The Hemel-en-Aarde has over the last few years become recognised as a destination for wine and food pilgrims, especially of Burgundy-style Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. It is with this in mind that the producers of this unique wine area, decided to share their beautiful Chardonnays with wine lovers at a dedicated Chardonnay festival, the Classic Chardonnay Celebration at the Thatch House on Saturday, 19 November. The event will focus on the exceptional quality and distinctiveness of the Hemel-en-Aarde Chardonnays, the cool climate and excellent terroir.
The Saturday will include two festival options for Chardonnay lovers. A formal tutored tasting hosted by Dr Winnie Bowman (Cape Master of Wine, respected wine journalist and previous Chairperson of Institute of Cape Wine Masters), followed by a Chardonnay pairing 3-course lunch created by some of the best chefs from the area. The tutored tasting will be presented by each of the winemakers or producers from the participating wineries. This will allow you the opportunity to get upfront and personal with your favourite winemaker from the Hemel-en-Aarde.
Tickets for the tutored tasting and the designer chefs’ lunch will be limited to 150 guests. The tutored tasting will start at 10:30 on Saturday morning with registration and a glass of MCC. After the lunch guests can join in the activities on the lawn with live music, wine tasting, and gourmet food stands and food trucks. Each guest will also receive a free O glass. The Tutored Tasting and Lunch ticket is available at R1 100.
The second option of a Leisure ticket is available to all those Chardonnay lovers who like things a little less complicated and more relaxed. The gates for this ticket will open at 13:00 and will include an O glass, a picnic hamper, free wine tasting, live music, picnic pockets and gourmet food stands. Celebrations will continue throughout the afternoon as guests can immerse themselves in lawn games and sunset boat cruises on the Klein River lagoon. The Leisure ticket is available at R395.
The Celebration will carry into the evening with celeb DJ Tess playing some cool summer tunes until 20:00 when the gates will close.
On Sunday, 20 November guests have the freedom to visit their favourite wineries in the Hemel-en-Aarde. All participating wineries will be open and many will focus on Chardonnay.