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Celebrating Women’s Day - Cup of Wine

To all the Beautiful Women, come join us in the celebration of this marvelous day.

Each lady will be welcomed with a Cup of Blush and for the little princesses we have a Cup of Juice.

Our wines making waves in competitions

Sommeliers recently selected their top wines in the annual South African Sommeliers Selection - a wine competition judged solely by wine stewards in categories consumers will typically find on a ‘wine list’ -and wines from the Breedekloof Wine Valley produced an impressive result.

In this competition, winning are referred to as ‘Listed Wines’ and are listed on the valued Sommeliers Selection wine list. This wine list is distributed countrywide to trade and restaurants as an indication of wines that come highly recommended by this panel of esteemed South African sommeliers.

Entries are judged blind, and scrutinised for their food appropriateness and their gastronomical relevance. The judging panel considers the stylistic approach to wines, their regionality and price points.


During the recent second Signature Red Blend Report that was released last week our Carl Everson Cape Blend 2015 scored a very commendable 91 on the 100 point scale. As 1 of 20 wines recognised and awarded this wine is living up to his billing as our estate’s flagship red.
37% Pinotage, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Shiraz and 5% Cinsaut. Top notes of flowers, fynbos and musk before red and black berries. Relatively light bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins – a pretty wine.

Christian Eeds suggests that “The Barber Sémillon 2016 from Slanghoek property Opstal is a knock-out. Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1998, fermentation occurred spontaneously before maturation in old oak lasting 10 months. The nose shows hay, pear, peach, naartjie and a little spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and greasy but not without verve thanks to tangy acidity – intensely flavoured with a savoury, almost bitter finish.” There are only 5 cases left of the total production so jump if you want to share in this unique experience. If you want to place a order please email wine@opstal.co.za

Soetes & Sop Festival 2017

Soetes en Sop weekend programme

This year our Soetes & Sop weekend (21-23 July) will kick off with an Opstal Live show with Klipwerf Orkes! The Klipwerf Orkes, a band born and bred in the Calvinia district of the Hantam Karoo, has their own unique style of music that no one can copy. Bring your family and friends and join us for a “vaste vastrap”! Food stalls with a variety of traditional South African cuisine and a cash bar will be available during the show. Tickets are R170 per person and are available on Webtickets. The Klipwerf show at Opstal can be attended without a Soetes & Sop Festival pass.

On Saturday, our festival favourite, Opstal Vars market will be running till three o’clock. Come and enjoy fresh farm-style produce, funky accessories, handmade wood items and more! While you are browsing, we have a face painter and jungle-gym for the kiddies.

Please note: The Soetes & Sop Festival pass should be bought separately if you would like to visit participating cellars and venues. The Soetes & Sop Festival starts on Friday, the 21st of July and ends on Saturday, the 22nd of July. Ticket prices range from R120.00 to R150.00 per person and will be released on Webtickets in June 2017. Please note that no tickets will be available on the day and only limited tickets are available online.

And then on Sunday, before heading back to reality, pop in for a breakfast or lunch at our restaurant.

We look forward welcoming back many Opstal friends to this ever popular festival!


For more information, please contact us on 023 344 3001 or send us an email at wine@opstal.co.za.

Events at Opstal to look forward to!

Dust off your calendar and start filling it with these great events we have lined up at Opstal! Please see the image below for events to look forward to:

Situated in the heart of the Slanghoek Valley, we are a short 1-hour’s drive from Cape Town. Known for our hospitality, family style lunches and award-winning wines, we welcome you to share the Opstal experience with us along with your friends and family.

Our wine list comprises the easy-drinking Sixpence range, our Opstal range and our flagship Heritage range. Our Heritage range includes our famous Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2015 that received a 5* rating in the Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide.



Do you need more convincing? Have a look at our TripAdvisor reviews here!

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact us on 023 344 3001 or send us an email wine@opstal.co.za .

