Chenin blanc Association News

14 June 2022. The 2nd edition of the “Chenin blanc International Congress”, a unique world congress dedicated to the noble grape variety, Chenin Blanc, will take place from 1 to 3 November 2022 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Get ready for big SauvBlancDay celebrations

26 April 2022. Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2022.

Calling all Sauvignon Blanc lovers! Sauvignon Blanc South Africa, as the ambassador for SA’s most popular wine variety, is celebrating International #SauvBlancDay 2022 with the rest of the world – and you are invited.

Whether you are a keen runner, a foodie, or a serious Sauvignon Blanc enthusiast, over the weekend of Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2022, Sauvignon Blanc SA will cater for every need with special promotions, delicious food and wine pairings, as well as interesting activities at wine destinations across the Cape Winelands – from coast to coast.

Why not plan a wine-packed weekend to visit some of the most innovative Sauvignon Blanc producers in the country:

  • A whole feast awaits at Elgin Vintners: Join a Sauvignon Blanc masterclass by winemaker Dr Marinda Kruger (7 May) with older vintages, the sold-out exclusive UK top-rated Sauvignon Blanc 2021, as well as the new harvest of 2022 on the lees. Also enjoy a 5km vineyard fun run (7 May) in aid of Grabouw Animal Welfare (dogs on leashes welcome), an oyster pairing (6 to 8 May), a Mother’s Day breakfast (8 May) and an orchid exhibition (7 to 8 May). Book at https://bit.ly/sauvblancdayEV.
  • On 6 and 7 May, at Diemersdal, Durbanville, you will be treated to a three-course seafood meal prepared by The Farm Eatery with Sauvignon Blancs from Spain, Italy, France and New Zealand. The whole range of Diemersdal Sauvignon Blancs will also be available for tasting while you enjoy live music. Book at https://diemersdal.co.za/collection/events/.
  • On 6 and 7 May, Strandveld Vineyards, Elim, Bredasdorp, will offer two special tastings, a Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese Tasting as well as a Vintage Vertical Tasting where you can taste four vintages of Strandveld Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc and discover the ageability of this superb Sauvignon Blanc.
  • The Durbanville Sauvignon Soirée brings you two evenings of Sauvignon Blanc delight! Indulge in cool climate Sauvignon Blancs, music to make you sway and scrumptious food that marries beautifully with wines presented by winemakers. On 5 May at Groot Phesantekraal, this includes canapés and tastings of Groot Phesantekraal, Diemersdal, Altydgedacht, Maastricht, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, and DWV Sauvignon Blanc. Book via Groot Phesantekraal at +27 (21) 825 0060 or restaurant@phesantekraal.co.za. On 6 May at Durbanville Hills, a two-course meal is offered with tastings of Durbanville Hills, Canto, De Grendel, D’Aria, Bloemendal, Nitida, Signal Gun, and DWV Sauvignon Blanc. Book at https://store.durbanvillehills.co.za/products/sauvignon-soiree.
  • On 7 May at Groote Post, Darling, winemaker Lukas Wentzel will be presenting a range of Sauvignon Blancs from around the world as well as a few local selections and the Groote Post Seasalter. Chef Debbie will be preparing a wood fired tapas style lunch with all the flavours associated with Sauvignon Blanc – think wood-fired asparagus, seafood with Asian spices, fresh mussels and other creative marvels. Book at https://bit.ly/SauvBlancDayGP.
  • Celebrate at Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West, on 7 May (14:30–19:30) for an exciting deep dive into the farm’s distinguished Sauvignon Blancs. Guests will meet at the Tasting Room and then be shuttled up to the very special Schapenberg vineyard block 320m above sea level. Here, guests will take in the marvellous views of False Bay and the Helderberg whilst sipping on ice cold Schapenberg Sauvignon Blanc paired with delicious canapés. Thereafter Sauvignon Blanc inspired platters will be served at the winery hosted by the winemaking team. Book at www.vergelegen.co.za.
  • From 6 to 8 May, the Tokara Tasting Lounge, Helshoogte, Stellenbosch, is offering a unique Sauvignon Blanc tasting flight, which will include the fruity and crisp Tokara Sauvignon Blanc, the cool climate Reserve Elgin Sauvignon Blanc and finally, the newly released Tokara Directors White 2019, a barrel fermented blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
  • From 6 to 8 May, Zevenwacht, Kuils River, will be open for Sauvignon Blanc tastings and will be offering a 20% discount on their cases of Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2021 as well as their 360° Sauvignon Blanc 2020.  Groenland Wines on the Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch, will also offer a 10% discount on their Sauvignon Blanc.
  • A special Sauvignon blanc tasting awaits at Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch, for the whole month of May. Prepare your taste buds for Project Z Sauvignon blanc 2020, as well as the Kleine Zalze’s Cellar Selection Sauvignon blanc 2022, Vineyard Selection Sauvignon blanc 2019, and Family Reserve Sauvignon blanc 2020.

