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The DA comes to Avontuur Breakfast Club this July.

Councillor Benedicta van Minnen was appointed by the Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille as the Mayoral Committee Member for Health in 2014. In January 2015, she was appointed as Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements.

She has a background in law and Criminology, is passionate about ongoing learning, and is currently completing her master’s degree. She decided to enhance her legal background with a foray into politics, which was always her first love. She is a former student activist and Student Representative Council member at the University of Cape Town.

She serves as a DA ward councillor in Somerset West and has served on the Civilian Oversight Committee, Municipal Public Accounts Committee and the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee during the course of her career.

Councillor van Minnen is a resident of the Helderberg and enjoys hiking and kayaking in her spare time.


Date: 13.7.2016
Time: 08h30
Investment: R150
R.S.V.P: 021855 4296
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NO membership fees
Open to all interested individuals and businesses
Every second Wednesday of the month

Looking forward to making valuable connections at Avontuur!
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You are welcome to bring brochures, flyers and business cards.But nothing beats the power of eye contact and a handshake!

New vintage of premiere Chardonnay released

The 2015 vintage of Avontuur Estate’s premiere range Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve was released in the tasting room on the Estate late last week.

As always the wine is extremely likeable with orange citrus flavours dominating and the small percentage of Viognier blended in, adding that extra bit of complexity.

Chardonnay fans will find much to love in the wine as it has the typical butteriness of a wooded Chardonnay but the minerality and freshness which comes from less, rather than more wood contact.

Retailing at R132 from the tasting room, the 2015 is a sure fire charmer and will please regular and new fans of this long-time favourite from the Helderberg.

Contact the tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za to find out more.



Learn more about Chardonnay this weekend!

Avontuur Estate, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West is set to beat the winter blues this year, with activities designed to be informative, fun and entertaining, all in one.

Our series of intimate tutored tastings planned for every second Saturday of the month from June, kicks off this weekend in the Avontuur Tasting Room.

On Saturday, 11 June from 10h30-12h00 the tasting features a vertical tasting of Avontuur’s award-winning Chardonnay Reserve Luna de Miel, presented by winemaker, Jan van Rooyen.  The price of R100 pp includes the tasting and a light lunch with a glass of wine.

Luna de Miel in the vineyards

The next dates feature red wine themes, and are planned for 9 July and 13 August respectively.


Bookings and pre-payments essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.


Cab Franc Carnival 2016 – FAQ’s


  • Saturday, 21 May 2016, 11h00-17h00.
  • Avontuur Estate, off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Directions:  avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za
  • Gates open at 11h00. Event closes at 17h00.




  • The ticket cost is R120 pp. Included in that price is entry to the venue,  a branded wine glass, free wine tasting from 17 participating wineries during the day. Persons under 18 enter free.
  • Tickets at R170 pp includes the above but also a seat in one of the three tutored tastings presented by Avontuur winemaker Jan van Rooyen where the 6 winners of the inaugural Cabernet Franc Challenge can be tasted.
  • Tickets can be obtained from winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450. Tickets will not be discounted.
  • Depending on prior ticket sales, tickets will be available at the ticket office on the day.
  • Alcohol will not be served to under 18’s.
  • The organisors and sponsors support responsible drinking and driving and recommend that visitors make use of taxi services, Uber or allocate a designated driver.




  • Avontuur Estate is wheelchair friendly and offers disabled facilities.
  • However, due to the numbers of visitors expected, parking may be up to 300m away from the main festival area. In case visitors want to arrange for a drop-off zone, please contact The Tasting Room  at Avontuur  Estate to make arrangements.
  • On arrival visitors will be directed to one of several parking areas. Visitors may have to walk approximately 300m to reach the festival site.




  • The event is held outdoors, although plans are in place for inclement weather.
  • Seating is provided, although visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn seating like picnic blankets, low chairs.
  • Visitors may taste and purchase wine from the participating wineries. Cash & Credit Cards.
  • Food for sale include a full a la carte breakfast and lunch menu from the Avontuur Estate Restaurant but bookings are essential at openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296. Snack platters will be on sale during the day too.  Also Gourmet pizza’s and Waffles from food trucks. Soft drinks/water and coffee is available for non-drinkers.
  • Kids are welcome to play on the extensive lawns, but parents are requested to keep an eye on them as  Avontuur Estate is a working farm.
  • Live music will be provided by violin duo Beau Violin.
  • No BYO Food and Drinks are allowed.



Organisors:         Cobie van Oort – cobie@cvomarketing.co.za

Björn van Oort – bjorn@cvomarketing.co.za

Office hours tel no:  +27 21 981-0216



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Cab Franc Carnival ticket sales going fast!

After last year’s inaugural Cabernet Franc Carnival which took place in June, it was decided to host the event again this year on Saturday, 21 May from 11h00-17h00, with Avontuur Estate as the main sponsor.

