Each year, the Cape’s late summer sunshine brings in a bounty of fabulous wine grapes. To celebrate the glorious harvest season, wineries all over the Cape Winelands host a variety of superb events. Here’s our pick of the Cape Winelands 2019 Harvest Festivals.
Harvest at Dusk Festival
16 February 2019, Nederburg Wine Estate, Paarl
Participate in the fun of picking and stomping grapes, learn from the experts about how the wine grape harvest is progressing, and kick back and relax while feasting on freshly-prepared fare matched with award-winning wines, while listening to the sweet sounds of popular South African musician, Mathew Gold.
Stellenbosch Harvest Festival
23-25 February 2018, Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, Stellenbosch
The Stellenbosch Wine Festival is a wine, food & lifestyle festival held in the heart of Stellenbosch. The Festival is the country’s oldest wine festival and showcases hundreds of Stellenbosch Wines from award-winning producers to small boutique wineries.
Grande Provence Harvest Festival
Saturday, 23 February 2019, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek
Get ready to pick and stomp grapes with the whole family to the jovial beat of the Kaapse Klopse in the vineyards, followed by a harvest table heavily laden with delicious fare and the chilled sounds of live contemporary music. With plenty of action for the children, including a jumping castle, face painting, a variety of lawn games, and tractor rides, adults can look forward to a laid back day of country food, fine wines, and a cellar tour and tasting.
Hands On Harvest
1- 3 March, Robertson Wine Valley
This fruity fiesta is bigger and better than ever and is poised to shake up Route 62 during the 2019 harvest season. The programme of events includes the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson and more than 20 wineries, estates and other establishments. A wide variety of tailor-made activities allow you to experience the grape’s journey from vine to barrel to glass by grape picking & stomping, vineyard safaris, and blending & tasting experiences. Enjoy riverside lunches, vineyard picnics, and food & wine pairings.
Thursday, 7 March 2019 from 18h00, Longridge Wine Estate between Somerset West & Stellenbosch
A magical fine dining experience under star-lit African skies! The Longridge Langtafel 2019 will be an unforgettable open-air Gala Dinner, featuring live entertainment and a four-course dinner paired with award-winning wines from the Longridge Wine Estate cellar. The table is set in a magnificent garden with breath-taking views across the Cape Peninsula.