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July 21, 2009

A mouth-watering winter weekend


The beautiful Breedekloof, photo courtesy Geof Wilson

Those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Cape Town should retreat to Breedekloof, less than an hour’s drive from the city. Great for a relaxing weekend away, the region offers a particularly perfect winter escape on July 24 and 25, when the annual Breedekloof Soetes and Soup weekend takes place.

More than 15 wineries in the Breedekloof region will participate in the weekend’s festivities, which will feature wine tastings, hearty soups, jewellery and art exhibitions and fun events for children and adults alike.

Guests are encouraged to buy an enamel mug at a cost of R10 at their first winery, after which they can enjoy complimentary soups on offer from all participating estates. The homemade soups are sure to warm the soul and delight the palate, with flavours varying from biltong and blue cheese, to apple and brie. 

The wines of the Breedekloof region are renowned for their outstanding quality, which is largely influenced by the type of soil, climate and topography of the area. During the weekend, each estate will hold a tasting where guests can sample the famous wines of the area, and many will offer discounts on some of their delicious dessert wines.

Once guests have had their fill of wine and soup, they are invited to peruse the art and jewellery exhibitions, set up on several estates. Live music at various estates, a Barn Dance at the Du Preez Estate and a “Port and Poetry” evening at Bergsig estate will round out the entertainment for the weekend.

Though the weekend is designed more for the adult palate, children will not feel left out. Daschbosch Wine Cellar will provide a supervised play area, where children will be encouraged to show off their culinary skills by baking bread and participate in a colouring-in competition.

All accommodation facilities in the area – B&Bs, self-catering chalets and camping and caravan sites – will be offering an unbeatable special for the weekend: guests who stay for two nights will receive a third night’s accommodation free of charge.

The Soetes and Soup weekend offers visitors the opportunity to curl up next to a warm fire, soak up the beauty of one of the most scenic areas of the Cape and sample some of the most celebrated wines from the region.

The Breedekloof Soetes and Soup weekend runs on Friday, July 24 from 08h00-17h00, and on Saturday, July 25 from 09h00-16h00. Most events are free and do not require bookings. A complete programme can be found on the website.

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