Barrels of fun, family time to kick-start the 2015 harvest
31 January and 1 February 2015
No summer in Stellenbosch would be complete without a fun-filled harvest celebration. So get a good dose of Winelands entertainment early in the New Year and head out to Delheim Estate, one of the first wine estates to roll out the barrels for this annual buzz, when their popular Start of Harvest Celebration takes place on the weekend of 31 January and 1 February 2015.
Proving that there is life after the holidays, the Sperling family invites the public to share with them ‘Days in the life of Delheim’ as they stomp in the harvest in high spirits. During these two days they will swap the commotion in the cellar and vineyard for a harvest hullabaloo on their legendary wine farm, which ranges from a grape stomping contest to laidback picnic indulgences on the lawn.
The fun in the sun starts at noon, both days, when guests are welcomed with a glass of fermenting grape must and a sweet ‘mosbolletjie’, a traditional harvest treat, to toast the new vintage. Grapes harvested on the day will also be out for sampling, whilst young and old can get knee-deep in grape juice glee to get a real hands-on experience of winemaking.
A long, buffet-style Harvest Table will entice families and friends in the lush picnic area where they can chill out on the grass at the river’s edge and enjoy delicious food to the sounds of a live band.
Another highlight of this annual get-together is the main grape stomping competition – a mushy clash in which teams stomp their hearts out to produce the most juice. Fabulous prizes are up for grabs for the best team, boldest spirit, and best dressed on the day.
Tickets to the Delheim Start of Harvest Celebration 2015 are limited to 120 adults per day and cost R285 per adult (R175 per child under 12; kids under 2 are free). Your ticket includes all the activities and food on the day, including a Delheim wine glass, and the grape must and mosbolletjie on arrival. These tickets sell like hot cakes so make sure you get yours now to avoid disappointment.