cobie

New Pinotage released – taste it now!

We’re absolutely thrilled to present our 2017 Pinotage to fans around the country, especially as it is the first vintage from our newly classified single vineyard.  Winemaker Jan van Rooyen really enjoyed working with these new grapes which are disease-free and perfectly suited for the terroir and micro-climate. 

 

The wine is available for tasting in our tasting room and for sale at R185 per bottle.

 

Make a point of popping in to try it now!

Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2019 in full swing

All eyes are on the Cape Town Convention Centre this week where hundreds of yearlings are stabled and waiting to be viewed before the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale which takes place on Wednesday this year.

 

Amongst them are our own eleven beautifully bred and quality group featuring our own sires Var and Oratorio as well as some of the top sires from around the country. We wish Pippa and her team everything of the best for the last few days and obviously the actual sale day itself.

 

Our hospitality lounge is open and we’d love all interested parties to pop in to view our yearlings and share a glass of wine and a snack with the team if you are in the market for a thoroughbred. 

 

For the full pedigrees and more info about this year’s draft, click here to see more. http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/

 

New Year’s wishes from Avontuur!

With 2019 now literally a few hours away,  we’d like to wish all our supporters a wonderful and successful new year.  May your horses win and your Avontuur wine collection grow steadily in the new year.  

We hope you will be celebrating the end of 2018 and the kick-off to the new year with some of Avontuur’s award-winning MCC Rose, still available today from the tasting room!

Avontuur Estate will be closed tomorrow on new year’s day but from the 2nd we’re open and looking forward to seeing you soon.

 

Drive safely and have a fantastic New Year!

CPYS Yearling Sale official pics now featured!

With the build-up to the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2019 starting, we’d like to invite all interested buyers and trainers to have a look at the full pedigrees and photographs of our yearling band on this site. 

Click on http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/ to see more.

 

You are welcome to visit our stud lounge and stables at the CTICC from Sunday, 20 January to view the crop – or if you want to arrange a private viewing feel free to contact Pippa earlier at stud@avontuurestate.co.za. 

 

 

 

 

Breeding to Win visits Avontuur – see video.

The last “Breeding to Win” episode of 2018 visited Avontuur to chat to Pippa about the stud farm, show the beauty of our Estate, our wines, our restaurant and the spectacular scenery around us.

Enjoy!

 

Christmas Weekend Wine Bonanza

It’s really the “countdown to Christmas” now and we’d love you to visit our tasting room this weekend and share in the fun!

Firstly have a look at our Christmas gift selection, where we guarantee there is the perfect choice for any wine lover in your life.  Or take advantage of our special offer of 1 of the new Magnums @ only R350 and then you get a FREE bottle of Cab/Merlot with it (The Cab/Merlot sells for R140!).  Give the Magnum as a gift and drink the Cab/Merlot yourself!

Anyone who purchases any wine from Friday 21/12 to Sunday, 23/12 can also enter our lucky draw competition where you stand the chance to win a fantastic hamper worth R2000!  The lucky winner will be contacted on Sunday after closing time.

We look forward to seeing you at Avontuur this weekend! 

 

 

Merlot released after nearly 2 decades!

We are happy to announce that Avontuur Estate now once again has a single varietal Merlot for sale after the last single varietal vintage of 1999.

The 2016 Merlot is in a Magnum bottle with a burgundy-coloured soft wax top and is already proving a hit in the tasting room at R350 per bottle.

“The wine is soft and juicy with lots of dark fruit on the nose and palate but what I really love is that unexpected savouriness on the palate which just gives it that spike of interest,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen. 

It’s also a great gift for a red wine lover and will age graciously for another few years in the bottle.  Or just open it this festive season and enjoy!

 

Cab Franc Special on this whole month!

A few years ago Dracaena Wines in the US started a new initiative which is now featuring on the official wine calender as  #InternationalCabFrancDay.  It takes place on 4 December annually and as we are huge fans of this varietal,  Avontuur is right up there celebrating with the rest of the world.

But we’re not sticking to one day only – we’re offering our 2014 Cabernet Franc as a two-pack for only R320.  (Usual price: R370).

So don’t miss out on the hype this month – a few bottles of award-winning wine will suit an extravagant Christmas Day braai, or some exotic smoked meat platters or even that oven-roasted leg of lamb to a tee.

 

 

2019 CPYS yearlings a quality group

“For once I’m finding it difficult to choose a favourite as this group of seven colts and five fillies set for the Cape Town Convention Centre on 23 January next year, cover such a wide spectrum of quality bloodlines, champion sires,  excellent brood mares and superb early promise,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh when asked to discuss the crop.

“If I have to choose I’d probably say Delta Queen out of one of SA’s top race mares of all time, River Jetez and our own champion sire Var, is my favourite. This is a powerhouse of a filly and as she is a full sister to current track stunner Rivarine.  I have high hopes for her.  A close second is Voyeur out of Peep Show also by Var.  He is a first foal from a tough strong mare and he is running to form by being strong and powerful himself.  He definitely looks like he will be performing well over longer distances too.”

Pippa’s last choice amongst the list is another colt called Tempting Fate by Master of my Fate out of Miss October. “This sire is an exciting addition to the breeding scene and his early offspring are doing well already.   This is an imposing lovely horse and I expect him to go far!” she says.

Two of our country’s champion sires are represented in Legitimate by Dynasty and Zanetto by Silvano.  “The Dynasty yearlings are becoming so rare now and this very attractive colt out of Gr 1 winning mare Bambina Stripes should get the buyers excited.  Zanetto is one of those horses with the X-factor and with a dam like Muamba from a highly rated imported bloodline you can’t really expect anything else but this tall strong filly – and that’s what you get!”

Pray for Rain out of the Var mare Kitco and from the first crop of Soft Falling Rain, is a robust strong colt and a great ambassador for his sire who sadly passed away this year.   Camps Bay is a full brother to Montego Bay, shows his Var ancestry very clearly and looks set to become a typical  speed machine.  Bequest is the only Oratorio in the line-up out of multiple race winner A Daughter’s Legacy. She is a refined and elegant filly and as a full sister to Ancestry, we can expect great things from her.

Spree will attract a lot of attention and not only for her outstanding looks!  She’s a beautiful grey filly by Philantropist out of Valeta and being a full sister to She’s a Giver, seems to be made in the mould of that outstanding Avontuur mare, Sarabande who has over the years given us many excellent race horses like the currently hot Mardi Gras.

Two exciting new sires are What a Winter and Flower Alley who sired Storm Chaser and Southern Charm respectively. Southern Charm is from Flower Alley’s second crop and she’s a really good advert for her sire whilst Storm Chaser out of Sea of Calm is a big tough horse – a real “boy”!

Avenir is from the first crop of new sire Futura and with the Var mare Varsity Queen as a dam, this colt should do well.

To arrange a private viewing at the Estate, contact Pippa at stud@avontuurestate.co.za and to find out more about the yearlings and their pedigrees visit our sales page http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/

 

 

#FeelGoodFridays a “thing” at Avontuur

As if Friday isn’t already the best day of the week – here’s to having even more fun on Fridays!

Our tasting room team has decided to come up with a #feelgoodfriday idea every week and it makes Avontuur Estate (and specifically the terrace in front of the cellar building the best place to spend your day!)

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the news and all the action and plan to spend some time with us this Summer. https://www.facebook.com/AvontuurEstate/