Wine News

Sauvignon Blanc Special perfect for late-Summer

It’s still perfect Sauvignon Blanc weather and we are offering 6 bottles of the 2019 Estate Sauvignon Blanc at R540 (Save R60) from the tasting room.

If you can’t get to our tasting room, make a point of joining our new FREE wine club by visiting our online shop at Not only do you get special offers just for members (as well as the tasting room special deal for the month),  a discount of 5% and delivery anywhere in SA, are major benefits.

The Sauvignon Blanc is a well-deserved winner at our Estate. Fans love the fresh fruitiness of the wine, which makes it very quaffable on a warm day, especially paired with a salad or light meal. 

February wine treats in the tasting room.

Friday, 14 February is Valentine’s Day and at Avontuur we’re enthusiastic about making it the perfect experience for all romantics on this important day,  but we also want to share our farm experiences with visitors for the whole month.


The Avontuur Estate Restaurant is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner featuring local muso Blair Taberer who will entertain with his original music and popular romantic songs from 7-9pm.   Combine this with an old-fashioned “Champagne Cocktail” as a welcome drink,  a 3-course romantic menu (with choices) and hand-crafted  Valentine’s biscuits afterwards, and you have an evening to remember. 

The cost is R450 pp, dress is smart-casual and couples can arrive from 6 pm to enjoy drinks and  sunset on the terrace. (Weather permitting).  Reservations are essential at +27 21 855-4296 and a deposit of R500 will secure.


From 10 February to 23 February we’re bringing back one of our most popular pairings,  but now featuring different wines and specially curated Valentine’s cake pop flavours.  This pairing offers 5 wines served with different flavours of cake pops and we invite visitors to taste and decide on their own favourites. 

Bookings essential at or +27 21 855-3450. The cost is R140 pp.


If you didn’t organise a romantic interlude for the two of you, make up by buying her a bottle of our Pinot Noir/Chardonnay and a box of Basilei hand-made marshmallows as a “peace offering” for  R130. 

Or grab a 2-pack of 2019 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay to enjoy at a venue of your choice with sushi or oysters for only R170. (Normal price: R200).  Valid from 1/2-29/2 2020.

Order new Luna de Miel online at a special price!

Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen was thrilled to announce the release of the 2018 vintage of this iconic wine on the Avontuur wine list.  “This is a Chardonnay for the Chardonnay lover,” he says.  “The wine has nuances of orange peel and ginger on the nose and it’s a full-bodied style with complexity from a tiny bit of Viognier and 80% new French oak barrel fermentation and aging. “

The wine retails for R200 per bottle from the tasting room and Chardonnay fans are invited to pop in to taste and buy the new vintage at the Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.  Within a few weeks, the new vintage should be available too in selected liquor outlets in the Western Cape, KZN and Gauteng. 

Try it with a spicy Malay Curry or grilled seafood and fish, or do what the Avontuur Estate Restaurant does and serve it with roast duck.

If you are not in the Western Cape, have a look at our Cellar Direct Wine Shop offer which offers a discount on 6 bottles or more – and it’s delivered to your home or office anywhere in South Africa.  To order, click here:

New Sarabande paired with FREE recipe

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen is proud to announce the release the 2018 vintage of the multi-award winning Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve this week.

“Our vision is for this wine to become the flagship white wine of the Estate.  An iconic Sauvignon Blanc-driven “Great White” from Avontuur to show of the best of our terroir and its uniqueness.  Sarabande is not only the name of a stately Spanish dance in triple metre form, but also a tribute to an exceptional race horse and prolific broodmare called Sarabande, graced the pastures of  Avontuur Thoroughbred Stud Farm from 2005 to 2019”,  he says.

The blend contains a tiny amount of Viognier with the Sauvignon Blanc which adds to the full-bodied mouth feel and the flavours of pineapple and yellow grapefruit which is so prominent on the nose.  Ageing will bring out the minerality from the maritime influences on the vineyards and we recommend that some of the wine is stored and enjoyed after a few years.  After tank fermentation the wine was matured in 1st and 2nd fill barrels for 12 months, which makes it a perfect food wine and adds to the maturation potential.