The number of wineries represented has increased to 17 from 13 last year,  which gives attendees even more of an overview of the South African Cab Franc variety, styles  and terroir expression.

Another new addition is the first Cabernet Franc Challenge where we have 32 wines competing, all hoping to be one of the 6 Gold Medal winners.  The six winning wines will be presented by Avontuur winemaker Jan van Rooyen in 3 tutored tasting sessions on the 21st of May, at 11h30, 13h30 and 15h30.  Each session can only host 20 guests and pre-booking is essential.

Like last year, fest goers can buy food from the food trucks or from the Avontuur Estate Restaurant (Reservations essential at openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296), live music will entertain the crowds and the wines from each of the 16 wineries will be available for tasting and can be purchased directly from each winery stand.

Ticket sales are now open from Avontuur Estate’s tasting room at R120 for a Carnival ticket (tasting glass and tastings) or R170 per ticket which includes the above and one of the tutored tastings as well.   Contact Ella or Kayla at the tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 to book. Only 300 tickets in total are available for the day, so it’s best to pre-book.

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NYS Hospitality Lounge now open for viewings

After the success of Avontuur’s first foray into the Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale earlier this month, Pippa and the team from Avontuur is ready for visitors, viewings and general hospitality at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston.

The National Yearling Sale  offers 8 yearlings, and is a mixed bag with Var’s ruling the roost, although an excellent Oratorio and some exciting new blood in the form of sire Gimmethegreenlight and the in-the-news Jay Peg should tickle the buyers’ fancy.

Ladies first, and with four fillies getting ready for the event Avontuur is especially excited about Lot 422 Kindavar, who is the first foal of the Jet Master mare Without Malice,  an 8 times race winner herself.  “She is tall, a good walker and my pick of the fillies,” Pippa says.

The rest of the Var fillies include Lot 21 Sweet Treat who is correct and athletic and a half-sister to Vous et Var and Lot 163, the first foal from Jeter, who is a real speedball, and closely related to Le Clos, currently proving his class on course.  The last filly (Lot 227)  is by upcoming sire Jay Peg, a tall racy sort who is the close family of Varbration and Captain’s Lullabye.

The only Oratorio on this Sale is Lot 314 Chantyman out of Sea of Calm (USA),  a high quality colt who is a good mover and halfbrother to Balkan  and Princess Katrina.  Pippa commented especially on Lot 398 Keyboogie (Gimmethegreenlight x Valeta) and said he is a very flashy, good looking  colt, who is a half-brother to the exciting 3yo Val et Al and should attract a lot of attention.

Duffield (Lot 452) is a precocious full brother to Twitter (Var x Avian Talk), and is a flashy speed machine.   Hampton Court (Lot 192) by Var is a classy, attractive medium-sized colt who is a nice trainer’s horse out of London Belle, now retired as a brood mare.

“I believe Sweet Treat and Kindavar are outstanding on the fillies side, and the three colts which get my pick are Chantyman, Duffield and Keyboogie. The Avontuur Stud Lounge Hospitality area is open for viewings and socialising from 21 April and we look forward to welcoming all interested parties from then,” Pippa concluded.


Easter Weekend Opening Times

Avontuur Estate and the Avontuur Estate Restaurant is open over the Easter weekend, except for Good Friday.

Join us from Saturday 26 March to Monday, 28 March in the tasting room for our fun chocolate and wine pairings @ R60  per tasting, or try our pop-up Easter experience:  A home made chocolate cupcake with a Lindt chocolate ball on top, served with Above Royalty Liqueur Wine,  for R20 pp.

The Avontuur Estate Restaurant is open daily too for breakfast and lunch.  Bookings essential at openhand@polka.co.za or +27 21 855-4296.

We look forward to seeing you this Easter weekend.

Last live music evening set for April

The Avontuur summer season of live music evenings ends off on Friday, 1 April with local muso, James Saunders wowing the crowd with his laid-back sounds.

This intimate music event under the stars in front of the winery, promises to be an exceptional evening for music lovers who like to relax into the weekend in a casual set-up with friends.

As usual guests can purchase gourmet pizza’s from the Ishushu Pizza truck and great wine from Avontuur’s tasting room.

The event is free, but as they are very popular, it is essential to book seats and/or tables to ensure you have a spot to enjoy the show.

Contact Ella or Kayla at +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za to save your spot and ease into Autumn with us.


Avontuur hosts 1st Cab Franc Challenge

As the second Cabernet Franc Carnival, sponsored by Avontuur Estate, draws near, the organisors decided to create a matching award mechanism to further highlight the quality of the varietal as produced in South Africa.


Cabernet Franc Challenge logo smallerAll Cabernet Franc producers are invited to enter as many of their wines as they see fit, as long as it contains a minimum of 85% of the varietal for the Cab Franc Challenge 2016. The closing date for entries is 4 March 2016.

