New to Stellenbosch Hills…yadda yadda…bacon!

Winery deploys the ultimate ‘fan magnet’ for Biltong & Wine Tasting

Stellenbosch Hills set tongues a-wagging in 2005 when it paired wines with that quintessential South African snack, biltong and droëwors. Now, it takes that lead to a whole new and irresistible flavour level with the undisputed champion of foods: bacon, beautiful bacon.

Yes. Of course, it’s unfair. We’re all rendered completely powerless in the hypnotic tractor beam of deliciousness that emanates from a slow-fried slice of crispy smoked pork meat. The same might be said of Stellenbosch Hills’ delectable selection of quality wines. Putting them together as a food and wine pairing is a match made in heaven.

Now, the new experience will only be available for December and January, so don’t drag your feet. For this limited time only, Stellenbosch Hills has expanded its regular Biltong & Wine Taste Extravaganza to incorporate bacon too. That means a single ticket of only R65 per person gets you not only the traditional six awesome portions, but a magnificent seventh too!

“Winemaking in South Africa dates back to 1659, and the making of dried meat products just as far back,” says cellar master PG Slabbert. “It seemed a logical local-is-lekker match to bring these two together for a unique tasting experience that celebrates our Cape heritage.”

The new addition to the food and wine spread offers Bacon “biltong” barbeque spiced and paired with Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc, a succulent wine resplendent with aromas of tropical fruit and a fresh, fruity palate reminiscent of pineapple, apricot, melon and granadilla. It is the perfect combo of smoky spice and fresh, fruity decadence.

Then there’s the no-less-impressive line-up that has had those in the know lining up since forever:

Springbok Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve White: a perfect balance between lean, dry gaminess and the wine’s sumptuous citrus and buttered toast flavours;

Moist Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Polkadraai Pinotage/Merlot: succulent complexity matched with sweeter notes of the premier red blend;

Ostrich Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Merlot: milder game meat perfectly complemented by the plummy, ripe fruit flavours of a well-rounded companion;

Smoked Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Shiraz: A unique oak-smoked and cured biltong, gently spiced connect seamlessly with smoky flavours of a wine that exhibits a hint of dark chocolate;

Kudu Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Cabernet Sauvignon: Subtle yet rich game flavours perfect match for silky tannin and notes of ripe black fruit; and,

Traditional Beef Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve Red: Exotic zest of roasted coriander offsets the wine’s clean spice and ripe tannin.

Again, bookings are strongly advised – especially for the short-run bacon addition. A tasting session runs for some 45 minutes – a steal at R65 per person.

Book immediately by sending an email to or call 021 881 3828. For more information about Stellenbosch Hills and its wines, visit

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Random Hat Communications
Contact: Leanne Sutherland
Tel: (+27) 21 849 8830

Issued on behalf of:
Stellenbosch Hills
Contact: Ilana Strydom
Tel: (+27)21 881 3828

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Bottelary Hills toasts year-end with Pop Up Lunch at Mooiplaas

Chef George Jardine fires up festive tastes and champion wines

Sunday, 19 November

The amicable winemakers of the Bottelary Hills region have saved their best Pop Up Lunch of 2017 for last, when Scotland-born chef George Jardine will make their champion wines shine during a feast of provenance and passion at Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve on Sunday, 19 November.

“This will be the last of the 2017 lunch series presented by this Stellenbosch wine route and is an opportunity no epicurean dare miss. Turning on his Scottish charm, George will pull out all the stops with his country menu that pays homage to heritage fare and local deliciousness.” shares Elmarie Rabe, Stellenbosch Wine Routes Manager.

His menu remains a bit of an ‘early Christmas surprise’ but according to him it will celebrate the historical roots and bounty of the region. His sumptuous creations will be paired with slow-crafted wines unique to the area and guests will have the chance to socialise with the winemakers or owners themselves.

Your host for the day is Mooiplaas, which has a reputation for spectacular scenery almost equal to the elegance of its wines. Here too, is a farm built on heritage, care for the land and topographical contrast that results in diverse microclimates.

Mooiplaas will be joined by Kaapzicht, Hartenberg, Hazendal and Villiera on the day to showcase and share their finest cellar gems, which will also be available for purchase.

“Bottelary Hills, one of five sub-routes of South Africa’s famous wine capital, is home to some of the oldest wine farms in the country and many of them have been nurtured over generations by the same families. As a result, they have an incomparable understanding of the terroir, which shows in the wines the region produces,” adds Elmarie.

Tickets to the Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch cost R550 per person and include a wine tasting prior to lunch and the ensuing three-course feast, served generously with glasses of estate wine paired with each course. Each guest also gets a bottle Bottelary Hills wine to enjoy at home too.

Booking is essential as seating is limited. To make a reservation or contact (021) 886 8275.

Headline chef George Jardine’s golden culinary career includes a string of successful restaurants and his most recent project – the fine dining eatery in the heart of Stellenbosch, Restaurant Jardine.

Issued by:
Random Hat Communications
Contact: Leanne Sutherland
Tel: (+27) 21 849 8830/083 564 0876

Issued on behalf of:
Stellenbosch Wine Routes
Contact: Elmarie Rabe
Tel: (+27)21 886 8275

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Eikendal Vineyards swirls Cheesecake & Wine Pairings this summer

Zesty citrus flavours, followed by a rich berry delight and rounded off by a sultry salted caramel enchantment. These are the delectable cheesecakes that are on offer at Eikendal Vineyards as part of its brand new Cheesecake and Wine Pairing Experience – the first Stellenbosch wine estate to offer this.

