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Special Dates

Let us tailor make a personal tour for you, based around one of the festivals listed below


7,8,9 August is the Hermanus Wine & Food Festival

Voted one of South Africa’s Top 10 Wine Festivals, The Wine Village in Hermanus brings you the Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2015.

This celebration brings together more than 65 of the premium wine & craft beer producers in South Africa.

Friday 7 August 2014 17:00 to 20:00
Saturday 8 August 2014 11:00 to 19:00
Sunday 9 August 2014 11:00 to 15:00

Entry: R150 per person per day

Tickets available at the door.

Wine Village – Hermanus

1 Hemel en Aarde Road, Hemel en Aarde Village  Hermanus  PO Box 465 | HERMANUS  7200 | South Africa
Tel +27 (0)28 316 3988 Fax +27 (0)86 509 4931



bastille day

11-12 July is Bastille Day in Franschhoek

Dust off your berets and dress up in your finest red; white and blue for this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place on 11 and 12 July. A favourite amongst visitors far and wide, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival scooped the Crowd Pleaser Award at the 2014 KLINK Awards – a consumer-driven, interactive wine tourism competition.

Visitors can look forward to sipping, sampling and savouring some of the Franschhoek’s superb wines in the comfort of the Food and Wine Marquee, situated at the Huguenot Monument – the perfect venue, with exquisite mountain backdrops, and ample parking within walking distance. Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic feast with delicious fare from some of Franschhoek’s well-known restaurants.

Entrance tickets cost R200 per person, which includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day. Pre-booking through www.webtickets.co.za is essential, as no more visitors will be admitted once the marquee is full.

For more information follow visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.


Robertson Slow

7th-10th August is the Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 

From 7 – 10 August 2015 time will go by exceptionally slowly in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley when the 9th Robertson Slow will take place.  26 Wineries and Guesthouses from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will welcome visitors  into their homes, to their dining tables and onto their farms for a food & wine experience – enjoyed SLOWLY.

Guests can look forward to dinners at the homes of our winemaking families, cooking traditional Robertson Country Fare such as Waterblommetjie Bredie, “melktert”, venison and Karoo Lamb. As always wine will be central to the weekend and you will have ample opportunity to meet with our winemakers to taste and discuss their wines.

The weekend will also include some great options where you can taste wine from grape specific glasses, learn the art of mixing cocktails with wine as ingredient and pair wine with cookies, charcuterie, chocolate and more! Other activities will include Boat Cruises, Fynbos 4×4 trips, a guided hiking trail and brandy tastings.

On Sunday, 9 August join us for our 8th annual Regional Food Market where local foodies & cooks alike bring the finest from their kitchens. With live music and plenty of food, this is one of the highlights of the weekend and not to be missed!

For more information Tel: 023 626 3167; or email manager@robertsonwinevalley.com




Cape Winemakers Guild

13 August is the Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase at the Cape Town International Convention Centre offers wine lovers a preview of the wines crafted exclusively for the prestigious Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. Meet Guild members and sample exceptional wines with a creative edge and great diversity of styles in an informal and interactive environment. The Showcase also features a silent auction of rare wines in aid of the Guild’s Development Trust.

Since its inception in 1985, the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has become a quality benchmark of what can be achieved by South African wine producers. The Auction is open to the public and takes place on Saturday, 3 October 2015.

Start Time: 18:00  End Time: 21:00   Venue: CTICC, Cape Town, Grand Ballroom (First Floor)
Cost: R190 per person (Book via Webtickets – http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409678830)
Nederberg Wine Auction

11 & 12 August is the 41st Nederberg Wine Action 2015

Every year South Africa’s most talented winemakers come together to showcase their most exceptional, award-winning wines in one of the industry’s most anticipated events. The Nederburg Wine Auction, now in its 40th year, is one of the five biggest events of its kind in the world. With an ever-growing range of superior and exclusive wines, next year’s Nederburg Wine Auction is guaranteed to be yet another red-letter day on every wine buyer’s calendar.

