Biltong and wine pairing added to tasting room experience

We’ve just launched our very popular biltong and wine pairing again in time for the cold winter months, in partnership with Afrifoods Biltong Factory in Kuilsriver.  

This year we have paired 5 wines (mostly reds) with 5 biltong flavours, all packaged in Afrifoods’ new bio-degradable packaging, which is a great touch and ensures we support the environment.  The cost is R120 pp.

The sweet nougat and fudge pairing is continuing as well, so it’s a good idea to order one of each when you visit our tasting room and share amongst each other! This will cover sweet tooths and savoury fans.

The pairings are available daily during opening hours in the tasting room and bookings are not neccessary for individuals or small groups.  However if you are a larger group planning to visit, it’s best to email or phone beforehand, just to ensure that the set-up is done when you get there.

For more information and to book, contact Ella or Moerieda at or +27 21 855-3450. 


Perfect winter wine on special this month!

We are now definitely in the midst of Winter and thoughts are turning towards full-bodied red wines paired with flavoursome stews, potjies and warming soups and casseroles.

The perfect wine for Winter is our Cabernet Sauvignon which has been winning awards and collecting medals over the last few years, making it one of our top-selling red wines!  We are offering a 3-pack of the Cabernet Sauvignon from the tasting room for only R510 instead of the usual R600.  

If you can’t get to us to buy some,  contact Ella or Moerieda at to arrange for a delivery to your home or work address.

Enjoy winter and keep warm – the best way is with a glass or two of full-bodied Avontuur Cabernet Sauvignon!


Merlot Magnum special perfect for Father’s Day

Although our Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve special will attract lots of attention this month, we’re offering a very special once-off offer as well, which will be perfect for Dad’s on Father’s Day.

So you can treat Dad (and the whole family) to a breakfast or lunch on Father’s Day in the restaurant (due to the popularity of the Restaurant, make sure you book in time on or by phoning +27 21 855-4296) and then surprise him with one of our newly released Merlot Magnums 2016 at only R280 each, instead of the usual R350 per bottle.

We don’t usually produce a single varietal Merlot and this special edition was only made due to the quality of the Merlot on offer,, which gave winemaker Jan van Rooyen the idea to produce a small run of this exclusively.

The Merlot Magnum is on special till month-end June or while stocks last and it’s a great gift for any red wine lover or that special man in your life!


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

Cab Franc on special this month.

Linking into the general celebrations around the Cabernet Franc varietal at Avontuur this month,  we’re offering a 2-pack of our award-winning Cabernet Franc 2014 for only R300 from the tasting room only!  The usual price is R360. 

This is the perfect opportunity to try out this niche varietal which seems to be taking off in South Africa.  If you’re already a Cab Franc fan,  go a step further and grab a bottle or two of the Baccarat 2012 too as this flagship blend of ours is also Cab Franc driven, albeit quite a bit older, which gives  a truly smooth tasting experience.  

The tasting room is open daily – even on voting day this coming Wednesday! We hope to see you soon.


Avontuur supports Cab Franc over the decades!

Avontuur Estate is proud to host the 5th Cabernet Franc Carnival this Saturday from 11-4 when 21 of the varietal’s most passionate producers will share their wines with around 350 Cab Franc fans.  As Avontuur is a long-time producer of the wine in a single varietal format, it is appropriate that this winery and owners the Taberer family,  has been supporting the event from the inaugural Carnival in 2015.

“Our 2014 vintage is the 23rd year of Avontuur producing a single varietal,” comments winemaker Jan van Rooyen. “The first vintage of a single varietal Cabernet Franc produced at Avontuur was from the 1996 harvest followed by a 1999 vintage which was reviewed in John Platter’s Wine Guide of 2001.  Including those first two, Avontuur has produced nine bottled vintages over the last 23 years.”

Over and above the single varietals, Cabernet Franc has often featured as the driving force in the Estate’s flagship red blend, the Baccarat as well. The current vintage is the 2012 which once again consists of a blend of 39% Cab Franc, 22& Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot respectively and 5% Petit Verdot.

Avontuur is offering the 2014 Cabernet Franc and the 2012 Baccarat on Saturday from their stand at the Carnival and also has a 2-pack special on both wines from the tasting room.  Two bottles of the Cabernet Franc will sell for R300 (Normally R360) and a 2-pack of the Baccarat for R500 instead of the usual R600. 

