Say it. Just say it. Shiraz. Charcuterie.
See? Feels like a smile and a kiss to me, which pretty much sums up how I feel about this weekend’s festival at Antonij Rupert Wyne Estate outside Franschhoek. It’s an absolute shoe-in for one of the funnest times around, and you’ll be sorry if you miss it. Tickets are selling fast at R 180 pp from www.ticketsweb.co.za so get busy and buy now!
What to expect: Anthonij Rupert Wyne is one of the most spectacularly beautiful wine estates in the Cape Winelands. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, and what a drive, with that amazing scenery! (Loads of Instagram opportunities, right there.) Apart from the superb wines on offer, you’ll also get to revel in the grand views, the exquisitely landscaped gardens, the soothing, laid back vibes, plus good company if you’re clever and invite your friends along. They’ll think you’re even cooler than you are already.
The complexity and spiciness of Shiraz is a perfect friend and foil for rich, fatty cured meats and sausages. With any luck, you’ll be so inspired you’ll continue your own Shiraz & Charcuterie love fests at home all winter long!
Wines on show will include Anthonij Rupert Syrah, the Cape of Good Hope Riebeek’s Rivier Shiraz, and Protea Shiraz. Bold and elegant in its own right. The Protea Shiraz adds appeal with its eye-catching design of indigenous flora. These bottles are perfect for upcycling into vases or tumblers!
Other participating vineyards are Rust en Vrede, Waterford, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Hartenberg Estate, Simonsig and Thelema.
Shiraz is a great choice on frosty, rain-lashed Cape winter days – on Saturday you’ll experience it paired with French onion soup and Gruyere croutons, or a braised lamb arancini (deep fried risotto balls with stuffing) and homemade tomato chutney. The match with Toulouse sausages and braised lentils ain’t half bad either. More artisanal fare by Terra del Capo’s Chef HW Pieterse and a lot of lovely wines await you, just make sure you’re there by noon!
Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek on Saturday, 28 May (12pm to 5pm).
Tickets cost R180 per person and are limited, so pre-booking is recommended. Your ticket includes entry as well as tastings of the wines on show. Book directly via www.webtickets.co.za.