It’a a party at Woodstock Exchange

Those who’ve been keeping an eye on the transformation of three old industrial buildings into the Woodstock Exchange almost certainly share our excitement.

If you haven’t yet and need a reason to go check it out, keep next Thursday, November 1 free, when a number of creatives are celebrating their official launch with a party. In the spirit of celebration, many of the other outlets will be open too.

What can you expect? Good food, cash bar and live music – along with awesome products, inspiring creatives and fab treats. The evening kicks off at 6:30pm.

DARK HORSE + KINGDOM
Gorgeous products. We love the Martini bags, leather duffel and wrap chairs. Check out all their products on Facebook or their website.

AIR YOGA MEDITATION ATELIER
Owners Neal and Vanessa and their team offer a variety of yoga and meditation, along with a creative project space. AIR has some great opening offers available during October, so you have a week left to take advantage. Find out more on Facebook and at their website

FREKKLE
Owned by Amanda Williamson (Sam & Seb) and Sylvia Benoist (Petit pois), Frekkle is a unique kids’ lifestyle and clothing brand. They also have a kid’s hair salon planned in the coming months. Frekkle’s launch starts a little earlier, specially for little ones. Facebook | Website

{FIELD OFFICE}
What can we say? Divine pies, pastries, sandwiches and Deluxe coffee. This is their second outlet; they also has a shop in Barrack Street. Lots of specials including Commuter Friday. Well worth following on Facebook to keep you updated and your mouth watering. Find them here and online here

LADY BONIN
In December 2010 the charming Jess and her 1975 Jurgens Caravan that was transformed into a ‘bohemian-chic’ mobile tearoom, revolutionised tea drinking in Cape Town.

Her equally charming tea parlour at Woodstock Exchange is the realisation of her vision for a permanent space to share her love for tea with imported and locally sourced fair-trade, ethically produced and organic loose-leaf tea and teatime treats. Facebook | Website

WOLF & MAIDEN
Not their official launch, but they’ll be open. Stunning handcrafted furniture, lighting, accessories, textiles, clothing, jewellery and more. The Beam Me Up, Scotty lamp is a B-guided favourite. See more of their ranges on Facebook.

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HONEST CHOCOLATE
Soon to be opening a new outlet at Woodstock Exchange, Honest Chocolate will be open on the night with chocolate, ice cream and more chocolate. And perhaps even a few other surprises. Indescribably delicious chocolate that’s actually good for you. You know you want some. Facebook | Website

We also recommend:

  • Starling & Hero Bicycle Café, which we wrote about here, but you can find them on Facebook here or on their website, here, where you can also buy your bike accessories online.
  • Urban Africa – Vincent Urbain’s range of leather goods; understated, stylish, timeless footwear, handbags, messenger bags, laptop sleeves, wallets, belts, cardholders, key rings and more. Urban Africa also offers custom made pieces if you’re looking for something truly unique. Facebook
  • Rosetta Roastery – not a retail space, but you can make an appointment see where they roast single-origin and estate coffees and present them in super stylish packaging. Rosetta offers free bi-weekly deliveries in the Cape Town area. Facebook

There’s plenty more to see, so be there.

For more info and to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Exchange, like them on Facebook, here

vintage bike sale at the woodstock exchange on 23 august

On Friday 23rd of August the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) is throwing a party and having a unique Vintage Bicycle Auction. Fourteen fabulous bikes, which have been fixed up and customized in cooperation with Woodstock Cycleworks and Ubuntu Bikes, are up for sale. Plus, there will be there will be live music, beers, braai and bikes from 4pm, with the auction starting at 5 pm.

BEN, the Bicycle Empowerment Network, has been supplying affordable bikes to impoverished communities for the past 12 years. They import used bicycles from overseas and distribute them to low income areas, train recipients of the bikes in safety and maintenance, establish Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BECs) and encourage cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure. BEN also assists the planning of events to help promote the use of the bicycle as a form of mobility.

The auction is part of a project to improve the financial sustainability of BEN and aims to do so by selling vintage bicycles to bike shops in Cape Town and to walk-in customers. This will contribute to cover operational costs, subsidizing bicycles to low-income areas and expanding their activities in general.

Check out their website to see the amazing work they do, and head over to the Vintage Bike Sale Facebook event page for details of the sale.

a city soirée at woodstock cycleworks

City Soirée is a rather unique performing arts organisation that uses increasingly popular crowd funding to arrange unconventional events at some of the unlikeliest locations. One of these is Woodstock Cycleworks’ Launch Party, for their brand new store, on 16 October.

