The best part of summer? Longer days, more time to spend in the Winelands and the sensational Summer in Stellenbosch Valley 2012 which takes place from 8 to 17 December.
This not-to-be-missed holiday highlight takes care of your festive season entertainment when participating wineries in the Stellenbosch Valley – a sub route of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes – treat holidaymakers and locals alike to a jam-packed programme of fun, feasts and festivities for young and old.
A foremost Winelands destination, Stellenbosch Valley is home to a myriad of renowned wine estates, hotels and restaurants such as Asara, Spier,Brenaissance, Zevenwacht, Jordan, Middelvlei, Devon Valley Hotel and The House of JC Le Roux and was crowned South Africa’s finest wine growing area at the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards 2012.
The diversity of the wine producers in the valley offers a unique wine experience, as they range from small boutique wineries to iconic wine brands and boast scores of local and international accolades for their wines.
Besides award-winning wines, the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley line-up features an exciting ‘bucket list’ of attractions including authentic pairings, markets, braais and entertainment for all tastes and ages.
Highlight events on this year’s programme include a royal six course Food & Wine Pairing Dinner at Zevenwacht Estate on 12 December when the winemaker will pair rare wines with the chef’s signature dishes. The estate will also entice visitors with Chocolate Truffle & Wine Pairings throughout the festival.
Brenaissance invites guests to their new Café Blanc de Noir eatery for an interactive Wine & Pizza Pairing Evening on 13 December when estate wines will be expertly paired with a selection of homemade, gourmet pizzas. With vibey music, pizzas, beer and wine to revel in throughout the festival, Brenaissance is the perfect spot to extend your summer sojourn in the Winelands and linger a bit longer in the valley whilst mingling with the local folk.
If you want to have good time for a good cause then dust off those dancing shoes and book your table at the Dinner & Dance to be hosted at the Devon Valley Hotel in aid of the Stellenbosch Animal Welfare on 14 December. Tickets cost R240 per person and include a three course meal and glass of Sylvanvale wine per course.
Asara will be hosting an authentic Pure Food Christmas Market on 17 December when selected food purveyors will be selling their seasonal delights for you to stock the pantry in style. With tables brimming with organic vegetables, gourmet sausages, local cheeses and artisan beers, this market day is ideal for that last minute Christmas Shopping and with live music and loads of kiddies entertainment it is a perfect day out for the family.
Other interesting ‘must-do’s’ on the summer programme include sundowners in the vineyards and guided safari-style vineyard tours at Jordan; wine and salt canapé pairings at Die Bergkelder; Swiss delicacies on Polkadraai presented by Bein Private Cellar; a farm market at Dormershire and bubbly pairings at The House of JC Le Roux. Middelvlei will keep families and friends entertained with their popular Boerebraai, Sunset Carols and a Steak Braai whilst youngsters can enjoy an Introduction to the World of Wine (non-alcoholic experience), Boere sport fun and a marshmallow braai.
Whether you need to impress the in-laws, spoil those overseas guests, keep the little ones busy during the school holiday or simply just want to escape the maddening festive rush, Summer in Stellenbosch Valley is your holiday survival guide and a ticket to the good life.
Connect the dots and WIN BIG! You also stand the chance of winning a car boot full of Stellenbosch Valley wines if you collect 10 orange dots during the festival – the dots you will earn when you participate in events, buy wine, or have lunch at participating restaurants en route.
The following 16 estates are participating in the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley:
- Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
- Bein Private Cellar
- Bergkelder/Fleur du Cap
- Brenaissance Wine Estate
- De Morgenzon
- Dormershire Wine Estate
- Jordan Wine Estate
- Louisvale Wines
- Mulderbosch Vineyard
- Neethlingshof Wine Estate
- Sylvanvale Vineyards & Devon Valley Hotel
- The House of JC Le Roux
For more information about the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley contact the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes at Tel: (021) 886 8275; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wineroute.co.za.
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