Thursday, October 09, 2014

Durbanville launches 2014 Season of Sauvignon

The Season of Sauvignon festival held each year in Durbanville will be taking place over the weekend of 25th and 26th of October. We will definitely be there and hope to see lots of you as usual.  It is the easiest festival to get to as Durbanville is only half an hour from the City.   Entrance on all the farms is free and most of them have wonderful events organised and will supply food and wine for a fee.  It is very child friendly.   Check out the details on
We were at the media launch of the festival yesterday held at Phesantekraal (the only farm not open on the 26th). We tasted the wine we helped to make by picking grapes in harvest time in February on one of the 12 Durbanville farms who each contributed a ton of grapes to the wine.   It has been called Durbanville 12 and the wine displays lovely green apple, fig leaf and citrus flavours.  It will be at launched at the Festival and on sale there and thereafter at Ultra at R60 a bottle. 
We started with a scheduled stop off at Klein Roosboom where we were welcomed by owner Karin de Villiers
and a glass of their excellent Jean 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
They will be having a French Market at the Season of Sauvignon
The Klein Roosboom hedge of beautiful yellow roses next to the tasting room
The tasting room has been converted from the old wine cellar
Other farms had their wine and a matching dish waiting for us. Altydgedacht 2014 Sauvignon Blanc was paired with ripe melon and parma ham
Klein Roosboom's line up of wines in the tasting room
A nice packaging idea
Nitida provided four snacks with their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.  A salmon mouse on tiny scones, a sundried tomato capresse, samoosas and small pies
Meerendal give us smoked salmon, thick cream cheese on a small pastry or salmon cakes on filo pastry to accompany their 2014 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Lynne and PRO Johanita of Cream Library waiting for the bus from town with more journalists and bloggers. On the table in front of us is Durbanville Hills 2014 Sauvignon blanc with rolled omelette spread with cream cheese and smoked salmon then sliced into small morsels and topped with lemon ‘caviare’ speres. Lovely match and very good
Karin explains what is going to happen today and at the festival
A lovely platter of meats, cheese and relishes and chutney accompanied the Klein Roosboom 2014 Sauvignon
We get to Phesantekraal for the main event. Lynne with Kate Jackson of the Durbanville Hills
There is a marvellous view of the mountains from the farm
Etienne Louw of Altydgedacht, who is Chairman of the Durbanville Wine Valley association welcomes us
He told us about the launch of the wine Durbanville Twelve which was made at Harvest time from grapes provided by all twelve Durbanville producers and we were able to to taste it
The listening audience
The media listen to the story in the new glass clad tasting room.  Phesantekraal has been extensively and beautifully redesigned since we last visited.
John, photos like this do not tell a story.  Title if you want
We moved through to the room next door where there were more food pairings with different farms' 2014 Sauvignons Blanc
A pot of Chilli con carne with roosterbrood
A Cheese platter with Signal Gun Sauvignon 2014 and Nitida
A line up of bottles of Durbanville 12 for the media with their passes for the festival
D’Aria had their 2014 Sauvignon
Busy Bennie Howard of Meerendal and Liza Goodwin, Meerendal cellarmaster with a huge cauldron of mussels and their 2014 Sauvignon. Mark Norrish was keen to try them both.
Serving them to the hungry
Pork belly and some salad
Arno presenting the Hillcrest 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
which shared the table with Durbanville Hills Rhinoveld 2014 Sauvignon and the De Grendel Koetshuis  2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Karin with her huge pot of Chilli con carne and her wines
Waterlily and Suider Terras 2014 from Bloemendal served by Adele and winemaker Francois Haasbroek
Joyful celebration of dessert in the "Hoenderhoek” with Bennie Howard, Bianca Coleman, Righard Theron of de Grendel and friends
On the wall of the tasting room are jars and jars of spices herbs and other botanicals and aromatics found in wine tastes
It has been a very sympathetic modernisation
and it is a very comfortable tasting room
Looking through to the far mountains of Franschhoek from Phesantekraal
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

