Muratie Harvest Festival, Stellenbosch 18 FEBRUARY 2017
The Melck family will once again be hosting their annual Harvest Festival at Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday 18th February 2017. 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.
For skilled mountain bikers, the day will start early with Dr Rijk Melck doing a “Doctors Ward Round” guiding a Mountain Bike Tour at 07h00 for 07h30.
If, like me, you’ll be skipping this part, your day will start at the more civilized hour of 11h30 when the gates open for visitors with a welcoming drink. You’ll be able to taste Muratie’s well-loved wines, either at leisure in the tasting room, or you could attend the private tasting held by winemaker Hattingh de Villiers at 12h00. For the wee ones and the older-but-still-young-at-heart ones, there will be tractor rides through the vineyards.
A long lazy alfresco lunch accompanied by Muratie wines is another highlight. The harvest lunch, prepared by Muratie’s Farm Kitchen, will include gourmet burgers, salmon sandwiches, samoosas, spring rolls and cheese platters. The popular Kitchen Jammin Blues Band will be there to entertain you late into the afternoon.
Costs and bookings:
Festival-goers are advised to book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
• Entrance R75.00 per person, including a welcome drink
• Private winetasting by Hattingh de Villiers (R50 per person and booking is essential)
• Tasting in the tasting room: Special Harvest Festival prices for wine tasting and chocolate pairing experience
• Mountain Bike Tour (R100 per rider)
• Tractor Rides through the vineyards (bookings can be made on arrival)
Stellenbosch Wine Festival 24-26 FEBRUARY 2017
The hugely popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay is back and promises to be as memorable as ever. The event will again be hosted at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds and will take place from 24 to 26 February 2017.
The three-day festival has become well-known for showcasing some of the finest wine the country has to offer. Add to that delicious food, great live music and a host of fun outdoor activities in one of the country’s most beautiful settings and you have one of summer’s best wine events.
On The Gourmet Lane there will be a veritable feast of fresh artisanal foods and signature dishes from some of the best eateries from Stellenbosch and surrounds. There will be daily canapé-and-wine pairings with 30-minute sessions run throughout the festival at the Tasting Room, but be sure to book your spot as early as possible (at the festival venue) as these sessions tend to book out very quickly.
Also not to be missed is the all-new Wine Library where you can book a session with a winemaker and taste award-winning small batch wines and rare vintages. For those keen on getting in on some real harvest action, try a bit of grape-stomping at The Grape Stomping Ground – it might sound messy but it’s a lot of fun.
If you have kids, drop them at the Momentum Health Kiddies Area where professional minders will look after and entertain your precious little darlings so you can relax and enjoy all the festival has to offer.
For sporting enthusiasts, there’s the ever-popular Pick n Pay Women’s Walk on Saturday 25 February 2017 and the Momentum Grape Golf Challenge on Thursday 23 February 2017.
Friday, 24 Feb, 14:00 – 21:00
Saturday, 25 Feb 12:00 – 20:00
Sunday, 26 Feb 12:00 – 18:00
R190 for adults, includes tasting glass and cashless voucher
R450 Weekend pass includes tasting glass and cashless voucher
R60 for children under 18 years (no glass or wine tastings)
Children under 12 enter free of charge (no glass or wine tastings)
Tickets are available from Webtickets.