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School holiday special FREE tasting!

Join us this winter school holiday in our tasting room at the Estate for a FREE tasting of 5 pre-selected wines. This saves you R50 pp which is our usual tasting fee.

It’s an excellent reason to pop in, taste with our friendly and professional tasting room staff, and even stay for a meal in our award-winning restaurant.  We are open daily but you can contact us at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 to find out more.

Both our tasting room and restaurant have underfloor heating and in the restaurant you can request a seat close to the fireplace too. So, it’s the perfect spot for a Cape Winter’s day.

Discover some of the Helderberg’s gems at our family-owned boutique winery this Winter.

 

July tutored tasting now fully booked!

THIS TASTING IS FULLY BOOKED! The third of our winter series of tutored tastings by winemaker Jan van Rooyen will investigate the maturation potential of our most popular and highest rated white wine, Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve. 

With the 2017 vintage set to be released this Winter, an in-depth look at this intriguing wine which traditionally shows off upfront nuances of orange peel, ginger and white peach, will make for a fascinating exploration of the older vintages from Jan’s vinoteque.

As we only have 20 seats available, jump in quickly to get your spot. Date: Saturday, 21 July.  Cost:  R130 pp (Includes welcome drink, tutored tasting, light meal and coffee).  Bookings essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Var and Oratorio – 8 Gr 1’s each!

Does the type of glass used impact on your wine?

The second in our winter series of tutored tastings by winemaker Jan van Rooyen will be an update on the most popular tasting of last year with the intriguing title of:  “How do different glasses affect the taste of wine?”. 

As we only have 20 seats available, quite a few enthusiastic wine lovers had to be turned away for this in 2017, so jump in quickly to get your spot.

Jan promises that the journey of discovery will be as exciting as last year’s but he has a few new plans up his sleeve, and this should be a fun and informative event once again!

Date: Saturday, 9 June.  Cost:  R130 pp (Includes welcome drink, tutored tasting, light meal and coffee).  Bookings essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Shiraz & Venison week ends up with Father’s Day

This year we are so thrilled to be involved in a new activity initiated by the Shiraz Association of South Africa, the inaugural “Venison and Shiraz Week” from Monday 11 June to Sunday 17 June, which also co-incidentally is Father’s Day this year.

We know all our fans love biltong, so it was a no-brainer to come up with a Venison Biltong and Wine Pairing for the week!

We have the Shiraz, our multi award-winning Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve,  but we needed two more wines to jazz it up with  the stunning venison biltong provided by Afrifoods Butcher and Biltong.

Join us during Shiraz and Venison Week for these pairings:  Pinotage and Kudu Biltong, Cab/Merlot and Springbok Biltong and Dominion Royale and Gemsbok Biltong at only R80 pp.

We have a limited number of the pairings available, so make sure that you book beforehand at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 if you want to join in – especially on the Father’s Day weekend!

 

 

 

Oratorio grabs his first SA Gr 1 in style!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Stud is celebrating one of the highlights of international stakes producing stallion Oratorio’s stay in South Africa; last weekend’s first and second place in the R750 000 Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion at Scottsville. 

In this exciting race he opened his South African Gr1 account with a top two finish in the prestigious 2yo 1200m feature, when Van Halen beat Cue the Music by seconds!

The triple Gr1 winning  son of Danehill, imported with a view to producing classic, Met and July winners, has set the country alight and stamped his class with his 2yo’s showing precocity and speed and enjoying a terrific season.

The sire of fifty plus stakes winners worldwide had three runners in a typically high-class renewal of the Gold Medallion, and even though Van Halen and the previously unbeaten stakes winner Cue The Music may have finished in the ‘wrong order’ for many punters, it was a notable afternoon for the Cape breeders.

For us at the farm, the Candiese Marnewick photograph of the two Oratorio’s crossing the finish line within milli-seconds of each other, just sums it all up and is a justification of our belief in Oratorio, who is having a wonderful season.

The weekend started off in style when Oratorio showed off his class at the Stallion Parade at Highlands Stud in Robertson on Friday night.  “I wanted him there with his peers so that everyone could see he is healthy and fully back in the game,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. “He is in good shape and keen to perform and we look forward to an excellent season for him, especially after this weekend’s spectacular performance.”

As if the Oratorio win isn’t enough, we could only cheer again when the high-class Var filly Sommerlied stormed to a well-deserved success in the R750 000 Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint on Saturday too. 

What a weekend it’s been for the team at Avontuur!

Oratorio scores on two continents!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s successful sire Oratorio, who has enjoyed such a great season with his 2yos in 2017-2018, had another good weekend.

