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Cab Franc Special on this whole month!

A few years ago Dracaena Wines in the US started a new initiative which is now featuring on the official wine calender as  #InternationalCabFrancDay.  It takes place on 4 December annually and as we are huge fans of this varietal,  Avontuur is right up there celebrating with the rest of the world.

But we’re not sticking to one day only – we’re offering our 2014 Cabernet Franc as a two-pack for only R320.  (Usual price: R370).

So don’t miss out on the hype this month – a few bottles of award-winning wine will suit an extravagant Christmas Day braai, or some exotic smoked meat platters or even that oven-roasted leg of lamb to a tee.

 

 

#FeelGoodFridays a “thing” at Avontuur

As if Friday isn’t already the best day of the week – here’s to having even more fun on Fridays!

Our tasting room team has decided to come up with a #feelgoodfriday idea every week and it makes Avontuur Estate (and specifically the terrace in front of the cellar building the best place to spend your day!)

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the news and all the action and plan to spend some time with us this Summer. https://www.facebook.com/AvontuurEstate/

 

Avontuur joins in the Black Friday fun!

Avontuur Estate on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West is joining in the Black Friday “madness” with a once-in-a-lifetime offer on the 23rd

“We love people to taste our wine and see just how good they are as well as experience the beauty that is Avontuur and we’ve therefore chosen our 4 star Platter’s 2019 red blend and are offering it at a 70% discount,” says co-owner Philip Taberer. 

“We have limited stock available of the wine and have had quite a bit of interest already, so if you’re a serious red wine fan, this one is for you,” he said.

The wine is available on Friday 23 November from 09h00-16h00 only from the tasting room and only in 6-bottle cases.  Pop in early though as it’s really first-come-first served.

To find out more about the wine and the Sale,  contact Ella Grimston in the tasting room at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Book for breakfast or lunch before or after your shopping spree as the “Eat Out Western Cape Best Bistro”, the Avontuur Estate Restaurant is the perfect spot to take a breather after all the excitement of this prime shopping event.

Restaurant bookings:  openhand@polka.co.za  or +27 21 855-4296.

Summer tasting room pairing a sweet treat.

From the middle of October till early in the new year,  our pairing in the tasting room is the popular nougat and fudge pairing,  in partnership with local artisanal confectionary producer Basilei.

We’ve paired 5 of our wines with 5 sweet treats, specially created and fine tuned to suit the new wines and their flavour profiles. The elegant Basilei packaging makes it a pleasure to do the tasting and this pairing is the perfect stop on your wine route travels.  (As the portions are substantial, the packaging also makes it easy to take along to enjoy later too!)

The cost is R120 pp and no bookings are needed although it is better to phone ahead to +27 21 855-3450 or email us at winery@avontuurestate.co.za especially if you are a group or if you are in a bit of a hurry.   A little bit of  warning gives us time to get your tasting set-up ready for when you arrive.

The tasting room is open daily except on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Avontuur Restaurant wins Eat Out Award

Eat Out Mercedes-Benz
Best Everyday Eateries 2018

Bistro WINNERS!!

Wondering where to go for burgers, lazy country-style lunches and excellent seafood? Look no further! The Western Cape’s top casual restaurants for 2018 have been announced at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries, which took place in Cape Town on 18 October.

After a year-long voting period and adjudication process, the top eateries in each category were determined by public ratings received via the Eat Out app and website, in conjunction with scoring from professional Eat Out critics. (http://www.eatout.co.za/article/revealed-best-everyday-eateries-western-cape/)

Co- owners and chefs of the Avontuur Estate Restaurant, Melanie Paltoglou and Zunia Boucher-Myers were delighted to be voted the winners in the ‘Bistro’ category. Proving that sixteen years of hard work and dedication eventually pay off!

Eat Out Durbanville Hills
Best Bistro

Winner: Avontuur Estate Restaurant, Somerset West
“My husband and I return to this restaurant again and again whenever we travel to the area. We had the opportunity to dine here twice during our recent stay in Somerset West. We chose something different both times and Avontuur wowed us both times. We will continue to return to Avontuur Estate Restaurant because we can count on tremendous food, service and views!” – Julie Dettman, Eat Out reader.

Thank you for the votes and the kind words but especially for coming back time and time again.

  Book your table on 021 855 4296 or email us at openhand@polka.co.za. 

