Ok so it’s raining! And cold! And what do we do when it’s like that? We hunker down, look for soup, comforting food and red wine and light the fire. And what better place to do it than in the fabulous setting of the Durbanville Wine Route. Round up family and friends and head for the Durbanville Wine Valley, just 20 minutes from Cape Town CBD, for a Soup & Sip weekend from August 13. Wineries across the region have prepared special menus paired with local wines for the event, as they look forward to welcoming visitors back to the winelands.
Among the delights served up will be smoked yellowtail and mussel chowder served with pinotage; a hearty beef and vegetable potjie, slow-cooked in red wine; and, a brie and fig soup paired with noble late harvest. Doesn’t that sound irresistible? Each farm has compiled its own offering, which varies from a quick stop-and-eat to sit-down lunches – with the emphasis on spacious, open-air dining in the countryside, and limited numbers
.The event is especially family-friendly this year, with the incorporation of delightful kiddies’ “pairings” available at venues, says Natasha de Villiers DWV manager.
Wineries participating in Soup & Sip 2021, from August 13 to 15, are Bloemendal, Canto, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Klein Roosboom, Maastricht, Meerendal, Nitida and Signal Gun.
As they have done throughout the past year, all wineries observe strict Covid-19 protocols to ensure safety and social distancing. Bookings for Soup & Sip must be made in advance and with individual participating farms. Soup & Sip menus and pricing will be posted on the Durbanville Wine Valley Facebook page and website.
For more information about Durbanville Wine Valley, visit www.durbanvillewine.co.za or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of the wines from Durbanville are available for sale directly from the wine route’s website.