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.  

Follow us on Facebook at Cabernet Franc Carnival or on Twitter at @Cabfrancarnival .  More information on

Easter Weekend Opening Times

Join us this Easter weekend for a wine tasting, a relaxed farm walk, breakfast, lunch or dinner in the restaurant, or just a cheese or meat platter outside on the terrace!

We’re open throughout the weekend except on Good Friday – we’d love to see you any other day!  Wishing all our clients and supporters a blessed Easter.


Yearlings safely in Joburg – viewings now on!

After a tiring trip to Gauteng everyone has arrived safely and seem to be settling in well.  Regular viewings and much socialising and catching up with old friends seem to be the order of the day.


Pop in to visit us at our stable lounge and stay for a glass of wine and snack, whilst having a look at our yearling selection.   Here is On a High Note, our goodlooking Oratorio colt out of talented race mare,  Pan Amm, who is attracting a lot of attention.

Easter, Chocolates and Shiraz go together.

With Easter coming up soon,  our thoughts are turning towards Hot Cross Buns, a lovely long weekend,  family time and obviously CHOCOLATES!

Thinking about which of our wines pair best with chocolate,  we have to say the Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve 2014 is the overall choice – and we are inviting you to try our monthly special of a 2-pack of this wine for only R400 (You save R80!).  Not only is it great with dark chocolate, it’s also a perfect pairing  with that Easter Sunday lamb roast or any rich red meat.

Give it a try this Easter, we guarantee a mouth-watering experience.

OPENING TIMES:  We are open right through all the public holidays coming up EXCEPT Good Friday. 


Red wine grapes finish off Harvest 2019

“In many ways the red grape harvest, which started on 7 February, fell within the norm of previous years.  The Merlot for eg was perfectly on time compared with 2018 and the yields were as expected. So no surprises there,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen.

Where it became it bit out of the ordinary was the earlier harvesting of the Cabernet Sauvignon with phenolic ripeness achieved before full sugar ripeness appeared. So, although the sugars were lower than 2018, the balling was still good and totally within the quality range.

Both the Cabernet Franc and Shiraz were later though – a week and two weeks respectively.  So, it was a bit of a patchy harvest from the red varietals’  point of view.

Jan ended off by commenting:  “By third week of March we still had a few blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon to finish as well as the Petit Verdot, but we finished off with the last bin of Petit Verdot on Friday 29 March – exactly like last year  when the last grapes arrived in the cellar on the same day!”

National Yearling Sale gives us a chance to shine!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm will be sending 17 yearlings up to Gauteng for the annual National Yearling Sale which takes place on 24, 25 and 26 April at Gosforth Park as usual. The yearlings and crew will leave on 14 April and should be properly installed in C-block and ready for visitors a few days later. 

Session 1:

In Session 1 we are proud to have two stand-out colts by recently deceased champion sire Dynasty which once again proves the point that this allocation of superior lots offers the best of the best! 

Broadway is a big, upstanding half-brother to Val de Ra and Cue the Music.  In the same session the Dynasty colt,  Legitimate is high quality attractive and racy, out of the Group one winning race mare Bambina Stripes.

Over and above the Dynasties, we have two Var’s – Testino, a half-brother to Gr 1 winner Attenborough who is a big, strong boy out of In Camera and an attractive filly called Sumida who is beautifully bred and really pretty!  Lastly in session 1 we also offer a stunning Oratorio colt called On A High Note, out of talented race mare Pan Amm.  He is flashy and good looking and an unusual grey colour.

For the rest of the Sale we have 6 impressive Oratorio’s on show: 

First up is Lot 250, a robust strong filly called Lucy Belle out of Viva la Belle (AUS) who is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner King of Pain.  Lot 377, a filly called Ahanah, is a high quality first foal out of Hannah Gorgeous and a 3-part sister to Futura.  This brand-new mom has done a great job with this first foal. The last Oratorio filly is Lot 445 called Caruso out of Var mare Menorah. She is from a wonderful female line which includes Viva, Live Life and Cold as Ice and looks like a speedy sort who should deliver on her promise early.

Two colts make up the rest of the Oratorio grouping starting off with Lot 289 out of Baltic Beauty from the female line of Mother Russia.  He is named Baltic Beat and as he matures he’s showing more and more potential and grows on you.  Manterio (Lot 442) is out of Manteray Bay (IRE) who is from an imported line by Sadler’s Wells. What a nice, strong, powerful colt he is! 

Var represented by a filly and a colt:

Two more Var’s follow later on in the Sale, starting off with Lot 408, first foal called On the Go out of good race mare Jet Set Go.  This Jetmaster/Var cross should be a good one!  Lot no 462 is a colt out of prolific brood mare Murmuration (USA).  He is called Winging It and his dam has already produced  many good winners, so we expect great things from this strong boy.

Some of SA’s best sire’s in the line-up:

We have already had great interest in a magnificent looking colt called Patronage (Lot 241) who is by Philantropist (USA) and proven race mare Varikate.  He has the Var good looks from his dam’s side with his sire’s beautiful physique.  Equally good looking, but feminine, high-spirited and precocious is Lot 310 a filly called All Sorts by Futura out of Candy Vous (ARG) 

For the rest of the Sale we have a very nice Master of my Fate filly (Lot 403) out of Jackie O called Merrywood who is from an excellent female line. She is attractive, dark and a smooth mover, so should impress.  Lot 260 is a filly named Mind Set by second crop sire Captain of All out of a good mare called Academia.  She is tall and athletic and the first time we have one of her progeny on open sale, so a chance to grab a potential winner!

Lot 397 is a filly by Kingsbarns (Ire) and dam Instante.  She is  medium-sized,  attractive and  has a lovely temperament.

To view the yearlings at Avontuur Estate before the long trip to Gauteng, contact Pippa Mickleburgh at