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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/

 

Avontuur joins in the Black Friday fun!

Avontuur Estate on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West is joining in the Black Friday “madness” with a once-in-a-lifetime offer on the 23rd

“We love people to taste our wine and see just how good they are as well as experience the beauty that is Avontuur and we’ve therefore chosen our 4 star Platter’s 2019 red blend and are offering it at a 70% discount,” says co-owner Philip Taberer. 

“We have limited stock available of the wine and have had quite a bit of interest already, so if you’re a serious red wine fan, this one is for you,” he said.

The wine is available on Friday 23 November from 09h00-16h00 only from the tasting room and only in 6-bottle cases.  Pop in early though as it’s really first-come-first served.

To find out more about the wine and the Sale,  contact Ella Grimston in the tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Book for breakfast or lunch before or after your shopping spree as the “Eat Out Western Cape Best Bistro”, the Avontuur Estate Restaurant is the perfect spot to take a breather after all the excitement of this prime shopping event.

Restaurant bookings:  openhand@polka.co.za  or +27 21 855-4296.

Platter’s 2019 ratings on an upward trend for Avontuur

It’s always good to see planning and execution work together and this year’s Platter’s ratings once again proves that point for the Taberer family-owned boutique winery Avontuur Estate, situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West in the Helderberg.

“In the 2018 Platter’s we achieved four 4-stars and in the 2019 edition, six,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen.  “It was wonderful to keep the same ratings for the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve,  the Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve,  the Cabernet Sauvignon and the 10 year old brandy – but best of all was when the 2019 edition added four stars for the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2017 and the flagship red the Baccarat 2012.”

According to Jan the good ratings awarded again for the Cabernet Sauvignon especially makes him happy as Avontuur lies slap bang in die middle of excellent Cab Sauv terroir and getting this wine right consistently is a compliment to the cellar and vineyard team’s hard work. “It’s also lovely to have the Luna de Miel back on track as this is one of the first premiere range wines ever made at Avontuur and it was a favourite of the late Tony Taberer, which gives the rating added poignancy,” he said.

The wines are available for tasting and for sale in the Estate’s tasting room or in selected stores in the Western Cape and Gauteng.  Alternatively the wine can be purchased at http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/wine-store-sa/ for delivery to your home or office anywhere in South Africa.

Two trusted sires keep on delivering the winners!

Avontuur Estate is proud to be the home of two of South Africa’s highest-rated sires with the ever-green Var currently at the top of the sire’s list by stakes and  the leading sire of 3 yo’s,  as well as being the 2017/2018 reigning champion for 2 year olds.  Oratorio, who is a more recent addition to the Avontuur stud business has also proved his worth over the years and is holding his own on the current general sire’s lists after an excellent 2017/2018 performance.

Var had a brilliant win yesterday with Rivarine (Var x River Jetez) who came out fresh and fighting after a 44 week break to win the R150 000 listed Golden Loom Handicap at Turffontein.  The gelding has now won 6 races with 6 places from 20 starts and looks set for an excellent return to form. “We are thrilled to present his full sister Delta Queen at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January 2019,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. 

Earlier a stunning debut win by Vardy got the excitement going in the Marcus stable, and we hope for much more from this handsome son of Var.  He looks like a champ already!

Oratorio didn’t stand back either with two wins this weekend, Tubular Bells in PE over 2000 m on Friday and Supreme Orator, ridden by Anton Marcus over 1600 m at Greyville in KZN. 

“With both stallions back in fine form and doing well,  we’ve opened up a few more spots on the book for Var for this season and Oratorio has some space left too.  If you are looking for future winners, contact me at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book asap,” Pippa said.

Summer tasting room pairing a sweet treat.

From the middle of October till early in the new year,  our pairing in the tasting room is the popular nougat and fudge pairing,  in partnership with local artisanal confectionary producer Basilei.

We’ve paired 5 of our wines with 5 sweet treats, specially created and fine tuned to suit the new wines and their flavour profiles. The elegant Basilei packaging makes it a pleasure to do the tasting and this pairing is the perfect stop on your wine route travels.  (As the portions are substantial, the packaging also makes it easy to take along to enjoy later too!)

The cost is R120 pp and no bookings are needed although it is better to phone ahead to +27 21 855-3450 or email us at winery@avontuurestate.co.za especially if you are a group or if you are in a bit of a hurry.   A little bit of  warning gives us time to get your tasting set-up ready for when you arrive.

The tasting room is open daily except on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Brood mares – the heartbeat of our business!

