Kick off your shoes at Feast of the Grape 2015

Itching for grape amusement? Kick off your shoes for some squishing and splatting at the Durbanville Wine Valley’s Feast of the Grape, a weekend of harvest fun hosted by 12 wine farms in the Durbanville Wine Valley. The festival takes place on 28 February and 1 March 2015, at the picturesque D’Aria wine farm, surrounded by vineyards and nature, with plenty of seasonal wines to sip.

The farms coming together to take part in the grape frolics are: Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida and Signal Gun. 

“This year’s festival will be very special as it brings all our member farms together on one wine farm, rather than each hosting its own separate harvest celebration”, says winemaker Etienne Louw, chairperson of the Durbanville Wine Valley Association who organises the event.  “With this we salute the region’s great harvest traditions of the past, bringing together the community to celebrate the season’s bounty.

A mere 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, the charming wine route set in rolling hills is the perfect place to enjoy the last summer days with family and friends.  Great food, excellent wines, the sensory experience of grape stomping for charity, kids entertainment, kids play areas,  music, happy crowds and the natural surroundings create a most memorable festival. 



FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 

Wine-tasting:
Taste the wines of Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida and Signal Gun. 

A Taste of Durbanville:
Meander from stall to stall and take your pick from the harvest-inspired, festival-friendly dishes on sale, selected to compliment their wines. 

Tutored tasting Theatre: 
Winemakers and a Cape Wine Master explore the Durbanville terroir and wine styles in intimate tastings. Individualistic, outspoken and passionate, the presenters are as informative as they are entertaining. 

Tutored tastings for wine enthusiasts is a first for the festival. Wine estate restaurants bring their personality to festival feasting with creative dishes such as oysters with Sauvignon Blanc jelly, and baguettes with Boerejongens.  
Saturday 28 February, 12h00  
Saturday 28 February, 14h00
Sunday 1 March, 12h00
Sunday 1 March, 14h00

Note: The tutored tastings are free of charge. Booking essential via etienne@altydgedacht.co.za
Bookings will also be taken at the festival entrance on the day. 30 seats available per session. 

Kids Zone: 
With the festival’s strong family orientation, children’s activities will keep the young festival fans entertained in a special Kids Zone. Kids entertainment will include an undercover tented area with child minders, Go Cart track and an inflatable soccer field. Kids love the juicy grape-stomping: be prepared to hose them down afterwards and bring a change of clothing. 

The Durbanville ‘12 wine farms
1 wine project’: Very special grape must (mos) can be tasted at the festival! This must represents the first stage in the making of a unique Durbanville Wine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015 to be released later in the year. In this brand new initiative the 12 farms on the wine route all contributed 1 ton of grapes towards making the first Durbanville Wine Valley Sauvignon Blanc truly depictive of the region’s terroir and the winemakers.  

Grape-stomping:
This is an invitation for festival goers to kick off their shoes, roll up their sleeves, and squish some sauvignon blanc between the toes. As ancient as wine-making itself, this fun activity brings homage to wine traditions and the soul.  The Grape-Stomping will be a charity driven Juice Drive event headed up by Ceres. Stomping will be charged at R10 per adult and R5 per child, all proceeds on stomping and Ceres juices bought will be handed over to charity. 
Uber – Arrive in style with Uber, Everyone’s Private Driver:
We have partnered with Uber to offer all new users a first free ride! All new users can sign up here with the promotional code: Feast2015 in order to receive a free first ride up to R200. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site: m.uber.com.  

Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. The entire service is cash free and the fare is deducted directly from your card on file. For questions, please contact Uber at supportcapetown@uber.com

Quick Information:
Dates:       28 February – 1 March 2014
Venue: D'Aria Wine Estate, M13 Tygervalley Road, Durbanville
Tickets: R110.00 for tasting kit with tasting glass and 10 tasting coupons – received at the festival
R60 for the designated driver ticket – entry only
        Children under 18: R20.00 – Free entry to Kids Zone
Tickets available at www.quicket.co.za
or Tyger Valley Centre opposite Clicks from 1 – 26 February / at any of the Durbanville Valley Wine Farms or at the gates. 
Hours:                    Saturday 11h00 - 19h00
                                Sunday 11h00 - 18h00
                                WINE TASTING CLOSES AT 4PM on both days, wine by the bottle thereafter. 
Twitter:                   @durbanvillewine #feastofthegrape
Facebook:              Durbanville Wine Valley
Website: http://www.durbanvillewine.co.za/