A blind judging process will take place on Wednesday, 6 April at Avontuur Estate under the capable direction of Panel Chair Christine Rudman with the assistance of four expert judges, and the top 6 wines will be announced on 20 April at an intimate early dinner at the Farm.

The six winning wines will be available at tutored tasting sessions at the Cabernet Franc Carnival at Avontuur Estate on Saturday, 21 May from 11h00-17h00. After the Carnival, a limited quantity of the winning wines will be for sale as a 6-bottle gift box from www.wine.co.za . The price will be confirmed once the winners are announced.

Challenge Coordinator Celia Gilloway said many suggestions had already come from entrants as the competition gathers momentum. “One suggestion is that we choose one winner and runners-up and award a first prize medal next year for example. Quite a few wineries have shown an interest in a “older vintage” category as well,” she says.

To find out more and get hold of an entry form, contact Celia at celia@eventsbycelia.com or 082-782-1977.

Countdown to 2016 with Avontuur bubbly!

Avontuur Estate’s annual summer wine campaign started on 1 October and ends today. We’re hoping to entice wine lovers into trying our premiere range wines, either instore or at the tasting room, where we will  be running weekly specials in support of the store drive.

For the last few weeks we’ve been promoting our speciality wines as well, with the sparkling and MCC at the top of the list as we count down to 2016 tonight!  Pop into our tasting room at the Estate, or visit one of the stores below stocking our wines to pick up a few bottles now.

The premiere range of wines are available in selected stores in the Western Cape at reduced prices during the campaign, and wine lovers will get the chance to taste the wines in a store close by, as an extensive programme of instore tastings has been planned.

Every purchase of two or more premiere range bottles, are rewarded with a coupon worth R60, redeemable till 31 January 2016, at the Estate. This makes an outing to this scenic winery on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, a must on your winelands meander this festive season! All coupon holders are also entered into a lucky draw where a winner per store will walk away with a Premiere range gift pack worth R1000.

(Updated on an ongoing basis)

Blue Bottle, Kalk Bay 2/10, 3-6 pm. 3/10, 1-4 pm. 31/10, 12-3pm.
De Jonker Spar 2/10, 3.30-6.30 pm
Vredehoek Spar 9/10, 4-7 pm. 31/10, 4-7 pm.  16/10, 4-7.  17/10, 2-5.  23/10 3-6 pm, 24/10 12-3 pm. 7/11 12-3. 4/12, 11/12, 18/12.
Paradyskloof Tops 16/10, 3.30-6 pm. 17/10,12-3pm. 31/10,12- 3. 23/10, 3-6.  24/10 12-3. 6/11 3-6, 7/11 12-3.
Welgedacht Tops 9/10, 3-6 pm.  10/10, 12-3 pm.  23/10, 4-7.  31/10, 4-7 pm. 13/11 3-6. 11 & 12/12, 18 & 19/12.

Kleinmond Wine Barrel 9/10, 3-6 pm.

Tops at Spar, Kleinmond 10/10, 12-3pm.

Blue Bottle Alcon Liquors Gordon’s Bay 9/10, 4-7pm,10/10, 12-3.  16/10, 4-7.

Tony’s Liquor Boutique West Beach.  17/10, 2-5 pm.  30/10, 4-7pm, 31/10,  2-5 pm.

Tops Aurora 16/10, 3-6 pm, 17/10,12-3.  24/10 3-6. 11/12, 19/12.

Royal Ascot 16/10 4-7, 17/10 12-3. 14/11 12-3. 4 & 5/12, 26/12.

Alphen Spar 23/10, 3-6, 24/10 12-3.

Spar Observatory 20 & 21/11, 18 & 19/12.  18 & 19/12.

Liquor City Claremont 14/11, 2-5pm, 21/11, 2-5pm, 5/12 2-5 pm, 18/12 4-7pm.

Wine Concepts Newlands 16/11 4-6 pm.

Tops Sunrise Circle, 23/10 3-6. 6/11 4-7, 7/11 12-3.  11/12.

Village Discount Liquors, Gordon’s Bay, 6/11 4-7, 7/11 12-3.

Tops Rosmead, 18 & 19/12.

All Avontuur wine lovers are invited to share their #AvontuurMoments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages and each interesting or fun post, will receive a digital coupon worth R60 to redeem at the Tasting Room on the Estate with your next visit.

Every month we will choose the two best, funkiest, highly unusual or just most gorgeous posts and they will each win a Premiere range gift pack worth R1000, to be delivered free anywhere in South Africa!

So, get some wine, organise some friends and start sharing! Make sure you use the #AvontuurMoments so that we can track your efforts.

F – Avontuur Estate, T –@AvontuurEstate, I – avontuurestate.

Visitors to the Estate have not been forgotten either and we will be highlighting one of the Premiere range wines per week, and give you the chance to buy it for a special price too! Watch the tasting room blackboard for more info, or check our social media posts regularly.

Schalk Honeyman: schalkoutthere@gmail.com
Cobie van Oort: cobie@avontuurestate.co.za