had the good fortune to be invited to the Nederburg Wine Estate, where they rolled out the burgundy carpet to us and took us on a cellar tour, a tasting and lunch at the amazing Red Table restaurant.

This week we will showcase all three of these activities at the estate of this icon of South African wine. Nederburg is synonymous with South African wine, and has a place in the hearts of most locals, for good reason.

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659, but we will “fast forward” to 1791 when Philippus Wolvaart spent 5600 guilder for the parcel of land between the Berg and Palmiet rivers. This was the first pebble in what was to become a landslide of internationally award winning wines, wrought with ingenuity and passion, from the heart of this lush Eden in Paarl. He immediately recognised this “far flung” location (66,5 km from Cape Town, two days cart ride at the time) for its potential in viticulture, and built the foundations for an epic journey of grapes, discovery and wine.

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Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosh

November 17, 2016

Spier is well worth the drive (29 km’s from Cape Town), and even though the area of Stellenbosch and the Helderberg offers many other surprises, you may want to pencil in quite a bit of time for this multi-faceted location. This is a wine farm and conference facility, eagle sanctuary and concert venue as well as a hotel, craft market and spa with richly appointed grounds. There is even a kids clubhouse, for the 2-12’s which entertains the children with developmentally appropriate activities such as feather arts, icing biscuits, pizza-making and farm walks. You have 4 restaurants to choose from, with great farm to table menus and amazing wine pairings. If you are in the mood to explore a little, you can also pick up a pre-packed picnic of local delicacies, brimming with pasture-reared cold cuts, farmhouse cheeses, homemade chutneys and pâtés, breads, fresh salads and various delectable baked treats. The Spier Estate has received numerous awards over time both from Condé Nast for its’ hotel and from various organisations for its’ wine and as a wine tourism destination. Be sure to visit Eagle Encounters, they do sterling work rehabilitating birds of prey, and you will be amazed by their falconry displays, as well as a variety of reptiles and bunnies for the kids to pet and interact with. Visit their website (below) to see the full span of their offering as well as individual booking and contact details.

URL:                                       http://www.spier.co.za/

E:                                            info@spier.co.za

F:                                            https://www.facebook.com/spierwinefarm

I:                                             https://www.instagram.com/spierwinefarm

T:                                            @SpierWineFarm

Tel:                                         +21 809 1100

Address:                                R310 Baden Powell Rd, Stellenbosch, 7603, South Africa

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