Delheim rolls out the barrels for Start of Harvest buzz

Delheim Estate, the wine legend on the foot of the Simonsberg, is set to ring in the new vintage with their popular Start of Harvest Celebration, which promises a wine-derful weekend of Winelands entertainment on Saturday, 23 January and Sunday, 24 January 2016.  

Delheim is one of the first Stellenbosch wine estates to stomp in the annual harvest in high spirits and this year the stalwart will get its grapes groove on for young and old to experience real life on a working wine farm. During this two-day merriment, the amicable Sperling family invites visitors to share in a ‘feast of their fruitage’, which ranges from an amusing grape stomping competition to relaxed, al fresco dining at the Harvest Table.  

The harvest high jinks starts at noon, on both days, when guests are greeted with a glass of fermenting grape must and a sweet ‘mosbolletjie’, a traditional harvest treat, to toast the new vintage. Grapes harvested on the day will also be out for sampling for enthusiasts to get an early taste of Delheim’s forte, all amidst the drone of working tractors.  

Lunch will be served in the picnic area at the river’s edge, where a buffet table, brimming with country deliciousness, will entice friends and families to spread their blankets and chill out under the shade of towering oaks.    

The Delheim Start of Harvest Celebration also offers a good dose of laughter with its mushy grape stomping contest, which sees colourful teams of all shapes and sizes, stomping their hearts out to produce the most juice. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs for the winning team, bravest spirits, and best dressed on the day.  

“Not that you need an excuse to visit Delheim this summer, but if you are looking for a wine harvest where the Winelands comes alive with a genuine feeling of Gemütlichkeit, then Delheim’s Start of Harvest Celebration is a sensational one,” shares Charlotte Terblanche, the estate’s Destination Manager.  Tickets are limited to 120 adults per day and cost R300 per person (R175 for children under 12; kids under 2 are free). Your ticket includes all the activities and food on the day; a Delheim wine glass, and live music entertainment. Pre-bookings are advised to avoid disappointment and remember to pack a hat, blanket and sunscreen. Delheim will sell their quirky T-shirts on the day.                                                                                                       

For more information on the 2016 Delheim Start the Harvest or to book your spot contact Wilma at the restaurant on Tel: 021 888 4607 or 079 7353257, or send an email torestaurant@delheim.com.    Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.