SA SAUVIGNON BLANC IN THE WORLD SPOTLIGHT

Sauvignon Blanc, as the most-exported varietal of South Africa’s wines, is one of the country’s finest internationally known brands. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste and buy some of the best Sauvignon Blanc wines in the world – as announced at the recent international Concours Mondial du Sauvignon wine competition.

“We are proud to build the Sauvignon Blanc SA brand together with our Platinum Partners FNB and EVER Solutions,” says Botha, RJ Botha, Chairperson of Sauvignon Blanc SA. “Sauvignon Blanc is a great example of the complexity and diversity of South African wines and deserving of the international attention we are increasingly attracting.”

 Anyone interested can also visit www.sauvignonblanc.com or contact Sauvignon Blanc SA at info@sauvignonblanc.com or 021 975 4440.

 ENDS

 For media enquiries

Isabeau Botha
Agri-Expo Corporate Communication Manager
isabeau@agriexpo.co.za
072 247 5868


SA Cheese Festival News

11 April 2022.

CHURN YOUR WEEKEND INTO A WEST COAST CHEESE AND WINE FESTIVAL

Over the weekend of Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 April, the historic Groote Post Wine Estate, world-renowned for its award-winning wines, will play host to the first-ever South African Cheese Festival on the West Coast, in the Darling Hills. Outdoor event lovers can look forward to two festive days of pairing Groote Post and neighbouring farms’ wines with an exciting array of cheese, artisanal food, beer, gin and moreeven a cheese carving competition and a chance to get to know cows … as Groote Post has a dairy(ng) history!

HOW THE PENTZ FAMILY TURNED MILK INTO WINE

“Celebrating cheese together with wine at Groote Post is like coming full circle,” says the estate’s communication manager, Peter Pentz Jnr. “We are so excited to host this festive pop-up on our farm in partnership with Agri-Expo, the oldest agricultural society in South Africa and organiser of the SA Cheese Festival since 2002. As an agricultural producer with a significant history in the dairy industry, this event lies close to our hearts. In fact, at Groote Post, dairy only made way for wine in 2001.”

“No-one ever told me that they had a great bottle of my milk last night,” is how this bold move is explained by Peter Pentz Snr, dairy farmer of fame and patriarch of Groote Post. The family’s dairy roots go back to 1904, with Pentz Snr starting out as a third-generation dairyman delivering milk door to door by way of electric carts. Ultimately, Pentz Snr was honoured as SA Agricultural Writers National Farmer of the Year in 1998, and the World Dairy Expo’s International Person of the Year in 2001, for his remarkable dairy industry accomplishments.

Today, Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend pays tribute to Pentz Snr’s visionary switch from 40 years of dairy farming to producing world-class wine. His son Nick furthers this philosophy of excellence in their vineyards and cellar here in the cool-climate Darling Hills, 6km from the Atlantic Ocean. Pentz Snr’s love for cattle carries on through his prized herd of Angus cattle – a sight to behold at the SA Cheese Festival!

