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Pinot Noir/Chardonnay on special this month

We have a real winner on our hands this month with a great special in our tasting room.  Buy 2 bottles of the Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2015 and get an extra one free!

It all started out as a “Valentine’s ideas brainstorm” and we just thought the soft pink blend would be a perfect fit for the theme.

With its melon and strawberry aroma and interesting smoky palate, this wine is one of the more serious blends on the market, falling within that popular Chard/Pinot category.   It’s also a great food wine, pairing perfectly with sushi, smoked meats, grilled salmon and seafood in general.

Make sure you pop into the tasting room this month, and for only R136 you get to take 3 bottles home.  (Normal price:  R204).   Valid until 29 February 2016.



Winemaker’s blog – all about the harvest!

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen chats about the harvest on 11 January with the first grapes arriving in the cellar on the 13th.

Winemaker’s Blog…

It so turns out that this harvest is another follow-up record-breaking one because of the very early starting date: in 2015 we experienced the earliest date, i.e. 16 January, in the history of Avontuur and this year we will bring it forward by another 3 days…to 13 January !!

This, together with the early heat waves we experienced end 2015/early 2016 as well as later than normal snowfall in the northern hemi-sphere is surely a sign of our changing climate, or what ? (El Niño and the human effect on global warming seems to be a reality…)

We have been told that in the near future there will be new “virgin” soils planted to wine grapes and that traditional areas will become unsuitable, so these forecasts were perhaps not just “spook-stories” after all ?

So, what does this mean for us winemakers?

Well, I remember that many years ago (was it in the 1980’s?) it was said by one Evita Bezuidenhout, that we should “Adapt or die”, (and I thought this was a satirical-political comment…did not know that Pieter-Dirk Uys was such a forward thinking “Boerseun”.)

I think that it simply means we have to do what the situation requires:  apply your mind, don’t forget the basics and think creatively to adapt to the task (and climate) at hand.

We should change the way we have been treating our beautiful vineyards for the past decades, keep looking for the ideal combination of cultivar/rootstock/terroir so as to embrace and use what we have been given to work with. (Pity that the researchers have not given us more ideas on this…)

At Avontuur Estate we have a great team and we are still in an area (or climate) that is excellent for premium reds, plus, there are some cool pockets of terroir for whites, so never fear, your winemaker is still here, same-same but with a difference, as should be expected.

Cheers to the 2016 wine harvest and what it will bring to us – I am ready for it: and if I do things differently, then so be it…!!


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:
Cobie van Oort:

Guided Farm Walks at a Glance

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Guided Farm Walks launched at Avontuur

Avontuur Estate, owned by the Taberer family, is best-known for its award-winning premiere range wines named after its race horses, stunning setting against the Helderberg and the internationally acclaimed race horses bred at its highly rated stud operation.

Now visitors have the opportunity to experience the Estate with a guided tour which will take in some of the best parts of this scenic business.

Each tour starts at the tasting room and takes in the vineyards, paddocks and horses, and interesting sites like the historic manor house and the Taberer family memorial bench. It ends off with a seasonal speciality tasting like a biltong and wine pairing, a nougat and wine pairing and the ever-popular chocolate cup with a shot of Avontuur’s Liqueur wine, Above Royalty.

The walk will take 30- 45 minutes, with another 30 for the tasting. The cost is R120 pp, which includes the tour, tasting and a take-away illustrated map.

Kids welcome, but obviously alcohol will not be served. Walkers must be moderately fit, wear comfortable shoes and be protected against the sun. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

The guided walks are available only during week days, and pre-booking at least 24 hours in advance is essential at or +27 21 855-3450. A minimum of 6 paying persons and a maximum of 20 can be accommodated. Smaller groups are welcome to do a self-guided option @ R50 pp.

For a more substantial meal, the Avontuur Estate Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays.

“Pinotage Deconstructed” on Pinotage Day

With our “national” grape, Pinotage being honoured on Saturday, 10 October on International Pinotage Day, Avontuur Estate is planning a fun morning to celebrate one of our favourites too!

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen has called in some friends to help make the experience special and will start off at 11h00 with a vinoteque tasting of three Avontuur Pinotages and three Minelli Pinot Noir’s to show off the “genetics” of the varietal, and specifically how it has developed at Avontuur over the years.

After the tasting, guests will enjoy a Avontuur Pinotage Chorizo skewer, which was created by the team from the well-known Bird Street Butchery in Stellenbosch.

Owner Bert Desseyn explains more about the process. “We’ve been around for 60 years as a family business and I love experimenting with different meat products. My favourites are the smoked meats and I pride myself in the quality of the products we offer our clients. So this invitation to play around with wine when making the sausage was a great deal of fun,” he says.

The Chorizo is mildly spiced with a definite wine tang, which makes it a perfect match with the Pinotage. Guests will be able to purchase the Chorizo to take home on the day. The skewer will be served with a freshly made “braaibroodjie” and a glass of Pinotage in keeping with the home grown theme.

