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Mares and foals walk bookings now open

At Avontuur we celebrate Women’s Month with our annual Mares and Foals Walk, which is planned this year for Tuesday 22 August and Tuesday 29 August, from 09h30-12h30. The walk will be led by Philip Taberer and there will be lots of photo opportunities as you learn more about the farm from one of our owners.  Not only are there the cute foals and their dams in the green paddocks to exclaim over, but also the views of the Helderberg and False Bay from higher up on the Estate which just cry out for stunning pics.

As Var and Oratorio have just been rated as two of the top stallions in the country, we feel that we have to “allow” the boys in too, and participants will therefore also meet up with our super sires in the stables at the end of the walk where Pippa will introduce them and you will be able to find out more about the serious business of racehorse breeding!

After the walk, winemaker Jan van Rooyen will present a tutored wine tasting and then a light lunch from the Avontuur Restaurant will follow.  So, we invite you to spend a morning with us!  Only 20 persons per day. Cost R300. Bookings and pre-payment essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za and we suggest you book asap!

 

Above Royalty and Cab Merlot are tasting room specials!

With the last few cold weeks coming up, it’s a great idea to stock up on some red wines and our hugely popular Cabernet/Merlot blend is the ideal wine!  It’s soft and fruity but with enough backbone to stand up to most red meat dishes and it’s a winner with any crowd.  We have it on special in a 3 pack this month at R200 and if that’s not seductive, what is?

If you’re ready for a bit of a sweet ending to a meal, or just in the mood for a warming fireplace drink, give our Above Royalty Liqueur wine a try as it’s fortified and a little like a lighter Port style wine – great with a cheese platter actually!   We’ve got two bottles on special this month at R170 which makes it perfect for a gift too.

If you can’t get to the tasting room this month, contact Ella or Marcelle at the farm on +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za to arrange for a delivery anywhere in South Africa.

Var is Champion sire for 2 year olds!

The first of August was an auspicious day for Avontuur Stud Farm as the great news arrived that Var is the SA Champion Sire of two year olds for the season 2016/17.

As GM Pippa Mickleburgh says:  “We have never ever had a stallion win this title on Avontuur before so it is a testament to everyone’s belief that our boy would eventually do it for us.” She also commented on the late owner, Tony Taberer’s confidence that the stallion would come through for the farm and SA, and that he had the foresight to purchase this incredible horse all those years ago.

The cherry on top is that Avontuur’s second stallion Oratorio finished up as the leading first season sire on % winners to runners, which is an awesome start to the big O’s South African career after  such an outstanding record overseas. 

Everyone was enjoying a glass or two of Avontuur’s own MCC earlier today and revelling in the good news with the Stud team.  But, as Pippa says wryly, “ We’re all absolutely thrilled with the news and it deserves a party but today also marks the start of the next racing season; all statistics begin again!”

We believe our two outstanding sires will keep on delivering the good stats and we wish everyone well for the next season.

 

Tutored Tasting in August has health theme

Thousands of words have been written about the health aspects of responsible wine consumption. 

 

Ranging from the benefits of the so-called Mediterranean diet to the positive reactions of heart patients when exposed to red wine as well as the relaxation properties of a glass of wine with a meal, wine lovers have always believed in the positive aspects of their favourite tipple.

 

Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen will climb into the ring with a tutored tasting in the cosy Estate Tasting Room on Saturday 12 August from 11h00-12h30, with the theme:  “Myth versus Fact:  Does wine have carbs?”

 

These regular interactive tastings have become popular as they are not only the perfect way to be exposed to Avontuur’s award-winning wines, but also aim to educate whilst entertaining.  The cost is R100 pp which includes the tasting and a light lunch with a glass of wine.

 

Only 20 seats are available and bookings are essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

 

Avontuur supports Festival of Racing in KZN

Avontuur Estate, the winery and thoroughbred stud farm between Stellenbosch and Somerset West is proud to be associated with what we believe will become one of the most exciting events on the KZN racing calender, The Gold Cup Festival of Racing which takes place over the month-end weekend of July in Durban.

Not only is the brand the sponsor of two races on the day, the award-winning wine range from this family-owned Helderberg site, will also be on show at the various events and dining outlets at the race course.

