The inaugural Savour Stellenbosch Valley will be taking place on Saturday, 27 September, on World Tourism Day. The event, taking place at Neethlingshof Estate showcases the area’s heritage, heirlooms, cuisine, music and, of course, wines.
The Stellenbosch Valley was named South Africa’s finest winegrowing area at the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards in 2012 and 2014. It is home to renowned wine estates, hotels and restaurants – including Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery, Spier, Die Bergkelder, Brenaissance, Jordan, Middelvlei, Devon Valley Hotel, Wedgeview Country House and The House of JC Le Roux. For one night only, they will all descend on the historic Neethlingshof’s Manor House, each adding their own unique flavour to the event.
“Steeped in history, Neethlingshof is the perfect host for this communal event on World Tourism Day which is held under the theme of Tourism and Community Development this year. With Savour Stellenbosch Valley we want to draw attention to this foremost sub-route community of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes and its rich and varied narratives,” shares Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes.
“One such story is that of the Manor House at Neethlingshof which was built by the late Maria Magdalena Marais who took over the building project after the death of her husband Charles, in 1813. She was also responsible for developing a vibrant and viable farming operation. Today this renowned estate has an acclaimed Noble Late Harvest, The Maria, named after her, which will be one of the numerous cellar gems on offer on the evening,” adds Bolton.
Guests will discover a spectacular array of wines and tasting dishes unique to the Stellenbosch valley. Each participating wine farm will offer five wines for tasting, and some popular local chefs will be cooking up dishes to accompany each type of wine.
The Stellenbosch valley boasts a number of local and global awards for it’s wines and consists of a wide range of different types of wineries-from small boutique wineries to iconic wine brands. This presents a unique opportunity to experience great diversity when tasting the valleys wine offerings.
Savour Stellenbosch Valley is part of the Stellenbosch Experience, a dynamic wine tourism campaign initiated by Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Stellenbosch 360 to showcase the region’s authentic wine tourism offerings on a global scale. Savour Stellenbosch Valley also coincides with Heritage month.
So celebrate World Tourism Day, Heritage month and the Stellenbosch Valley at the Savour Stellenbosch Valley Festival.
The event starts at 4pm and ends at 9pm, 27 September 2014. Tickets cost R300 per person, which includes tasting glass, wine tastings, food and live music.
Pre-bookings are essential as space is limited. Buy your tickets online at www.wineroute.co.za.