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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.

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.


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. 

We Love Dads at Avontuur!

If you’re still unsure about treating Dad on Sunday, pop in at our tasting room for a friendly and heart-warming reception and a tasting of our award-winning wines!  If you are in the mood for something different, sign up for the new “Wine and Biltong” pairing for only R80 pp.  This should fit right in with everyone’s favourites.


We are open right through the long weekend and gift ideas for Dad include our wonderful exclusive 10 year old Pot-stilled Brandy,  the easy-drinking Red Blend Magnum or the Port-like Liqueur wine Above Royalty.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


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.