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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.

Grab the perfect wine gift now!

We’ve had fun putting together some gifts for him and her, for a group of friends who prefer an “experience” to another dust-gatherer, and for uncle Johnny who just loves red wine!  All from our tasting room at the Estate right now.   Scroll down to see more!


It’s all about Pinotage & Macarons ….

We’re giving Pinotage Day a good bash on Saturday, 8 October when you can taste our interpretation of our national grape for free in the tasting room.  Or grab a Braai Kit worth R500 containing two bottles of Pinotage for Pinotage week only. This is your chance to combine two of SA’s favourite pastimes in one go!

For a more international flavour join us for our Macarons & Wine Pairing from 17-31 October only in the tasting room @ R60 pp.  Four wines and Four macaron flavours have been paired and we’d love to hear what you think.

Last but not least we’ve got only a few cases of our Minelli Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 left, and we’re offering a special deal on a 2-pack at only R280 this month.  Usual price R360. So, if you’re into Burgundy, this is your chance to indulge at a good price.


Heritage Month & Braai Day events at Avontuur

September is not only the start of Spring at Avontuur, but we also celebrate South Africa’s official Heritage Day on Saturday, 24 September – and at the same time have fun with the unofficial version called “Braai Day” in the local tongue.

For the whole month we’re offering our exclusive Avontuur-branded “Braai Box” in the tasting room for R500 each.  This will make the perfect gift for any barbecue fan in your family or just as a fun activity instigator.  (Includes:  2 x Bottles of Cabernet/Merlot 2013, an Avontuur apron, Avontuur branded braai tongs, Funky Ouma Shiraz-flavoured braai spice and 2 packets of biltong.)  Please note though that we have limited stock, so it’s first-come first-served.

On Heritage Day itself, over and above our usual tasting room activities, you can also treat yourself to a special Heritage Day platter @ R140 each.  They are packed with liver and snoek paté, cold meats, artisanal cheeses, preserves and biscuits, and can be enjoyed inside or outside on the terrace with a glass of wine or two.

Wine Special for the month:  Buy 2 bottles of Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2015 and get an extra one free! Total cost:  R140 for the 3 pack.

Pinot Noir Chardonnay display

Special Tastings:  Chocolate & Wine Pairing.  R60 pp.  No bookings required.

Gold Award for popular Cab/Merlot

Our easy-drinking Cabernet Merlot 2013 was once again awarded a Gold Medal for excellence and value-for-money in this local wine competition.   Congratulations were the order of the day and winemaker Jan van Rooyen is thrilled that this very popular wine once again made the cut.

For the thousands of wine drinkers out there who keep stocked up via their local liquor outlet or the farm directly, keep on drinking and keep on supporting us.  We’ll keep on making this wine as good as it can possibly be at a good price!

Mares & Foals Walk returns in August

One of the best times of the year at Avontuur Estate is from August till December when the new foals are born and a few weeks later, are free to run around the paddocks in the care of their mothers.

Horse lovers are invited to book for one of two Farm Walks to learn more about them on Thursday, 18 August or Thursday, 25 August 2016.

The walk will be led by either Michael or Philip Taberer and will visit some of the mares and their offspring in the paddocks.  On arrival at the stables, visitors will meet our two stallions Var and Oratorio and participate in a Q & A session with General Manager and Thoroughbred expert Pippa Mickleburgh.  After a casual walk back to the Winery guests will return to the tasting room for a Wine and Chocolate pairing with a light lunch afterwards.

The cost is R250 pp (Includes the tour, the chocolate & wine pairing and the light lunch).

A limited number of visitors can be accommodated for the two dates and bookings will only be confirmed once payment is received. The walk to the stables is not strenuous and in total will be about an hour, but participants are advised to wear comfy clothing and shoes, and sun protection if necessary.

Reservations:  winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450

Chocolate & Wine Pairings: Myth or Magic?

After the local community outcry when we postponed last month’s tutored choc and wine tasting, we’re putting the event in place again on Saturday, 13 August from 10h30-12h00.

So this is your chance to book and make up your own mind about this relatively recent wine tasting fashion.

Does an ice cream and wine pairing really work?  Which wines really stand up to spicy salami and biltong?  And what about everyone’s favourites – wine and chocolates?

On that day we will be tasting some quality chocolates and a selection of Avontuur wines, to allow you to decide for yourself!

After the tasting a light lunch with a glass of wine will be served.  The cost is R100 pp and we have seats for 20 wine lovers only.

Bookings now open at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.



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
Ticket purchases via Quicket- follow the link


NO membership fees
Open to all interested individuals and businesses
Every second Wednesday of the month

Looking forward to making valuable connections at Avontuur!
*Connect * Share * Grow *
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.