The programme for this year's Season of Sauvignon on October 25th and 26th

Altydgedacht     this year, will be offering outdoor kids' activities such as tractor rides, a farmstickle kid's area as well as live music for the adults to enjoy and wine tastings Opening times: Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-4pm. Entrance is free

Bloemendal        Visitors can enjoy live music and kid's entertainment at the wine farm Sushi and oysters will be sold throughout the festivities and Bon Amis will be open for breakfast and lunch Opening times: Saturday 11 am-5pm, Sunday 11 am to 4pm. Entrance is free

D’Aria kicks off the Season of Sauvignon with a Fun at the Fairground theme. Loads of kids' entertainment that includes fun rides, face painting, sand art, petting zoo and a mechanical bull for the adventurous! Live music and FREE wine tastings throughout the day! Enjoy a variety of food offerings such as flammkuchen, gourmet burgers, sushi, oysters and bubbly to name a few Opening times: Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 10am-5pm. Entrance fee Adults R20 & Kids R10 (2-12 years)

De Grendel restaurant will be open for lunch during the weekend and will be one of the venues where those interested can do the Helicopter tours. Live music and kids' entertainment will be available throughout the weekend and visitors to De Grendel should look out for the Sauvignon Blanc cocktails, pizzas and platters that will be on sale Those who would like to eat sushi and oysters can do so as well at this venue Opening times: Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 10am-4pm

Diemersdal food stalls, live music and kids' entertainment. Booking is essential. Opening times: Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-6pm Entrance fee Adults R 100 & Kids R40

Durbanville Hills                Wine tastings will be R50 per person and includes a glass The restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch. There will also be food stalls and tutored tastings available. With the beautiful scenery at Durbanville Hills one has to make use of the opportunity to be outdoors and Sit down for a picnic. It is essential to make a booking for the picnic basket ahead of time. A big screen will be available for the rugby enthusiasts over the weekend. Also remember that the Helicopter tours also stop here Opening times: Saturday 10am- 6m & Sunday 10am-5pm. Entrance is free 

Hillcrest will be offering wine tastings, craft beer, kid's entertainment as well as live music Visitors can also expect to see gourmet food stalls and olive oils on sale at the farm Opening times: Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-5pm. Entrance is free

Klein Roosboom will be participating this year under the theme 'A Breath of French Air' and will be offering French market style food over the weekend with Croque Monsieur, fromage, charcuterie, frites, mussels, boulangerie and French patisserie. Visitors can also enjoy live music and kid's entertainment Entrance is R50 per person and includes a wine tasting and a glass. A French Feast to the table with Johnny Hamman & Marius Uys (Kokkedoor 2014) will be an extra event Opening times: Saturday 11 am-6pm & Sunday 11 am-5pm

Meerendal is another one of the venues where the Helicopter tours will be available. The Crown restaurant will be open both days with a special Sauvignon Blanc 3-course meal on offer and on Saturday there will also be a farmers market, tutored tastings, live music and kids' entertainment Opening times: Saturday 9am to late & Sunday 10am-4pm Entrance is free

Nitida will offer live music, free entrance, kids entertainment and picnic baskets at Tables - bookings for the picnic baskets are essential. They will spice things up by offering a Sauvignon Blanc Elderflower slush garnished with fresh mint. There will be Food Stalls spread around the amphitheatre at Tables that include beef fillet/ chicken burgers, scrumptious boerie rolls, suckling pig on herbed flatbread, pancakes and ice cream. In addition to Tables, Cassia will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Opening times: Saturday & Sunday 11 am-4pm, Entrance is free

Groot Phesantekraal will kick off the festivities on the Friday evening with a Barnyard BBO Opening times: Saturday 11 am to 2pm. Entrance is free 

Signal Gun           Mad Hatter's party will be offering live music, kids' entertainment a petting zoo and plenty of fun for young and old. Sweet and savoury eats will be on sale and visitors can also enjoy the wine garden that will be situated at the venue Opening times: Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm Entrance fee Adults R60 & Kids R30

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