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Ringing in the new year at Avontuur

With 2017 now rushing towards its end, we’re planning to ring in the new year with a pop of fizz,  some excellent food and a relaxed summer vibe in the tasting room.  We’re open throughout the weekend, and our restaurant is planning a celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner on Sunday night, for which bookings are required.

The farm is closed on Monday, 1 January, but we are welcoming guests any other time, and look forward to hosting you in the tasting room, on the terrace and in the restaurant during this holiday season.

We wish all our clients and friends a wonderful and a successful 2018 and hope to see you soon at Avontuur! winner announced!

We are thrilled to announce that Timothy Mochware is the lucky winner of our first-ever Cybercellar competition and will be spending time with us at the farm in the new year. We look forward to sharing our beautiful Estate with him and a partner! 

Thanks to all the 1000’s of entrants who each received a free tasting coupon for two persons worth R60.  We hope to see you soon at Avontuur Estate for a tasting, a meal or a farm walk.


Cape Yearling Sale – The Art of Winning

An exciting group of nine yearlings are on their way to the CTICC for the Premier Yearling Sale on 20 and 21 January.  With a mix of tried and tested sires, brand-new hot young sires and quality brood mares, Avontuur’s stables will once again be popular stops for buyers looking for future winners.  To see some casual pics, courtesy of Liesl King, click here 

“The Art of Winning is a combination of science and creativity and over the decades we’ve tried to make this dream a reality for Avontuur’s many loyal supporters, owners, buyers and racing fans world-wide,” says GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

We’re happy to support two first-season sires with Lot 183, a filly called White Lace by Flower Alley out of A Daughter’s Legacy and Lot 67 (Seven Cape Winters),  a filly by Soft Falling Rain out of Menorah. 

“White Lace is a half-sister to the talented Ancestry and Gr 2 winner A Woman’s Way.  If you’re a speed freak, Seven Cape Winters is the answer to your prayers as she is from the female line of Cold as Ice and Live Life.  She is a flashy attractive filly and a credit to her sire,” Pippa comments.

On the proven sire spectrum we find Lot 199, a Captain Al colt called Baltic Mission out of Baltic Beauty, Lot 72 (Spring Break), a pretty Trippi filly out of Miss October,  and Lot 50, a big strong filly called Honfleur by Silvano out of la Normandie. 

Giving more background, Pippa explains:  “Honfleur is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner Normanz and Baltic Mission is from the female line of Nother Russia.  Both are really impressive and robust. Spring Break is from the family of August Rush and as such she is athletic,  classy and really good-looking.”

Three Oratorio’s make up a trio of quality yearlings with two colts, Lot 33 and 63 leading the pack.  Snowdon (33) is a half-brother to Attenborough and is a really classy specimen with Mantra, Lot 63,  from the female line of Front of House making up the male contingent.  The filly is Lot 171 who is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner King of Pain.  She is called Salvadora, out of Viva la Belle and is a strong rugged sort.

Last but not least we have Lot 95 by Var out of Stakes winner Pan Amm.  He is called Ground Control and is a high-quality athletic colt who should reward with typical Var results on track.

Pippa and the team will be on hand to show yearlings and entertain buyers from Thursday, 18 January and we hope to see lots of interested parties then.

Gift shopping 101 at Avontuur

If you’re still wondering about those elusive gifts for family and friends who have to be accommodated,  pop into our tasting room for a selection which will make the decision easy.

Two of our Cab/Merlot blend Magnums for R240 (Usual price: R300) will take care of two red wine drinkers – or you can just drink it yourself at one of the many festive functions on your calender.

For the sweet tooth amongst us, the gift pack of a bottle of beautifully blush Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2017 paired with a Basilei hand-crafted selection of fudge and nougat at R100, is a winner.

The 10 year old pot-stilled brandy is the perfect gift for the guy who has everything, with the MCC Brut a must-do for any new year’s celebrations.  Above Royalty Natural Sweet Viognier comes in a gift box and at R110 per bottle, it’s a winner for anyone who loves a dessert wine.

Our tasting room is open daily and look forward to assisting you with your choice.  You can also email Ella at if you want to arrange a delivery.



CPYS18 yearling pedigrees now available

We’re happy to announce that more info (Pedigrees and Lot no’s) are now available on this site at  for the excellent draft of 10 yearlings who are planned for the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale at the Cape Town Convention Centre from 20 January to 21 January. 

Five fillies and five colts will be on show, ranging from proven sires like Silvano, our own VAR and Oratorio and Captain Al, but also including newer exciting sires like Flower Alley, Soft Falling Rain and Trippi.

Excellent mares delivered the goods with this sample of Avontuur’s best, which includes A Daughter’s Legacy, Baltic Beauty and Viva.

Pippa and her team will be on site and ready to receive visitors from Tuesday 18 January, so do make a point of a viewing, not to miss out!