Breedekloof wine valley featured online

If you every wondered why you should visit our wonderful valley, All4Women wrote an intresting article on “10 Reasons why wine lovers should visit The Breedekloof Wine Valley.”

Read the article here.

Valentine’s Day at Opstal 2017

Come and woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Opstal!

• Introducing Opstal-Uber, a suttle service to and from Worcester at no additional cost.
• Dress code: Semi-formal.
• Live music: Wear your dancing shoes!

Treat yourself and your partner, family member or friend to a glass of Opstal Sparkling with a pear and blue cheese onion tart as a canapé. As a starter our chef, PJ Lombard, is serving Malaysian curry fish with a pineapple and butternut salad followed by beef fillet as the main deal. To complete your dinner look forward to passionfruit and mango Panna Cotta as dessert.

For enquiries and to book your spot at our event in the beautiful Slanghoek event, e-mail restaurant@opstal.co.za or contact us at 023 344 3001.

Opening Hours

16th December: Wine tasting & Restaurant open
24th till the 26th of December: Wine tasting & Restaurant closed
27th December: Wine tasting & Restaurant open
31st of December: Wine tasting & Restaurant open
1st and 2nd January 2017: Wine Tasting & Restaurant closed

Summer cheese & wine pairing

Inspired by our lovely summer weather, our chef and restaurant manager has carefully selected cheese that complement and unlock nuanced flavors in our wines. Our new cheese and wine pairing, pairs three of our wines from the Sixpence and Opstal range with an array of interesting cheeses.

Cost: R45 per person

Remember: you can buy our wine at cellar door prices. Visit our Online shop for an overview of all our wines.

Opstal Hanepoot Cocktail recipe

This summer guests visiting the tasting room can take part in the Hanepoot Cocktail Experience, complete with the use of our old school ice crusher, free of charge.

(serves 1)

Ingredients

• Crushed ice
• 2 Shots of Opstal Hanepoot
• 3-5 Mint leaves
• 200 ml soda water
• Squeeze of lime or lemon juice

Method

• Add ice, Opstal Hanepoot & mint leaves to a tall glass
• Fill with soda water
• Add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice & enjoy!

Sharing your experience on Facebook? Tag us @opstalestate.

Insider Tip: #3 Accommodation

Grietjiesdrif Guesthouse

At #grietjiesdrift in the #slanghoekvalley in #westerncape #southafrica with @9livesza

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Less than 1 km from Opstal, nestled between the mountains and vineyards of the Slanghoek valley, you will find Grietjies Guesthouse. Grietjiesdrif has been owner-run for more than 20 years by Johan and Louella, true Rawsonville locals. Enjoy farmhouse breakfasts served in the old wine cellar, abundant bird-life, mountain biking and wine tasting or lunch at restaurants in the area.

For more information or to make a reservation visit their website.

The jewels of winter brightening up dreary days!

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Insider Tip #2: Accommodation

If you wish to relax, PicardiPlace in Rawsonville is the place to go when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city!


We recommend PicardiPlace to all our clients. With only +/- 4 kilometers from Opstal Estate, it is the perfect spot to relax after enjoying the Opstal experience. At Picardiplace you can enjoy the open spaces of the farm and the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Be sure to visit them for a luxurious escape, with a range of offerings in the picturesque Slanghoek Valley.

For more information, visit PicardiPlace.



Insider Tip #1: Accomodation

Slanghoek Mountain Resort: Platbos Log Cabins

There are vacations and then there are retreats. The three secluded and private Platbos Log Cabins from Slanghoek Mountain Resort is by far an example of a retreat. It offers a soul-soothing and rejuvenating escape from the city life and the perfect opportunity to sample award-winning wines.

View Slanghoek Mountain Resort’s website

Each log cabin has an open-plan kitchen and living area. Two bedrooms each have queen size beds and there is a loft with two single beds. Also included is a shower and toilet. The cabins are fueled by gas, solar and battery power only. No open fires permitted, however a kettle braai is provided on the veranda.

