News

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). 

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. 

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/

 

CPYS Yearling Sale official pics now featured!

With the build-up to the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2019 starting, we’d like to invite all interested buyers and trainers to have a look at the full pedigrees and photographs of our yearling band on this site. 

Click on http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/ to see more.

 

You are welcome to visit our stud lounge and stables at the CTICC from Sunday, 20 January to view the crop – or if you want to arrange a private viewing feel free to contact Pippa earlier at stud@avontuurestate.co.za. 

 

 

 

 

Breeding to Win visits Avontuur – see video.

The last “Breeding to Win” episode of 2018 visited Avontuur to chat to Pippa about the stud farm, show the beauty of our Estate, our wines, our restaurant and the spectacular scenery around us.

Enjoy!

 

Merlot released after nearly 2 decades!

We are happy to announce that Avontuur Estate now once again has a single varietal Merlot for sale after the last single varietal vintage of 1999.

The 2016 Merlot is in a Magnum bottle with a burgundy-coloured soft wax top and is already proving a hit in the tasting room at R350 per bottle.

“The wine is soft and juicy with lots of dark fruit on the nose and palate but what I really love is that unexpected savouriness on the palate which just gives it that spike of interest,” says winemaker Jan van Rooyen. 

It’s also a great gift for a red wine lover and will age graciously for another few years in the bottle.  Or just open it this festive season and enjoy!

 

2019 CPYS yearlings a quality group

“For once I’m finding it difficult to choose a favourite as this group of seven colts and five fillies set for the Cape Town Convention Centre on 23 January next year, cover such a wide spectrum of quality bloodlines, champion sires,  excellent brood mares and superb early promise,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh when asked to discuss the crop.

“If I have to choose I’d probably say Delta Queen out of one of SA’s top race mares of all time, River Jetez and our own champion sire Var, is my favourite. This is a powerhouse of a filly and as she is a full sister to current track stunner Rivarine.  I have high hopes for her.  A close second is Voyeur out of Peep Show also by Var.  He is a first foal from a tough strong mare and he is running to form by being strong and powerful himself.  He definitely looks like he will be performing well over longer distances too.”

Pippa’s last choice amongst the list is another colt called Tempting Fate by Master of my Fate out of Miss October. “This sire is an exciting addition to the breeding scene and his early offspring are doing well already.   This is an imposing lovely horse and I expect him to go far!” she says.

Two of our country’s champion sires are represented in Legitimate by Dynasty and Zanetto by Silvano.  “The Dynasty yearlings are becoming so rare now and this very attractive colt out of Gr 1 winning mare Bambina Stripes should get the buyers excited.  Zanetto is one of those horses with the X-factor and with a dam like Muamba from a highly rated imported bloodline you can’t really expect anything else but this tall strong filly – and that’s what you get!”

Pray for Rain out of the Var mare Kitco and from the first crop of Soft Falling Rain, is a robust strong colt and a great ambassador for his sire who sadly passed away this year.   Camps Bay is a full brother to Montego Bay, shows his Var ancestry very clearly and looks set to become a typical  speed machine.  Bequest is the only Oratorio in the line-up out of multiple race winner A Daughter’s Legacy. She is a refined and elegant filly and as a full sister to Ancestry, we can expect great things from her.

Spree will attract a lot of attention and not only for her outstanding looks!  She’s a beautiful grey filly by Philantropist out of Valeta and being a full sister to She’s a Giver, seems to be made in the mould of that outstanding Avontuur mare, Sarabande who has over the years given us many excellent race horses like the currently hot Mardi Gras.

Two exciting new sires are What a Winter and Flower Alley who sired Storm Chaser and Southern Charm respectively. Southern Charm is from Flower Alley’s second crop and she’s a really good advert for her sire whilst Storm Chaser out of Sea of Calm is a big tough horse – a real “boy”!

Avenir is from the first crop of new sire Futura and with the Var mare Varsity Queen as a dam, this colt should do well.

To arrange a private viewing at the Estate, contact Pippa at stud@avontuurestate.co.za and to find out more about the yearlings and their pedigrees visit our sales page http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/stud/sales2019/