Wine News

New wines released in Tasting Room

A few lucky bubbly fans have already tasted the new MCC Brut Rose but if you are a sparkling wine fan, make sure you pop in to taste and grab a few bottles to take home at only R165 per bottle, till 1 April when our prices go up to reflect the new duties and taxes announced earlier this year.

At the same time, we’re happy to announce that the Cabernet/Merlot 2015 was released in the tasting room last week. As this is our most popular red wine by far, and currently at the excellent price of R84 per bottle, make sure you add some to your collection before the price increases in April.

Watch this space for more wine news – we love sharing our new wines with you.


Winemaker heads to Jhb for Gourmet Dinner

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen is taking some time out of the busy harvest schedule to host the first Gourmet Dinner of 2018 at the upmarket Piccolo Mondo Restaurant at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton this Friday evening.

Executive Chef Trevor Boyd had a ball putting together an incredible 5-course dinner to pair with our award-winning Premiere range of wines.

The cost is R625 pp which includes the dinner and wines as well as mineral water.  Seats are still available by booking at or phoning +27 011 282-7463

Towards the end of February we’re presenting our wines at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West too – keep an eye out for that if you live in Cape Town. winner announced!

We are thrilled to announce that Timothy Mochware is the lucky winner of our first-ever Cybercellar competition and will be spending time with us at the farm in the new year. We look forward to sharing our beautiful Estate with him and a partner! 

Thanks to all the 1000’s of entrants who each received a free tasting coupon for two persons worth R60.  We hope to see you soon at Avontuur Estate for a tasting, a meal or a farm walk.


Gift shopping 101 at Avontuur

If you’re still wondering about those elusive gifts for family and friends who have to be accommodated,  pop into our tasting room for a selection which will make the decision easy.

Two of our Cab/Merlot blend Magnums for R240 (Usual price: R300) will take care of two red wine drinkers – or you can just drink it yourself at one of the many festive functions on your calender.

For the sweet tooth amongst us, the gift pack of a bottle of beautifully blush Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2017 paired with a Basilei hand-crafted selection of fudge and nougat at R100, is a winner.

The 10 year old pot-stilled brandy is the perfect gift for the guy who has everything, with the MCC Brut a must-do for any new year’s celebrations.  Above Royalty Natural Sweet Viognier comes in a gift box and at R110 per bottle, it’s a winner for anyone who loves a dessert wine.

Our tasting room is open daily and look forward to assisting you with your choice.  You can also email Ella at if you want to arrange a delivery.



Platter’s 2018 ratings good news for Avontuur

With four 4-star ratings (up from last year’s two),  the cellar and vineyard team at Avontuur Estate were celebrating this week as the information contained in the new jalapeno red Platter’s 2018 became known.

The new additions were 4 stars for the 2015 Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, adding to its previous awards,  with the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve and a new 10 year old pot-stilled brandy keeping their 4 star rating.  

In addition the Pinotage 2014 and Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2016 improved on their results which brings the wines with higher scores than in the 2017 guide, up to four.

“We are happy with the results and especially the improvements, and look forward to seeing further increased scores as our work in the vineyards and cellar are translated into reality in the bottle,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen.

“A big thank you to owners Michael and Philip Taberer as well as Pippa Mickleburgh and her vineyard team for all the support and hard work over the last few years.  Now we look forward to sharing these wines with all our fans out there.  We hope to see you in the tasting room at the Farm this summer,” he concluded.

Winemaker prepares for new Summer wine releases

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen is hard at work in the cellar to get the next vintages out for the summer season,  and the new wines are already either at the bottling stage or labelled and just waiting to be released.

After the successful recent release of the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2016, the rich and full-bodied Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve 2014, was next.  

Also waiting in the wings is the 2017 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay and the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, which will sport the next diamond-shaped label for the first time. Both of these are perfect for outdoor enjoyment on a sunny day!

Last but not least, we are so excited to share a brand-new, first-for-Avontuur natural sweet dessert wine with visitors. The 2017 Above Royalty this time is a Viognier and already a firm favourite with all of those lucky enough to get a taste.


Luna de Miel 2016 released

The release of a new Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve is always an occasion, and the recent arrival of the 2016 vintage, is no different. 

As usual the elegantly wooded wine delights again on the nose and the first sip immediately makes you think of pairing it with a soft, creamy curry dish or nicely spiced chicken.

As winemaker Jan van Rooyen said, ” This is one of Avontuur’s iconic wines with a long and illustrious history, named after one of our first brood mares. It’s therefore a privilege to produce this much-loved wine and ensure its future is as fantastic as its past.”

The Luna de Miel once again is a winner and retails from the tasting room at R146 per bottle. Feel free to order it from Ella or Marcelle in the tasting room at +27 21 855-3450 or as delivery can be arranged anywhere in SA.


Mares and foals walk bookings now open

At Avontuur we celebrate Women’s Month with our annual Mares and Foals Walk, which is planned this year for Tuesday 22 August and Tuesday 29 August, from 09h30-12h30. The walk will be led by Philip Taberer and there will be lots of photo opportunities as you learn more about the farm from one of our owners.  Not only are there the cute foals and their dams in the green paddocks to exclaim over, but also the views of the Helderberg and False Bay from higher up on the Estate which just cry out for stunning pics.

As Var and Oratorio have just been rated as two of the top stallions in the country, we feel that we have to “allow” the boys in too, and participants will therefore also meet up with our super sires in the stables at the end of the walk where Pippa will introduce them and you will be able to find out more about the serious business of racehorse breeding!

After the walk, winemaker Jan van Rooyen will present a tutored wine tasting and then a light lunch from the Avontuur Restaurant will follow.  So, we invite you to spend a morning with us!  Only 20 persons per day. Cost R300. Bookings and pre-payment essential at and we suggest you book asap!


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 to arrange for a delivery anywhere in South Africa.

Tutored Tasting in August has health theme

Thousands of words have been written about the health aspects of responsible wine consumption. 


Ranging from the benefits of the so-called Mediterranean diet to the positive reactions of heart patients when exposed to red wine as well as the relaxation properties of a glass of wine with a meal, wine lovers have always believed in the positive aspects of their favourite tipple.


Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen will climb into the ring with a tutored tasting in the cosy Estate Tasting Room on Saturday 12 August from 11h00-12h30, with the theme:  “Myth versus Fact:  Does wine have carbs?”


These regular interactive tastings have become popular as they are not only the perfect way to be exposed to Avontuur’s award-winning wines, but also aim to educate whilst entertaining.  The cost is R100 pp which includes the tasting and a light lunch with a glass of wine.


Only 20 seats are available and bookings are essential at or +27 21 855-3450.