Diary of events

March 2018

Find out what’s happening this March.

4 March

Eikendal dazzles with Weintaufe Harvest Carnival

A Winelands jollification for young and old

The Stellenbosch Winelands will don their most convivial carnival colours when Eikendal Vineyards celebrates the end of its harvest with a farm-style Weintaufe jamboree that promises a merrymaking funfair for young and old on Sunday, 4 March 2018.

The Eikendal Weintaufe has become a summertime family tradition in the Winelands over the years, and this year revellers can once again enjoy a day merriment with exceptional wine, scrumptious pop-up food stalls, grape stomping, lucky draws, carnival performing artists, a visit by their cheetahs, tractor rides and golfing challenges. Live music by the talented Newton & Co. and local sensations, Ram Entertainers, will add rhythm to the festivities.

The estate is known as one of the premium wine producers in Stellenbosch the much-lauded Chardonnay will steal the show. Cellarmaster Nico Grobler will baptise the latest arrival on the day, after which revellers will be able to enjoy it straight from the barrel. All Eikendal wines will be on sale. These include reds, such as the Classique flagship blend; whites, like the award-winning Chardonnay; a charming rosé and an MCC. The food offerings will be prepared by the resident restaurant, Cucina di Giovanni, famous for its delicious Italian fare.

“This year we want to celebrate our Chardonnay in a big way, so come to our winemaking playground and share in the fruits of our labour. We’re having a Harvest Carnival so you better wear your party hat!” shares Eikendal Cellarmaster Nico Grobler.

There will be a strong focus on kiddies entertainment so that Mom and Dad can truly kick back at the water’s edge and savour the latest vintages on offer. Amidst all the popcorn, ice cream and cotton candy treats, the little ones can also enjoy a creative wonderland of arts and crafts.

Entertainment ranges from face painting, balloon animals and popular cookie decorations to clowning around in the jungle gym or on the lawn and jumping castle, so prepare to receive a few parent-of-the-year hugs.

As is tradition, Eikendal appoints a Godmother of Godfather to join the celebrations and new harvest. This year, they are honoured that the well-known and award-winning radio personality and cookbook author, Martelize Brink, will wear the much-coveted badge.

Tickets for the Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Carnival 2018 will be available at the gates on the day and cost R120 per person, which include a free glass and tasting from the barrel plus all the entertainment on the day. Under 18’s get in for FREE. Bring the friends and family and remember the sunscreen.

The gates open at 10h00 and make sure to claim your spot before the official christening and tasting of the new Eikendal Chardonnay 2018 which will take place at 12h00.

For more information on the Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Carnival 2018 contact the estate at Tel: 021 855 1422 or send an email to

Eikendal Vineyards is conveniently situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

10 March

The Melck family will once again be hosting their annual Harvest Festival at Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday 10th March 2018. The Festival, which takes place under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate, is a celebratory family event featuring good food, fine wine, great company, live music and lots of fun stomping the newly-harvested grapes.

On arrival, after a welcoming drink, visitors are bound to want to join in the fun and laughter “stomping” grapes, and taste Muratie’s well-loved wines. Tractor Rides through the vineyards will take place at set times for the young and young at heart.

Thereafter, a long lazy alfresco lunch, prepared by Muratie’s Farm Kitchen will follow accompanied by Muratie wines. Then relax and savour a memorable afternoon of live music performed by the popular Kitchen Jammin Blues Band.

Festival-goers are advised to book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Entrance R100.00 per person, including a welcome drink
  • Tasting in the tasting room: Special Harvest Festival prices available
  • Tractor Rides through the vineyards (bookings can be made on arrival)
  • Grape stomping to be enjoyed by all
  • Fun prizes throughout the day

For further information and bookings contact Jean-Mari Reyneke at Muratie on 021 865 2330/2336 or

There are enchanting places where one can escape life’s hustle and bustle, and Muratie is one of those magical treasures. Hidden away in the exquisite Knorhoek valley, with a perfect view of Table Mountain, Muratie is as old as history itself, with its almost tangible unique old world ambience. The passion for preserving the estate’s rich centuries-old heritage is captured in every nook and cranny of this family farm. Beautiful old Cape Dutch buildings, crumbling statues, antique wine-making equipment, and the quaint tasting room with its cobwebs, stained glass windows and art, are all set in a secret garden, a lush green haven of peace and tranquillity.

