Next weekend, we’ll be at the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration so, if you’re Pinot Noir enthusiasts like us, this 2-day event is not to be missed.
‘This year, the exciting 2017 Pinot Noirs will be tasted across all producers. In the more marginal climate of the Hemel-en-Aarde, and considering the fickle nature of the Pinot Noir grape, vintage is ever more important. The 2017s offer a burst of fruit with fine purity and freshness. It will be remembered as one of the valley’s greatest vintages!’ – Roland Peens, WineCellar.co.za
Friday, 29 January, kicks-off with bubbles and brunch followed by a wine safari and a 2-course lunch paired with older-vintage Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the region. At lunch, you’ll be joined by guest speakers Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee, Remington Norman and Roland from Wine Cellar.
The Saturday continues with a wine auction and various tastings that explore international Pinots, showcase the 2017 vintage across all 3 Hemel-en-Aarde wards, and getting to know the winemakers. Guests will enjoy a farm-style canapé lunch and then be treated to a celebrity chef dinner with Pete Goffe-Wood, Franck Dangereux, Nic van Wyk and George Jardine. Keep your glasses filled at the Hemel-en-Aarde themed wine bar and then head over to the dessert station where they’ll be serving up scoops of Pinot Noir gelato, of course.
Date: 25 – 26 January 2019
Venue: Nidderdale Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge (View map)
Price: R2,995 per person