Some of our more famous moms are happily looking after their new foals and we’re already looking forward to some brand-new babies being born in 2019. 

Val de Ra has a Trippi filly at foot and is safely in foal to Champion sire Silvano.  Race queen River Jetez is looking after a Silvano colt and is in foal to him again.   Our gorgeous white Sarabande has a  Var filly at foot and is in foal to Oratorio. (Photograph: Var filly)

New acquisition Starburst Galaxy (9 time winning daughter of Var) is in foal to Oratorio. Dream de Ra is hoping for a stunning foal from William Longsword and La Normandie (dam of Gr 1 winner Normanz) is showing off a strong filly from the first crop of new sire Rafeef and is in foal to Drakenstein’s new sire Gold Standard.

These are just some of the exciting newcomers we can’t wait to meet in 2019!

We’re saying goodbye to long-standing star of the brood mare band Minelli who is retiring after her last foal, a stunning Oratorio colt.  She has had an illustrious career,  was a stalwart of the stud operation and she deserves a rest now. We wish her many happy years still in our mountain paddocks, far away from the crowds and rush.

 

Var successes offer breeding opportunities

With the Grade 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship coming up this Saturday at Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town,  all eyes are on brilliant debut winner Varsity Lover who is representing Var, the current SA Stakes leader as well as being the current 3yo Sire’s list leader, in this prestigious event.

According to Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh he is working well at the moment which has led to his book being opened for a few more mares this year.  “We were keeping his covers quite low initially,   only offering his services to stakeholders, but he is holding up so well that we are keen to add a few more visits,” she says. She can be contacted at stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book your mare.

His ongoing success was proven again by last weekend’s wins in three different countries.

Var’s treble was highlighted by his daughter Mia Finola’s impressive score in the ZRP Fillies Mile at Borrowdale on Sunday.  Trained by Bridget Stidolph, the 3 yo made it win number four from just eight outings when recording a length and a quarter win in Sunday’s Listed race.

Mia Finola, who has now reeled off three wins in a row, was bred by the Piemonte Stud. The filly, who is out of the Wolfhound mare Basilica, had previously tasted feature race success when landing the Champagne Stakes back in July and also finished third in last season’s Champion Juvenile Stakes.

She is one of a number of high class 3 yo’s representing Var this season, with others including SA Nursery winner William The Silent, G2 filly Ghaalla, Sophomore Sprint third Top Of The Class and Varsity Lover.

Var also enjoyed success in both South Africa and Mauritius over the weekend, with his son Lucius Fox shedding his maiden over 2000m at Greyville on Friday night, and another son, Varside, scoring at Champ de Mars on Saturday.

Info courtesy of Cape Breeders Club.

Memorable week for proven sire Oratorio

Last week was a hugely successful one for Oratorio,  the globally proven sire standing at Avontuur Estate.  

“It’s been a terrific week for Oratorio. Miravar and Van Halen won at Turffontein on Thursday, Euphoric won at Greyville on Friday evening,  and over the weekend Sequined won Race 4 at Durbanville!” said an elated Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

She said that there were still opportunities for an Oratorio cover and invited mare owners to call her on 083 658 4404 or email stud@avontuurestate.co.za

A treble Gr1 winning champion in France and Ireland, there is no question that Oratorio has added a classic dimension to the options offered by the evergreen Avontuur superstar Var, who coincidentally heads the SA national sires logs on stakes earned.

Twice Champion Sire in Italy, Oratorio has produced 93 stakes horses  internationally and it’s common knowledge that the son of Danehill was imported with a view to producing classic horses and a Met or July winner. So his performance with early horses has been a bonus!

In only his second crop he sired the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion exacta and his Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery winner Carlita recently made a pleasing return to racing when romping home to an easy win over 1200m in her first start as a 3yo. The Piemonte Stud bred 3yo has now won four of just six starts.

Below is van Halen as a winner at Scotsville earlier this year.

 

Gold Awards for two Avontuur Wines

With summer around the corner it’s always great to get some awards highlighting those wines – and this is just what’s happened recently when our Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and Luna de Miel Chardonnay 2017 both got Golds in the 2018 Vitis Vinifera Competition.

These wines are both perfect for warmer days with the Sauvignon Blanc being an easy-drinking value-for-money wine and the Luna the best food pairing white wine we produce. Try it with a creamy green Thai curry chicken or just lots of sushi or salmon roses – both are a winner!

They are available for tasting and for sale from our tasting room at R75 for the Sauvvie and R165 for the premiere range Luna de Miel.

We are open daily for tastings so pop in any time.