The following activities can be enjoyed:
•Horse rides for kids only - most Saturday mornings, please enquire on arrival.
•Putt-putt – Putters available at the shop. R10pp to play.
•Walk to lookout point – Starts at Putt-Putt course, follow signs (+/-1 hour).
•Walk to waterfall site – (+/- 3.5 hours). No fires. Starts at cabins.
•Fly fishing (Trout + Bass).
•Swimming - entrance to Slanghoek Mountain Resort’s pools or in the dam.
•Bring own canoe or blow up boat.

Platbos Log Cabin Rates
R1280.00 for first 2 guests,
R480 extra per person per night up to six max.


For more information or to make a reservation, please contact them directly by email info@platboslogcabins.co.za

Celebrate with South Africa’s most generous wine route: the Breedekloof Wine Valley!

The Breedekloof Wine Route, situated just 1 hour from Cape Town, has become a popular destination for wine enthusiasts who enjoy making unique wine-drinking discoveries. Along its route of friendly, open and generous tasting rooms, the Breedekloof Wine Valley has an almost exclusive focus on wine and winemaking and has become home to the country’s most celebrated wines. Collectively, wineries in the Valley boast an impressive collection of top winemaking awards - from the country’s - and the world’s - most competitive wine competitions.

In recognition of a benchmark year for the Breedekloof Wine Valley, its wineries will be celebrating 2016 with a month of festivities. From November 15th to December the 17th, visitors to the picturesque Breedekloof Wine Valley will encounter the true generosity of its people, as each of the wineries will host and spoil visitors with a range of activities, which include picnics, delicious food offerings, unique food and wine pairings, craft beer and gin tastings, lucky draws and more. Of course visitors will be poured unique and award-winning wines from the wineries’ cellars where they will be able to enjoy these in what is definitely one of South Africa’s most dramatically beautiful wineland settings.

During this period all wineries will offer free wines with purchases of 12 bottles of wine and more, with additional activities offered by the various cellars. Visitors who would like to plan their itinerary to include a visit to the Breedekloof Wine Valley during the ‘Celebration Month’ between 15 November and 17 December can get in touch with the Breedekloof Wine Valley Tourism Office by contacting info@breedekloof.com or 023 349 1791.

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Enjoy a festive atmosphere with el-fresco style lunches on the beautiful lawns and great Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Contact 023 344 3021 for bookings.

Bergsig Estate

Test your taste buds with a vertical tasting of this winery’s award-winning Chardonnay’s across various vintages, while enjoying live piano recitals on 3, 10 and 17 December. They will also be offering delicious Chenin Blanc fondue, as well as a free bottle of wine with every six bottles purchased. Contact 023 355 1603, for bookings.

Botha Cellar

Visitors are invited to enjoy educational wine tastings, spot prizes, with special care taken of little ones with wine gums and grape juice tastings, as well as Wine & Vine educational tractor rides bookings essential by contacting 023 355 1740.

Deetlefs Estate

Visitors who buy two bottles of Deetlefs wine will receive the cheaper one for free, those who buy six bottles of wine will get a bottle of the Estate’s popular Stonecross Rosé 2015 for free. Groups will also be treated to special group tastings at R50 per head – bookings essential by contacting bea@deetlefs.com or 023 349 1260

Kirabo Private Cellar

Visitors looking for interesting wine pairings will be able to enjoy a cupcake tasting matched to the estate’s ‘Cupcake Wine’. Being a family destination, the Breedekloof Wine Valley caters for all - kids can enjoy a cupcake and cranberry juice tasting. Saturdays you can also enjoy the Broers Brew Beer on tap. Join Kirabo Private Cellar’s wine experience on 26 November as they take your senses on a wine journey. You’ll start off with a wine tasting, followed by a fun blending experience. While on 03 December you can enjoy a Wine, Beer + Dessert Tasting as part of Celebrate Breedekloof month. There will be food and other refreshments to buy on the day. For bookings and pricing, email info@kirabocellar.co.za or contact 071 681 9019.

