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Unique Cake Pops pairing for Heritage month

We’ve had a ball planning this very interesting and new pairing to run from Friday the 13th to Tuesday the 24th, which is a public holiday ie Heritage Day. 

 

Test-drive 5 wines and 5 specially created cake pops and find your own favourites.  From raspberry to grenadilla, milk tart & biltong and choc-chilli, each one is such a great match for one of our wines!

 

Contact Ella at winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450 to book so that the tasting can be set up before you arrive.  The cost is R140 pp.

An update on…. Oratorio

A lovely snippet about our sire Oratorio who’s progeny are now coming into their own!

 

https://youtu.be/bm_8QEg1LZA

 

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 www.avontuurestate.co.za  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 winery@avontuurestate.co.za if you want to place an order and arrange delivery.

 

Biltong and wine pairing adds to tasting room experience

We’ve continuing our very popular biltong and wine pairing 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 winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450. 

 

New foals ring in the start of Spring

At Avontuur we love this time of the year when the brand-new foals start arriving nearly daily. 

Watching those first few wobbly steps, which incredibly quickly turn into cantering and jumping around, is a wonderful experience for everyone involved.

The stud team is running on adrenalin continuously and it doesn’t really stop until early December as the cover season also kicks off soon.

Check https://www.avontuurestate.co.za/blood-stock/foals-2019/  as we add pics of each new arrival as they join us at Avontuur!

 

 

Avontuur signs champion apprentice jockey!

Avontuur Estate, the home of highly rated sires Var and Oratorio, is happy to announce a sponsorship deal with champion apprentice jockey Luke Ferraris, who is one of the up-and-coming stars of the SA Jockey Academy.

“He joins long-time Avontuur-sponsored jockey MJ Byleveld and will be sporting the various Avontuur brands on race tracks country-wide from mid-August,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky with our sponsored jockeys over the years. Starting off with MJ, Anthony Delpech and Greg Cheyne a decade ago,  followed by Callan Murray and most recently double SA Champ Lyle Hewitson, we have backed winners all the way.  People always joke that I seem to be able to see into the future as our jockeys have always performed incredibly well, which has obviously had positive spin-offs for our brand too,” Pippa explains.

Luke comes from a family with a long and illustrious history in South African racing.  His grandfather Ormond Ferraris (now retired) was the doyen of the Highveld racing scene, and it was a huge achievement when he chalked up two winners for his grandfather at the Vaal on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. 

His father David, has been based in Hong Kong as a trainer since the 2003/04 season, where he found early success with six-time Gr1 winner Vengeance Of Rain and has been plying his trade there ever since.  On Sunday, 10 June 2018 when three generations of the Ferraris family graced the winner’s enclosure in their separate capacities on the same day, it seemed as if it was the cherry on top for this blue-blood racing dynasty.

Looking at Luke’s family background, it seems inevitable that he would end up in the industry himself.  “I started having riding lessons in Hong Kong when I was three or four. Whenever the instructors gave me a break, I’d try and pull my irons up. When I was 5, we went on holiday to Zimbali and I remember galloping up the beach, not one bit of fear. That’s kind of when I knew it was what I really wanted to do,”he says.  Luke joined the SA Jockey Academy in 2017 and has loved the training, camaraderie and opportunities which has been coming his way ever since then.

“We have everything in place to kick off the sponsorship and look forward to seeing Luke representing Avontuur Estate.  From our side we hope to play a role in building and sustaining his career too,” Pippa concluded.

Tutored tasting investigates wine glass question?

Avontuur Estate’s winemaker Jan van Rooyen is tackling an interesting question in his tutored tasting in the Estate tasting room between Stellenbosch and Somerset West on Saturday, 17 August:  “Does it matter what vessel is used to drink wine from?  Is glass better than other materials?  Does the shape of a glass enhance or detract from the experience?” 

Make up your own mind after participating in this interactive tasting which takes place from 10h30-12h30.

This forms part of Avontuur’s annual Winter Series of Tutored Tastings which tackles some very interesting and off-beat topics every month.  Bring some friends along and book ahead of time as seating is limited to ensure intimacy.   

Bookings:  winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450. R150 pp.  (Includes welcome drink, tutored tasting and light lunch).

 

Mares and Foals Walk – bookings now open.

One of the best times of the year at Avontuur Estate is from August till December when the new foals are born and a few weeks later, are free to run around the paddocks in the care of their mothers. 

Horse lovers are invited to book for one of two Farm Walks to learn more about them on Thursday, 22 August or Thursday, 29 August 2019 from 09h30.

The walks will be led by Philip Taberer and will visit some of the mares and their offspring in the paddocks.  On arrival at the stables, visitors will meet our GM Pippa Mickleburgh who will share her extensive knowledge of the thoroughbred industry with visitors.  After a casual walk back to the winery, guests will return to the tasting room for a specialised wine pairing with lunch being served afterwards. 

The cost is R380 pp for adults. (Includes the tour, the pairing and lunch).  Kids welcome and the cost for under 12’s is R200 each.

A limited number of visitors can be accommodated for the two dates and bookings will only be confirmed once payment is received.

The walk to the stables is not strenuous and in total will be about an hour, but participants are advised to wear comfy clothing and shoes, and sun protection if necessary.

Reservations and information:  winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450

Macaron and Wine Pairing celebrates Woman’s month

One of our most popular pairings is back!  We’re launching our curated macaron and wine pairing from 2 August and it will run till the 11th, thereby including the Woman’s Day long weekend. 

The pairing includes 4 wines and 4 macarons which have been created to highlight the wine’s flavours.  We are inviting all wine lovers to join in this stunning tasting – but remember to book ahead of time.  It is available during our normal tasting room opening hours as well as on the public holiday on the 9th of August.

Cost:  R120 pp.  Bookings:  winery@avontuurestate.co.za or +27 21 855-3450.

Lyle off to Hong Kong as SA champion jockey – again!

After an exciting day yesterday for Lyle Hewitson who has now been awarded the SA Jockey Championship for the second time around,  we are proud that we had a small part in his illustrious career as we have been sponsoring him for quite a few years now.

 

To add to the achievements of this successful athlete, he is soon winging his way to Hong Kong to fly the SA flag there.  We wish him well and can’t wait to see him achieving further high points in this incredible career, which is really only getting out of the starting blocks now.

 

Good luck and show the world what you’re made of Lyle!