The Cape Winelands harvest season is upon us: Must-do events to celebrate the first wines of the decade

2020-01-19 18:45
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We are right in the swing of summer - and in the Cape Winelands that means it's almost harvest season!

What better way to celebrate the new batch of South Africa's best wines of the decade than a visit to some of the top wine farms and towns.

If you are ready to stomp away, spit the cork, take part in the barrel-rolling competitions or learn more about the process of wine-making – then these festivals are just for you.

But remember to be quick - some festivals have already sold out!

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Stellenbosch Harvest Parade

Celebrate a year of hard work and herald the start of the harvest season with festive floats and music with the winemaking community.

Venue: It will start in Stellenbosch's Alexander Street at 09:00, then Bird Street and Plein Street until it ends at the Town Hall for the customary harvest blessing.

Date: 1 February

Tickets: Free

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Nederburg Harvest at Dusk Festival

From grape to wine, follow this iconic wine farm's whole process at this harvest celebration with KFM presenter Carl Wastie as MC. 

Venue: Nederburg Wines, Paarl

Date: 8 February

Tickets: R650 per adult and R200 per child under 18 - free for anyone under 11 years of age. 

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Durbanville Hills Harvest Tours

Immerse yourself in a personal harvest experience with a private cellar tour where you'll be the first to taste their wine straight out of the barrel.

Venue: Durbanville Hills, Durbanville

Date: Every Wednesday from 12 February - 18 March

Tickets: R315 per person includes a glass of wine and two-course dinner. Contact Aidan Samuels on 021 558 1300 or aidan.samuels@durbanvillehills.co.za to make your booking.

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Grande Provence Harvest Festival 2020

Get involved and stomp the grapes away in the barrels with the whole family.

Venue: Grande Provence, Franschhoek

Date: 22 February

Cost: R1000 per couple which includes a bottle of wine and water and R400 for children under 10. Pre-paid booking is essential.  

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Constantia Fresh: For the love of fine wine

Taste the best of Constantia Valley in a jamboree of flavour.

Venue: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, Cape Town

Date: 23 February

Cost: R600 per person and it includes wine, food and fun.

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Muratie Harvest Festival 

Tate the flavours of the Muratie Farm stall at the served Harvest table lunch - a well-deserved meal after getting your feet sticky at the stomping. 

Venue: Muratie, Stellenbosch

Date: 29 February

Cost: R150 per person and includes a welcome drink. Contact Muratie on 021 865 2330 or festival@muratie.co.za for bookings.

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Hands-on Harvest Festival 

Go through the process of winemaking step by step, from grape picking to vineyard safaris. 

Venue: Robertson Wine valley, Route 62

Date: 28 February - 1 March

Cost: Varies - click here for the programme and individual pricing for the various events.

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Springfield Kind of Harvest Party

This is a harvest celebration with a little extra fun - it's also the celebration of yellowtail season. Perfect for fishermen who also like their wine.

Venue: Springfield Estate, Robertson

Date: 1 March

Cost: R200 per adult and R100 per child under 12.

Springfontein Organic Harvest Celebration

This will be the wine estate's first time hosting a harvest festival which will include exploring their organic approach to winemaking, a brunch, sushi bar and savouring their Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.

Venue: Springfontein Wine Estate, Stanford

Date: 7 March

Cost: R80 per person

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Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective Harvest Celebration

The town's most iconic wine - Cabernet - gets a special festival with 29 wineries taking part.

Venue: Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch

Date: 21 March

Cost: R950 per person and includes live music, a 3-course family-style lunch and a wide variety of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignons all afternoon.

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