Monday, May 5, 2014

Hartenberg goes haute at Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch Chef Craig Cormack cooks up a French inspired feast in the Winelands

Hartenberg Longtable in the underground

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Fancy a French inspired feast in a time-honoured cellar, then don your beret and head out to the popular Hartenberg Estate, when this Stellenbosch stalwart plays host to the Bottelary Hills Wine Route’s seasonal ‘Pop Up’ Winemakers Lunch on Sunday, 25 May.

Food and wine lovers can look forward to an afternoon filled with pizzazz and pleasure in the estate’s famed underground cellar when Craig Cormack, a renowned chef on the Cape’s gourmet scene, conjures up a magnificent Sunday lunch fit for King Louis IX and the chosen wines.

His four-course menu which celebrates his love for classic French cooking, infused with a hearty twist, will share the spotlight with royal cellar gems from leading estates jotted along this sub-route of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes, such as Hartenberg, Mooiplaas, Kaapzicht and Beyerskloof.

From his classic Waldorf with a Winelands spin to his Beef Bourguignon with Boland flair, Craig will coax the senses all afternoon long, while the wine will do the talking during a relaxed pre-tasting before guests will be ushered downstairs for the languid lunch.

Nestled north-west of Stellenbosch, the Bottelary Hills Wine Route reveals a somewhat ‘hidden world’ of quality wine to both discerning wine drinkers and those who appreciate Cape heritage. Steeped in history, this wine route is home to some of the oldest wine farms in the country and most of them have been family-owned for many generations. This rich sense of history, commitment and family radiates in both the wines and the welcoming atmosphere of this area.

The Bottelary Hills Winemakers Lunch at Hartenberg costs R275 per person and includes a wine tasting, the four course meal, and a glass of wine per course.

The tasting is from 12h30 until 13h00, followed by lunch. To book your seats contact
Tel: (021) 886 4310 or send an email to are essential as seating is limited.

Bon Appé are in for a real treat!

More about the chef:
Craig Cormack has been in the restaurant industry for the past 24 years and has worked at most of the Cape’s top 5 star properties, heading places like Ellerman House and Cape Grace. He opened his own business with celebrity chef Bertus Basson in 2005, the business has expanded into Overture restaurant, The Goose Roasters, The Worsrol, Bertus Basson Signature Foods, Betsie Says wine label and Amoleh salt.

Hartenberg Estate is situated on the M23 Bottelary Road off the R304 to Stellenbosch.