Make a pledge of just R80 and you receive R80 off you next bicycle service at Woodstock Cycleworks, so it is already worth the cost!

You also stand a chance of winning a Dahon fold-up bicycle worth R5 000, a set of 3 Bicycle Portraits books, a framed Bicycle Portraits poster and Kalahari Surfers – Tropical Barbie Hawaiian Surf Set (LP) from Roastin’ Records. Winners must be present at the draw, which will take place at 8pm on the evening of the party.

Also, if you arrive at the party by bicycle, skateboard, any non-motorised transport or show your MyCiti card, you will receive a free slushie or juice from Juicbox.

For every 20 pledges, a tree will be donated to Greenpop.

The party itself promises to be a blast, with food on sale from Didi’s Bitchin Burritos, Douw Steyn’s bicycle poitjie and boerie rolls Starling & Hero Bicycle Café, while the Beer Merchant and Juicebox will take care of your thirst. Roastin’ Records will provide the tunes.

Find out more at City Soirée and at the Woodstock Cycleworks Facebook page

women’s month treats

WOMEN’S MONTH WINS at CAFÉ CAPRICE
Win a night’s sty at Base Provence Guest House in Franschhoek every Wednesday at Café Caprice. All you have to do is order a glass or bottle of Rickety Bridge with your meal, leave your business card or fill in your details on the back of your receipt and you could be the Wednesday Winner. Details here

BANTING BREAKFAST with TIM NOAKES at CASA LABIA, Muizenberg
Not a Women’s Day event per se but ladies who low carb (or those thinking of doing so) should not miss this banting breakfast and talk with Professor Tim Noakes on Saturday at 9:30am. The cost is R270 per person and the menu includes

  • Jugs of water with lemon & mint
  • Greek yoghurt with toasted nut & seed granola, garnished with strawberries
  • Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon trout, creamed cheese & fresh rocket
  • Carb-free” bread
  • Americano coffee and a selection of teas

To book, call 021 788 6062 or email cafe@casalabia.co.za

PINK TEA’ at TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is serving a special ‘Pink Tea’ in association with Pongrácz throughout August in honour of Women’s Month. Cost is R160.

A welcome glass of Pongrácz Rosé is followed by pink-themed treats of red wine pâte de fruits, forest berry cheesecake, ruby grapefruit cupcakes and strawberry mousse, which are presented alongside freshly baked scones with fresh cream, Brazil nut cake, chocolate brownies aream puffs topped with pink chocolate and served with the finest selection of fragrant teas and coffees. Savoury treats include delicate finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon and cream cheese, chicken mayonnaise with toasted almond, and roast beef with horseradish and rocket, as well as the traditional egg mayonnaise and cheese and tomato varieties. The Pink Tea is served individually on Tea stands.

Available Mondays to Sundays from 10h00 to 16h00 in the Leopard Bar, the Conservatory or the Café Grill, and on weekend afternoons a High Tea buffet will be available in the same venue. Contact restaurant reservations on 021 437 9029 or restaurants@12apostles.co.za to book.

PINK HIGH TEA at ONE&ONLYCAPE TOWN
There are still a few places available for the Afternoon Tea in aid of Pink Trees for Pauline, a cancer fundraising initiative. Enjoy an afternoon where you will be served a selection of sweet and savoury treats and goodie bags valued at over R500. The theme is ‘Smart in Pink’ so you also stand a chance of winning a prize as the most creative “Pink supporter”.

It takes place from 2pm on Saturday, 9 August and costs R300 per person. Contact Anosh on 083 360 1330 or email anishevents@chetmail.co.za

HQRESERVE WOMEN’S DAY PARTY

*…a variety of sophisticated sounds from two of Cape Town’s finest DJs, GIO RICCA& Gren Forte” make for a memorable Women’s Day night and ladies receive a complimentary G&T. Event kicks off at 7:30pm. Details here

HIGH TEA at LE FRANSCHOEK HOTEL & SPA
Sweet and savoury treats aplenty from cucumber sandwiches to delectable bakes. The tea costs R135 per person or opt for a glass of bubbly with your tea for an additional R30. Booking is essential. Emailbanqueting@lefranschhoek.co.za or call 021 876 8900.

elegantly elgin wine weekend

Less than an hour from Cape Town lies the breathtakingly beautiful Elgin Valley, which will be welcoming wine lovers on Saturday 12 May when sixteen wine estates open their doors for a day of entertainment, fine wine and food for the Elgin Wine Weekend.

