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Cape Town - As cooler weather makes its way across the country, and we bid summer farewell, so too can we say goodbye to sipping crisp chardonnay on the lawns of century-old wine estates during warm, sunny days.
For wine connoisseurs, however, enjoying wine never ends and the cooler months call for red wines, blends and ports to bring warmth to winter.
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Whether you are a wine lover or looking for an outdoor escape with friends or family, there are a few end-of-summer harvest festivals, and a host of autumn and winter festivals to look forward to near the Mother City.
Indulge in fine wines and delicious food, while enjoying a host of entertainment, outdoor activities and nature at these festivals.
Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival
Combine some of South Africa’s finest Shiraz wines with charcuterie from artisanal producers at the Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival, which takes place at Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek on 26 May.
It is a treat for connoisseurs as you get to taste the limited release Anthonij Rupert Syrah, the site-specific Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Shiraz and Protea Shiraz.
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Anthonij Rupert Wyne will be joined by 18 of the country’s top Shiraz producing estates - including Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Mullineux Wines, Rickety Bridge Winery, Stark-Condé Wines and Hartenberg Wine Estate.
Charcuterie on offer includes salamis and cured hams to flavoured chorizos. Also on the menu are fresh seasonal salads, homemade exotic mushroom and fontina arancini and olives, pickles and chillies. For the sweet-tooth there’s a Macaroon Bar with salted caramel, chocolate cherry and milk tart flavoured macaroons.
When: 26 May, 11:00 to 16:00.
Where: Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Franschhoek.
Cost: Pre-booking is essential. Tickets cost R280 per person - including entry and tastings of the wines on show and samples of charcuterie. Book directly via www.webtickets.co.za.
Tulbagh Vintage & Vine Faire
Indulge in award-winning wines, top class olives and other products of the Valley at the Tulbagh Vintage & Vine Faire on 26 May. Experience cultural heritage through locally made traditional dishes, coupled with family entertainment, music and fun activities.
Call 023 230 1348/ 75 or email email@example.com for more information.
When: 26 May.
Cost: R100 per person.
The popular Wacky Wine Weekend is set for another year of wine celebration in Robertson.
Promising a myriad of activities, socialising and events, festival-goers will get to enjoy the products of 40 wineries that are taking part in this year’s festival.
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Make the most of the weekend of wine by booking your accommodation early, and enjoy food pairings, interesting wine tastings, educational wine presentations, boat cruises on the Breede River, and spectacular views of the Robertson Wine Valley as you leisurely sip on local boutique wines.
When: 31 May - 3 June.
Where: Ashton, Bonnievale, Mcgregor, Robertson.
Costs: Tickets are on sale at WebTickets at R200 per person. Free entry for kids under 18.