Your summer Winelands events diary 2022

Posted by Anita Froneman on 5 August 2022

Winter isn’t over yet but it won’t be long before spring is in the air. This summer, a heap of wine farms in the Western Cape will be hosting fantastic food and wine events. Take a look.

Samantha Suddons, Vinevenom

24 AUGUST – DINE DURBANVILLE 

The Durbanville Wine Valley’s popular wine and dine event returns in August with an exciting new line-up and splendid collaboration between local wineries and the region’s leading restaurants.

Happening on August 24, Dine Durbanville has been themed as a celebration of excellence and is to be staged as a degustation experience. The tasting menu will be presented at the stunning hilltop location of Loch Lynne wine estate, some 30 minutes from Cape Town CBD.

In a relatively short time, this calendar highlight has become an important lifestyle showcase for varieties that excel in Durbanville, from its legendary Sauvignon Blanc to its Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Teaming up for the evening of August 24 are Diemersdal and its restaurant, The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal; Klein Roosboom and its Jéan Restaurant; and Groot Phesantekraal Wines and its restaurant.

Rates

The Dine Durbanville evening is priced at R970pp and includes the meal and wines. Bookings must be made online via The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal’s Dineplan link, http://thefarmeatery.co.za/.

2 SEPTEMBER – TASTE THE SWARTLAND AT THE BARN

In the Swartland, by Swartlanders – that’s the essence of this wine-and-food series, and it is the opportunity that awaits everyone from serious epicureans to vino babes keen to get an insight into one of South Africa’s most fascinating regions.

The wine-and-food series features wineries, from Swartland blockbusters to niche rockstars, alongside delectable menus prepared and served at The Barn in Riebeek Kasteel.

“The Swartland is home to incredible wines and wine personalities,” says The Barn founder and chef Thomas Jamneck. “We’re proud to be able to create a platform that will further showcase this diversity, giving out-of-towners an opportunity to see where they’re born, and locals, a close-to-home chance to experience an event commonly reserved for larger towns and cities.”

Thomas has long been a supporter of local producers with the bulk of his wine list comprising wines from the region. The restaurant, with its cosy interiors and comfortable outdoor seating, is among the most popular for its delicious culinary offerings and elevated views of the village and valley beyond.

The rest of the wine program (each with a different menu) comprises:

  • September 2– Knolfontein

Hailing from the vineyards of Du Toit Family Wines in the Riebeek Valley, Knolfontein is a boutique range that reflects heritage, excellence, and unique expression. Fourth generation farmer Pieter du Toit has traditionally sold all his grapes, but recently launched his own niche brand with wines made from his top-performing vineyards.

  • October 7– The Blacksmith Wines
  • November 4– Vine Venom
  • December 2– (ℓ) Equinox Wines

Rates

Tickets are priced at R650pp. To book, contact The Barn on 071 844 2726

10 SEPTEMBER – DIEMERSFONTEIN FARM PICNIC 

Renowned Cape winery Diemersfontein will be welcoming the return of Spring with an open-air, family friendly concert of live music and picnics at its scenic Wellington amphitheatre on Saturday, September 10 in the hope that you would the news with your readers.

Playfully titled Diemersfontein Piekniek Oppie Plaas (Diemersfontein Picnic on the Farm), the event features performances by popular musos Ricus “Boerepompie” Nel and Ruan “Ruki” Theron.

Any hunger pangs will be satiated by a selection of food trucks and stalls catering for a variety of tastes. The event also offers “Graze Boxes” – a picnic for two – that may be ordered beforehand, or you can compile your own picnic by shopping at Diemersfontein’s PROE-deli stall.

Over at the main arena, Diemersfontein’s wines will be available for sale on the day along with chill bags, beer and cooldrinks. The winery is of course famous for The Original Diemersfontein Pinotage, and fans of the wine will be happy to know that its creator, former Diemersfontein winemaker Bertus Fourie will attend the event too.

Bertus will in fact be working and making food on the day, which will be great news to fans of the Ultimate Braai Master TV show. Bertus appeared in last year’s Season 7 as member of Team Asador, which came third. His food truck, Asador Carneology, will be at Diemersfontein for Piekniek Oppie Plaas.

Gates open at 2pm. The show gets underway an hour later with all activities ending at 8pm.

Rates

Tickets are available directly from Diemersfontein’s website. The price is R225 per adult and R100 per child under 12.

Diemersfontein Graze Boxes are R395 each. For the food-and-wine pairing theatre, walk-ins are welcome, and may be booked and paid on the day.

Independent transport services have also been contracted to get visitors to and from the event, if required. Further details will be posted on Diemersfontein’s social media channels.

24 SEPTEMBER – DURBANVILLE VALLEY TEAMS UP WITH CELEB CHEF

This one is not an event but a celebration of South African food heritage, with a recipe to try at your Braai Day shindig. Durbanville Wine Valley and celebrity chef Herman Lensing have joined forces to give South Africans a winning food and wine combo to celebrate national heritage in September and October. The brief to the acclaimed foodie was simple: create a recipe that highlights the excellence of Durbanville Pinotage.

National Heritage Day falls on September 24 while the homegrown cultivar Pinotage is celebrated on the second Saturday of October every year. Melding the two in spirit, Herman – famous as amongst others, a TV show host and cookbook author – created what may be the perfect braaibroodjie (the much-loved fire-grilled sandwich) to pair with Durbanville Wine Valley Pinotage.

For Herman Lensing, a long-time resident of the area, the only partner that might match Pinotage in heritage, flavour and popularity was the South African braaibroodjie.

“Just like a braaibroodjie, Pinotage is truly South African. The wine is also the ideal match for grilled goods,” he says. “The braaibroodjie is the crown of any braai. With Heritage Day, it’s also about our shared heritage and that we should ‘break bread’ with fellow South Africans. This is where my inspiration came from.”

Herman’s Braaibroodjies to Share – with Durbanville Pinotage (Serves 6)

Ingredients

2 uncut loaves of white bread

100 g (108 ml) soft butter

250 ml sundried tomato pesto

12 slices of back bacon, grilled until crisp

1 red onion, finely sliced

250 g mature cheddar, grated

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Get the coals to medium heat. Use a sharp, serrated knife and cut the bread lengthways into slices some 1,5 cm thick. You need four slices (make breadcrumbs of the remainder to use later).

Spread butter on one side of every slice followed by a layer of tomato pesto. Stack the remaining ingredients on two of the slices.

Season and place the remaining two slices with the spread side facing inwards, on top. Place in a hinged grid and grill slowly over the coals until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about five minutes per side. Be patient and go slow.

Serve from the grid and allow guests to slice their own. Serve with a glass of Durbanville Pinotage.

Pictures: Supplied

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