February is a wonderful time in the Western Cape winelands. Sunny days wind down into sparkling nights and the countryside is alive with birds, flowers and lush greenery. It is also a time for family fun at festivals showcasing luxury Cape Town food, wine and fresh produce.
Franschhoek Summer Wines
Throw on something ‘elegantly white’ and make your way to Leopard’s Leap Vineyards on 4 February from 12 to 5pm to try out some of the regions top-notch varietals.
Each participating winemaker has hand-picked their personal favourites from this season’s best for you to sample, at this showcase of Franschhoek’s best red whites and rose wines.
Live music, deli-style eats, homemade goodies and tender rotisserie-grilled meats add the finishing touches to this glorious day out.
Stellenbosch Wine Festival
The weekend of 24 to 26 February 2017 sees the smaller boutique wineries get their chance to show off their goods alongside the better-known brands at the Coetzenburg Sports Ground, Stellenbosch.
Here, fans of the Stellenbosch Wine Route can sip on varietals specific to the region, replenish their cellar with their favourites, and take a trip down Gourmet Lane for sumptuous cuisine that will keep them going throughout the day. The festival opens at 2pm on Friday and 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Grande Provence Harvest Festival
Guests at the Grand Provence Harvest Festival on 25 February will get to participate in the excitement of the harvest on this curated day out in the field.
The event kicks off with a mug of artisanal coffee and home-made muffins, followed by a tractor ride into the vineyards for grape picking.
Next up is a cellar tour and wine tasting in the capable hands of the estate’s Cellar Master, followed by a fun family grape-stomping event to the thumping beats of a local band.
The grand finale is a lavish harvest table prepared by Grande Provence’s master chefs, overlooking the lovely landscapes of the farm. Get hold of the good folk at Grande Provence to book.
Also taking place on 25 February, Constantia Fresh showcases the wonderful produce of this verdant wine-growing valley.
Explore the area’s best red, white, pink and sparkling wines alongside selected vintages from all over the world, while top chefs such as Peter Tempelhoff and Annemarie Steenkamp whip up a selection of gourmet eats for your enjoyment.
There will be over 200 wines on show at this festival so come prepared!
Make the most of Cape Town luxury on your doorstep this summer.