20140503_125329The Elgin Valley Cool Wine & Country Festival is coming up on the 3rd of May 2014. Wine estates of the Elgin Valley will be open for wine tastings throughout the day and will be offering lunch and entertainment in the form of live music, boules games and vertical wine tastings.

Festival passes can be purchased at any participating wine farms on the day of the festival for just R50 per Glass Pass. A Glass Pass entitles you to a wine glass and access to the farms in the Elgin Region.

Elgin makes some incredible wine due to the intensity of the flavour of the grapes due to slow ripening and small berries. Some of my favourite wines can be found in the Elgin area. I would highly recommend the Elgin Valley Cool Wine & Country Festival as an opportunity to explore Elgin. Many of the farms are normally closed over the weekends on only taste by appointment so this festival is an opportunity to explore some hidden gems.


Almenkerk Wine Estate will be hosting a unique lunch and library wine pairing in their barrel cellar. The lunch starts at 1pm and features a 4 course lunch with many dishes within each course paired with their wines from 2009 through to their current vintages hosted by Joris and Natalie van Almenkerk. The menu is incredible with some serious treats including a twice baked goats cheese souffle and marinated springbok fillets.

They are also offering a Clonal blending experience with winemaker Joris van Almenkerk. Where you will have the opportunity to make up the best Sauvignon Blanc you can with 6 different Clones of Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2014. This is such a wonderfully unique experience and not to be missed. The blending experience starts at 10am til 12:30pm and is free to all festival goers.

You need to book for both events listed above.
Contact Natalie on info@almenkerk.co.za to book your spot.


Elgin Vintners will be hosting a well known South African musician and an Elgin local, Giaan Groen and his band to entertain you in their beautiful gardens. There will also be game of Boules and Croquet on the lawns.
There will also be a kiddies grape stomping and juice making competition. Which sounds fabulous! I wonder if they are open to hosting big kids!!And tractor drives through the vineyards, kiwi and fruit orchards every hour from 10h00-13h00.

Lunch will be a Pop-Up kitchen with shawarmas, or you are welcome to bring your own picnic baskets. Lunch is R70 per person and limited to 150 guests.
Contact Richard on richard@elginvintners.co.za for more details and to book for the various activities.


Paul Cluver has a busy day planned with two lunch options. The first option is a three course pairing with Rieslings from 12pm at Fresh Restaurant. This option is R275 per person and limited to 60 people.
The second lunch option is the gourmet Tutored Riesling Tasting and lunch at the historic ‘Wijnhuis’ on Paul Cluver Estate from 11:30pm. Lunch is prepared by Bertus Basson and paired with Rieslings for R500 per person and limited to 15 people.

They are hosting an “Apple extravaganza” of various apple desserts and cakes to go with various Rieslings from 2:30pm til 5pm. Which could be the perfect way to end the day in apple country.
Contact Leander for details and bookings on leandre@cluver.com


Charles Fox will be offering cellar Tours on the hour: 10h00, 11h00, 12h00, 13h00, 14h00, 15h00 and 16h00.
Lunch is a cheese platter for two including a glass of their wonderful MCC.
Lunch is R150 per couple and limited to 20 people.
Contact Zelda on charlesfoxmcc@gmail.com to book for lunch.


Highlands Road Estate will be offering a miniature pizza and wine pairing of 6 pizzas and 6 wines. The lunch will be R160 per person and limited to 55 people.
They will also be offering a DIY Wine blending station, French Boules, water games and Art Gallery.
Contact Mark on mark@highlandsroadestate.co.za for more information and bookings.


Lothian Vineyards will be serving sushi by Sushi Box of Newlands. I love Sushi Box sushi so this is a promising lunch option! Lunch is R150 per person and limited to 200 people.
There will be plenty of live music including a live singer over lunch and 4-piece indie rock band called ‘The Coast’ from Table View.
Pony rides and a play area will be available for children near the concert lawn.
Contact Grant on grant@lothianvineyards.com to book for lunch.


Oak Valley has their famous Oak Valley Wagyu beef burgers served with homecut chips for R80 and a Vegetarian wrap for R55. There will be live music at The Pool Room from 11:30am til 5pm.
Contact Ebony for more details at ebonys@oak-valley.co.za.


Shannon Vineyards is offering a Tutored Tasting of Shannon “Rockview Ridge” Pinot Noirs paired with Chef Craig Cormack’s 4 course lunch, R350 per prson and limited to 20 people.

Also there is a Vertical Tasting in their wine storeroom of the Shannon reds with canapés. The tasting is limited to 20 people and is from 10am til 11am with the Pinot Noir and 3pm til 4pm for the Merlot.
To book contact James at james@shannonwines.com.


Hannay is fully booked for lunch. They will be offering a vertical tutored tasting of selected Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs.
Contact Elzaan on elzaan@valleygreen.co.za for more details and to book.


Paul Wallace is the only Malbec producer in the valley. They have paired their Malbec with home grown beef fillet rolls for R55 per person limited to 50 people.
Contact Nicky on wallovale@mweb.co.za for more information.


Elgin Ridge has a decadent lunch from 12h00 to 16h30 featuring some gourmet options like rooibos smoked Norwegian salmon and herb and dijon crusted beef fillet.
Lunch is limited to 20 peoples and is R350 per person.
They are also offering a cellar tour and wine tasting between 9:30 and 11:30.
Watch out for Maddox, their Percheron Horse, who wanders around the vineyards carry out his work.
Contact Marion on marion@elginridge.com to book for lunch.


Oneiric will be offering a gorgeous lunch prepared by Bertus Basson of Overture restaurant in Stellenbosch paired with Oneiric Wines. The lunch is R475 per person and limited to 60 people. A country market will be open on the day. Ann an afternoon croquet game will be held on the lawns.
Contact Shan on shan@oneiric.co.za to book your spot.


Arumdale has a wonderful lunch planned of cheese platters with pate’s, fresh baked bread and dukka with oak smoked olive oil.
The lunch is R100 per couple and is limited to 10 guests.
Contact on royalwine@arumdale.co.za to book your spot.


Iona will be offering a two course home cooked meal prepared by Rozy Gunn. The lunch is R120 per person and is limited to 35 guests.
With cellar tours on request.
Contact Karen on karen@iona.co.za to book for lunch.


Belfield will be offering a buffet style lunch and visitors are encourages to eat lunch at one of their various picnic spots. The menu hosts plenty of fresh salads and two chicken dishes.
Lunch is R140 per person and is limited to 50 guests.
Contact Mike at mike@belfield.co.za to secure your lunch booking.


South Hill has a picnic option with their pre-order deluxe picnic basket for two for R 390 which includes a bottle of South Hill Rose.
The Rivertones Bob Marley Tribute Band will be performing from 14h00. Browse their onsite curated art gallery and sculpture garden.


Corder Elgin Valley will not be offering lunch but will be offering wine tastings.

Winters Drift has a lovely menu available at their Platform 1 Eatery.
Contact them on platform1eatery@wintersdrift.com for a booking.

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