If you’ve never jumped barefoot into a barrel of juicy grapes and squished them between your ticklish toes, now’s your chance. Over the next few weeks, several wine estates in the Cape Winelands are celebrating the grape harvest with a traditional barefoot grape stomp. Surprisingly, information is not always easily found, so here are the ones we’ve managed to unearthed:
Delheim Start of Harvest Celebration: Saturday 25 & 26 January 2014
Stomp the harvest and get knee deep in grape juice or even enter the grape stomping race. You can also catch a rare glimpse of the inner-works of a winery in the midst of harvest and tuck into a buffet-style picnic to the sounds of a live band. Child minders host kid’s activities, making this a great family day out too.
Moreson Blessings of the Harvest: Saturday 1 Feb 2014
Môreson celebrates the harvest by inviting you to make wine the old fashioned way – with your feet! It’s a day long affair, which includes a delectable lunch at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant. For more information call 021 876 3692 or email.
Hands on Harvest in Robertson: 1 Feb-30 March 2014
Yes, you read it right! The Hands on Harvest now stretches over 2 months in the form of boutique events offering wine aficionados and budding vintners a chance to experience the magic of harvest for a day. Groups are small and intimate and include grape picking, bunch sorting, stomping, wine tastings and wine blending. Download the programme here.
Grande Provence: Saturday 22 February 2014
It’s a jovial day of wine stomping, tasting and braai feasting, even if the grapes you so thoroughly squash are discarded at the end of the day. Start with coffee and muffins then a tractor ride into the vineyards to pick grapes. Then it’s a guided cellar tour, but what you really want is to get stuck into those knee-high barrels and start stomping! Afterwards, you’ll need a quick hose down, before gathering under the old oak tree for a braai lunch and live music. For more information, click here
Nederburg Twilight Harvest: Saturday 22 February 2014
Join Nederburg’s harvesting team for their ‘Harvest Day at Dusk’ starting at 6.30pm. Harvest and stomp grapes, taste freshly pressed must, fermenting juice and tank wine, accompanied by a steady supply of delicious mezze, juice and mineral water. After all the picking and tasting, a braai and seafood hotpot will be served by The Red Table Restaurant. Only 100 tickets are available, so call 021 862 3104 or email.
Stellenrust: mid Jan- end March 2014
Not only do you pick, stomp, eat and drink at the Stellenrust grape stomping experience, but after 14 months, six bottles of your own foot stomped vintage are ready for you to collect. Wear old clothes as the grape stomping is done in 3 ton containers, don’t forget your toiletries; you’d want to make use of their showering facilities! End off in the garden for a picnic or braai and as much wine and beer as you wish to consume. They also offer Blending Experiences with a prize for the best blend produced on the day. These events are for groups of minimum 20 people and are available weekdays 10:00-15:00. Call 021 880 2283 or email.
If getting down and dirty stomping grapes is not your style, why not book a tasting menu and have our in-house sommelier, Martin Drotsky, take you on a wine tour while enjoying a perfectly paired meal in Signal Restaurant, by Executive Chef, Malika van Reenen. Contact us on (021) 410 7080 to make your reservation.
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