Calling all wine lovers. The Season of Sauvignon Festival 2016 is back in the Durbanville Wine Valley for another year of wine-loving fun. All the action takes place this weekend, 29 – 30 October 2016 and is set to be a weekend of great wine, food and activities for the whole family. The Durbanville Wine Valley is fast becoming Cape Town’s destination of choice with its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines and friendly atmosphere and being just 20 minutes from the city, there isn’t any reason to miss out on the fun.

The event is going to be jam packed with all things Sauvignon Blanc. Each of the 12 participating wine farms will be adding their own flair to the weekend and offer a variety of great entertainment for young and old.

Don’t miss out on being one of the first to taste and purchase the Durbanville Twelve Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – a special wine produced by the Durbanville Wine Valley from a ton of grapes from each of the 12 farms… how lovely is that?

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Season of Sauvignon Festival 2016 Highlights 

Altydgedacht

Offers a rustic atmosphere where guests can relax, taste the estate’s signature Sauvignon Blancs and enjoy excellent dishes from the menu specially created for this festive weekend. Children are also welcome and will be entertained with tractor rides and a playground with activities like a jumping castle and face-painting. And if you’re up to something different, what about joining a viticulture tour on the estate where you’ll learn about grape growing, the process of making wine and the treasures of the surrounding area.
Opening times: Saturday & Sunday, 11am–4pm. Entrance R70 adults, R10 children.

Bloemendal

Will not only please your taste buds with their excellent Sauvignon Blanc wines, but the more adventurous are challenged to enjoy their mountain biking trails which will be open all weekend. While sipping on some of the estate’s delicious wines and enjoying the selection of gourmet delights on o­ffer, you’ll also be able to relax to the sounds of live music while feasting your eyes on the scenic surroundings. A jumping castle and play area will keep children entertained throughout the weekend
Opening times: Saturday 11am–7pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm. Entrance is free.

D’Aria Winery

Promises a sensory experience of Sauvignon Blanc at their Season of the Senses in front of their cellar over the festive weekend. Savour, appreciate and enjoy the delights of Sauvignon Blanc through sight, smell and taste. To add to your sensory experience, fabulous food, a bubbly bar and live music will also be on offer, and all this can be enjoyed while the children are being entertained.
Opening times: Saturday 10am–7pm & Sunday 10am–5pm. Entrance fee: R30 pp

De Grendel

Is celebrating the beginning of the “white wine” season with live music, delicious food and their range of internationally recognized wines. Spend the weekend indulging in Sauvignon Blanc inspired menus while casting your eyes over the estate’s panoramic views of Cape Town and Table Mountain.
Opening times: Saturday 9am–7pm & Sunday 9am–4pm. Entrance Fee: Free

Diemersdal

Is renowned for the various styles of Sauvignon Blanc they produce. Join them and try out their different styles of this celebrated varietal. Apart from their wines, visitors can also enjoy different food offerings from The Diemersdal Farm Eatery, Kitchen Cowboy’s, Piroschka’s Kitchen and Dos Chido Mexican Food Truck. Live music by Newton & co will keep festival goers entertained, while the young ones will be entertained with jumping castles and face-painting.
Opening times: Saturday 11am- 6pm, Sunday 11am–5pm. Entrance fee: R100 pp

Durbanville Hills 

Will celebrate the Season of Sauvignon with “Bubbles and Blanc”. Guests will be able to taste the latest vintage Sauvignons, as well as the newly launched Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc and Sparkling Sauvignon. Bubbly Bars will be serving a variety of Sauvignon Blanc-inspired cocktails, while food trucks The Nob, Taco Kombi, Stack That, Mon Ami and more others ensure no-one goes hungry. Enjoy West Coast oysters on the Bastion deck overlooking Table Mountain while sipping on Durbanville Hills ’ iconic Sauvignon Blanc, or feast on a charcuterie and cheese platter under the olive trees. Festival goers will be treated to live music by Ryan Kidwell, Paige Mac and The Renegades. For the little ones, expect a jumping castle, pony rides, face-painting and more.
Opening times: Saturday & Sunday 11am–6pm. Entrance: Adults R90, Children R40

Hillcrest 

Welcomes festival goers to an artisanal market where locally sourced and produced items will be on sale. This is the ideal opportunity to stock up on olives, olive oils and other olive products as these are Hillcrest specialties, in addition to their delightful wines of course! Make sure you do a beer tasting and enjoy the estates range of craft beers. Live music and children’s entertainment promise to make this visit an outing to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Opening times: Saturday & Sunday, 10am–5pm. Entrance: Free.

Klein Roosboom 

Will present “Die Kaap is weer Hollands” as they celebrate their award-winning Sauvignon Blancs in style. Be sure not to miss this delightful, Delft inspired day with breath-taking views, live entertainment and fun for young and old. Sit back and relax under the tent with a selection of delectable dishes from the various food stalls while sipping Sauvignon Blanc and tapping your feet to the sounds of festive music. Find inspiration at the mini vintage market showcasing original décor and other bits and bobs. Face-painting and other fun activities will keep the young ones entertained. Prizes will be handed to the best dressed inspired by the Delft theme.
Opening times: Saturday & Sunday 11am–6pm. Entrance: Free

Meerendal 

Carlucci’s Deli and Coff­ee Shop will have the grand opening of the Meerendal Market on the Saturday. With food, wine, craft beer, cocktails, live entertainment by Dave Ferguson, food trucks, food stalls, kiddies entertainment and pony rides, this is an outing for the whole family. Family and friends will be able to relax and spend some quality time together in the barrel cellar or on the lawns. On Sunday, 30 October, live music will be provided by Empire Alight, while a mini October Beerfest with Hoogeberg Beer and German food will add to the festivities. While the adults have their fun, the little ones will also be entertained. Not to be missed over these two days will be a “Sauvignon Blanc Tent” with oysters and mussels for those with educated palates.
Opening times: Saturday & Sunday 9:30am to 5pm. Entrance: Free.

Nitida

In association with Cassia, brings festival goers a “Seasonal Celebration”. Sit down to a harvest style table laden with seasonal fare in Cassia`s breath-taking glass extension. Accompanying the 3-course harvest lunch will be the folk-rock duo Bottomless Coff­ee. Pre-purchased tickets are essential as there are limited seats and no tickets will be sold on the day of the event. If you come dressed in white with a splash of green, you will receive a complimentary bubbly cocktail.
Opening times: Sunday 11am–4pm. Entrance: R300 pp

Phesantekraal 

Is another perfect stop to relax and unwind in the company of good food, fine wine and good company. Enjoy their renowned Saturday brunch or savour the delicious wines while taking in the breath-taking views of the valley, the vineyards and the Boland Mountains. A pop-up wine and oyster bar will give festival goers the chance to not only taste locally produced Sauvignon Blancs, but also Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. A quirky snack food offering will also be available to ensure nobody leaves hungry.
Opening times: Saturday 9:30am to 3pm. Entrance: Free.

Signal Gun 

Invites festival goers to join them in celebrating their “Wijn Fest”. A German inspired food offering of bockwurst and sauerkraut, as well as boerewors rolls, platter baskets, pizzas and burgers will ensure that nobody goes hungry. Adding to the festivities will be live music, a beer tent serving beer buckets and the chance to sample Sauvignon Blanc produced from the highest vineyard in Durbanville. Children can enjoy a variety of fun and colourful entertainment. Don’t miss the annual 6 cannon firing taking place at 12pm on Saturday.
Opening times: Friday 4pm – 11pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm–11pm. Entrance fee: R10 pp

Season of Sauvignon Festival 2016
29 – 30 October 2016
See the full program for the event over here.
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