Muratie Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch · Website:

For further information contact Jean-Mari Reyneke at Muratie on 021 865 2330 or

17 March

Save the date – Saturday 17 March 2018, for the annual The Peech Boutique Hotel Wine Festival. It’s a showcase of fine wines from several Cape estates, allowing visitors to taste, sample and buy wine in one convenient location.

The Peech, known for its elegant eco-chic style, lush garden surrounds and a service ethic that is both discreet and utterly attentive, has for many years associated with only the very best South African wine estates.

Perfectly located in bustling Melrose, the establishment is transformed into a festive carnival where each winery will offer tastings at individual stations. This year the wine estates participating in this annual Festival are Anura Vineyards, Ataraxia Wines, Avondale Wine, Badenhorst Family Wines, Bottega by Profumi D’Italia, Constantia Glen, Edgebaston, Fram Wines, Gabrielskloof Wine Estate, Glenelly Estate, Groot Constantia Wines, Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Le Riche Wines, Montpellier Wine Estate, Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate, Oneiric, Rietvallei Wine Estate, Springfield Estate, Tamboerskloof, Thelema & Sutherland Wines, Tierhoek, Valdo Prosecco, Vergelegen Estate, Villiera Wines, Vondeling Wines and Zevenwacht Wine Estate.

Delicious bistro style food will be available on the day.

Tickets cost R295pp and include wine tasting & R125 in food vouchers. Ensure you pre-book your tickets by visiting The Peech Hotel’s or by emailing . Entry will be by pre-paid ticket only as numbers are limited.

Visit The Peech Boutique Hotel Johannesburg on Facebook and follow @ThePeechHotel on Twitter to keep up to date with what’s happening at this Johannesburg’s Eco-Chic Boutique Hotel & Bistro.

Until the end of March

NEETHLINGSHOF, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, is a place in which to relax and allow yourself the time to savour the enduring beauty of the past. It’s a place where man and nature co-exist in perfect harmony to produce the finest wines.

Make Neethlingshof part of your journey this summer and captivate your senses with a line-up of offerings crafted to entice visitors of all ages.

FLASH FOOD AND WINE PAIRING MENU: Neethlingshof is passionate about food and wine pairing and invites guests to enjoy the “Flash Food and Slow Wine Pairing Menu” available at The Tasting Centre.

This menu comprises of five bite-sized snacks paired with five delicious wines; think Sauvignon Blanc with a salmon and trout roulade, the iconic Gewurztraminer with a beef kebab and a mini Malva pudding served with The Caracal. For the kids, there’s a mini chicken pancake and cheeseburger paired with grape juice as well as a chocolate sponge finger server with a chocolate milkshake.

Experience this menu, daily, at a cost of R100 per adult for 5 courses and R50 per child for 3 courses.  Bookings are advisable to ensure availability. For groups of 6 or more bookings are essential.

NEETHLINGSHOF’S LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAYS: For the perfect mid-week break, ‘wine’ down, relax and recharge with Neethlingshof’s Live Music Wednesdays. Enjoy sultry tunes of folk, rock and more performed by popular acoustic musicians whilst sipping on a glass of the estate’s award-winning wines and indulging in a delicious selection of scrumptious food offerings.

Live Music Wednesdays start at 17h30 and end at 20h30 during the months of October through to March 2018.

The wine garden menu will be available, including pizzas, wraps, cheese and charcuterie platters and other summer tapas.  Entry is free but bookings are essential.

HAND-PRESSED, WOOD-FIRED PIZZA AT NEETHLINGSHOF: Pizzas with a selection of delicious toppings and even a wine pairing suggestion with each will be available daily to hungry visitors. The summer pizza menu features interesting flavours, ranging from a proudly South African Bobotie topping to pizza with a Greek twist sporting the likes of fresh spinach, olives and feta.

Prices range from R35 for a focaccia to R125 for their delicious Biltong Pizza.

The pizza menu will be available on weekdays between 11h00 and 16h00; Live Music Wednesdays from 17h30 to 20h30 and on weekends and public holidays between 11h00 and 15h00.

For more information visit For more on Neethlingshof’s extensive wine range, and for further information regarding the wine tasting (5 wines at R45 per person) and cellar tour (R30 per person) offerings email them via For further information on the bistro-style menu available at the restaurant, email them via

Stay up to date with the latest events on the estate by visiting Neethlingshof on Facebook:

March – April

This summer VERGENOEGD LÖW WINE ESTATE is presenting its second season of Live Summer Sunday Concerts. Featuring some of South Africa’s best local musicians Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate’s Live Summer Sunday Concerts are not to be missed!

