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Wine festivals and events are back in full swing, with the necessary health and safety protocols in place. Here’s a tasting of what’s coming up in the second part of the year.

August

Dine Durbanville, Durbanville Wine Route

This is your chance to glimpse the excellence local chefs and winemakers are capable of over four weeks on 3,10,17 and 24 August. The event features a handful of food and wine functions hosted as collaborations between Durbanville Wine Valley chefs and winemakers. Details to be advertised on the website and social media channels.

More info: 072 279 1429; www.durbanvillewine.co.za

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September

Vines & Views MTB Classic, Namaqua West Coast Wine Route

A new MTB race puts local wines and views around Vredendal in the spotlight too on 3 September. There’s a 30km, 55km and 75km trail that takes in beautiful scenery as well as vineyards and wine cellars.

More info: 083 305 9105; www.vinesandviews.co.za

Tulbagh Disa Trail, Tulbagh Wine Route

The Tulbagh Disa Trail is an annual four-day walk of some 80km providing scenic views of the Witzenberg Valley as well as stops for wine tasting. Accommodation, meals, a t-shirt, bag and water are included in the registration fee. The hike takes place from 15 to 18 September.  

More info: Tulbagh Disa Trail on Facebook; tulbaghdisatrail2019@gmail.com

October

Chardonnay Colloquium, Elgin Wine Valley

Authorities Jamie Goode and Michael Fridjhon host wine tastings as part of this well-known, weekend event to promote cool climate Chardonnay. The tastings on 6 October will be followed by a dinner by chef Craig Cormack. The following day, visitors may choose a lunch hosted by producers in the region. Booking is required.

071 267 9785; info@winesofelgin.co.za

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Gravel and Grape, Breedekloof Wine Valley

Featuring some of the gnarliest single-track in the country, the Gravel & Grape Extreme is a window to the Breedekloof Valley and its vineyards. There’s the opportunity to taste wines after each day’s riding. The MTB event takes place on 8 October and the trail run on 9 October. 

023 349 1791; info@breedekloof.comwww.breedekloof.com

November

Doringbaai Abalone Festival, Namaqua West Coast

Namaqua West Coast Tourism, with Fryer's Cove Vineyards and Doringbaai Ablalone, hosts this laid-back event. Tables are set along the Doringbaai jetty and guests can sample abalone, crayfish as well as other West Coast food and wine.

0762057984; sharnice@fryerscove.co.za

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Swartland Street Party, Swartland Wine & Olive Route

A village street is closed off on 5 November for this annual occasion where the inimitable winemakers of the Swartland present tastings of their latest and older vintages. Local food and live music (from a flatbed truck!) are part of the festivities.

0224871133; swartlandinfo@westc.co.za

Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration, Johannesburg

Wineries of this renowned Cape region take their wares to Gauteng for a special showing of Pinot Noir. The celebration happens at the Glenshiel Venue in Johannesburg on 13 November.

084 498 0779; info@hemelandaardewines.com

Agulhas Wine Triangle Festival, Agulhas Wine Triangle

Explore Africa’s southernmost region and its wines by attending the Agulhas Wine Triangle Festival on Saturday, 19 November. The venue is yet to be confirmed and will be announced via the organiser’s social media channels. 

info@agulhaswinetriangle.co.zawww.agulhaswinetriangle.co.za

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December

Fryer's Cove Challenge Fun Run and MTB, Namaqua West Coast

The Fryer's Cove Challenge takes place each year in December. The event starts in Strandfontein and ends at Fryer's Cove winery in Doringbaai. 

083 230 4801; oubaas.kersop@syngenta.com

Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, Franschhoek Wine Valley

Dust off your most striking outfit and get ready for the social calendar event of the year on 3 & 4 December. On show are Cap Classiques and Champagnes, with the Huguenot Monument as backdrop. The festival again takes place in a marquee and is attended by producers and representatives of international brands.

0218762861; info@franschhoek.org.zawww.franschhoekmcc.co.za

Franschhoek Cap Classique
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