Danehill’s triple G1 winning son had a pair of South African winners to his name over the weekend, and is also broodmare sire of the very exciting Irish 2yo Servalan.

Oratorio

The latter (a first stakes winner for sire No Nay Never) won Sunday’s Listed Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes over 1200m at Naas for trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Seamie Heffernan.

Servalan, who is likely to be aimed at Royal Ascot following her maiden stakes win on Sunday, was produced by the winning Oratorio mare Catch The Eye.

However, Sunday’s feature race winner is not the first high class performer produced by an Oratorio daughter, with others including recent Australian G3 winner Paquirri, Viren’s Army (Dee Stakes) and G3 Athasi Stakes winner Dolce Strega.

Oratorio, a dual Champion Sire in Italy, also had a pair of winners in South Africa over the weekend. His Sacred Touch romped to an effortless 2.75 length 2200m maiden win on Friday for breeders Golden Touch Thoroughbred Services and trainer Grant Paddock.

Oratorio was also responsible for Divine Odyssey, who picked up his second career win, from six outings, when victorious over 1600m at Turffontein on Sunday. The 3yo, who was bred by Laurence Werners, was produced by the Dynasty mare Divine Right.

Oratorio will also be represented in Saturday’s G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion by three sons – Cue The Music, DI Me and Val Halen, while his daughter Petra is a runner in the same day’s G1 Allan Robertson Championship.

The sire of 50 stakes winners, and counting, Oratorio will also be represented in next weekend’s Cape features by Ancestry (G3 Winter Classic) and Sequined (Listed Olympic Duel Stakes).

Editorial courtesy of Cape Breeders

Cabernet Franc Carnival set to be well-supported again!

The annual Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate tomorrow on Saturday 19 May,  seems to be drawing in the fans again with the tutored tastings of the Top 6 Challenge 2018 wines fully booked already and general festival tickets also selling well.

The Estate will not be open for non-Carnival visitors tomorrow as we are expecting around 400 Cab Franc lovers to descend on the farm from 11-16h00 which will take up most of the public areas and facilities.

If you want to pop in to visit, you can still book tickets at R220 pp at www.plankton.mobi or at the Box Office at the event at R250 pp on the day.  This includes tastings from the 21 wineries exhibiting at the event, a branded tasting glass and a R50 food coupon. 

The Avontuur Restaurant is taking bookings for breakfast and lunch and visitors are welcome to contact them at openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296 to book.

Oratorio results heartening for his supporters

The most recent sire rankings came out on 6 May with Oratorio in number two just behind Var in the Leading Sires of 2yo’s by Stakes earnings with R1007 850 off 22 runners.  This is a positive result especially looking back at a tough year health-wise for this trooper, who has recovered fully. 

“He produces classic horses and with them now getting better as they mature, he is firmly established as a sire to watch, in the more mature categories.  However his results again this year in the two year old ratings are most encouraging,  considering his classic bloodlines, “ says Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh,  where he stands at stud.

“We are looking forward to his participation in the Stallion Parade at Highlands Stud in Robertson on Friday 25 May where he will be sharing the limelight with some of SA’s highest rated sires and will not in any way come off other than at the top of this game,” she says.

His win this past month with Cue the Music in the Group race at Scottsville and after an excellent feature win recently with Carlita,  is setting the scene for even better performances with strong support expected at the Scottsville race day on 26 May.

Oratorio is ready for a full season and his bookings are open with the service fee to be announced early June.

April yearling sales prove international support is growing

After a very busy April with two major yearling sales taking place, Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh takes a few minutes to reflect on the past month’s activities: “The industry is adjusting and re-aligning after the many changes recently and at Avontuur we are staying focussed and riding out the changes by being positive and doing what we do best – breed quality race horses!”

According to Pippa the CTS Sale was tough with too many sales close together but Avontuur sold the whole draft and wish all the buyers well with their new purchases.  The TBA sales showed a solid top end with an improved middle market but trading conditions were once again tough. “However there was plenty of international support which really bodes well for the future.  Once we improve our export protocol, which everyone is working hard on, our horses will be much sought-after, in the East in particular,” Pippa comments.

Once again Avontuur sold the whole draft with the top price of R1 000 000 achieved for Double the Fun, sold to Jack Mitchell and Nick Johnson, to be trained by Justin Snaith.   Two colts were also sold to overseas clients with one going to Singapore and another to France, which is good news for us.

As always, without our buyers, trainers and supporters,  we would not be able to run our business,  so once again we wish everyone well with their new purchases and hope to see fireworks on track soon!