Five different routes have been designed to ensure the best possible experience and visitors can choose one. All routes and participating estates are listed below, along with details of some of the wonderful experiences on offer.

Tickets cost R50 and grant you entry to the routing option purchased. Each ticket includes an Official Route access lanyard, an Elegantly Elgin Tasting Glass and a free pour voucher to be redeemed and enjoyed at any venue on the day. Wine by the glass will also be sold at each venue, and lunch options are for your own account.

Tickets are sold per route and are limited, so it’s best to buy them early. They are available from Charmaine at Elgin Tourism office 021 848 9838 or email info@elginvalley.co.za

For event information contact Taryn Laing, Elgin Valley Wine Guild, on 082 566 6877 or email taryn@elginwine.co.za, or visit the website.

Regular updates on the weekend’s events and the participating estates can be found at the Elegantly Elgin Facebook page

UPDATE: as at 6 May, the Yellow route was sold out.

Elgin Wine Weekend routes:

So what can wine lovers look forward to?

YELLOW ROUTE

LOTHIAN VINEYARDS
9am – 11:30am

Wines for Tasting:
• Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
• Lothian Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
• Lothian Vineyards Riesling 2011

House White: Otter’s Claw Sauvignon Blanc
House Red: Horny Owl Shiraz

Entertainment: snack with relaxed wine tasting on the deck | swimming pool or dam with trampolines and water trampolines (weather dependent)

OAK VALLEY WINES
11:30am – 2:30pm | lunch venue

Wines for Tasting:
• Rawbones Rosé
• Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011
• Oak Valley Chardonnay 2011
• Oak Valley Merlot Cabernet 2007
• Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2010

House White: Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011
House Red: Oak Valley Merlot Cabernet 2007

Entertainment: ‘The Professionals’, one of the Cape’s best party bands, play a mix of classics and new tunes; bring your dancing shoes!

Lunch: Oak Valley Beef Bourginon – freshly made using grass-fed Oak Valley beef, slow cooked with mushrooms, onions and lardons of Oak Valley bacon served with steamed potatoes tossed in parsley butter and fresh bread – R60 per serving

ELGIN VINTNERS
2:30pm – 5pm

Wines for Tasting:
• Elgin Vintners Sauvignon Blanc
• Elgin Vintners Chardonnay
• Elgin Vintners Viognier
• Elgin Vintners Rosé
• Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir
• Elgin Vintners Shiraz
• Elgin Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon
• Elgin Vintners Merlot
• Elgin Vintners Agama

RED ROUTE
HIGHLANDS ROAD WINES
9am – 11:30am

Wines for Tasting:
• Sauvignon Blanc 2009
• Sauvignon Blanc 2010
• Rose 2009
• Sine Cera 2010
• Sine Cera 2011
• Ruadh 2009
• Slainte 2008
• Pinot Noir 2010
• Dessert Wine
• Port

House White: Sauvignon Blanc 2009
House Red: Ruadh 2009 (Shiraz/Merlot Blend)

Entertainment: a wine tasting with a difference | fishing, swimming and kayaking on the dam | deli for breakfast etc.

OUDE MOLEN
11:30am – 2:30pm | lunch venue

Brandies for Tasting:
• Oude Molen V.O.V 14 year old
• Oude Molen René Single Cast (Master Distiller’s Choice)
• Oude Molen Solera
• Oude Molen 100 Reserve (Matured for 100 Months)

House White: No House
House Red: No House

Entertainment: full cellar tour and tasting; consists of a tour of the distillery and audio visual presentation
Lunch: a delicious warm winter soup accompanied by fresh bread, and koeksisters to wrap up.

SHANNON VINEYARDS
2:30pm – 5pm

Wines for Tasting:
• Shannon ‘Sanctuary Peak’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011
• Shannon ‘Rockview Ridge’ Pinot Noir 2010 (New Release Wines)
• Shannon ‘Mount Bullet’ Merlot 2010 (New Release Wines)

House White: Semillon
House Red: Pinot Noir

Entertainment: 2 Boule courts | social area on viewing deck overlooking the river | lounge area | vertical tasting of Pinot Noirs (2006 – 2010) at an additional cost | selection of Library wines available to purchase

ORANGE ROUTE
ELGIN RIDGE 282
9am – 11:30am

Wines for Tasting:
• Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc Vintage 2011
• Elgin Ridge 282 Chardonnay Vintage 2010
• Elgin Ridge 282 Chardonnay Vintage 2011