As part of the launch, we are offering a free recipe to pair with the wine when you serve it at home.  The “Snoek Toastie with Citrussy Mayo, pickled Waterblommetjie and Charred Pineapple Salsa” was created by Marcelle van Rooyen, Food Stylist and Recipe Developer – and also the talented daughter of our winemaker! The recipe card can be collected from our tasting room when you visit to try the wine, or downloaded from our website.

Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2018 is available from selected retailers, our tasting room at the Estate (Price:  R190 p/bottle) or from our SA Wine Shop at

Visit us this Summer and taste for yourself. The tasting room is open daily except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Christmas gifts at Avontuur Estate

We’ve put together a wide selection of winery-related gifts to suit every palate and budget.  Visit our tasting room to check them out and purchase in time to avoid the last-minute rush, or email our tasting room team to arrange for them to make them up and have them collected at your leisure.  Ella or Moerieda can help at or +27 21 855-3450 during office hours.


  1. Make up a “pink” pack with a bottle of our Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2019 paired with a box of hand-crafted marshmallows from local artisanal producer Basilei.  Cost: R130
  2. If you have some serious red wine fans in the family, the quality 1.5 L Merlot Magnum 2016 with two FREE matching Avontuur-branded crystal wine glasses is a steal at R350.
  3. Celebrate with a bottle of our Methode Cap Classique Rosé and a box of Basilei artisanal Nougat for that person with a sweet tooth in the family. Price:  R250
  4. We all love Shiraz and our elegant Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve is paired with a specially created Christmas-flavoured biscotti, filled with dried fruit and nuts, which is perfect with the wine (or coffee if you’re so inclined!). Price:  R260.


If you’re keen to share an experience with loved ones instead of purchasing a gift,  have a look at our on-line Gift vouchers  which can be used to visit Avontuur for a wine tasting,  a specialised pairing or a farm walk!  This will give your friends and family a day out to remember!  

You buy on-line, the voucher is sent to the recipient and they book for their visit at a time which suits them.   

Black Friday deals at Avontuur



We’re offering 40-50% off deals from  our tasting room at the Estate,   and also via our new online wine shop, for those unlucky wine fans who can’t get to Avontuur on Friday! 

Tasting Room: 

Grab a six-pack of our Pink Flamingo, a dry Rosé in a party-sized 1.5L bottle for only R420 per box!  (Save 50%) This is perfect for weddings,  functions or holidays with family and friends! 

If you’re more of a red wine fan,  go for our ever-popular Cab/Merlot 2017 for R420 per 6-bottle box  and save 42% on the usual price of R120 p/bottle.   

Only from the tasting room or by emailing Ella or Moerieda at to arrange for delivery.  Whilst stocks last.

Make a day of it and after purchasing your wine, do a farm walk and nougat and wine pairing for R170 pp,  or book for breakfast or lunch in our Restaurant at

Digital wine shop:

The introductory offer in our brand-new on-line wine shop is a unique chance to purchase 6 bottles of our premiere range Minelli Pinot Noir Reserve 2014 at only R120 per bottle!  (Usual price R240 p/bottle – so you save 50%). Offer live from 01h00-24h00 on Friday the 29th! Delivery free anywhere in SA on orders more than R1500.

This is a fun and value-for-money way to enjoy Avontuur wine wherever you are!

Summer time is Sauvignon Blanc time!

We love Summer at Avontuur and to celebrate we’re offering a special deal in our tasting room on the very popular  and award-winning Sauvignon Blanc 2019.  Buy five bottles at R100 each and get an extra bottle totally FREE! 


This wine bursts with tropical fruit flavours and the zing of citrus and is the perfect drink next to the pool or on the patio this Summer.  Cool it properly,  pour and enjoy!


Only from the tasting room this month,  or by contacting Ella or Moerieda at to arrange for delivery anywhere in South Africa or overseas.

New Reserve wine honours Legal Eagle

Avontuur Estate, the Wine and Thoroughbred Stud Farm which lies between Somerset West and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is proud to announce a new addition to their limited premiere range of reserve wines – the Legal Eagle Cabernet Franc Reserve 2015.

As all of the premiere range wines commemorate important horses who helped make the Estate the success that it is, it is appropriate that one of the most highly-awarded horses ever bred on this family-owned farm, proudly features on the wine label.

