Bottelary Hills ‘pop-up’ lunches pay homage to heritage fare

Good food, good wine, good company - what more can one ask for?

Discover what makes fine country food and slow-crafted wine so special when you book a seat at this year’s trio of “pop-up” lunches featuring the Stellenbosch sub wine route of Bottelary Hills and the celebrated, Scotland-born chef, George Jardine.

The must-do winery lunch series has grown to become a feature on the calendar of food and wine lovers who can’t miss this annual taste exploration showcasing different farms and wines of the region each year. Stepping up the attraction, a headline chef is part of the mix too.

On the heels of Bertus Basson’s participation in 2016 comes the celebrated chef, George Jardine, whose stellar career includes a string of successful restaurants and his most recent project - the fine dining eatery in the heart of Stellenbosch, Restaurant Jardine.

For the Bottelary Hills “pop-up” lunches this year, Jardine will present his signature foodie pizzazz at:

Hartenberg Wine Estate on 28 May,

Kaapzicht Wine Estate on 27 August, and

Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve on 19 November.

At the same time, guests will have the chance to socialise with the winemakers or owners themselves.

The theme of the menu and events will serve to highlight the deep historical roots of the region and farms of Bottelary Hills.

Known for producing champion wines, Bottelary Hills is one of five sub-routes in the Stellenbosch wine region and is situated to the northwest of South Africa’s famous wine capital.


For the lunch at Hartenberg Estate (www.hartenbergestate.com) on 28 May, guests will get insight to heritage stretching back to 1692. Hartenberg lies in a valley on the free-draining, north-eastern slopes of the Bottelary Hills where its vineyards were planted to take most advantage of either morning or afternoon sun. There is a difference in altitude of some 250m between the vineyards, providing sought-after diversity to its portfolio. At the hand of renowned cellar master Carl Schultz, the estate has become known especially for is outstanding Shiraz wine.

On 27 August, it’s the turn of Kaapzicht Wine Estate (www.kaapzicht.co.za). The name is derived from Dutch and refers to the sweeping views of hills and Table Mountain the estate enjoys. The Steytler family has farmed the 190ha property since 1946 and specialises predominantly in red cultivars. Kaapzicht’s unirrigated vineyards thrive in ancient, weathered granite soils and are cooled by breezes from the Atlantic Ocean just 30km away – ideal conditions that produce full bodied, fruity and award-winning wines.

The final “pop-up” lunch on 19 November features Mooiplaas (www.mooiplaas.co.za), which has a reputation for spectacular scenery almost equal to the elegance of its wines. Here too, is a farm built on heritage, care for the land and topographical contrast that results in diverse microclimates. Cape Granite is the foundation material of the soils on the estate, which comprises some 100ha of vineyard and 70ha reserved for its nature reserve.

Tickets to the Bottelary Hills “pop-up” lunches cost R550 per person and include a wine tasting prior to lunch and the ensuing three-course feast, served generously with glasses of estate wine paired with each course. Each guest also gets a bottle Bottelary Hills wine to enjoy at home too.

Booking for every one of the popular events is required as the tickets are limited. To make a reservation or see a map of Bottelary Hills, visit the Stellenbosch Wine Routes website at www.wineroute.co.za. For more information, call 021 886 8275.

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