Thanks to its multi-faceted terroir and the cooling sea breezes wafting up off the Atlantic, the Durbanville Wine Valley produces some of the most fêted Sauvignon Blancs in the country. The region’s signature wine is celebrated each October at the popular Season of Sauvignon festival, which this year takes place in the valley from 24 to 25 October.
A dozen wine estates will be participating in the festival, offering an eclectic variety of food, wine and entertainment to visitors.
Bloemendal’s popular mountain-biking trails are a good way to work up an appetite for the sushi, spit braai and gourmet pizzas on offer all weekend. There will also be live music, big-screen movies, and a jumping castle to keep kids entertained.
Meerendal is also getting active with trail runs and a mountain bike event, but the less adventurous can happily browse the Saturday morning farmers’ market. Saturday will also see the estate offering a fascinating tutored tasting of Sauvignon Blancs from around the world.
Durbanville Hills will offer the Affair on the Hill with live music and a craft market while Hillcrest welcomes a host of food trucks to the farm alongside tutored wine tastings.
Helicopter shuttles available
If you fancy flitting from farm to farm, you might as well do it in style: Base 4 Aviation will be offering helicopter shuttles between De Grendel, Durbanville Hills and Meerendal.
Durbanville Valley Tasting
While the entertainment varies from farm to farm, common to all of them will be the Durbanville Valley tasting, where guests can sample the new-vintage 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from every farm in the valley. It’s an excellent way to swirl and sip your way through the varied terroir of this region’s famous cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc.
The festival will also see the launch of the Durbanville Twelve Sauvignon Blanc 2015. Each of the 12 farms in the valley contributed a ton of Sauvignon Blanc grapes that were then vinified to make a blend of Sauvignon Blanc that is a true taste of every farm in the valley.
If you love your Sauvignon Blanc, then the Season of Sauvignon should be the highlight of your wine festival calendar.
Words: Richard Holmes