Legal Eagle just keeps on winning!

What more can one say about Dual SA Horse of the Year,  Avontuur-bred Legal Eagle who once again stunned the punters on Saturday when he won the R400 000 Gr 2 Greenpoint Stakes at Kenilworth ahead of extremely competent competitors like Edict of Nantes and Captain America.

Is he set for a third consecutive win in the Queen’s Plate on 6 January?  That was the question on everyone’s lips. 

But the last word goes to Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh who said this morning:  “I will never breed another horse like him in my lifetime, and it’s an absolute privilege to be part of this magnificent athlete’s life and see him achieve these heights.  He is a true champion!”

Cape Yearling Sale coming up in January

The first important 2018 Yearling event coming up for Avontuur is the Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2018 which takes place on 20 and 21 January at the  CTICC in Cape Town.

With five colts and five fillies lined up for the Sale, the Avontuur team is hopeful that this prestigious event will set the bar for the rest of 2018. More about each yearling in January!

Oratorio’s return to health a huge relief!

It was with a big sigh of relief that we announced the return to full health of our international stakes winner producing sire Oratorio recently.  He was given the green light  to commence full coverings after a bout of laminitis saw him out of action in September.

A pleased Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh said that she was very excited to have written to the Oratorio shareholders to inform them of the great news.

“It has been a trying time but the big boy showed that it will take more than a bit of laminitis to get him down. We are playing catch up now, but he is a true professional. I must again say a huge word of thanks to our Vet Martin Denkhaus, with the support of Baker McVeigh, and farrier Robbie Miller, who have been wonderful. I have already gone on record saying that their care and attention made all the difference to get O back to health so quickly.”

Pippa extended an invitation to all breeders who were still finalising the covering season and said Avontuur will be happy to accommodate mares and assist where possible as Oratorio has some free slots in his schedule.

With the KZN breeders stats featuring Oratorio 2nd from the top as reported on 15/11/17, it’s a good news story through and through.

Name rnrs rns AEPR wns wnrs Wnrs/rnrs BT Wnrs/rnrs plcs stks
WHAT A WINTER b.s 10y 2007 50 111 20173 11 11 22.0% 0.0% 60 1008625
ORATORIO (IRE) b.s 16y 2002 49 134 20478 12 12 24.5% 0.0% 55 1003400
TWICE OVER (GB) b. or br.s 13y 2005 40 97 21909 13 13 32.5% 0.0% 43 876350
CRUSADE (USA) b. or br.s 9y 2009 42 123 20845 11 11 26.2% 0.0% 56 875500



Platter’s 2018 ratings good news for Avontuur

With four 4-star ratings (up from last year’s two),  the cellar and vineyard team at Avontuur Estate were celebrating this week as the information contained in the new jalapeno red Platter’s 2018 became known.

The new additions were 4 stars for the 2015 Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, adding to its previous awards,  with the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve and a new 10 year old pot-stilled brandy keeping their 4 star rating.  

In addition the Pinotage 2014 and Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2016 improved on their results which brings the wines with higher scores than in the 2017 guide, up to four.

“We are happy with the results and especially the improvements, and look forward to seeing further increased scores as our work in the vineyards and cellar are translated into reality in the bottle,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen.

“A big thank you to owners Michael and Philip Taberer as well as Pippa Mickleburgh and her vineyard team for all the support and hard work over the last few years.  Now we look forward to sharing these wines with all our fans out there.  We hope to see you in the tasting room at the Farm this summer,” he concluded.

The Big “O” returns to “business”

It’s been a stressful month for all at Avontuur as Oratorio was slowly but surely nursed back to health!  But he has now shown an encouraging recovery from a bout of laminitis diagnosed last month, and commenced covering mares recently.

A thrilled Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh said that ‘O’, as the triple Gr1 winning son of Danehill is affectionately known, was ‘back on the job’ and looking, and obviously feeling, a lot better.

“The shock of his illness is now behind us and we are all pleased that the big guy is on the road to recovery – although he is confined to his box when not working and on a restricted diet. He is also under Veterinary and Farrier care,” said the relieved stud manager.

Pippa confirmed that mares belonging to shareholders would be covered, and then only at the rate of one a day.

“We are not putting him under any pressure. He covered Minelli, Val De Ra’s Mom yesterday, and is due to visit A Daughter’s Legacy, dam of classic contender Ancestry, tomorrow. We are thrilled as we were prepared to write this season off initially. We are just so thankful for the chance to get through some mares,” she added.

Pippa said that Oratorio had shown the indomitable fighting spirit and heart of the top-class racehorse and sire that he is, in recovering  from an illness that can prove fatal. He had also received world-class medical attention. She said that she was thankful for  the support provided by their professionals.

“Our Vet Martin Denkhaus, with the support of Baker McVeigh, and farrier Robbie Miller have been wonderful. Their care and attention made all the difference to get O back on the road to recovery so quickly.”