The months of February and March have great significance in the wine industry, in that it symbolises the celebration of the harvest. This integral part of the winemaking process is a carefully curated journey from vineyard to bottle, which requires the focused attention of the winemaker and their teams. Their days start before the sun rises and some days ends as the sun sets. These long hours in the hot sun are worth it, as it allows the winemaker to create the perfect wine, we as consumers get to sip, sample and savour. It is also the time to truly reflect and value the journey the grape embarks on.
During this time some of our Franschhoek Vignerons will be celebrating the start of the harvest season with a few bespoke offerings. Make your way to Franschhoek during February as farms in and around the valley will be hosting their own harvest celebrations.
Until mid-April, La Motte will be hosting their Harvest Experience. Enjoy a specially curated vineyard and cellar tour as you get to learn more about the estate’s harvest processes and biologic farming practices, experience the hand-sorting of grapes and other cellar activities, ending off your tour with a tasting of the Pierneef and La Motte collections. Additionally you can also linger a bit longer and try sharing plates from their popular Garden Menu. Read more about the Harvest Experience here
On Saturday, 23 February Grande Provence will be pulling out all the stops for their popular annual Harvest Festival. Pick and stomp your own grapes to the jovial beats of the Kaapse Klopse, followed by a sumptuous harvest feast. This is the perfect day out for the young and old. For more information visit this post.
Although it is a busy time for the winemaking team the wine estates are still up and running, ready to welcome visitors with open arms and eager to share news with you on the harvest progress. We invite you to explore the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley during the harvest season which is truly magical.