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Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Summertime and the living is Stellenbosch, where visitors and locals alike can now revel in the true pulse and pleasures of this vibrant oak-lined town during communal Street Soirees which will take place on a bi-weekly basis from 5 till 7:30pm until the end of March 2013. These social Stellenbosch Street Soirees – presented by the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes and Stellenbosch 360 – transform the lower part of Church Street into a colourful gourmet and grape hub, with complimentary wine tastings offered by various estates on South Africa’s oldest and foremost wine route. Adding taste to these balmy evenings, participating restaurants in and around Stellenbosch will sell some of their unique dishes right                  


More City Sightseeing magic this December

SidecarHoutbaysmall City Sightseeing Cape Town

The festive season and school holidays are officially here and with Christmas just around the corner it seems all of your closest cousins, nieces and nephews are appearing out of no where with their desired wish lists and you are feeling like money’s too tight to mention however you don’t have to spend a fortune to have some fun these holidays. City Sightseeing have designed a fun-filled holiday package whereby you can experience Cape Town and the Peninsula on all their modes of transport for two full days of awesomeness at a mere 250 bucks. On the 1st day of your two day experience you will hop on the iconic red double-decker City Sightseeing bus for the Red City Tour which takes you to 18 great stops around the City – including                  


Robertson Wine on the River 2012

Robertson Wine on the river 2012

Now in its seventh year the Robertson Wine on the River Festival is returning to the banks of the Breede River, for the weekend of the 19th – 21st of October 2012. Once again the festival is taking place in a spacious marquee at the charming riverside farm, Goudmyn, situated on the R317 between Robertson and Bonnievale. This year promises to be BIGGER and BETTER with over 300 wines to taste from over 40 wineries exhibiting at the Fest, while soaking up the rhythm of live jazz, ballads and blues, not to mention the delicious treats on offer… Browse amongst the country food and arts and craft stalls, shopping your way through the Robertson Farmers’ Market or hop on board a river cruise. There will be a variety of children’s                  


Heels on Wheels Greyton

27 -29 July 2012 Mountain Biking Weekend in Greyton

Drinking and driving is an absolute NO, NO! Drinking and riding a bicycle however, may present many obstacles and much hysteria – The beauty?  It doesn’t break the law – and provides a fun and festive spin on the sport. Rockhopper Adventures together with Coenie Visser have dedicated a weekend for cyclists to come and experience the little dorpie of Greyton by bicycle for a weekend of jam-packed fun! The Rockhopper Adventures team has designed a package to take cyclists on purpose-built tracks through forests, farmland and pristine fynbos at the foothill of the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains. It promises to be an exciting, invigorating, and fun-filled weekend. Cyclists can expect to indulge in the                  

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Biltong Tasting

BILTONG AND WINE TASTING AT DURBANVILLE HILLS What would South African hospitality be without a generous helping of biltong? It’s synonymous with holidays, mid-afternoon snacks, rugby, braai and educating international guests. With this in mind the Durbanville Hills Winery has added a new biltong and wine tasting to its offering at the cellar and by doing so, brings two great South African specialties together.  Biltong was most probably the first convenience food developed, originating from the Dutch settlers who sun-dried strips of meat as ready-to-eat sustenance during their treks across the country. And as diverse as South African wines are, so are the various biltong and droëwors varieties. From the                  

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  The much-anticipated 2011 Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé has been launched and is now available nationally. Sure to turn heads with its inviting strawberry and raspberry freshness, the wine extends the Hills range of food-friendly wines and brings versatility for all year enjoyment.  Whether enjoying it as a summer sundowner after a hard day’s work, surrounded by your favourite people and tapas-style nibbles or at the dinner table served with duck in winter, berry desserts in spring and seared tuna in autumn, you can adapt the Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé  to any occasion.     Winemaker Gunther Kellerman is proud of the fact that this rosé made from Merlot grapes extends                  


Franschhoek Uncorked Festival at Rickety Bridge

Wine Tasting in Franschhoek - Image courtesy of Rickety Bridge

Are you looking for the perfect way to spend the first weekend of Spring? 17 on Loader guesthouse in Cape Town has the answer at Rickey Bridge! The weekend of the 4 – 5 September 2010 sees the arrival of Spring and to celebrate, Franschhoek throws a town wide party for all to enjoy - the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. Join the fun at the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival at Rickety Bridge - wine tasting of new releases and old favourites, great wine specials all weekend,mouth-watering tapas platters, boules in the vines, farm rides on a vintage DODGE truck for kids and enjoy a performance by singer-song writer Danelle de Vries on Saturday from 16:00 - 20:00. Danelle's sultry sounds range between jazz, soulful pop and                  

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South African Wine Course


Are you tired of having dinner with your snootier glass-twirling, wine-snorting friends - and wondering how it is that the opinion of  a person gargling wine in public, can be considered so solemnly? If like me, you are well fed-up with going out to dine with someone that assumes you can't choose the wine (because, perhaps you can't), then this course if for you.   The Cape Wine Academy now offers an introductory course on South African wines. The course covers wines styles, cause and effect tasting, vineyard practices and wine-making. All classes are given by respected experts- viticulturists, wine-makers, and those actively involved in the grape-growing business. Whether you're a hobbyist, or someone                  

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Chenin Restaurant in de Waterkant, Cape Town ½ price wine special.

Chenin restaurant de waterkant cape town cape quarter

Chenin Restaurant, situated in the Cape Quarter in de Waterkant is currently offering a fantastic special 2010 deal: They are offering all wines at ½ price (by the bottle or by the glass) between the hours of 4-7pm Monday to Friday. (Now we at 17 on Loader Guest House will know where to find our guest's.....!) What a great way to ease into the evening! They are also offering Wine Courses, or the opportunity of joining their Blind Tasting Club. Their next wine appreciation course starts on Monday February 8th, costing R420pp, and will run for 5 weeks - each Monday evening, from 6.30 to 8pm. They are sticking to their old format of focusing on taste, smell, colour, food pairing and a blind tasting test finale with                  

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New Restaurant “Chenin” in de Waterkant – offering Wine Tasting Course.

The new restaurant "Chenin" (formerly known as the "Nose Wine Bar" in The Cape Quarter) will be  hosting wine courses. The course is 6 weeks long and will take place once a week and will start at 6.30pm on Monday 3rd August, and conclude on Monday 14th September. . The course content includes:- · Wine tasting rituals · Viticulture – the growing of grapes, terroir and different wine regions · Viniculture – the making of wine · Food and wine pairing, featuring dishes prepared by their resident new chef Daniel Heyns · MCC, Sparkling wines and dessert wines The cost is R380 per person for the course and includes wines, tasting notes and food offered on pairing evenings.  For those wishing to eat after the