White wine weather has finally arrived and the Season of Sauvignon Festival is one of the best ways to kick off summer.
Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phizantekraal and Signal Gun will each be celebrating Sauvignon Blanc this month, leading up to the Season of Sauvignon Festival on 29 and 30 October.
Then on the festival weekend itself you can expect everything from October fests to oysters, and plenty to keep the little ones entertained while parents go off to play.
Here are a couple of highlights to jot down in your calendar.
Diemersdal is hosting a Steak Night every Wednesday evening during October at the estate’s restaurant. During these events their winemaker, Thys Louw, will showcase Sauvignon Blancs from across the globe. Tickets are R250 per couple which includes steak, chips and salad, with 2 glasses of wine.
They are also running a lunch special from Tuesday to Friday every week in October where you can get a starter, main and dessert with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc for R220. Nice.
Then on 29 and 30 October Diemersdal will see live performances by Newton & Co (love them!), Gerry Liberty and more. Try some sandwiches, pies and bunny chows from Pete Goffe-Wood’s Kitchen Cowboys, a Flammkuchen from Piroschka’s Kitchen, Mexican from Dos Chido, artisan ice-lollies from Las Paletas or kebabs and cheese platters from the Diemersdal Eatery. I know, I’m drooling a little too!
Moms and dads can also enjoy some free time while the kids are entertained with jumping castles and face paint!
Durbanville Hills has put forth a Sauvignon Blanc-inspired lunch and dinner menu during the month of October, and connoisseurs can also attend a tutored tasting on Wednesday 5 October with winemakers Kobus Gerber and Wilhelm Coetzee.
Then on 29 and 30 October Durbanville Hills is hosting a Bubbles and Blanc festival as part of the Season of Sauvignon festivities. You’ll be able to take part in a variety of Sauvignon Blanc-inspired activities including wine and bubbly tastings, live entertainment, an oyster and bubbly bar, and Sauvignon Blanc-inspired cocktails.
Foodies can sample from some of Cape Town’s best food trucks including The Nob, Taco Kombi, Stack That and Mon Ami. They will also serve West Coast oysters on the Bastion Deck overlooking Table Mountain, or some cheese and charcuterie under the olive trees.
Guests will be treated to live entertainment by local talents including Ryan Kidwell, the Paige Mac duo and The Renegades.
If you’re a parent, this is another nice spot to bring the little ones. They’ll have a jumping castle, pony rides, face painting and more.
I suggest you start your Season of Sauvignon Festival with a Parkrun at Meerendal. After this you can join the grand opening of the Meerendal Market and enjoy food, wine, craft beer, cocktails, live entertainment by Dave Ferguson, food trucks and stalls, and plenty of fun things to keep the kids busy.
On 30 October you can catch live music by Empire Alight as well as a mini October Beerfest with Hoogeberg Beer and a range of German foods to still the appetites. Love!
They will also have a Sauvignon Blanc tent where you can enjoy mussels and oysters with your wine.
Die Kaap is weer Hollands at Klein Roosboom this year. This theme, “The Cape is Dutch Again” (which means “things are going well again”), will be carried through in all their activities.
They are hosting a mini vintage market showcasing all kinds of interesting bits and bobs, with live music, food stalls and of course stunning Sauvignon Blanc to quench your thirst.
Kids will be entertained with face-painting and other fun activities while parents enjoy themselves. And if you’re game, dress in your best Delft-inspired outfit and stand in line for a best-dressed prize.
Hillcrest is hosting quite a few fun things during October. On Friday 7 October you can enjoy the acoustic sounds of Gerry Liberty, or join a special Sunday lunch on 16 October where you’ll be treated to seasonal food and wine with the estate’s winemaker, Arno Smith.
You can also take part in a Sauvignon Blanc-inspired pasta making evening on 20 October, or taste a range of delicious tapas on Friday 28 October. You can also take part in a Sauvignon Blanc and cake pairing throughout the month at the estate’s tasting room. Sounds seriously tempting.
During the festival Hillcrest will be hosting an artisanal market showcasing locally sourced produce including olive oil and olive products, which is what they are known for, with live music and children’s entertainment. You should also try the estate’s range of craft beers. Yum!
Cassia at Nitida will lure festival goers with a three course harvest style lunch, with live music by Bottomless Coffee Band. If you haven’t seen this husband-and-wife music duo in action, prepare to be blown away. Fresh from a European tour, this band covers just about every instrument between the two of them, creating the most incredible acoustic-folk. Seriously, they are incredible.
Come dressed in white with a splash of green and you’ll receive a free bubbly cocktail.
Bloemendal will be serving a Sauvignon Blanc inspired menu throughout the month. During the festival MTB enthusiasts can enjoy the mountain biking trails at Bloemendal, which will be open for the duration of the weekend. Then after your ride you can enjoy live music and wines while the kids are kept busy in a special play area.
Signal Gun will offer a food and Sauvignon Blanc pairings through October. Then during the festival you can look forward to a German-inspired Wijn Fest with bock wurst and sauerkraut as well as boeries, platters, pizzas and burgers.
Wash these down at the beer tent while enjoying some live music, and leave the kids to play in the special entertainment area. If you’re there before midday on Saturday you can even watch the annual 6 cannon firing.
D’Aria is hosting a Season of the Senses program all through October, where you’ll be able to do a unique wine tasting of their Sauvignon Blancs that focuses on one of the different senses. Then on the last weekend they’ll pull it all together in a “sense-sational” (hehehe) finale in front of their cellar. The idea is that you experience the delights of Sauvignon Blanc through sight, smell and taste. I’m certainly curious.
They are also offering food, a bubbly bar, live music and fun activities for the little ones.
Fashionistas should definitely consider a trip to De Grendel on 22 October where style icon Jackie Burger will present a style session. Burger, who previously led the team at Elle South Africa, has become known for her curated fashion and lifestyle events under Salon58. She is highly regarded in the fashion scene and one of my personal style icons.
Jackie Burger will be sharing her expertise about how to build a wardrobe that is easy to wear and that is classic but modern. If you should take anyone’s style advice, it’s hers.
Phizantekraal is hosting a pop-up wine bar every Saturday in October where you can try top local Sauvignon Blanc against contenders from around the world. They are also hosting a wine and oyster bar during the festival, with something to snack on if you’re peckish.
Try a Sauvignon Blanc inspired menu throughout October. Then during Season of Sauvignon they will entertain the kids with tractor rides, a jumping castle and face painting while you relax with a glass of wine. You can also join their viticulture tour if you’re keen to learn more about the hard work that goes into wine making.
The Season of Sauvignon Festival takes place on 29 & 30 October 2016. Get the full list of activities at durbanvillewine.co.za