31 January 2015
Kickstart the New Year and head off to Hartenberg Wine Estate in the picture perfect Stellenbosch Winelands for the annual Riesling & Rarities Rock Festival, which takes place on Saturday, 31 January 2015. Taste the finest flagship Rieslings from South Africa’s top wine producers paired with gourmet deli fare.
Celebrated Hartenberg winemaker, Carl Shultz, regarded as one of the country’s finest Riesling masters, has invited the crème de la crème of cellars to showcase their premium Weisser/Rhine Rieslings at this fabulous food and wine celebration.
Adding extra flair to this year’s event visitors will be treated to a line up of other rare varietals too, such as Semillon, Viognier and Gewürztraminer, amongst others. South Africa has been challenging other wine-producing areas, globally, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. This intimate festival is the perfect platform to showcase these rare varieties produced from South Africa’s diverse wine regions.
Regarded as one of the most versatile of all wines, Riesling is the perfect partner to just about any type of food. Dry style Rieslings enhance the flavours of a wide range of dishes from sushi and gravadlax to oysters and antipasti. Off-dry Rieslings make excellent pairings with spicier foods such as Thai prawns, chorizo or even herring and roll mops, with the sweeter Rieslings ideally suited to cutting through rich foods such as pâtés and terrines, duck and roast pork, and perfect for curries. Rieslings also make fine dessert wines ideally suited to fruit tarts, cheeses, pecan nut pie and even a tangy lemon tart.
Making the most of your day in the winelands sample the delicious deli fare on offer, which includes Ghenwa’s Lebanese Food, Bread & Wine’s world famous charcuterie and breads, as well as Joostenberg’s pâtés and terrines. For a more relaxing offering pre-order one of Hartenberg Wine Estate’s indulging picnics, at R150 per person. Pre-booking for the picnic baskets is advisable and can be done through Webtickets.
Without a doubt the finest summer event perfectly suited to the long summer days in January, festivalgoers will be able to sample these fine wines between 12pm and 5pm on the day. Tickets cost R120 per person, and are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za. Your ticket includes all tastings as well as a complementary tasting glass. Live entertainment will make for a memorable experience and to ensure you don’t go hungry delicious treats will be available for purchase from the various deli stalls.