Four-day African harvest experience (17 – 21 March 2017)

Ever wanted to experience late summer heat, in Africa, but doing something quintessentially European?
cropped-sam_0778.jpgFor less than R10 000 (per person sharing – roughly €700), this all-inclusive, four-day package includes, accommodation in typical village accommodation, all meals and where appropriate, selected wines and wine tastings.

This special experience incorporates a variety of harvest-related activities such as watching grapes being harvested in the vineyards, seeing what happens in the cellars as the grapes start their journey to becoming wine.  Guests will also have the opportunity to make and bake bread in a wood-fired oven.

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Only ZAR 9,600 per person sharing

Closing date for this experience is 3 weeks prior: 24 February 2017

Costs, per person sharing, include:

  • Four nights’ accommodation in carefully selected accommodation in McGregor Village.  Single supplements apply
  • Transport to tastings, excursions and dining venues outside the village
  • All activities, talks and hosted farm walks and tours
  • All meals including food and selected wine pairings with meals.

Here’s what we’re planning over the four days, which we will try to keep slow, during the busiest time of the year in our valley!

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Every day, except the last day (Tuesday), will start with breakfast at McGregor Country House (a favourite watering hole for local grape growers), after which the group will move on to the day’s activities.

Transport will be provided for excursions beyond the borders of the village on Saturday and Monday – Friday and Sunday’s activities are located in the village where everything is within easy walking distance of the accommodation establishments.

Shuttle transport from and back to Cape Town International Airport can be arranged on request.

Friday afternoon

Arrive at in Mcgregor, settle in and then gather for sundowners before dinner and wine pairing at a local establishment.

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Saturday

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After breakfast, the bus will collect the group and head to Wonderfontein to taste Paul Renee’s MCC – hosted by winemaker, Henk.

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Then, join winemaker, Jan Kannemeyer, at Wolfkloof, for lunch and harvest chatter.  Jan is a merlot man, and loves to talk about his journey to making the valley’s only White Merlot.

After lunch, and back in McGregor, enjoy a relaxed afternoon in your accommodation and/or arrange a treatment with one of McGregor’s wellness practitioners.

The day will conclude with a harvest supper with Bemind Wyne’s winemaker and family.

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With luck, diners will enjoy live music from talented McGregorites.

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After a light breakfast at your accommodation, learn about harvest bread-baking from Hester van der Walt who has had a life-long passion for baking bread.

Afterwards, join Hester and Lies with the Slow Wine Weekends’ team over a lunch Craft_Solarayou’ve helped to create, breaking bread around the purpose-built oven at Poena.  The building of which is a story in itself!

Hester’s Book of Bread will be on sale and, of course, she will be on hand to sign it for you.

McGregor’s only organic wine, Solara and an easy-drinking Craft Pinot Noir will be served with the meal.

After lunch, enjoy either a well-deserved rest in your cottage where, if you so wish, grape-devineyou can be pampered by one of our Un-wine(d) wellness partners.  More information provided on request.

As the sun goes down, gather for sundowners and a celebratory supper under the stars – bring and break your own bread to go with your supper.

Monday

After a leisurely breakfast, we will head to McGregor Winery

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McGregor Wines is a large co-op, producing bulk wines for a range of clients under their own labels.  Wines with the McGregor Wines branding are only available in and within a very small radius of McGregor.

The management team and winemaker will send guests on a treasure hunt through the vineyards, to collect treasure from different vines and then return to the cellar and match it with the wine into which the treasure is made. Depending on the day’s actual harvest activities, guests are likely to witness lines of lorries laden with grapes at the cellar and see the process turns grapes into wine.  A cellar tour is included, with a wine tasting (the red muscadel is justifiably quite famous!), as is lunch paired with McGregor’s own wines.

On the way back to the village, there is a mandatory stop at Tanagra Private Cellar for a tasting of their wine and eau de vie (Grappa).

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Sadly, the still is not in working order, so we won’t be able to watch distiller, Robert Rosenbach in action.

Then get out of the sun and put your feet up at your accommodation and/or arrange a treatment with one of McGregor’s wellness practitioners.

The final supper is planned in one of the McGregor locals’ favourite venues because of its spectacular views over the village (especially at sunset) and eclectic, ever-changing décor.

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Tuesday

After checking out from your accommodation we will head out on the Old Robertson road for brunch on the stoep at Lord’s Guest Lodge for brunch in one of the valley’s most spectacular settings, accompanied by Lord’s award-winning Methode Cap Classique brut and brut rosé before making your way home.

*Itinerary subject to change at short notice.  Equivalent activities will be substituted

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The Small Print

Numbers limited:  only 12 people can be accommodated in any Slow Wine Weekend (minimum 8)

Unless otherwise stated, all other terms and conditions apply

Prices exclude:

  • Other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and/or wine purchases at the cellars you visit
  • Gratuities, personal purchases, donations or personal services separately charged for, not specifically listed on your final itinerary
  1. Booking for this experience closes 3 weeks before the selected weekend
  2. The schedule is subject to change at short notice and is weather dependent;  equivalent activities will be substituted.

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