Lateganskop Winery

In addition to the promotional free bottle per case of wine, during the celebration month, visitors will be able to buy the flagship, Livia’s Laughter MCC 2011 for only R100 a bottle. Contact 082 378 3575.

Merwida Wine Cellar

Indulge in cheese platters at this sixth generation wine farm. This winery has also committed to sharing some of its traditional family recipes with visitors. Guests will be treated to a recipe booklet with suggested wine parings alongside. For bookings and more details contact wines@merwida.com or 023 349 1144.

Opstal Estate

Discover your inner mixologist and mix your own cocktail in the tasting room, enjoy cheese and wine pairings, or opt for something with more sustenance with the ‘Twitter, Chatter and Clink’ (‘Kwetter, Kletter & Klink’) – menu, served every Saturday on the estate’s lovely veranda from 11:00 to 15:00. For bookings contact wine@opstal.co.za or 023 344 3001.

Olifantsberg Family Vineyards

Enjoy a truly unique tasting and vineyard experience by booking a behind-the-scenes tour with the wine team. Contact 023 342 0401.

Slanghoek Cellar

Enjoy a delectable welcome drink when you visit this cellar. Feeling lucky? Buy 12 bottles of wine and be entered into a lucky draw on 15 December – and stand a chance to win a Magnum sized bottle of Shiraz, or if you are truly lucky, the bigger, Jeroboam-sized bottle of Shiraz. For additional details contact 023 344 3026.

Stofberg Family Vineyards

This boutique cellar and craft gin distillery will be adding craft beer and gin tastings to their usual line-up of handcrafted wines, poured in their quaint tasting room. For additional details contact 082 867 6958

uniWines Vineyards

Enjoy an interesting twist to wine enjoyment with this winery’s welcoming drink: a Moscato-wine slushy! For the more adventurous visitor there will be a sweet and savoury fondue paired to wines from this cellar and a “pop-a-balloon” with a variety of prizes to be won. Bookings essential for the fondue. For pricing and bookings, email info@uniwines.co.za or contact 023 349 1110.

Chef PJ’s Home Smoked Pork Loin Salad

Join us for lunch on Sunday, the 6th of November.

Chef PJ will be serving a Home Smoked Pork Loin salad paired with our 5* Platter’s Carl Everson Chenin blanc 2015. Chef PJ was kind enough to share his recipe with us, therefore you can make this perfect summer salad in the comfort of your own home (just don’t forget the Chenin!!!).

PJ’s time saving tip:

Go to your local butchery and ask for your butcher to smoke your Pork loin cut for you if you do not have a smoker at home. Just remember your Pork loin should be pickled.

Smoked Pork Loin Table Salad

Ingredients

2kg smoked pork loin roasted and cut into thin slices
250 g fresh, ripe strawberries, at room temperature
150g feta cheese
2 stalks of celery – finely chopped
80g sugar snap peas
100g baby spinach

Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions for the orange vinaigrette dressing

Combine the parsley, orange juice, honey, olive oil, white wine vinegar, grated orange peel, salt, and cayenne pepper in a blender, and pulse until blended. Refrigerate for 4 hours for best flavor. Shake gently before serving.

Directions for the salad

Add the spinach, strawberries, celery, sugar snap peas and feta cheese to a bowl. Top with the pork slices and pour over the salad dressing before serving.

Opstal Estate & Restaurant: Your 1-Stop Summer destination

Attie talks Opstal Syrah / Viognier BLUSH 2016, we introduce our new deck and more.

Read our latest Opstal Juice.

A big cheers goes out to Franco Magerman, our Chief Cellar Assistant!

Franco Magerman, our Chief Cellar Assistant excelled at this year’s Winetech Study Groups for cellar workers. A total of 369 cellar workers participated and he was one of the 14 finalists with a mark higher than 85%.

Click on this link for the full press release

Can our view get any more spectacular? Yes it can!

We are trilled to announce our new project on the Estate. We have build an outside deck.

