Wine with heart: A great day out and about!

Wine with heart: A great day out and about!
Nicolette Waterford

By Nicolette Waterford

Celebrate the last few weeks of winter with a great day out in the winelands.
Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the historic Groote Post farm, owned by the Pentz family and situated in the Darling Hills, presents a rustic and rural atmosphere with undulating hills, vast open spaces and warm country hospitality.
In addition to a wide range of award-winning wines, Hilda’s Kitchen’s superb culinary experience and Farm Drives through the private game camp and vineyards, Groote Post also offers spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain, nature walks, bird-watching in the hide on the dam and spectacular West Coast flowers in spring.
Join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for their first country market on Sunday August 31. The market promises to be country hospitality at its best.

The terrace in front of Hilda’s Kitchen and adjacent to the Cellar will be a hive of activity, brimming with delicious and beautiful country offerings.
Guests can expect artisan foods, arts and crafts, home ware and décor, live entertainment, lots of fun activities for kids, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines. Local will be lekker with locals presenting a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including mushrooms, burgers, breads, cheese, cured meats, olive oils, preserves and much more – to enjoy at the market or take home. A highlight of the day at the first market will be a cooking demonstration by Leroux van Vuuren from the ‘Kokkedoor’ TV Show, which will include a revised recipe from Hildagonda Duckitt (Groote Post’s very own ‘Grande Dame of Cape Cuisine’), as well as something West Coast inspired.
Kids will love the rolling lawns, playground, tractor trips and guided horse rides.
All Groote Post’s wines will be available for tasting and purchase by the glass, bottle or case. As a special treat, Nick Pentz and winemaker Lukas Wentzel will be launching a Groote Post Rosé made exclusively for the farm’s monthly market visitors.

Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant will be open as usual and visitors will also have the opportunity of going on a farm drive through the game camp and vineyards in Groote Post’s bona fide game vehicle.
The Groote Post Country Market is being organized by the vibrant ladies from I Love Yzer, who publish a local magazine in print and online and arrange a number of successful events in the area.
Entry to the Groote Post Country Market is free of charge.
Groote Post Country Market dates: August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30 and December 28

Groote Post Country Market opening hours: 10am to 3pm
For more information on the Groote Post Country Market: call 082 877 6677; or send an email to  eldre@iloveyzer.co.za; or visit www.grootepostcountrymarket.co.za.

From markets to something a bit more cheesy…

Visitors to Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch can look forward to their latest offering when next visiting. From this month onwards treat yourself to a carefully paired Wine and Cheese Pairing available at R75 per person.
The following wines have been paired with superb cheeses from the Boerenkaas range:

• Lanzerac Chenin Blanc paired with the Boerenkaas Extra Belegen Eight Month
• Lanzerac Chardonnay paired with Boerenkaas Jong Cumin
• Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Boerenkaas Oude One Year
• Lanzerac Special Late Harvest paired with Boerenkaas Extra Oude Four Year

Bookings are essential and can be secured directly through the Tasting Room by calling 021 886 5641.