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It’s Valentine’s month at Avontuur Estate

We adore the “month of love” as much as everyone else and to celebrate we’re running a stunning giveaway competition in our tasting room.  All you have to do is visit us, enter in the tasting room and you could be the winner of a huge hamper of our products – which should keep the two of you happily engaged for a while!  Closing date:  28 February 2019.

On Valentine’s day itself, our restaurant is open for a bubbly breakfast, a lavish lunch or a decadent dinner outside on the terrace (weather permitting obviously!).  Dinner is a-la-carte but the chefs are having a ball creating some really romantic dishes off the blackboard to enjoy during your visit.

Join us this Valentine’s month and we will show you what “love” is all about!

 

Cape Yearling Sale a success for Avontuur

Although the feedback from the Sale on Wednesday indicate that the tough economy is hampering some of the available spend,  we can only once again thank all our loyal supporters for their belief in us and their loyalty to the Farm. 

Delta Queen (Var x River Jetez) was our star performer and this gorgeous and incredibly well-bred filly went for our top price of R2 million to Dean Kannemeyer and his clients.  “We wish them everything of the best with this horse and look forward to seeing more of her when they are ready to let her compete,” says Pippa Mickleburg, Avontuur Estate GM.

All our horses were sold and now it’s time to look into the future and start preparing for the important National Yearling Sale in Gauteng in April. 

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/

 

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!

 

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!

 

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/

 

 

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.

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.