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen commented last week when the wine was released, “Twenty-three years after the first wine was made from this varietal at Avontuur, we are including it in our premiere range. By naming the wine Legal Eagle, we honour one of the great race horses bred at Avontuur Estate. “

Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh explained that a horse like Legal Eagle comes along once in a breeder’s lifetime – if you’re lucky!!  “He is from a strong line of excellent stock and from the beginning showed his mettle and star quality, leading to being chosen as Horse of the Year in 2016 and 2017.  He has raked in more than R12 million for his owners in the process.  He won 15 races in total and as he is still in training, we hope to see some more of his racing prowess in future,” she says.

Philip Taberer, co-owner of the Estate is happy that a spot could be found in the wine range to honour two stars of Avontuur in this way.  “It’s always exciting when we get the opportunity to add to the premiere range and this new addition is such a perfect fit – a great horse and a great wine which go together in the best possible way!” he said.

The 2015 vintage delivers a full-bodied taste experience with typical Helderberg Fynbos and dark fruit aromas and a firm tannin structure from 24 months in 2nd and 3rd fill oak.  The wine comes from one older block high up against the Helderberg, which adds to the elegance and minerality expected by now from Avontuur’s Cabernet Francs.

Legal Eagle Cabernet Franc Reserve 2015 is available from the tasting room at the Estate for R220 per bottle as well as from the online wine shop at  Fans will also soon see it featured in selected retailers around the Western Cape, but as stock is limited, it will not be for sale in general outlets.

Contact our tasting room at if you want to place an order and arrange delivery.


It’s all about Shiraz this month!

As part of the annual Shiraz Week celebrations from 10-16 June, Avontuur is joining in the fun with a tutored tasting planned for Saturday 15 June which will highlight the different styles and ageability of Avontuur’s Shiraz wines from 2008 till now.

This is an opportunity for Shiraz lovers to interact with a Avontuur’s winemaker Jan van Rooyen,  and learn more about the intricacies of this hugely popular red wine varietal in South Africa and world-wide.    

Guests will arrive from 10h30 on Saturday morning and will receive a welcome drink after which the tutored tasting will be presented, filled with interesting titbits and information.  After the tasting, guests will enjoy a charcuterie platter and have time to chat to fellow Shiraz fans and Jan himself, who is always willing to share more info if visitors are keen!

Each tasting is limited to 20 participants and includes a welcome drink, the tasting and a shared Charcuterie platter for only R150 pp.  Bookings are essential and can be made in the tasting room with Ella or Moerieda, by phoning the Estate at +27 21 855-3450 or by emailing

Avontuur’s tasting room is offering a special 3-pack of the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve 2014 at R600, instead of the usual R720, so if you can’t get to the farm on the 15th, feel free to order it via email or come in on another day this month to grab a few bottles to enjoy at home.


Tutored tastings start with Sauvignon Blanc this Saturday.

Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the Estate’s Tasting Room team are planning a new series of “Tutored Tastings” for the winter months. This is an opportunity for wine lovers to interact with a senior winemaker and learn more about the intricacies of winemaking and wine in general.   

The series kicks off on Saturday, 25 May from 10h30-12h00 with a tasting featuring one of the world’s most popular wine varietals:  Sauvignon Blanc.  Jan will be discussing different wine styles, price points and vintages with tastings of the Estate and Premiere range of Sauvignon Blancs, including the multi award-winning Sarabande 2017.  “We hope all participants will leave afterwards having discovered a whole lot more about this intriguing and versatile wine varietal,” Jan said.

The dates for the rest of the series are:  Saturday, 15 June where a vertical tasting of Avontuur Shiraz’s will support the SA Shiraz Association’s  “Week of Shiraz and Venison”,  13/7 and 17/8 with a possibility of an additional date depending on the winemakers’ schedule.  More details about the themes will be communicated closer to the time.

Each tasting is limited to 20 participants and includes a welcome drink, the tasting and a shared meat and cheese platter for only R150 pp.  Bookings are essential and can be made in the tasting room with Ella or Moerieda, by phoning the Estate at +27 21 855-3450 or by emailing