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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.

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