It’s been touted as cabernet sauvignon’s more elegant and refined cousin, which is why cabernet franc deserves a celebration in its own right – and it’s taking place at Avontuur Estate on Saturday, 20 May for the third year in a row. The Bordeaux varietal has been growing in popularity over the past decade with more winemakers trying their hand at it. However, a good local cab franc is still hard to find, which is why this carnival is so handy! It’s the perfect opportunity for you to give it a try, and buy a few bottles to take home.
This year’s participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, CK Wines, Doolhof Wine Estate, Edgebaston, Hannay Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein, Knorhoek Wine Farm, Lynx Wines, My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, The Garajeest, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Vrede en Lust, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven, Zorgvliet Wines.
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 organiser Cobie van Oort.
Your R200 ticket will get you a wine glass, a R50 food coupon, and access to wine tastings. Serious cab franc aficionados might like to book for one of three tutored tastings (R75 each), where the Top Six wines in this year’s Cabernet Franc Challenge competition will be presented by wine master Christine Rudman.
Please note Children under the age of 18 are permitted to the event free of charge, but there is no specific kiddies’ area. Also, no under-18s may partake in any wine tastings/alcohol consumption.