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! Taking place at Avontuur Estate on Saturday, 19 May for the fourth year in a row, this exclusive event is dedicated to the Bordeaux varietal, which has been growing in popularity over the past decade, with more winemakers trying their hand at it.
That said, a good local cab franc is hard to find, which is why this carnival is so handy! A whopping 19 wineries will be on hand showcasing their cabernet francs, blends and even a few cab franc rosés – the perfect opportunity for you to get sipping (and buying a few cases to take home).
This year’s participating wineries are: Avontuur Estate, Chamonix, Delaire Graff, Druk My Niet Wine Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein Wines, Kunjani Wines, Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate, My Wyn, Onderkloof Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, Snow Mountain Wines – James McKenzie, Spookfontein Wines, The Garajeest, Vrede en Lust, Whalehaven and Zevenwacht.
Franc, food trucks and fun
Along with wine-related activities and the popular public vote (where members of the public get to vote for their favourite wine of the day), festival-goers can look forward to a smorgasbord of food trucks and dining options courtesy of Avontuur Estate’s popular restaurant. Background music and lawn games will keep you thoroughly entertained throughout the day.
Says carnival organiser, Cobie van Oort: “Cabernet Franc is one of those cult varietals that does particularly well in South Africa! At this year’s carnival not only will you be able to taste and buy some of SA’s best examples of this grape directly from the winemakers, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a relaxed day out with fellow fans on one of the most beautiful wine farms in Stellenbosch.”
Your R220 ticket gets 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 interactive tutored tastings (R100 each), where the Top Six wines in this year’s Cabernet Franc Challenge competition will be presented by wine master Christine Rudman. The tutored tastings take place at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on the day.
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.