House White: Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc
House Red: Not available

Entertainment: cellar tours by Brian Smith on a hourly basis throughout the day

MOFAM WINE
11:30am – 2:30pm | lunch venue

Wines for Tasting:
• Mofam ‘Shaz’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011
• Mofam ‘Dee’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011
• Mofam ‘Zar’ Pinot Noir 2011
• Mofam ‘Zan’ Rose’ 2011
• Mofam ‘Reez ‘ Viognier 2011
• Mofam Viognier 2010

House White: Mofam ‘Shaz’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011
House Red: Mofam ‘Zar’ Pinot Noir

Entertainment: skiing | canoeing | quad biking | hiking | labyrinth| fishing | enjoy “Flavours” with great food and wine in front of the fire – guests are welcome to partake in all activities, which are for own account.

Lunch: Flavours@Mofam has switched to their winter menu and offers a smaller version, including lamb shank, stews & soups; cost R50-R100

ALMENKERK
2:30pm – 5pm

Wines for Tasting:
• Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Lace White 2011
• Lace Rosé 2011
• Lace Red Blend 2010

House White: Lace White 2011
House Red: Lace Red Blend 2010

Entertainment: free fermentation and maturation cellar tours by winemaker Joris van Almenkerk | glühwein next to the roaring fireplace | coffee, tea & pastries for sale

GREEN ROUTE
HANNAY WINES & CATHERINE MARSHALL WINES
9am – 11:30am

Wines for Tasting:
• Hannay Sauvignon Blanc
• Catherine Marshall White label Pinot Noir

House White: Hannay Sauvignon Blanc
House Red: Catherine Marshall White Label Pinot Noir

Entertainment: relaxed tasting environments with background music and snack platters.

PAUL CLUVER WINE
11:30am – 2:30pm | lunch venue

Wines for Tasting:
• Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc
• Paul Cluver Chardonnay
• Paul Cluver Riesling
• Paul Cluver Close Encounter
• Paul Cluver Pinot Noir
• Paul Cluver Late Harvest

House White: Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc
House Red: Paul Cluver Pinot Noir

Entertainment: Joan’s Special Lunch Menu
Lunch (booking essential):
• Freshest, finest ingredients sourced from the Garden of Elgin, prepared in an unpretentious Manner
• Costs per course: Starters: R35-R45; Mains: R60–R 110; Dessert: R35
• Joan’s Special: Fish Pie paired with a glass of Paul Cluver white wine – R 110.00

ARUMDALE
2:30pm – 5pm

Wines for Tasting:
• Arumdale Special L.Y.C (Sauvignon Blanc) 2011
• Arumdale Shiraz 2007
• Robin Hood series range

House White: Little John
House Red: Robin Hood

Entertainment: Arumdale is hosting 2 live performances

BLUE ROUTE
SPIOENKOP WINES
9am – 11:30am

Wines for Tasting:
• Spioenkop Sauvignon Blanc 2011
• Spioenkop Riesling 2011
• ‘1900’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011
• ‘1900’ Chenin Blanc 2011
• ‘1900’ Pinotage 2011

House White: ‘1900’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011
House Red: no house red

Entertainment: wine tastings in the Lapa, with explanation from the winemaker | a sensual pairing of Spioenkop Sauvignon Blanc with oysters | hiking trails in the vineyards | a walk in the indigenous garden

SOUTH HILL
11:30am – 2:30pm | lunch venue

Wines for Tasting:
• Sauvignon Blanc 2010
• Rose 2011
• Cabernet Sauvignon 2009/2010

House White: Sauvignon Blanc
House Red: Cabernet Sauvignon

Entertainment: Boule
Lunch: at The Venue@South Hill
• Ploughman’s Platter – cold meat & cheese selection, smoked snoek paté, onion marmalade, tomato & chilli jam & freshly baked Ciabatta loaf – R50 per (serves 1)
• Tasting Platter – 4 different bite-sized treats paired with South Hill MCC, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Rose and Cabernet Sauvignon – R60
• Normal lunch menu is available for guests who would prefer a full dining experience.

IONA VINEYARDS
2:30pm – 5:00pm

Wines for Tasting:
• Iona Sauvignon Blanc
• Iona “The Gunnar”
• Sophie Teblanche
• Le Rouge

House White: Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2011
House Red: The Gunner 2006

Entertainment: wine tasting in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Elgin Valley.

short & sweet cape town – valentine summer screening

Short & Sweet, which began in London in 2006 and expanded to Sydney, Toronto and Cape Town, brings people and short film together. The finest short films, music videos and animations from around the world, from established directors to new talent, celebrate film and take audiences on a journey: creatively, personally and emotionally.