Join us from Saturday the 24th of September for our new snack menu and a wine tasting. Menu items include Droëwors, Springrolls, Samosas, Calamari, ect. We are looking forward to welcoming you, your friends and family to our stunning Estate.

Have a look at our Menu



Opstal LIVE: Lowland & Ligstraaltjie

Opstal Live bied aan - Lowland & Ligstraaltjie!

n Aand van kos, wyn en musiek ten bate van Ligstraaltjie crechè. Die crechè in Slanghoek, buite Rawsonville, word al vir 22 jaar bedryf en volg ‘n spesifieke leer program. Daaglikse lesse word aangebied vir tot 60 kinders tussen die ouderdom van vyf maande tot vyf jaar.

Verder verskaf die crechè werk vir vyf opgeleide personeel lede en huidiglik ondersoek hulle die moontlikheid om ‘n sesde personeel lid aan te stel. Voorheen het hul weeklikse musiekwaardering lesse aan die groter kinders aangebied, maar moes weens finansiële probleme die program staak. Diè program asook programme soos byvoorbeeld “playball” wil hul graag vorentoe ilmplementeer om die leerders net nog meer skool gereed te kry.

Hierdie Opstal Live vertoning - met ‘n verskil - vind plaas Vrydag, die 26ste Augustus om 18h30. Kaartjies kos R200 per persoon, ete ingesluit. Kaartjie verkope is ten bate van die Ligstraaltjie Crechè.

Besprekings is noodsaaklik. Kontak ons by 023 344 3001 of skryf vir ons by wine@opstal.co.za om jou plek te verseker.

Soetes & Sop 2016 with TWEE live

This year our Soetes & Sop weekend (22-24 July) will start with an Opstal Live show by the folk duo TWEE! This will be an intimate show, therefore bring your friends and enjoy a bite to eat and a glass of wine (or two) beforehand. Tickets are R100 per person or R200 per person dinner included (300g Rump steak with chips and a mushroom sauce).

Bookings are essential, please contact us on 023 344 3001 or send us an email at wine@opstal.co.za.

On Saturday, our festival favourite, Opstal Vars market will be running till three o’clock. Come and enjoy fresh farm-style produce, funky accessories, handmade wood items and more! While you are browsing, we have a face painter and jungle-gym for the kiddies.



On Sunday, before heading back to reality, pop in for a breakfast or lunch at our restaurant.

We look forward welcoming back many Opstal friends to this ever popular festival!

Menitza’s Curry Mince Jaffle

Ingredients
1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
500g mince
15ml mild curry powder
3 tbsp (45ml) tomato paste
1/3 cup (80ml) chutney
salt and ground pepper
handful of parsley leaves, chopped
12 slices low-GI or white bread (the bigger slice)

Method
Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat and fry the onion, garlic and curry powder for 5 minutes until soft. Add the mince and cook for 5-8 minutes until browned.
Add the tomato paste and chutney, cook for 5 minutes. Season, then add the parsley.
Make 6 sandwiches with the mince and fry each sandwich in a Jaffle pan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until golden all over.

Menitza’s Tip
Pre heat your Jaffle pan and give it a spray with non-stick spray to prevent the Jaffle sticking to the pan.

Father’s day at Opstal 19 June 2016

Spoil dad this father’s day

Like the Afrikaners say, “Die pad na ‘n man se hart, loop deur sy maag”!

Our three course lunch includes a Beef fillet, Chicken roulade with fresh herbs & feta cheese, warm Buttermilk pudding and a chocolate brownie. Bookings are essential. To make a reservation write to us at restaurant@opstal.co.za or contact us on 023 344 3001. View the menu below.

Traditional family style lunch

Join us for a Traditional Family Lunch with the release of our new Carl Everson vintages.

To celebrate Opstal’s heritage this hearty three-course meal will include traditional South African favourites. Think ‘Bredies’, ‘Pampoenkoekies’, ‘Hoenderpastei’ and ‘Malvapoeding’, to name but a few. Attie Louw, our 7th generation winemaker, will be pouring both the Carl Everson Chenin blanc 2015 and our Carl Everson Cape Blend 2014.