Break away from the hustle of the city and spend the day with friends and family enjoying delicious wine, bubbly and food – and of course great music – all set on the idyllic green lawns of one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine estates!

A festive food market will be set up on the estate’s lawns with a variety of food options, perfectly complemented by the wines, to tantalize the taste buds. Live music by Desmond and the Tutus, Arno Carstens and Goodluck are sure to add to the jubilant atmosphere. The dedicated children’s village will be sure to keep the little ones entertained, giving parents time to relax and enjoy the celebration

Set aside the 4th of March 2018 to enjoy time with friends and family at this wonderful concert, beginning at 11h00 with opening performances by SNAFU, Rivertones & And The Riddle kicking off at 12h00 and the headline band (Desmond and the Tutus) on stage at 16h00. The concerts will end at 18h00.

Tickets are available at R150 per person. Children under 10 enter free of charge. Vergenoegd wine, food and beverages will be sold at an additional cost. Book now to secure your tickets.

Future concerts to be enjoyed are:

Sun 25 Mar 2018: Arno Carstens (opened by Dave Ferguson, Marcel Dalmayda, Jake Gunn & Devin Smith)

Sun 8 Apr 2018: Goodluck (opened by Gemma Grifiths, Grace Delahunt & Timothy Demonk)

Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate is located on Badel Powell Drive, Stellenbosch.

For more information on Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate’s Live Summer Sunday Concerts, contact 021 843 3248 or visit  Stay up to date with the latest news by visiting Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

March (April or May)

Take a trip on the wild side with a Delheim Mushroom Forage Pop Up

Sign up now for this year’s must-do forest and food excursion


The Cape’s wild mushrooms are about to pop-up again so make sure you’re first in line for Delheim’s exclusive Mushroom Forage Pop Up series this year! Learn first-hand how to forage and cook wild edible mushrooms at this fungi-fab experience that’s exclusively available to new and existing members of Delheim’s getup-and-go Wine Club.

Membership is as easy as 1-2-3. Pick out 12 of your favourite Delheim wines; complete your order; and, you’re in! Membership gives you access not only to the mushroom forage, but Delheim’s full gamut of events, competitions and special releases.

The Stellenbosch stalwart that pioneered South Africa’s mushroom and wine experience lies against the Simonsberg Mountain where the delectable treats slumber in a natural forest bed of mulchy soils. Then, when the weather is just right, a silent spectacle that only comes once or twice a year, plays out across the forest floor: pop, pop, pop – the mushrooms appear.

Most people are hesitant about foraging for mushrooms because they don’t know which are safe to eat. The Delheim Mushroom Forage Pop Up is the place to change all that.

“The arrival of the wild mushrooms is truly a special time because it’s something Mother Nature does by herself,” says Delheim matriarch and experienced mushroom forager Nora Sperling-Thiel. “That’s why we’re especially sensitive about preserving our wild ecosystems on the estate. We are careful about how we farm and also limit the number of participants on mushroom excursions.”

The format for Delheim’s Mushroom Forage Pop Up series this year highlights the exceptional occasion by limiting avid foragers to only two excursions. Foragers will receive a short presentation about mushrooms to look out for and which to avoid; the opportunity to accompany an expert guide on a first-of-the-season forage; a mushroom cooking demonstration; and, a hearty, fungi-focused lunch with award-winning Delheim wine.

The first pop up excursion, to take place in *March, April or May (depending on the arrival of the first rains), will comprise a group of only four lucky foragers – winners of a lucky draw of Delheim Wine Club members – who will get to take along their significant others. An intimate gathering, the time spent among the towering pines is guaranteed to be an awakening like few others.

For the second excursion, in around June/July, the doors will open for bookings from all Delheim Wine Club members. The group will be slightly larger, but still includes the full programme at a rate of R650pp.

Confirmation of exact dates will take place with two days advance notice – a requirement that is made dependent solely on the occurrence of mushrooms,” says Nora.

This is no time to dilly dally. Delheim’s Wild Mushroom Forage experience was awarded Highly Commended of the Best Wine Event category in the Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge 2017, and bookings for this year will be completely taken up in no time.

All enquiries and bookings – including signing up as a Wine Club Member, with all the associated benefits, including Delheim’s Mushroom Forage Pop Up events – should be sent to

Also, visit for more about the farm and its fascinating story.

*IMPORTANT: The appearance of wild mushrooms depends completely on natural phenomena that are impossible to forecast with absolute accuracy, particularly after long periods of drought. Although the Delheim events take place during the high season for wild mushrooms, the estate cannot guarantee the appearance of mushrooms on the day.

Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.

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