So, if you’re a fan, round up some friends and make a plan to join in the fun at this intimate event. Tickets are available online at at R250 pp (Includes free tastings, a branded wine glass and a R50 food coupon) or R280 from the Ticket Office at the event, if there are still tickets available.

For more info visit and follow Cab Franc Carnival on social media.


Sauvignon Blanc Reserve wins slew of medals

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the Avontuur team are smiling from ear to ear today after receiving  the Grand Cru (Best in Category), Top 100 and Double Platinum award for the 2017 Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve last night at the National Wine Challenge 2019 awards ceremony at Spier in Stellenbosch.

Jan is obviously especially thrilled with the medals for the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve; “Years of planning and production culminated in winning these accolades for our Sarabande Sauvignon Blanc Reserve. With this “blanc fumé” style of Sauvignon Blanc I am moving closer to my ultimate goal of creating an iconic white wine for Avontuur Estate by presenting you with the finest selection of our soil/climate/location crafted into your glass”

He went on to talk about the terroir and vintage; “How great to have a Sauvignon Blanc from the Helderberg wine growing area as a Top 100 wine, and this being a 2017 vintage proves that South African white wines have the power to last longer and be enjoyed beyond the year of production”

Over and above the Sauvignon Blanc, Avontuur also received  a Double Gold for the Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and a Double Silver for the Cabernet/Merlot 2016.

 Jan comments; “Receiving a  double gold and double silver for these wines from the 2016 vintage is simply awesome. It proves that Helderberg Stellenbosch is a prime spot for growing great red wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. Enjoy the power and elegance of the Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that will develop and last for many years after bottling. The Cabernet/Merlot is made to be enjoyed from the release date, but can be matured for another 5+ years”

The wines are available from the tasting room at the Estate or from the online wine shop at  although as Avontuur is a boutique producer, some of the vintages might be sold out soon!

Rose Magnum for sale for Mother’s Day

We’re celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend with a unique release,  a “special label” Rose  called The Pink Flamingo.  It’s not available on the farm usually and we’ve taken a few bottles out of the warehouse to spoil our regulars for a change!

So treat yourself and your family to one – or more – of these 1.5 litres of stunning Rose at only R130 per Magnum.  You won’t be sorry!  Only from the tasting room at the Estate.  Available till Mother’s Day – Sunday 12 May.

Avontuur hosts Carnival for the 5th time.

The 2019 Cabernet Franc Carnival takes place on Saturday, 18 May from 11-4 at scenic Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.  Twenty one of South Africa’s most passionate producers of this fascinating varietal will offer their wines for tasting and sale at the event.


Participating wineries are:  Avontuur Estate,  Bushmanspad Estate,  Delaire Graff Estate, Doolhof Estate, Druk my Niet Wine Estate, Hillcrest Estate,  Holden Manz Wine Estate,  Keermont Wines, Landskroon Wines, Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate, Mulderbosch  Vineyards,  My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Onderkloof,  Ormonde Vineyards,  Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Estate, Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest, Vrede en Lust and Whalehaven.

FOOD OPTIONS (Use your R50 discount food coupon to enjoy!)

Over and above enjoying the day with fellow Cab Franc fans, the  great views from the lawns of Avontuur Estate and the yummy food from the Avontuur Estate Restaurant  are integral to the festival.  The restaurant is open for breakfast (always a good idea before wine tasting!) or lunch dishes ranging from the full menu to lighter options.  Bookings essential at: or +27 21 855-4296.  The restaurant also runs a food stall serving coffee and baked treats on the terrace.

Visitors always love the eats from a carefully curated selection of food trucks. This year local favourite Ishushu Pizza’s will be on hand and newcomer Great Grub  will be presenting beef sliders,  veggie burgers , quinoa & butternut salad, pork belly/pulled beef taco’s and chicken and pork spring rolls.  The Avontuur Tasting Room will offer cheese platters for a lighter meal.


The interactive tutored tastings of the 2019 Cab Franc Challenge Top 6 wines is an integral part of the Carnival and is often the only place to taste these winning wines due to small volumes produced.  The tastings are presented by convenor of the judging panel, Christine Rudman. Tickets cost R150 pp extra and only 20 seats per session are available at 11h30, 13h00 and 14h30.



At .  R250 pp on-line and R280 at the gate.  (Includes the tastings, a branded glass and a R50 discount coupon to spend on food.)  Tickets are limited to ensure a quality experience.  

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