Wine producers are already gearing up to host festivals in 2019. Many of the dates are available online, but we've done the surfing (and checking!) for you. Get ahead of your busy schedule and diarize 2019’s food and wine festivals now. From large, family friendly shows to intimate, black-tie affairs – there’s plenty to get excited about.
Plus, you might even want to make a weekend of it too. Here’s a quick guide to what not to miss, and how to get more information. Festival committees not able to provide dates for 2019 have not been included at the time of writing.
Updates will be posted on ouras they become available.
30 January and 13 February: Stellenbosch Street Soirées (45min ex Cape Town)
The Stellenbosch Street Soirees take place once a month on a #WineWednesday. Drostdy Street is closed to traffic and stalls are set up to showcase Stellies street culture, lifestyle and charm - all blended with cool tunes, sizzling street food and wine.
For information: 021 886 4310, email@example.com, www.wineroute.co.za
24 February: Constantia Fresh food and wine festival (Buitenverwachting Estate, Constantia)
Enjoy wine and food in one of the country's oldest wine-making regions. Producers from Constantia, Cape Peninsula, Durbanville, Bot River, Franschhoek, Hemel en Aarde, South Coast, Stellenbosch and Robertson will participate. Among other highlights of the festival hall will be top local chefs preparing food at the event; craft beer; and, live music.
For information: 083 265 2405, www.constantiafresh.com
23-24 March: Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival (6hr ex Cape Town)
The Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival has been running for some time, but dates have changed for 2019 to coincide with the celebration of the harvest. Hosted by Plett Tourism Association, the event is a celebration of the region’s wines and farm-to-table products. It takes place on Central Beach.
For information: 044 533 4065, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.plett-tourism.co.za
27-28 April: Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival (1hr ex Cape Town)
Award winning wines, a delectable culinary experience, a plethora of outdoor activities, live entertainment and natural scenic wonders will ensure that visitors young and old enjoy a memorable time in this hospitable valley. Each participating winery offers its own programme, allowing you to tailor-make your experience for tastings of food and wines in beautiful surroundings.
For information: 071 267 9785, email@example.com , www.winesofelgin.co.za
4 May: Nuy Valley Festival (1,5hr ex Cape Town)
Festival organisers have been doing some work on their website, but the date for 2019 is confirmed. The Nuy Valley is among the least well-known areas of the Cape winelands so has preserved a special country charm. Its annual festival has traditionally included activities including MTB, a fun walk and vineyards trail-run, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, vineyard trails, tractor and wagon rides and fun activities for children. Live music and a farm-and-craft market complete the experience.
For information: 084 245 3922, www.nuyvalleyfeast.co.za,
25 May: Vintage & Vine Fair (Tulbagh; 1,5hr ex Cape Town)
Tulbagh has a rare collection of Cape Dutch architecture. Its rich history and location amongst mountains and fields make it a must-visit. The Faire is a celebration of the region’s wines, olives and handmade products. Visitors get to meet the winemakers and other team members who see the wine from vine to bottle. There’s family-friendly entertainment and music too.
For information: 023 230 1348, www.tulbaghwineroute.com,
7-9 June: Wacky Wine Weekend (Robertson; 2hr ex Cape Town)
This well-established lifestyle event has become an institution for connoisseurs and novices alike. The offering this year includes produce from wineries and tourism establishments in the region of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. Participating wineries open their doors to showcase the finest vintages. There are tours, pairings and interactive tastings by winemakers. Live music, food stalls with hearty country cuisine and fun activities for children complete the experience. The full programme for 2019 programme will be released by March.
For information: 023 626 3167, www.wackywineweekend.com,
15-17 June: Calitzdorp Winter Festival (4hrs ex Cape Town)
Calitzdorp is among of the Klein Karoo’s most charming hamlets and a worthy weekend getaway. Winter is a most pleasant season to visit the arid region. Although known as the Port wine capital of South Africa, this festival – hosted at the old railway station - showcases the other superb still wines made here and particularly those from Portuguese varieties. There’s a line-up of tastings, entertainment and activities for both young and old.
For information: 044 213 3775, firstname.lastname@example.org, calitzdorpwinterfestival.co.za
13-14 July: Franschhoek Bastille Festival (1hr ex Cape Town)
While Franschhoek town is decked out in the traditional bleu, blanc and rouge of the French flag as a reflection of its heritage, a food-and-wine marquee is set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument and surrounding mountains. There’s ample parking that allows for a short walk between the village and festival venue. Sample the Franschhoek wines while gourmet fare is available for purchase from some of Franschhoek’s renowned eateries.
For information: 0218762861, email@example.com, www.franschhoekbastille.co.za.
19-20 July: Soetes & Soup (Breedekloof; 1,5hr ex Cape Town)
Hosted at the various wineries around Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini, and Breede River, visitors can enjoy complimentary cups of homemade country soup accompanied by a glass of red or dessert wine. With the focus on family-friendly environment, Soetes & Soup is an entertaining showcase of the Breedekloof’s finest wines and hospitality.
For information: 023 349 1791, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.breedekloof.com
9-11 August: Robertson Slow Food & Wine (Robertson; 2hr ex Cape Town)
Wineries and tourism businesses participate in this event that highlights intimate, winter-focused experiences involving food and wine. Warm up in front of the fireplace with red wines and indulge your taste buds with hearty country cuisine using local produce. Indulge in diverse food traditions from vetkoek and waterblommetjie stew to seafood paella, duck and game. Experiences range from fine dining to farmyard picnics.
For information: 023 626 3167, www.robertsonslow.com,
14-15 September: Franschhoek Uncorked (1hr ex Cape Town)
Sample wines as you travel from farm to farm throughout the weekend. Among them are new release wines. The festival is the perfect opportunity to stock up for the festive season. Festival highlights include themed tastings, bespoke meals, live music, old school lawn games and more.
For information: 021 876 2861, www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za,
21 September: Klawer Braai Day Festival (3hr ex Cape Town)
A celebration of the tradition of the braai and heritage, the festival allows Klawer to promote its fire-cooking prowess as well as local wine and music. Braai teams go head-to-head with their cooking techniques. Local chefs will be judging each dish. If you don’t want to compete, bring your family for a picnic in a wonderful atmosphere. A major wine-producing region, Namaqua West Coast is ideal for a weekend away too.
For information: 027 216 1530, www.klawerwine.co.za,
11-13 October: Wine on the River (Robertson; 2hr ex Cape Town)
Celebrate the valley in Spring on the banks of the Breede River at Goudmyn Farm. Stalls for food and wine are the main attraction, as well as interactions with local winemakers, chefs and producers. Some 30 wineries participate. Great music and a shady picnic area along the river bank complete the experience.
For information: 023 626 3167, www.wineonriver.com,
30 November-1 December: The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival (1hr ex Cape Town)
Get dressed up for what many see as the social calendar event of the year. Sip on locally made Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) and imported bubblies from France. Although final details are still being planned, a grand marquee is likely to be set up alongside the Huguenot Monument again to offer visitors the opportunity to mingle with local producers and international brands.
For information: 0218762861,,