Last year saw the first Short & Sweet Cape Town event. The winter edition played to a packed house for the full week and while plans are underway for another event this year Short & Sweet is offering a once-off summer screening on Valentine’s Day.

Summer cocktails and popcorn are the perfect replacement for champagne and roses when paired with a selection of short films with the steamy undertones of love, hate and desire. This “un-regrettable one-night stand” is sure to make your heart throb.

Doors open at 6pm with the first screening at 7:30pm, but due to the popularity of last year’s event it is best to get there early. If you do, you’ll also enjoy the smooth sounds of Vegus Nerve while sipping an ice cold drink from the bar. The popcorn is free for early birds.

Tickets cost R35 each or R60 per couple.

Short & Sweet Valentine Summer screening takes place at The Dream Factory, 10 Orphan Street (located between Bree and Loop Street).

More info can be found at:
Facebook event page
Short & Sweet on Facebook
Short & Sweet website

the beer merchant

I’ve never liked beer. Until recently, that is. My first craft beer tasting led to a second and suddenly my taste buds were cheering and I had a whole new perspective on what is arguably South Africa’s national drink. It is also why The Beer Merchant is now something I mention with a lot more excitement than I would have a few months ago.

The go-to guys for local craft beer and micro brews, and imports of the popular and rare varieties, they distribute, hold beer education and workshops and offer The Beer Box, made up of 16 craft beers (local, imported or a mixture of the two; your choice). Then there’s their bar upstairs at the V&A Market on The Wharf: 40 different beers, including four on tap and sublime food choices as tasty accompaniment. It’s like a whole new world has opened up for exploration.

The Beer Merchant also hosts events and festivals, like the one happening this Saturday, where they’ve teamed up with Van Hunks for a day of beer, burgers and the Boks. There will be 20 craft beers up for tasting, a burger on the house, and the Boks will be playing at 5, of course. All for just R150-00. Tickets are available at Van Hunks or The Beer Merchant, or via Quicket. Alternatively you can email info@thebeermerchant.co.za.

Be there.

THE BEER MERCHANT
Upstairs @ V&A Market on the Wharf
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the galileo returns for an exciting new season

Kirstenbosch

Did you know that the very first multi-reel full length movie was not an American production? This honour belongs to Australia, where The Story of the Kelly Gang was made in 1906. Australia also boasts one of the first open-air cinemas, which is still running today and recognised as the world’s oldest “picture garden”. Sun Pictures officially opened in Broome on 9 December 1916, and screened the silent move ‘Kissing Cup’ (an English Racing Drama) with a supporting comic, “Bachelor Brown’.

Capetonians, luckily, don’t need to travel all the way Western Australia to enjoy the delights of a “picture garden”. We have The Galileo – which returns later this month and runs until April 2015 – at Kirstenbosch (Wednesdays), Hillcrest Quarry (Tuesdays) and the V&A Waterfront (Thursdays).

Besides the regular line-up featuring top comedies, cult classics, adventure sports, documentaries and action flicks, a few special events are being introduced, including a Halloween event on 31 October, a Valentine’s evening on 14 February (at Groot Constantia) and six Saturday shows in the Stellenbosch and Somerset West wine region.

Doors open at 6pm sharp and the movie starts as soon as it is dark (between 7.30 and 8.15pm). It’s best to arrive early to take advantage of the market vibe before the show and reserve your spot on the lawn with a comfy backrest and a warm blanket, both of which are available for hire.

Mouth-watering artisanal food, wine and bar drinks will all be on sale. Come hungry and tuck into some insanely good nachos, a beefy Argentinian sandwich, straight-out-of-the-oven pizza or decadent brownies. Freshly made popcorn is a given, of course!

The season opens at Kirstenbosch on 31 October with ‘The Exorcist’ and is followed (in no particular order) by blockbusters like ‘Grease’, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Ice’ and, well, far too many great movies to mention in this article. The full programme can be seen here

Ticket prices this year are:

  • Standard: R70
  • Warm: R79 (plus blanket)
  • Comfy: R88 (plus backrest)
  • Warm & comfy: R95 (plus blanket and backrest)

For more information on each venue and to purchase tickets, visit The Galileo website. Ticket sales are now open.