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE GROOTE POST SA CHEESE FESTIVAL

Visitors in the know rave about Groote Post as an off-the-beaten-path Darling destination, just a few gravel kilometres off the West Coast Road, an hour’s easy drive from Cape Town. On top of their wines, guests especially praise the unique country hospitality experienced at the 18th century farm.

“We are getting ready to go big on Groote Post and promise visitors an unforgettable weekend,” says Pentz Jnr. “Come and experience an incredible piece of history, lounge on the lawns with wine and live music and enjoy the views, as the cellar looks out on the beautiful Klawer Valley and the restored Cape Dutch homestead.”

Guests can expect a whole feast of pop-up experiences (full programme available at www.cheesefestival.co.za): 

  • Cheese it and enjoy it: Enjoy a decadent day of tasting and stock up on quality produce from a hand-picked collection of more than 40 exhibitors offering a mouth-watering variety of artisanal creations, including small cheesemakers’ unique handmade cheeses; “Cape Made: Taste the Alternatives” such as olives, berries, and cherries directly from the farm, as well as fresh oysters, vegan delights, lamb on the spit, pizza, roosterkoek, and much more.
  • WineFest, BeerFest, Gin’OClock: Taste and buy delicious wines, craft beers, gins, liqueurs, and spritzers from the region (your entry fee includes an exclusive SA Cheese Festival glass) and put together your own pairings. An exclusive cellar door on the day is the ever-popular Groote Post Limited Release Pinor Noir Rosé, perfect for a fun weekend on the West Coast.
  • A feast of live music: Enjoy top artists performing at the Hollard Band Stand, such as Die Heuwels Fantasties (Saturday) and Francois van Coke (Sunday), plus local musicians Dehan Marais, Red Sheep and Jimm Harisson Project (Sunday) throughout the day.
  • Travel and taste: Join well-known celeb chefs and winemakers for three Standard Bank Travel & Taste sessions a day, at no extra cost, including chef Tiaan Langenegger of kykNET’s “Tiaan Proe” (daily) and his actor friend Neels van Jaarsveld (Saturday), Ladismith Cheese and Sea Harvest; chef Isabella Niehaus and her famous smoked snoek cheesecake (Sunday) ; as well as the Chenin Blanc Association (Saturday) ; Groote Post winemaker Lukas Wentzel with Kokerboom cheese (Saturday); and Deep South Distillery’s award-winning handcrafted gin (Sunday). (Limited space, arrive early.)
  • Carve your heart out: Enter the daily Ladismith Cheese Carving Competition and win big prizes!
  • Bring the young ones (children 12 years and under free of charge): Meet the friendly cows and goats at the Afgri Feeds Milk Factory and learn more about these special animals, the most important part of the production line in the art of cheese making. A well-known and enjoyable experience at the annual SA Cheese Festival!
  • Make it a West Coast weekend: Book at yzerfonteinaccommodation.co.za.

The festival is in fact twice as nice this year, because the SA Cheese Festival also takes place over the long weekend from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch.

 BUY TICKETS HERE

The festival times are from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. Tickets at R290 p.p. per day (children 12 years and under free of charge) are available at Webtickets (https://bit.ly/SACheeseFest) and Pick n Pay. No tickets will be sold at the gates. A Covid-19 access policy of proof of vaccination, or a negative test result will apply.

The 2022 SA Cheese Festival is supported by platinum partners, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Standard Bank, as well as other partners. For more information, visit www.cheesefestival.co.za, Twitter @SACheeseFest, Facebook @SACheeseFestival or Instagram @sacheesefest, or contact Agri-Expo at tel 021 975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za.

ISSUED BY
Isabeau Botha
Agri-Expo Corporate Communication Manager
isabeau@agriexpo.co.za
021 975 4440/072 247 5868
www.agriexpo.co.za