Recognised as some of the country’s finest and most rare vintages, the premium titles selected for auction have been chosen from over 100 wines – each blind-tasted and scored out of 20 in a rigorous selection process.

The Nederburg Auction takes place in the heart of Paarl’s wine valley, amid vineyard views and beautiful historic buildings that date back to 1800. This is where wine connoisseurs and South Africa’s icon wine producers meet to partake in and celebrate wines marked for their quality, rarity and authenticity.

All guests attending the Nederburg Auction have the privilege of tasting the wines that will be auctioned on Friday and Saturday respectively, prior to the start of each day’s bidding.

A handful of the really scarce wines are not available in the tasting line-up – some wines truly are too rare to taste! The tastings are hosted by the producers themselves, providing an ideal networking opportunity.

Aside from the iconic auction wines, guests will be seduced by the delicious cuisine, including breakfast canapés both days, a beautiful sit-down lunch on Friday and an alfresco lunch experience on Saturday accompanied by live entertainment. And of course no meal is complete without a quality beverage –fine wine and other drinks are served throughout the event, from the moment guests arrive, to when they leave, and all eating and bidding activity in-between. Qualified baristas are on hand to serve a variety of coffees throughout both days.

This exclusive experience is accessible by invitation only. Invitations are limited and distributed at the discretion of the Nederburg Auction.

Tickets are available to purchase for R1 000, which covers your attendance for both days. Tickets for partners are available for Saturday at a cost of R500.

Visit www.nederbergwineaution.co.za for more details


Franschoek uncorked

27th & 28th September is the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival

Get into the swing of spring and sample superb wines at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Wineries in and around the Valley will be pulling out the stops showcasing their finest new release wines. This year 21 wineries will be participating and include newcomers Babylonstoren, Eikehof, Black Elephant Vintners, Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons and Topiary Wines.

Don’t miss out on the wine specials either, valid for the weekend only. This year all wineries will be offering a “buy five, get the sixth bottle free” special, on selected wines. The perfect excuse to stock up on your wine collection as you travel from farm to farm. Choose to stop and sample wines or take in the entertainment and activities on offer at some of the farms.

Get your Uncorked Weekend Pass, at a cost of R120 per person. Prebookings through www.webtickets.co.za, or participating wine farms on the day.Your pass includes a tasting glass and free wine tastings at these wineries for the duration of the weekend.

For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za for further details and a list of participating farms. For regular updates follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.

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Cape Winemakers Guild

3rd October is the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

The annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place on the first Saturday every October and showcases the finest and most exclusive wines produced by some of South Africa’s leading winemakers in small quantities exclusively for this auction.

The auction is open to the public and attracts wine collectors and local and international buyers from the retail and hospitality industries. Telephonic and Proxy bidding options are available for buyers who wish to bid but are unable to attend on the day.

The 2015 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, the Guild’s 31st, will take place at Spier, Stellenbosch on Saturday 3rd October 2015 from 09:00.

To bid on the auction and access to the VIP Lounge for yourself and your guest,  pre-registration before Friday 25th September is required.

Further registration information and details on our Telephonic and Proxy bidding options are available from the Cape Winemakers Guild Office via email at info@capewinemakersguild.com or call Tel: +27 (0)21 852 0408.



24th-25th October is the Spier Secret Festival

The fourth annual Spier Secret Festival – a food and wine event focusing on ethical production, sustainable practices and trends – returns to Spier wine farm in October 2015. This year’s festival will take place around the recently restored historical Spier Werf, where a whole new Spier experience is unfolding.

The festival launches a planned bakery and café run by one of South Africa’s top chefs, a farmer’s market and a boutique estate wine cellar. Spier Secret delegates will be the first to sample the brand new Spier Werf experience.

Taste and learn about Spier’s flagship wine range, 21 Gables, named after the historic Cape Dutch gables on the farm. This range focuses on Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, South Africa’s two heritage varietals.

For more information, visit www.spier.co.za