Get set for a Shiraz spectacular: 7 days of sublime food and wine


A FULL week of outstanding food paired with some of the country’s best Shiraz wines awaits in this year’s exciting Seven Days of Shiraz and Venison this June. The programme for this annual winter festival has been unveiled and reflects another top-class showcase for the quality of South African Shiraz and its versatility as a food wine.

A jamboree of foodie delight, Seven Days of Shiraz and Venison centres mostly around the week of June 10 although several events will take place on one day only. Others have opted to extend the party for the entire month.

Marinated sliced barbecue aged leg of venison with chanterelles and Yorkshire pudding

Winter is not only big for red wine, but game-inspired dishes too; festival participants can expect everything from feasts of Shiraz and game, winemaker-led tastings of rare vintages, quick and simple pairings for fast visits, culinary innovations in savoury and sweet, and more. Picture fire-side lunches and thick-knitted jumpers or lingering dinners in the company of friends. Seven Days of Shiraz and Venison is the perfect occasion to get out and about in the magnificent Cape winelands.

The great news is that participating wineries are located across the Cape, making it the perfect down-time activity whether you have an afternoon at your disposal or an entire weekend. Do note reservations are required for most of the occasions and must be made with the individual providers.

Traditional rolled boar roast with dumpling, fried vegetables and mushrooms

Shiraz is among South Africa’s most widely planted varieties with the country being one of the biggest global growers too and the world-class quality of our Shiraz is promoted by this event. Wineries taking part this year include Aan’t Vette Wine Estate (Riversdale); Allesverloren (Riebeek Kasteel); Darling Cellars (Darling); Du Toitskloof (Rawsonville); Lord’s Wine Farm (McGregor); and Strandveld Vineyards (Southern Cape).

In Stellenbosch, there’s Asara; Avontuur Estate; Bartinney; Delheim; Neethlingshof; Oldenburg Vineyards and Zevenwacht. In Hermanus and surrounds, Benguela Cove; Creation and Villion Family Wines. Paarl wineries doing their bit will be Avondale; Fairview; Landskroon; Nederburg and Vondeling Wines. In Durbanville, visit De Grendel Wines; Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery and Meerendal while Wellington wineries taking part are Diemersfontein and Wellington Wines; and, in Franschhoek, La Motte and Leopard’s Leap.

Venison pie with cranberry relish

The full programme is available online here. Share your memorable moments of Seven Days of Shiraz and Venison 2019 by tagging Shiraz SA on Twitter @Shiraz_SA and Facebook (ShirazSouthAfrica).

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