This time of the year is heaven for those who enjoy a glass of wine every now and again…
Harvest time signals a slew of wine festivals taking place across the winelands and wine lovers rejoice at all the amazing wines, experiences, food and festivities on offer!
Recently I got a sneak peek at what can be expected in the 11th edition of Ommiberg Wine Festival help “ommiberg” in Paarl…
Our first stop of the morning was a visit to Mellasat Wine Estate which you reach by taking the last turnoff on the N1 before hitting the Du Toits Toll Booth and then turning right.
Our visit started with grape-stomping where we rolled up our shorts and jumped into a barrel of grapes up to our knees – stomping to get the juice out just as has been done for centuries past.
After doing the dirty work it was time to sample the work of our feet and we took a tour of the barrel cellar where we were given some background about the estate and their wines from the owner and his cellar master, this was followed by a few tastings of “mos” straight from the barrel before heading in to the wine tasting area for a sampling of their very unique White Pinotage.
I loved discovering this little gem of a wine farm – my only complaint was that our visit was too short! I’d love to linger longer here so will definitely be back.
Next stop on our itinerary was Landskroon, located on the other side of Paarl Rock (next to Spice Route).
Here we were set up with a view par none over the vineyards, the farm and towards Table Mountain.
The estate offers a wide variety of quality white and red wines at affordable prices and Landskroon’s Cape Vintage has established itself as one of the leading fortified wines of South Africa.
We were here to enjoy a Heritage Wine and Food Pairing (R85pp) which included a line up of 5 Landskroon wines paired with locally produced cheese, olives, droë wors & Turkish delight. It really was delicious and a lovely way to sample the wines and learn more about which cultivar works with which tastes.
As luck would have it our visit coincided with the first day of Pinotage harvest so we were also treated to a sweet and sun-warmed bunch of berries to enjoy after our pairing!
On the day of Ommiberg this would be a great spot to order a picnic basket to enjoy with the view so phone ahead to pre-book!
Our final stop for the day was Domain Brahms where we paid a visit to the quirky Toeka Stoor barn (where you can find all manner of collectibles and paraphernalia from around the world) and took part in a few wine games!
This was my first experience of Ommiberg and I must say I am very keen to return on the actual day to take part in the festivities and revel in being amongst the first to taste the young, unfiltered wines from the 2018 harvest!
The tradition to honour young wines can be traced back to Europe, where special celebrations are hosted each year. In Germany, wineries open their cellar doors for one day only during each harvest season and serve federweisser and zwiebelkuchen or unfiltered wine with onion tartlets, while in France hundreds of Beaujolais Nouveau festivals are hosted each year.
In addition to the young wine tastings, wine buffs will also be able to enjoy special tastings of bottled wines from various participating wineries, as well as cellar tours, vineyard drives and blending tutorials conducted by the cellar masters and winemakers. Visitors can also try their hands (or feet) at grape stomping, barrel rolling and cork spitting!! Specially designated play areas, kiddies menus and tasty treats will keep the kids happy for the whole day.
Participating wineries in Ommiberg 2018 range from small boutique cellars to family-owned vineyards and iconic producers and include Boland Cellar, Domain Brahms, Landskroon, Mellasat, Perdeberg, Rhebokskloof, Ridgeback and Windmeul Kelder. Each one has a unique atmosphere, and will be sure to pull out all the stops to present a fun-filled programme for all the visitors, including live music, fabulous food and beautiful Boland scenery.
Tickets are available online from www.webtickets.co.za and can also be purchased on the day at the gates of participating wineries. A festival pass includes entry to the event, a stylish tasting glass and free participation of events as indicated on the festival programme. Kids under 18 accompanied by an adult enter for free.
WIN 2 x DOUBLE TICKETS TO OMMIBERG
To win 1 of 2 sets of Double Tickets to enjoy the Ommiberg Wine Festival in Paarl on Saturday 3 March 2018 please write a comment on the pinned Facebook post on the Becoming you Facebook page about this competition telling me your favourite South African wine…
Winner will be announced on 28 Feb 2018
Visit www.ommiberg.co.za for a complete programme and follow @paarlwine on Facebook and @ommiberg on Twitter for more info.