The light lunch will be finished off with a very special ice cream made of our Minelli Pinot Noir. Ella Grimston from our tasting room is very handy in the kitchen and created the recipe for the event. “It’s a very light pink colour and is creamy and sweet like an ice cream should be, but ends off with a dry note,” she says. To try the recipe for yourself email Ella on and let us know what you think. Follow Ella on face book at Bake Your Day to see more of her yummy baking skills.

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The cost for our “Pinotage Deconstructed” morning is R120 pp, and bookings are essential at +27 21 855-3450 or as space is limited.

It’s Gold medals galore at Avontuur!

We started off the week on a high when the Vitis Vinifera awards were announced and Avontuur Baccarat 2010 won  a Double Gold  and Luna de Miel Chardonnay 2014 was awarded a Gold Medal!  These wines were released this year, and we’re hoping that this is the start of many more accolades for winemaker Jan van Rooyen, GM Pippa Mickleburgh and their teams, who manage the process from vineyard to cellar.


Both wines are available for tasting in the tasting room and are hugely popular amongst wine lovers and experts. Don’t miss out on experiencing the wine when you visit the Estate.

Start Heritage Month with Vinoteque tasting

Around 20 wine lovers are invited to attend the Vinoteque tasting of older Avontuur wines with winemaker Jan van Rooyen from 11h00-12h30 on Saturday, 5 September at the Estate Tasting Room.

Jan explains that he and the team tasted quite a few wines from the private storage area in the cellar, before deciding on a flight of white and red wines for this once-off event.

“We wanted to show wines which we still produce today, and after an extensive tasting, we decided on our Sauvignon Blanc as it aged beautifully over the decades and shows once again that this habit we have in South Africa of drinking white wines so early, is actually wrong! Our flagship red, the Baccarat was a no-brainer due to its stunning ageing potential, and proves once again that the Helderberg is justly revered for its great wines made from the Bordeaux varietals.”

The tasting costs R100 pp, which includes a welcome drink, the tasting, a light lunch and something sweet afterwards. Bookings and pre-payments are essential at or +27 21 855-3450.

Which stores stock our Winter Warmer Wines?

We’ve got two more weeks of our Winter Warmers campaign in the Western Cape and Gauteng coming up with five wines at great prices, specially for wine lovers locally and up-country.

Selected stores will present the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot, Pinotage and Pinot Noir/Chardonnay for your enjoyment.

Stores listing the wines are:


Stellenbosch: Spar Die Boord, Tops Welgevonden, Tops Stellenbosch, Spar De Jonker

Somerset West:  Blue Bottle Sunrise, Spar Vergelegen, Tops Vergelegen, Heldervue Prima Liquors, Spar Gordon’s Bay, Tops Strand, Spar de Helderbosch, Liquor City Somerset Mall, Central Mini Market Somerset West Liquor Express, Village Discount Liquors Gordon’s Bay.

Cape Town including Northern Suburbs:  Tops Aurora, Spar Aurora, Tops Vredehoek, Tops Observatory, Tops Cape Gate, Tops Adderley street, Food Lovers Market Cavendish, Tops Royal Ascot Milnerton, Alphen Spar & Blue Bottle Alcon Liquors.

Other areas: Tops Kleinmond, Protea Wine Barrel Kleinmond


Liquor City Broadacres & Liquor City Lone Hill
Spar & Tops Glenfair, Spar en Tops Pineslopes, Spar Groenkloof, Tops Retail Crossing, Spar Queenswood

Food Lovers Markets:
Bruma, Gateway, Hillfox, Kyalami, Montana, Nicolway, Norwood

Bootleggars:  Fourways

If your favourite store is not on this list, feel free to contact Cobie van Oort at and we will do our utmost to get the wines in-store.

Not to leave our local fans out of the excitement, our tasting room will feature one of these wines per week, at a special price too!  Like our face book page or twitter to keep up to date with each “Wine of the Month.

The campaign ends on 31 July 2015.

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Chardonnay fans invited to tasting room

With the new Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2014 just released in the tasting room, we’re inviting all fans of this buttery style of Chardonnay to visit us for a tasting this week.

After a glowing report by Master of Wine Dave March, who said:

“Already there is a tinge of pale gold on such a young wine, and the nose confirms use of new oak but through that comes bright, perfumed citrus fruit which include lemon and grapefruit which pierce through the creamy woody notes. A touch of Viognier no doubt helps that hint of the exotic.”

“The palate is full and mouth-filling, alcohol is indiscernible and at first there is oak and cream but that clears and again, ripe and clean citrus notes linger. Lots of melon, ripe peach and tangy pear show at the finish, suggesting that the wine will mature nicely as the oak settles, bringing everything into balance and offering a serious, full-on wine with quality fruit and some impact. Not too bold, though, there is a precision in the fruit that points to a wine of finesse rather than brute force. A touch more fine and controlled than 2013 just needing more time.”

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At the giveaway price of R145 per bottle for a wine of this caliber, you deserve to have some in your cellar!