V&A Waterfront

b-moved to allesverloren in the riebeek valley

I am constantly in awe the settlers, like the widow Cloete, who braved inhospitable conditions way back when to venture into the interior of the Western Cape region. Apparently some time between 1696 and 1704 the then governor of the Cape left a Riebeek Valley farm to this widow. The story goes that after returning from a trip to Stellenbosch for supplies, they found the house and farm destroyed by fire and renamed it Allesverloren.

In 1872 one Daniël Francois Malan bought the estate. At the time the farm was used to grow wheat, but the new owner decided to try wine. Five generations later, the Malan family is still producing excellent port and robust red wines, and current winemaker Danie Malan continues the tradition of winning awards and accolades. In fact, Danie’s grandfather won awards – the General Smuts Trophy in the SAChampionship Young Wine Show – for the Allesverloren Port in 1956 and 1957.

At the time Allesverloren was producing for KWV. It was only in 1974 that their first own label vintage – a red blend – was produced.

A visit to the estate is a must for tasting and buying of their range, which includes Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional (both crafted from Portuguese port varietals), as well as their flagship Fine Old Vintage port and Danie’s Backyard Blend.

I am fascinated by wine names and labels, so had to ask about the Backyard Blend. The blend itself can change from year to year, Juanita Malan (Danie’s wife) told me; it all depends on what’s available, hence the name. Juanita says it was first produced at a request from one of their Norwegian wine agents.

Tasting times and buying details can be found here but we also recommend making a weekend of it, particularly the weekend of 4 May, when the annual Riebeek Olive Festival is happening. Allesverloren is one of eight hosting estates, and along with their own wine, will have wines from Org de Rac (organic), Theuniskraal, Tukulu and La Bonheur. There will be a food and wine market on the estate, including the region’s second favourite ‘export’, olives.

Besides the participating estates, Riebeek Kasteel itself will host entertainment, wine and olive tasting, food and more – and all the wonderful shops and galleries in this quaint town will be open, of course! A full programme of events can be downloaded here or contact the folks over at Riebeek Valley Tourism for more info.

It is set to be a fantastic day of food, wine and general merriment.

ALLESVERLOREN
022 461 2320
R311, off the R46 between Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West
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forthcoming attractions at oak valley estate

If you’ve bought cut flowers from Woolies, chances are they come from Oak Valley Estate in the breathtaking Elgin Valley. But Oak Valley is known for far more than just flowers. Highly-acclaimed wines and gourmet meat are part of the mix and are the focus of the latest news from this magnificent estate. Christopher Rawbone-Viljoen, Marketing Manager at Oak Valley, gives us a taste of the exciting developments.

THE POOL ROOM

The opening date is set for Wednesday, 24th October. I should be excited, elated even. To the contrary, I’m somewhat nervous. So much time, energy and passion has gone into this project that it’s hard to believe we’re almost crossing the finish line, yet only at the starting block in a commercial sense. The premise behind The Pool Room is idealistic in many ways. It stands for everything that makes Oak Valley great. An uncompromising belief in the integrity and quality of our products. No short cuts.

We tried keeping the menu as simple as possible, focusing mainly on our meat products, grass-fed beef and acorn-fed pork, along with a range of charcuterie, crafted by Nicole Precoudis, in her on-farm curing facility. Our Wagyu beef, the famous cattle breed from Japan, where it is better known as Kobe, will be on offer from time-to-time depending on availability. The restaurant is equipped with a custom made wood-fired grill to ensure optimum flavour. It promises to be the quintessential pasture-to-plate experience. Seasonal veggies and herbs will be sourced from our very own garden behind the restaurant while daily specials will offer patrons the opportunity to order from the chalkboard.

We’re bringing Harrods to the countryside. Without Al Fayed.

TOP DROPWINE CLUB
In November we launch the Oak Valley Top Drop! Wine Club offering members exclusive club benefits including private Wagyu tastings, access to award-winning museum collection wines, an invitation for you and a partner to the annual Top Drop! Members Party on Oak Valley and a 15% saving on all wine purchased from the tasting room and restaurant to name a few.

Membership requires a commitment to your very own 24-bottle selection per year, at a 15% saving, delivered free to your door. Hopefully our admirers will consider this a jolly good deal!

Christopher Rawbone-Viljoen

Of course, B-guided will be sharing the details closer to the time, but to be one of the first to receive updates you can subscribe to the Oak Valley newsletter. It’s sent out quarterly with updates in between about special events. Click here to subscribe.

To find out more about what Oak Valley has to offer, including a guest cottage and mountain bike trails, visit the website