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Tutored tastings with winemaker start off again

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the tasting room team are planning a trio of  “Tutored Tastings” for this Winter. 

We kick off on Saturday, 10 June from 11h00-12h30 with a tasting featuring the range of Avontuur wines which won awards at the recent National Wine Challenge.  This will give participants the chance to chat to Jan about wine competitions, their worth, what it means to a winemaker and a winery to win awards and any other questions they’ve always wanted to ask about the “bling” industry.

On Saturday, 8 July and Saturday 12 August, the next sessions are offered. Watch this space for more info about themes and topics.

Each tasting is limited to 20 participants and include the tasting, a light meal and a glass of wine for only R100 pp.  Bookings are essential and can be made in the tasting room with Ella or Marcelle or by emailing winery@avontuurestate.co.za. 

We look forward to sharing some valuable info with you this winter, and have fun whilst doing it!


Cab Franc Carnival set for W Cape & Gauteng

After two successful years of the Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate, fans of this unusual varietal will once again get the chance to celebrate their favourite grape on Saturday, 20 May 2017 from 11h00-17h00 at the family-owned wine estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

In addition to the tastings and purchasing of wines directly from the wineries, visitors can book for one of three tutored tastings of the Top 6 wines in the 2017 Cab Franc Challenge, presented by head of the judging panel and Cape Wine Master Christine Rudman.  Tickets costs R75 pp extra and only three sessions of 20 persons each can be accommodated at 11h30, 13h30 and 15h00.

“This is the only chance to taste the Top 6 together as many of these wines are extremely rare and were kept aside especially for the tutored tastings,” says organisor Cobie van Oort from CVO Marketing.

The very popular public “vote” to choose the favourite wine of the day, will once again take place which will give an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates.

Participating wineries at the Cape Town event are:   Avontuur Estate, CK Wines, Doolhof  Wine Estate, Edgebaston,  Hannay Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein, Knorhoek Wine Farm, Lynx Wines, My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest,  Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Vrede en Lust, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven, Zorgvliet Wines.

On Friday, 2 June from 17h00-21h00, winemakers will be at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg to show off their wines.  

Participating wineries are:   Avontuur Estate,  Delaire Graff, Edgebaston,   Hermanuspietersfontein,  Lynx Wines,  Mont du Toit Cellar, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines,  The Garajeest,  Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven and Zorgvliet Wines.

Tickets are R200 pp which includes the tastings, a R50 discount coupon to spend on food and a tasting glass.  Tickets from   www.plankton.mobi or www.computicket.co.za  as well as at Computicket branches. 

Follow us on Facebook at Cabernet Franc Carnival or on Twitter at @Cabfrancarnival .  More information on www.cvomarketing.co.za


Early Bird Special returns to Avontuur Restaurant!!

 Exciting news!

Our “Early Bird’ Dinner special is back for 2017!

Join us for an early dinner between 17h00 and 18h30.

Every Wednesday and Friday.

Choose from a two course dinner for R180 Or a three course dinner for R220.

Not for group bookings or events. T’s and C’s apply.

Book on 021 855 4296

Easter is the perfect time in the Winelands

We love this time of the year in the Boland with cooler temperatures (usually) and a relaxing Easter long weekend ahead of us.  We wish you and your family a wonderful Easter time together, but if you’re looking for a bit of a treat, the Avontuur Estate Restaurant and Tasting Room is open from Saturday to Monday.

We are taking a break ourselves on Good Friday and the Estate will be closed, but we’re back in full swing from then on.

If you’re on the roads travel safely and we hope to see you soon.

Gauteng yearling sales set for April and May.

April and May will see lots of action on the yearling sale front with two important events coming up in April and early May respectively.  For more details on our yearlings, click through to our Sale pages.

Artisinal confectionary tasting a hit!

The tasting room started with a new confectionary pairing last week and have partnered up with local artisinal producer Basilei, who’s put together a classy selection box of nougat and fudge to pair with 5 Avontuur wines.

At R80 pp this is a stunning treat and something different to do when tasting in the area. 

Although bookings aren’t  necessary and the tasting is available whenever the tasting room is open, it is preferable to phone or email ahead just to make sure, especially if you are a group of friends.  Contact Ella or Marcelle at 021 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za to organise your pairing experience.

Harvest 2017 more than halfway

With the grape harvest moving along swiftly at the moment after a slightly later start than in 2016, our winemaker Jan van Rooyen and his team are working at top speed to ensure the grapes are brought in safely and in great condition. 

The last bit of Viognier 2017 being received at the cellar.

“We finished off the white varietals on Friday with Viognier , and all the Pinotage is in the cellar as well. The Pinot Noir is safely brought in with the Minelli selection already in barrel, said Jan.  “Overall the harvest is excellent with healthy grapes and good volumes in spite of the drought.”

It’s Valentine’s the whole of Feb!

We just love Valentine’s month and we’re planning lots of fun and frisky ways to celebrate it with you!

The whole month of Feb sees us offering a 2-pack of our newest releases in the tasting room for only R200, instead of the usual R250.  So, what can you grab for that price?  It’s a bottle of the Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2016 in the exciting new Avontuur Estate livery as well as the newly released Minelli Pinot Noir Reserve 2012, which already sports a few medals, after being awarded in some competitions last year.

Over the Valentine’s period from Friday, 10 February right up to the end of Valentine’s day on the 14th, you can join us in the tasting room for a special pairing of a glass of MCC Rose and 3 nougats at only R35 per pairing. Over the same period, we’re offering 3 bottles of our Luna de Miel (means “honeymoon” in Spanish – geddit?) Chardonnay Reserve 2015 at only R340 instead of R396.

On Valentine’s evening the Avontuur Restaurant is planning a romantic Valentine’s dinner featuring their usual a-la-carte menu with a few sexy new additions just for the evening,  on the blackboard.  Bookings will fill up very quickly so do make a point of booking asap at +27 21 855-4296 or openhand@polka.co.za

Cruise winner announced – Congratulations!

Congratulations to Sharon van Aswegen who’s won the trip of a lifetime with MSC Cruises to the Portuguese Islands.

Thanks to everyone who entered via our online wine shop.  You might not have won the big one, but we are sure you will enjoy your Avontuur wine in any case!

We hope to see you soon at the Estate.

Sweet Treats Pairing a Winner this Summer

Although the straight-forward enjoyment of Avontuur Estate’s award-winning wines will always be top of the list at this family-owned wine and stud farm, the team in the tasting room love to spice up the experience by offering a different wine & taste sensation monthly.

With Summer now in full swing, we’re cooling down with our “Sweet Treats” tasting featuring nougat, Turkish delight and fudge paired with four ice cold wines, including the MCC Brut.

The pairing is self-guided with assistance from our tasting room staff, and costs R60 pp.  The duration is around 30 minutes and its huge fun to do with other wine loving friends to compare your favourites– and not-so-favourites.

Bookings are not needed for individuals and small groups, but for 6+ guests it’s recommended that you book beforehand to ensure the smooth running of the tasting.

For more info or to book contact Ella or Marcelle in the tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.