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It stirs us to imagine the celestial and envelops us with the luxurious. Dom Pérignon once exclaimed that “he’s tasting the stars”; Madame de Pompadour found it left women beautiful after drinking. It’s la boisson préfférée of the rich and famous and a frequent drink of celebration for breakfast, lunch or dinner all over the world, and while the crème de la crème comes from la région de champagne, sparkling wines from other parts of the world don’t have to stand back at all.
On 25 and 26 November 2017, Plettenberg Bay will put its sexiest foot forward for the 4th annual Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, taking place on Plettenberg Bay’s central beach. With more than 30 wines from 9 wineries in the Plett Winelands, visitors will be able to quench their thirst for the finer things in life. With performances by local musicians and a smorgasbord of cultivated oyster, savouries, breads, charcuterie and artisan cheeses there will be something to satisfy all the senses.
Participating wine farms are Bitou Vineyards, Kay & Monty Vineyards, Lodestone Wine & Olives, Luka Wines, Newstead Lund Family Vineyards, Packwood Wine Estate, Plettenvale Wine Estate and newcomer That Wine Demesne, who will be introducing their Pinot noir.
It is only through a miracle that Plettenvale Wine Estate will be present at the festival. In June 2017, devastating fires swept through Knysna and surrounds and left a path of destruction in its wake. Winemaker Gloria and her husband Martin lost their house to the fires yet, virtually inexplicably, the fire destroyed the fencing surrounding the vineyard but did not jump into the vines. Both the cellar and tasting room had fire damage on the outside but both structures made it through the fire fairly unscathed although Gloria’s 3000 Chardonnay vines went into early budding stage due to the heat generated by the fire.
The Plett Winelands may be relatively young and the smallest in South Africa yet they will not disappoint. Lodestone Wine & Olives opened their tasting room at the end of 2016 while the doors of Luka Wines’ tasting room opened as recent as July, welcome additions to this boutique wine route.
For those who love to pair their wine with a little adventure, enjoy some of the local wineries on horseback or a scenic and relaxing ride for the whole family on Hog Hollow Horse Trails’ beautifully restored vintage carriage, drawn by two gorgeous Pecherons. Make sure to book though or you may be sorely disappointed.
Have a look at the 2016 Festival here:
The Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival is open:
Saturday, 8 October from 13:00 to 20:00
Sunday, 9 October from 12:00 to 18:00
Tickets for the festival is R200 for a Day Pass or R350 for a Weekend Pass.
You can contact Plettenberg Bay Tourism on 044 533 4065.
Visit their website at www.plett-tourism.co.za/events/plett-wine-bubbly-festival-2017/
Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PlettTourism/