Monday, November 25, 2013

Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebrations

31st January – 1st February 2014

Calling all Pinot Noir enthusiasts!

Book now for the first ever Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration, jointly hosted by the Pinot Noir producers of the three Hemel-en-Aarde ward, i.e Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge.

A maiden event, highlighting South Africa’s most consistent and firmly established, Pinot Noir ward with joint tasting of the area’s Pinot noirs taking place at Braemar on Hamilton Russell Vineyards on the Friday at 11:30 followed by a red Burgundy tasting (hosted by acclaimed author and Burgundy specialist, Remington Norman) and Pinot noir dinner at a spectacular new venue in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Bona Dea Estate.

This dinner will be prepared around Pinot noir by top South Africa’s top chefs – Bertus Basson and George Jardin.

The Friday’s Pinot noir tasting will be the most comprehensive tasting of Pinot noirs between the three ward’s of the Hemel-en-Aarde area ever held.

A series of individual events will be held on the Saturday on the properties in the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Numbers for each event are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

The program of events to choose from on Saturday February 1st is as follows:

10am -  La Vierge, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Breakfast Pinot

11am -  Bouchard Finlayson, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley: Thirty Year Reflection on Pinot noir in SA
A tasting and discussion hosted by Peter Finlayson at the Bouchard Finlayson Manor House

12pm Newton Johnson, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley:  Single Vineyards & Matching Canapés
A chance to taste the individual vineyard bottlings

1pm Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 
A tasting of selected vintages of Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot noir from the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s finishing with the 7 components of the 2013 vintage.
Lunch will be served on the loggia. Venue, Braemar House on Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Numbers limited to 20 people.  

3pm  Sumaridge Estate, Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley: Pinot on a platter
A flight of 6 vintages, accompanied by alfresco platters

5pm Creation, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge
Canapé pairing, Creation Cellar

5pm Domaine des Dieux, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge
Pinot Unplugged

Further events will be hosted by Whalehaven and Crystallum

In addition, winery tasting rooms will be open throughout the day with free tasting for ticket holders.

At ZAR 1, 500 per person, an absolute bargain by world standards to experience thrilling Pinot Noir, from a ward that does not need introductions, only 120 tickets available. Purchase now via webtickets ( or by emailing

A ticket entitles the purchaser to free access to all items on both the Friday and Saturday program.