published on: Monday, 20 June 2011
Beat away the wintry blues at the annual Breedekloof Soetes and Soup
2011 weekend which takes place on Friday 22 July and Saturday 23 July.
It is a ideal opportunity to taste the Bersig LBV Port 2000 which has just been crowned a class winner at the South African Port Producer’s Association’s annual Port Challenge.
This fun-filled event hosted by wineries in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini, and Breede River areas, combats the chills by serving cups of steaming hot homemade country soup accompanied by a glass of multiple award-winning soetes (dessert wines) including Hanepoot, Noble Late Harvest, Red Jerepigo and Port.
There will be soup and wine pairings, red wine barrel tastings with the winemaker and cooper demonstrations - the art of wine barrel making. There will also be discounts of up to 15% on reds and dessert wines.
Besides the wine, there will be live music, a farmer’s market and Witblits tastings, as well as exhibitions of art, clothing and jewellery. Highlights include a Cabaret show hosted by Seven Oaks and Waboomsrivier Cellar, featuring Phantom of the Opera star Rory Rootenberg, and Bob & Sop at Opstal Estate – an evening of food, wine and music featuring covers of artists named Bob (Dylan, Marley, Geldof and Seger).
Visitors buy a Breedekloof Soetes & Soup enamel mug and coupon booklet for R15 per person at their first winery and use these to enjoy complimentary cups of homemade country soup and discounts of between 10% and 25% on red and fortified wines at each of the participating wineries.
Opstal Estate will host Opstal Vars - a farmers/fresh produce market with music, food stalls, jewellery, paintings and entertainment for kids.
Badsberg will offer a 15% discount on reds and dessert wines. There will also be homemade country soups and freshly baked bread made the traditional woodfire way by Kleinplasie Museum and a Witblits tasting hosted by Kleinplasie Museum.
Slanghoek Cellar will host red wine barrel tastings with the winemaker and cooper demonstrations - the art of wine barrel making. Daschbosh Cellar has a full programme of kiddies entertainment including Sand Art, decorate your own cupcake and braai your own “stokbrood”.
Bergsig Estate will host live music and offer Soup & Wine Pairings at R40 per person - soups include Green Pepper, Seafood, Spicy Tomato, Hungarian Goulash and Chocolate. The Bistro will serve an A’ la Carte menu.
The region’s diverse range of accommodation venues have a Soetes & Soup weekend special where you pay for two nights and get the third night free.
The Breedekloof is a family destination and the wineries cater for kids. Visit www.breedekloof.com for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (023) 349-1791.