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DEAR FANS

Greetings from Diemersfontein! Good heavens – but the winter season is well and truly upon us now! When social media posts start broadcasting that “Cape Town is freezing” then you can just imagine how cold it is out here in the Boland!

However, do not let the colder weather deter you from coming out to visit us! In fact the winter season is one of the most visually spectacular times of year. The vineyards may look a little bare but it’s a stunning picture no less. The mountain tops are dusted with snow, the waterfalls are clearly visible and the winter sunsets can be quite exquisite. We do of course have the indoor fire going in the restaurant at all times, Andy is always busy cooking up another surprise – and when on a wine farm, there’s always plenty of wine to go around! What more could you possibly ask for?

Furthermore, our guesthouse rooms are cosy and snug, with an old-world charm that will warm your heart, so don’t put off that romantic getaway idea just because of the cold – it might just be the best reason yet! (and you can take advantage of our winter accommodation special)

So we hope to see you soon, if not here, always in spirit!
Regards from the farm x

ON THE FARM

A word from the Winemaker …

It has started to quiet down quite a bit in the cellar now, with only the soft drumming of a small pump that’s task it is to move wine from tanks to barrels. We also are busy working on the new Ovation wine vintages which are scheduled to be bottled in a month or so.

At this time of year (when I’m a little less tied down in the cellar) our marketing efforts are put into full swing. So for me it’s a matter of keeping the travel bag in the car and meeting with as many of our customers as possible. I also attend various festivals, expos and wine dinners to ensure I am spread out as far as possible!

With regard to new releases… I do have something I’d love to share with you, however I have not been given the go-ahead to divulge just yet… So keep your eyes and ears posted, there is yet another cat in the bag…

We are of course delighted about the recent rains we received and our dam levels are slowly beginning to rise. Hopefully more rain will bring the necessary water that is so crucially needed to replenish our reserves. Waldo, our viticulturist is about to begin with the winter pruning and you will also notice how the cover-crop between the vines has begun to grow – and soon the vineyards will display their plush green carpets.

Happy Diemersfontein Wine times folks!

Francois Roode, Winemaker

BY THE FIRESIDE WINE PROMOTION

This month, Diemersfontein offers you a superb selection of red wines, aptly themed:

* BY THE FIRESIDE R629.00 per case *

3 x Diemersfontein Original Coffee & Chocolate Pinotage 2016
2 x Diemersfontein Summers Lease 2015
1 x For the Birds Red Blend 2014

Delivery Included! Please note that the price INCLUDES your delivery. This delivery service applies to all main area zones within South Africa only. If you are outside of a main delivery zone, we will quote you on any relevant delivery fees required.

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT OFFER – Order here

DIEMERSFONTEIN WINTER SPECIALS

ACCOMMODATION WINTER SPECIAL

A mini-break getaway in winter? Absolutely!

Take a well-deserved mid-year break to Diemersfontein Wine Estate – where you can indulge in our magnificent country-style garden and Manor House rooms, enjoy marvellous food and drink plenty of wine! For only R550 per person per night you will also receive breakfast AND a complimentary bottle of our famous Diemersfontein Original Coffee & Chocolate Pinotage! Please note that this promotion expires at the end of August 2017 BOOK NOW to secure this deal:

BOOKINGS: reception@diemersfontein.co.za or 021 864 5050.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Celebrating CHRISTMAS IN JULY at Diemersfontein! Join us on 14 – 16 July for a weekend loaded with Christmas fun, (plenty of food and wine) or join us on Sunday for a 12-noon special Christmas lunch! Celebrate winter in the Winelands – a time that the valley rests but the people don’t! Our Tasting room will be open and our friendly staff look forward to your visit.

Open daily from 10h00 – 17h00.

Full-Weekend package: R1 300 per person and includes B&B
Sunday lunch: R295 per person, not including beverages.

For more information about the full-weekend package, please contact Hazel Kelly at marketing2@diemersfontein.co.za.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Join Diemersfontein at the uber-popular Coffee & Chocolate Expo!

Be sure to visit our stand (No.27) at the Coffee & Chocolate Expo, 13-16 July 2017 at Monte casino, Jhb. Besides having a good ol’ chat with us and tasting all the wines we’ll be presenting, this awesome expo also offers you the opportunity to roast your own coffee, experiment and play in the chocolate workshop or pairing theatre and live music bands at the Cocoa Mokka lounge! (Don’t be surprised if you bump into a few famous faces too!) The tastes and smells at this event are to die for, but the variety of traders, marvellous products and the all round experience is one you’ll never forget!

Tickets are R120pp online and R150pp at the door. CLICK HERE to get yours now.

PINOTAGE ON TAP

The first leg of our highly anticipated Pinotage On Tap road show of festivals is but days away!
We’ll be kicking off in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal on the 15th July – and already the excitement in the air is electric! Fantastic musicians and awesome food caterers have been selectively chosen and together with our barrels of wine we foresee this festival to be a massive hit!

Here are the dates, venues & bands:
15 July KZN, Max’s Lifestyle, Umlazi, Qadasi & Maqhinga, (plus a surprise guest) | 12 August Johannesburg, Casalinga Restorante, Rubber Duc, The Stone Jets, Will Rayz, Bad Peter | 2 September: Cape Town, Diemersfontein Wine Estate, Rubber Duc, The Stone Jets, Newton & Co | 16 September: KZN, The Litchi Orchard, Umhlali, Rubber Duc, The Kickstands | 4 November: Free State, Clarens, The Stone Jets, Simon

Tickets are R295pp (yes we’ve discounted them by a whopping 30%) but still include your entry to the event, goodie bag on arrival, Pinotage wine flowing freely from the barrels, live music bands – and the best wine fest experience EVER!

How is this possible? We went back to the drawing board, did some homework and listened to our fans. So with that in mind, we reviewed all the best years of POT and combined all the most successful aspects to bring you a POT festival that will top them all! We’ve booked the best local musicians and only the finest caterers will provide a variety of foods (specially paired to the Pinotage) which guests can choose from and buy as they please.

Tickets are already available at Computicket

IMPORTANT POT NOTE: Be sure to keep up with all the juicy details as they develop and please remember to LIKE & SHARE our new Facebook Page : Pinotage on Tap 2017 – lots of fun things going on there!

WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE TIPS

How to make GLUHWEIN, a hearty winter-warmer with a delightful Christmas feeling!

You will need:

¾ cup water | ¾ cup white sugar | 1 cinnamon stick | 1 orange | ½ lemon | 10 whole cloves
+ 750ml Diemersfontein For the Birds Red wine

Preparation method:
In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer. Generously squeeze the orange and lemon juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel and place the peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for about 30 minutes or until thick and syrupy. Pour in the wine and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in some warm water (it’s piping hot, so cold glasses may break.)
Cheers!

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