A celebration of Cabernet Sauvignon’s more elegant and refined cousin, Cabernet Franc, takes place at Avontuur Estate on Saturday 20 May for the third time. The Bordeaux varietal has been growing in popularity over the last decade with more winemakers trying their hand at the varietal. However, a good Cab Franc is still hard to find in the country, and this carnival is the perfect opportunity for you to give it a try and buy a few bottles.
Participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, Camberley Wines, Cape Chamonix, CK Wines, Doolhoof Wine Estate, Druk-My-Niet Wine Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein, Lynx Wines, Mont du Toit, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Ridgeback and Nelson Family Vineyards.
Don’t worry about the weather, as the event will be kept cosy by gas heaters in the Carnival area in the Bedouin Tent.
‘It’s an intimate event with limited tickets for sale and it will be a wonderful winter celebration of the best we have in the country. Combine that with food stalls, a cosy space with lounge and café seating and one-on-one interaction with winemakers, we believe it’s the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon,’ says Organisor Cobie van Oort.
Serious fans of Cab Franc can also look forward to and book for one of three tutored tastings where the Top 6 wines in this year’s Cabernet Franc Challenge competition will be presented by Christine Rudman (judging panel head and Cape Wine Master). The tutored tastings cost R75 per ticket and does not include entrance into the Carnival.
The R200 ticket will get you a wine glass, a R50 food coupon and access to wine tastings.
NB No under 18s allowed.