Harvest seasons kicks off! These are your must-do festivals

2017-02-23 18:00 - Boipelo Mokgothu
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Cape Town - The Harvest festival season has begun all over South Africa this year and it means we get to enjoy the good wine, gourmet food and great atmosphere.

These festivals take place from the West Coast to the heart of Soweto, were young and old can come together to savour the best the season has to offer. 

It's a time to get your hands and feet sticky before you get to taste the fruits of your labour as winelovers can see, do and taste the wine-making process.

So if you're keen to join the grape stomping challenges, cork spitting and barrel-rolling competitions, wine blending tutorials and cellar tours - there are the festivals you need to attend.

ALSO SEE: The 12th edition Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival

Stellenbosch Wine Festival

When: 24-25 February
Where: Coetzenburg Sports Grounds
Cost: Day pass R190, Weekend Pass R450 - click here to book

Highlight: Don't miss the bespoke gourmet lane for some delicious winelands treats. 


DON'T MISS: Delheim rolls out the barrels for Start of Harvest buzz - 28 to 29 Feb

Darling Cellars Crush Day  

When: 25 February
Where: Darling Cellar
Cost:Adults R280, teenagers R180, children R100 - click here to book

Highlight: Design your own wine label. The best label design will be on the Crush wine that will be ready for collection in September 2017

Constantia Fresh Wine and Food Festival

When: 25 February
Where: Buitenverwachting 
Cost: R550 - click here to book

Highlight: Live music by the Stone Jets is part of the day’s entertainment.

Grande Provence Harvest Festival 2017

When: 25 February
Where: Franschhoe
Cost: R695 for adults and R350 for children under 12. For bookings: Contact Lizelle at Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail reservations@grandeprovence.co.za.

Highlight: Stomping the grapes in the barrels the old fashioned way!

Weintaufe Harvest Carnival

When: 5 March 
Where: Eikendal 
Cost: R80 per person, available at the gates on the day

Highlight: Sample the latest arrival straight from the barrel and get a complimentary tractor ride

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Robertson Hand on Harvest Festival

When: 10-12 March
Where: Route 62
Cost: R250.00 per picnic basket for two (incl bottle of wine); R75 for kiddies basket. Bookings:info@ashtonwinery.com | 023 615 1135

Highlight: Adventure activities such as skydiving, 4x4 routes, golfing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and river cruises.



Watch Pinot Noir grapes getting de-stemmed and crushed:

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