I have spoken before of the hugely successful outdoor Harvest Lunches being served on Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the months of February and March.
There was a little wrinkle last week as there was a gentle rain on the one day and the lunch was moved into the barrel cellar in the midst of Winemaker Marlize Jacobs’s harvest. Much fun was had by all.
Vergenoegd is a real ‘destination for a fun day’ place. Situated at the gateway to the Stellenbosch Wine Route, just off the N2 on Baden Powell Drive. You could be bust there for a whole day.
At 09h45 in the morning the Indian Runner Duck parade takes place in front of the Manor House as the team of 800 working ducks head off to the vineyards to cut down on the insect and snail population. They return at 15h30. They alone are well worth the visit.
For the Estate’s well-known Picnic Lunches, there are a number of offerings including one for children. Click here to find out more.
Aside from the wine tastings and sales – the Vergenoegd Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and the Vergenoegd Shiraz 2013 are my current favourites – you can do a Tea and Coffee blending using a range of Arabica Coffees and teas and infusions.
The Harvest Lunch takes place at a long table seating about 24 people; the Winemaker joins the table, as do some of the senior staff. Ryan Shell the Chef refers to himself as the ‘Talking Menu’ and he is there to talk about his organic herb, saladings and vegetable and to tell you about the platters he serves. Generous, sharing platters, three courses and cheese and Vergenoegd Wines, Iced Manor House Tea and Mineral Waters. All offered at a very evenhanded R350.00 per person.
After lunch there is a red wine blending experience during which you can make up your own blend of Vergenoegd Wines.
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