To celebrate all that family stands for – bring your own family and friends along to enjoy this special winter’s day lunch with us on the 12th of June 2016.

Both vintages will be for sale afterwards in our wine tasting room.

To make a reservation, contact us on 023 344 3001 or write an email to wine@opstal.co.za.

Attie talks Chenin

In our latest Opstal Juice, 7th generation winemaker Attie Louw, shared with us his thoughts on the new Carl Everson Chenin blanc vintage. Read it, below!

The 2015 ripening and harvest season was a very dry and healthy one which proved a challenge for spontaneous fermented wines. The yeast populations in the vineyard were smaller and available nutrients (food for yeast cells) also less. As a result of this, patience was key for the 2015 vintage as alcoholic fermentation only finished after 4 months in the barrel where after the wine spent a further 6 months in those old French barrels.

The beauty though of this wine is even though it stays the same each year (as it’s harvested from the same Single Vineyard classified block on the farm), each year is different. The 2015 vintage shows freshness and finesse with some floral notes even present, but with that same distinctive depth and complexity of fruit we’ve learned to appreciate and love of the Carl Everson Chenin. These precious 35 year old vines, old French barrels, spontaneous fermentation and minimalistic cellar intervention in the end proclaim our Slanghoek terroir through this wine.

A glowing review for our Carl Everson Chenin Blanc & the Breedekloof Wine Valley

The following article, written by Richard Holmes was featured in the Sunday Times Food on the 21st of April 2016.

See the article below. If you would like to view the original article, please follow the following link: http://bit.ly/1SUfX2H

Head for the hills this winter and discover the wonderful wines in the nooks and crannies of Breedekloof Wine Valley

Although home to some of the oldest estates in the Cape, the Breedekloof Wine Valley tends to keep a low profile. Revolutions and fancy festivals just don’t fit this laid-back corner of the Cape, which makes it all the more worth a visit this winter.

When the vines start to turn, book yourself a mountain cottage or a riverside campsite at the delightful Dwarsberg Trout Haven, and start exploring. Begin your wanderings in and around Rawsonville; the town is a little scruffy, but the wineries on its outskirts are charming.

Deetlefs Wine Estate has been in the same family for seven generations, and produces entry-level and premium ranges. Unsurprisingly the top-tier Deetlefs Familie wines are the highlight: the Familie White, 100% Semillon, is superb, and the Deetlefs Estate Chenin Blanc is also well worth a taste.

The Breedekloof is particularly well known for its Chenin Blanc, and a handful of the region’s winemakers have banded together to promote the region’s signature variety.

Merwida Estate produces lovely Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Barbera, but the Chenin is especially good; blending bright fruits with the minerality typical of this family-owned estate’s white wines.

Then hop across the N1 and into the gorgeous Slanghoek Valley where you’ll find more top-notch Chenin at Opstal, another family-owned estate with deep roots in the region. Winemaker Attie Louw’s Carl Everson Chenin Blanc is the standout here: made from old vines, fermented with wild yeasts and matured in old oak barrels, it’s a true taste of Slanghoek terroir.

Prefer a glass of red? Jason’s Hill Private Cellar up the road produces excellent Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, while its Jason’s Creek Classic Red is a great everyday quaffer: a delicious blend of Pinotage, Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The estate restaurant also offers casual country cooking and wonderful valley views.

At the northern end of the valley Bergsig Estate has been in the Lategan family for more than 170 years and today has more land under conservation than cultivation. Self-guided walking trails meander through the vineyards to a permanent bird hide, so bring your binoculars and tick off the 150-odd bird species recorded on the farm. And the wine? You’ll find a wonderful range to suit all palates and pockets.” - Richard Holmes

March Newsletter is live!

Read about our chef, the 2016 harvest and our exciting wedding competition in our march newsletter.

Click on the picture below to follow the link.