Eikendal’s crisp Sauvignon Blanc pairs likes a summer’s breeze with the creamy and tart Lemon Cheesecake while the plump Berry Cheesecake fuses seamlessly with the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay blend. The pairing ends on a high note with the estate’s award-winning Janina Unwooded Chardonnay, which brings out her charm alongside the decadent Salted Caramel Cheesecake. All worth every single calorie.

Eikendal, conveniently situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West on the R44, is renowned for its award-winning, internationally acclaimed wines. Apart from the Cheesecake & Wine Pairing Experience, visitors can enjoy a Wine Tasting (which includes a tasting of the estate’s exclusive Icon range), a Cookie Tasting for the young ones, Cellar Tours, Fly Fishing, Cheetah Encounters, Vineyard Rides and a kids’ play area. Popular Cucina di Giovanni offers languid lunches and dinners and visitors even have the option of extending their Eikendal Experience by spending the night at the Eikendal Lodge.

The Eikendal Cheesecake & Wine Pairing Experience costs R80 per person and will be swirling the senses from October 2017 until April 2018, Tuesdays to Sundays between 10:00 and 16:30.

To book for this sensory indulgence or for any queries relating to the Eikendal Experience, contact Chantal-Lee at 021 855 1422 or send an email to

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Contact: Leanne Sutherland
Tel: 021 849 8830/083 564 0876
On behalf of:
Eikendal Vineyards
Contact: Carina Diedericks-Hugo
Tel: 021 855 1422

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Heritage high jinks at Gabriëlskloof Estate this September

Mzansi Tapas Tasters and Long-table Braai Feast to wallow in ubuntu

It’s time for heritage high jinks at Gabriëlskloof when this wine and olive estate invites you to savour ubuntu spirit in true Overberg style with its month-long offering of proudly South African treats, which will culminate with a Long-table Heritage Braai Feast on 24 September.

For the entire month of September, the Gabriëlskloof Tasting Lounge will showcase homegrown flavours with a truly unique Mzansi Tapas Taster featuring familiar snack bites with a local twist, paired with four estate wines.

Think Snoek ‘n Patat croquettes with amasi foam and chakalaka; Bobotie poppers; Tangy Pickled Fish Tacos; and Biltong in Red Wine.

Gabrielskloof’s Mzansi Tapas Taster will also be available as small plate starters or sides to a main meal at their resident restaurant during Heritage Month.

The month-long food and wine celebration will build up to a most memorable braai feast on National Heritage Day (24 September). Situated within the stylish winery complex, a single, continuous table of unity will line the shaded veranda that surrounds the lush courtyard – the day’s grassy theatre of braai, starring Executive Chef Frans Groenewald.

Here, the family-friendly Long-table Heritage Braai Feast will put Chef Frans centre stage as he applies his gourmet touch to the grill.

Expect braai heaven as seasonal fare is served up with genuine Gabriëlskloof hospitality – meat on the spit, snoek and mussels on the coals, garlic rolls, roosterkoek, pap-en-sous and of course, all the tasty trimmings that go with a good old South African braai. And, as tradition demands, such a fantastic meal would be incomplete without a delectable sweet note brought by South African all-stars such as melktert and malva pudding.

“Gabrielskloof is proudly South African, which is why we’re excited to share our passion and pleasures with fellow South Africans around the fire as we celebrate our cultural heritage and diversity. We’ve laid on some brilliant food and wine for the occasion and have made it absolutely family friendly,” shares and all fired up Frans.

“What better day than National Braai Day to revel in the ultimate South African pastime!”

Add to the occasion the foot-stomping tunes of local muso Gian Groen who will perform live at the event, and the opportunity for young and old to frolic on the lawns, and any reason to stay away simply goes up in smoke. This is the opportunity to savour impeccable estate wines, soak up country air and to make new friends through inimitable South African hospitality – over a plate of great food.

Reservations for the both the Mzansi Tapas Tasters and the Long-table Heritage Braai Feast are now open and booking is essential.

The details:
1.  Braai Feast – The cost is R350 per adult and R100 per child. To book, call 028 284 9865 or email;
2.  Tapas Tasters: R250 per couple, including four wines per tasting. To book, call 028 284 9865 or email

From its hilltop location outside Bot River – a mere 80 minute drive from Cape Town –   Gabriëlskloof enjoys sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains and surrounding wheat fields. Its stylish visitor centre is a landmark destination that offers tastings of wine, chocolates and its olive oil, and is home to an attractive country-style restaurant where slow-cooked, shared meals are served with authentic platteland passion and a generous hand.

Gabriëlskloof Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on Tuesdays. The truly South AfricanTapas Tasters are available daily, except Tuesdays and Sundays.

Gabriëlskloof’s normal trading hours at the tasting lounge are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and between 11am and 3pm on a Saturday.

Learn more about Gabriëlskloof, home to wines of the Overberg, on Interact with Gabriëlskloof on Facebook and Twitter @Gabrielskloof.

Gabriëlskloof Estate is situated just outside Bot River, on the Swartrivier Road, off the N2.

Issued by: Random Hat Communications
Contact: Leanne Sutherland
Tel: 021 849 8830

On behalf of: Gabriëlskloof Estate
Contact: Nicolene Finlayson
Tel: 082 852 6547