Visit Winelands

No matter how you look at it, wine farming just isn’t the same as any other kind of farming. You won’t find a cattle farmer hosting a special release of his 2020 vintage beef or a vertical tasting from a wheat farmer. And though some of the glamour and glory of winemaking might seem unfair to other farmers, it all makes a bit more sense during harvest time in the winelands. 

Vineyards are lush and full of fruit and visitors get to be part of the harvest fun. Get a sense of the grape’s journey from vine to barrel with these eight harvest festivals: 

Stellenbosch Wine Routes

1. Muratie Harvest Festival

The festival under the ancient oaks of this historic wine estate, is a celebratory family event featuring good food, fine wine, great company, live music and lots of fun stomping newly harvested grapes.

Enjoy a long, lazy alfresco lunch after a hard-day’s work of grape stomping accompanied by Muratie wines and a live performance by the Kitchen jamming Blues Band.

When: Saturday, 29 February

Cost: R150 per person (including a welcome drink, excluding lunch)

For more info, click here.

Muratie
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Muratie Wine Estate.

2. Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective Harvest Celebration

Breaking away from the traditional harvest events, this festival marks the launch of a new campaign bringing forward integration between Stellenbosch and its most renowned varietal.

On the lawns of the iconic Rust en Vrede estate, guests will enjoy an inspired harvest-themed-lunch complimented by an exclusive selection of Cabernet Sauvignon magnum bottles from the 29 Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective members.

When: Saturday, 21 March

Cost: R950 per person

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Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective Credit
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Cheers to Cabernet and Stellenbosch!

Paarl Wine Route

3. Nederburg Harvest at Dusk Festival

Sip, snip and squash your way through a first-hand experience of harvest time at Nederburg Wines. Learn from the winemakers how the harvest is progressing, taste newly harvested grapes and fresh grape must before it becomes wine. Then get yourself dirty by picking and stomping some grapes.

A harvest feast awaits guests after the grape-stomping with upbeat music by popular South African band, Kaleidoskoop.

When: Saturday, 8 February

Cost: R650 per person

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Nederburg Harvest Tractor
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Hop aboard the Nederburg Harvest Tractor.

Franschhoek Wine Valley

4. Grande Provence Harvest Festival

Barrels of fun will be the order of the day at this annual festival. The day will kick off with a tractor ride, followed by grape picking, stomping, wine tasting and a cellar tour.

There will be plenty of action for the children followed by a harvest table in the vineyards to end off a day of festivities.

When: Saturday, 22 February

Cost: R1,000 per couple and R400 per child under 10.

For more info, click here.

Grande Provence Harvest Festival 2020
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Barrels of fun at Grande Provence.

Robertson Wine Valley

5. Hands-on Harvest 2020

You will be spoilt for choice with the 12thharvest celebration in Robertson Wine Valley that includes the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. This food and wine affair offers a wide variety of tailor-made activities ranging from grape picking & stomping, vineyard safaris and blending & tasting experiences. Enjoy riverside lunches, vineyard picnics and food & wine pairings.

There’s a whole programme that stretches out over a weekend with options such as “Working for your Breakfast” at Jan Harmsgat, boat cruises down the Breederiver at Viljoensdrift, and a “Single Vineyard Hike” at Arendsig. Find the whole festival programme here.

When: Friday, 28 February – Sunday, 1 March

Cost: Varies

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Hands On Harvest Robertson
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All hands, and feet, on deck in Robertson.

6. A Springfield kind of Harvest Party

With the middle of harvest and the middle of yellowtail season coinciding, Springfield Estate opted for a unique harvest feast. Fisherman by heart, Springfield will share their way of celebrating with a relaxed braai featuring freshly caught yellowtail, chips and a delicious green salad and ending off with something sweet.

Cold wine will be available for purchase by the glass & the bottle, and a live jazz band will provide entertainment all day long.

When: Sunday, 1 March

Cost: R200 per person & R100 per child

For more info, click here.

Springfield Credit Getaway Magazine
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A tough day at the office at Springfield Estate.

Durbanville Wine Route

7. Personalised Harvest Tours at Durbanville Hills Wine

Every Wednesday from 12 February until 18 March Durbanville Hills will open its cellar doors from 18:30 for a sneak-peak behind the harvest scene.

After a glass of Durbanville Hills’ sparkling wine, the cellar tour will offer a glimpse into the winemaking process and the enormous team effort it takes to make wine. Taste the fermenting juice directly from the tanks and sample wine from the barrel - these are wines that will only be released in months to come so you will be one of only a handful of people to take part in this exclusive experience!

The tour will conclude with a two-course dinner and a glass of wine at the cellar’s restaurant, The Tangram.

When: Every Wednesday from 12 February – 18 March

Cost: R315 per person

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Durbanville Hills
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A vine to glass perspective at Durbanville Hills.

Constantia Wine Route

8. Wine Harvest Commemoration

The Wine Harvest Commemoration is a glamorous event taking place at Groot Constantia Estate, the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa.

Wine lovers can look forward to a remarkable and enjoyable evening with wine industry leaders, icons and stalwarts – with a connoisseurs’ dinner from Simon’s Restaurant, award-winning Groot Constantia wines and world-class entertainment by members of the renowned Libertas Choir.

This strictly black-tie event will give you the chance to dust off your best suit and dress and experience the glamorous side of wine.

When: Thursday, 6 February

Cost: R800 per person

For more info, click here.

Harvest Commemorative
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Harvest Commemorative at Groot Constantia.