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We are open on Human Rights Day!

If you’re planning a day out to the winelands tomorrow on the public holiday (Human Rights Day) make a point of including Avontuur Estate in your plans!

Join us in the tasting room for our Nougat & Fudge pairing, a normal wine tasting and a platter to share as a light meal!

Or start off in our Restaurant with a breakfast or brunch with bubbly, book for a light or more lavish lunch or even a sunset dinner on the terrace, weather permitting.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

NYS 19 Yearlings now listed!

With the National Yearling Sale coming up on 24, 25 and 26 April,  we’re now sharing our list of yearlings with the public and interested buyers.  Visit our stud pages on this site to have a look!  http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/

If you are interested to arrange a viewing at the farm before the long trek north to the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston, contact Pippa Mickleburgh at 083-658-4404 or stud@avontuurestate.co.za to arrange.

One of the outstanding options is Lot 169 called On a High Note,  a stunning grey colt by Oratorio.  (Photograph). 

National Yearling Sale planning nearly complete!

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm will be sending 18 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. 

In Session 1 we are proud to have two stand-out colts by 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 and Legitimate is a high quality attractive, racy colt out of the Group one winning race mare Bambina Stripes. Lastly we also offer a stunning Oratorio colt out of talented race mare Pan Am.  He is flashy and good looking and an unusual grey colour.

For the rest of the Sale we have a very nice Master of my Fate filly out of Jackie O called Merrywood as well as a powerful Oratorio filly called Ahanah who is the first foal of Hannah Gorgeous, the full sister to horse of the year Futura.

Newly-released Pinotage on special in March

Winemaker Jan van Rooyen believes that the newly-released single vineyard Pinotage 2017 is meant to age and for that reason we’re offering a 6-bottle box of this wine at R990 instead of the usual R1110.

“Buy the wine now, drink a bottle or two, keep the rest to enjoy at two year intervals and see how the wine progresses,” he explains.

The new Pinotage is available for tasting and sale at our tasting room and this special offer is only valid if bought directly from the farm from 1 March to 31 March.

 

2019 harvest an unusual one!

Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen sums up the harvest to date in one short sentence:  normal and a bit peculiar!  

“In general there are no complaints from our side about the state of the grapes.  They are good quality without any pests or fungi and there were no specific upsets.  But then you suddenly have a substantially lower yield on the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir ripened before any of the whites whilst producing a higher yield than last year, which was a little different from past vintages.”

With the completion of the white grape harvest on 21 February, which is quite a bit earlier than last year’s 2nd of March end date, there are a few weird and wonderful tweaks to this year’s harvest, but nothing which particularly worries van Rooyen.

“I am excited about the harvest to date and some of the grapes like the single vineyard Pinotage block just keeps on improving every year, which really makes my job easier when it comes to cellar practices.  The Sauvignon Blanc came in perfectly and on time, the Viognier will be used for improving some of the other wines and to add complexity where needed, and overall I look forward to the next few weeks,” he commented.

In the meantime the harvest and cellar teams are 100% committed to producing the best wines for the 2019 vintage and we look forward to the first releases in late April if all goes well.

 

It’s Valentine’s month at Avontuur Estate

We adore the “month of love” as much as everyone else and to celebrate we’re running a stunning giveaway competition in our tasting room.  All you have to do is visit us, enter in the tasting room and you could be the winner of a huge hamper of our products – which should keep the two of you happily engaged for a while!  Closing date:  28 February 2019.

On Valentine’s day itself, our restaurant is open for a bubbly breakfast, a lavish lunch or a decadent dinner outside on the terrace (weather permitting obviously!).  Dinner is a-la-carte but the chefs are having a ball creating some really romantic dishes off the blackboard to enjoy during your visit.

Join us this Valentine’s month and we will show you what “love” is all about!

 

Cape Yearling Sale a success for Avontuur

Although the feedback from the Sale on Wednesday indicate that the tough economy is hampering some of the available spend,  we can only once again thank all our loyal supporters for their belief in us and their loyalty to the Farm. 

Delta Queen (Var x River Jetez) was our star performer and this gorgeous and incredibly well-bred filly went for our top price of R2 million to Dean Kannemeyer and his clients.  “We wish them everything of the best with this horse and look forward to seeing more of her when they are ready to let her compete,” says Pippa Mickleburg, Avontuur Estate GM.

All our horses were sold and now it’s time to look into the future and start preparing for the important National Yearling Sale in Gauteng in April. 

New Pinotage released – taste it now!

We’re absolutely thrilled to present our 2017 Pinotage to fans around the country, especially as it is the first vintage from our newly classified single vineyard.  Winemaker Jan van Rooyen really enjoyed working with these new grapes which are disease-free and perfectly suited for the terroir and micro-climate. 

 

The wine is available for tasting in our tasting room and for sale at R185 per bottle.

 

Make a point of popping in to try it now!

Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2019 in full swing

All eyes are on the Cape Town Convention Centre this week where hundreds of yearlings are stabled and waiting to be viewed before the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale which takes place on Wednesday this year.

 

Amongst them are our own eleven beautifully bred and quality group featuring our own sires Var and Oratorio as well as some of the top sires from around the country. We wish Pippa and her team everything of the best for the last few days and obviously the actual sale day itself.

 

Our hospitality lounge is open and we’d love all interested parties to pop in to view our yearlings and share a glass of wine and a snack with the team if you are in the market for a thoroughbred. 

 

For the full pedigrees and more info about this year’s draft, click here to see more. http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/

 

New Year’s wishes from Avontuur!

With 2019 now literally a few hours away,  we’d like to wish all our supporters a wonderful and successful new year.  May your horses win and your Avontuur wine collection grow steadily in the new year.  

We hope you will be celebrating the end of 2018 and the kick-off to the new year with some of Avontuur’s award-winning MCC Rose, still available today from the tasting room!

Avontuur Estate will be closed tomorrow on new year’s day but from the 2nd we’re open and looking forward to seeing you soon.

 

Drive safely and have a fantastic New Year!