“We believe in reinvesting back into the sport and we are thrilled to be part of this unique event.  Our sponsorship of the two races, the Gr 3 Avontuur Umkhomazi Stakes and the Listed Avontuur Darley Arabian will give us the exposure on the race days and on the course.  Our wine sponsorship of the Gala Dinner on Thursday, 27 July as well as the fact that a good selection of our wines will be for sale in the various restaurants on site during the event, will give visitors the perfect overview of why we believe we are the home of fine wines and fast horses,” says Pippa Mickleburgh, GM of the Estate.

“We hope to get involved in further events of this nature on a national basis, but look forward to a great long weekend of fantastic racing, glamorous outfits and award-winning wine at this first-ever Festival of Racing,” she concluded.

Winter Wine Specials on till end-July!

We’ve got some stunning specials on in our tasting room valid till 31 July only, and you’re welcome to pop in and grab some great wines after a tasting experience.  

Start off by obtaining a 3-pack or two of our very popular Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2014 for only R200!  (The normal price is R252). 

If you’re not around the Cape area, order by phoning Ella and Marcelle during opening times at +27 21 855-3450 or emailing them at winery@avontuurestate.co.za to arrange for delivery.

 

Avontuur sires in the running for top spots!

The 2016-2017 season is fast drawing to a close in the Southern Hemisphere, and champion sires will soon be crowned.  Both Var and Oratorio are in the running and we are holding thumbs for good results.

Var has enjoyed a remarkable run with his 2yos and the son of Forest Wildcat looks on course to end Captain Al’s eight year reign. Var, whose juveniles have earned R2.45 million, has been represented by 20 individual juvenile winners thus far, headed by Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner, Purple Diamond, and Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion runner up, Varallo.

With two major 2yo races yet to be run, the first crop sires title appears to lie among What A Winter, Oratorio, and Twice Over. What A Winter is the leading first crop sire by stakes winners (3) and by prize money, with Oratorio and What A Winter being joint leading first crop sires by individual winners –the pair have eight apiece.

 

Story courtesy of Sporting Post.

Var and Oratorio start July off with a bang!

What a fantastic weekend we had in Durban last weekend, with Purple Diamond (Var) and Ancestry (Oratorio) going head-to-head in the Golden Horseshoe and two Var’s coming in in fourth and fifth place respectively. This has led to Var now sitting at the top of 2yo sire’s lists which is always a thrill for any breeder.

 

She’s a Giver ran a brilliant second to Bella Bella in the Gr 1 Garden Province Stakes and Chantyman did us proud as well! 

 

What a start to July 2017!

July weekend looking good for Avontuur!

The first weekend in July in South Africa is all about racing, stunning thoroughbreds, glamorous celebs and the general public enjoying the balmy winter weather in Durban.

The TBA KZN Yearling Sale starts off the programme on Thursday the 29th, and this year there are five Oratorio’s and three Var’s in the catalogue which we are looking forward to supporting. With 2Yo Ancestry’s (Oratorio x A Daughter’s Legacy) win recently, and the ongoing excellent performances of the Var’s, this crop should keep the buyers lining up,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. 

On Saturday 1 July the biggest race day in the country will take place and although Avontuur does not have a runner in the big one, we do have lots of interest in most of the action taking place. In the main race, our Avontuur-sponsored jockeys will be showing off their talent with MJ Byleveld on Master Sabina, Lyle Hewittson on French Navy for the in-form Tarry yard and Callan Murray jetting in from the East to steer last year’s winner, The Conglomerate for the Ramsden yard.

In the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m we’re looking forward to seeing Ancestry up against Varallo and Varimas. In the 8th race it’s Isca, Our Destiny, Horse Guards, Varbration and Attenborough taking on each other, making this race of only 12 contestants, nearly half-filled with horses linked in some way with Avontuur.  In the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes over a mile, Avontuur-bred She’s a Giver will be strutting her stuff. 

All in all a full and exciting weekend ahead and we wish all the owners, breeders, jockeys, horses and punters a successful one!

Caption:   Ancestry as a yearling at Avontuur in the paddocks.

 

 

 

All about wine glasses – Tutored Tasting for July

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the tasting room team have had a ball getting together a set of weird and wonderful options to use as “wine glasses” at the July Tutored Tasting session on Saturday, 15 July from 11h00-12h30.

“The idea is that we all taste wine together and then decide which containers work, which don’t and why,” says Jan when explaining the concept.

Guests will taste a few wines with Jan at this intimate event, and will experience everything about wine containers from plastic to glass and clear to dark and large to small. 

The cost is R100 pp which includes the tutored tasting and a light lunch with a glass of wine.  Bookings are essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.