 

Celebrate Pinotage Month at Avontuur.

With Pinotage Day 2018 on Saturday 13 October around the corner, Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West is planning to join in the celebrations for the whole weekend.

From Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October our very popular Pinotage 2014 is available only from the tasting room at a “Buy- 5-get-1-Free deal”.   Take home six bottles, but you only pay for 5.  (Usual price: R810. Special price:  R675) Sounds like a winner!

On the 13th Winemaker Jan van Rooyen will end his tutored tastings series with a “Pinotage Vertical Experience” which will give fans the chance to enjoy some of Avontuur Pinotage’s from years ago right up to the 2018 vintage.  This wine is still in barrel at the moment and recently won the Stellenbosch regional Young Wine Show 2018 Award which is always a great indicator of expected quality when the wine is released in future.

The tasting is from 10h30-12h00 and the price of R130 includes a welcome drink, the tutored tasting, a light lunch and a cup of coffee afterwards. Bookings are essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za and as we can only accommodate limited numbers, it’s best to book asap.

                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Vitis Awards brings more Gold!

We were thrilled to receive Gold Medals for both the Luna de Miel Chardonnay Reserve 2017 and the Sauvignon Blanc 2018 earlier this week from the Vitis Vinifera Competition.

The Chardonnay is lovely soft and buttery with heaps of citrus and spice on the palate whilst the Sauvvie is everything an easy-drinking fruity Sauvignon Blanc should be.  Selling at R165 and R75 respectively from the tasting room, we’d like to invite you to pop in to taste – and hopefully buy a few bottles!  (There’s a special on in our tasting room on the Sauvignon Blanc till the end of September where you buy 6 bottles but only pay for 5!)

If you can’t get to our tasting room, have a look at our SA Wine Shop on this site under “Wines” and order there for delivery to your door.

Taste from the tank to the bottle with winemaker

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen are getting his ducks (tanks) in a row for the September tutored tasting which takes place on Saturday, 8 September from 10h30 in the tasting room.

“We’re going on a wine journey from the tank, to the barrel and then to the bottle, this month,” he explains whilst keeping his cards close to his chest on which wines exactly will be re-discovered this time! 

These events are popular as they are intimate and spending time with a winemaker of Jan’s caliber is a treat for most wine lovers.   The cost is R130 pp which includes a welcome drink, the tasting, a light lunch and coffee.  Bookings are essential at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 as seats are limited. 

 

Mares & Foals Walk – 30th of August

Although usually relatively inaccessible to the public, Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, offers horse lovers one chance annually to view, photograph and in rare cases actually “meet”, some of this thoroughbred stud farm’s equine stars.

On Thursday 30 August from 09h30 till 12h30, 20 persons per day can book for the guided walk with owner Philip Taberer where views of the paddocks, mountains and far-off False Bay is off-set by interaction with the brood mares and their gorgeous new foals.

A high point of the day is the stable visit where Avontuur’s award-winning stallion Oratorio will be “introduced” to the fans.  General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh will be on hand to explain more about the race horse breeding business and answer any questions you have about this fascinating topic.

A leisurely walk back to the tasting room will be followed by a  wine & biltong pairing tasting with winemaker Jan van Rooyen and then a light lunch with a glass of wine.

Although the walk is not strenuous, a reasonable level of fitness is required and it is not suitable for wheelchairs. Kids are welcome but parents must take responsibility for them, as the mares can be very protective of their new babies.

Bookings and pre-payment is essential at +27 21 855-3450 or winery@avontuurestate.co.za . The cost is R350 pp which includes a welcome drink, the guided walk and talk, the tasting and the light lunch. Kids (under 12) are welcome at R250 which includes a welcome drink, the guided walk and talk, a fun tasting and a light lunch.

 

School holiday special FREE tasting!

Join us this winter school holiday in our tasting room at the Estate for a FREE tasting of 5 pre-selected wines. This saves you R50 pp which is our usual tasting fee.

It’s an excellent reason to pop in, taste with our friendly and professional tasting room staff, and even stay for a meal in our award-winning restaurant.  We are open daily but you can contact us at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 to find out more.

Both our tasting room and restaurant have underfloor heating and in the restaurant you can request a seat close to the fireplace too. So, it’s the perfect spot for a Cape Winter’s day.

Discover some of the Helderberg’s gems at our family-owned boutique winery this Winter.