Delheim Start of Harvest Festival

Enjoy a foot-stomping grape time with the whole family at this Stellenbosch wine estate’s produce party


If December is the start of the silly season, then January marks the beginning of harvest festivals in the Cape Winelands. And what better way to kick off the year than getting knee deep in grape juice and stomping your way to victory at the 2015 Delheim Start of Harvest Festival in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 31 January and Sunday, 1 February 2015.

The lovely people at this famous Merlot-producing wine estate will roll out barrels of grapes ripe for the stomping, and they invite revelers to enjoy a weekend jam-packed with entertainment, from a great grape smash to a buffet-style picnic lunch on the lawn.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2015 DELHEIM START OF HARVEST FESTIVAL IN STELLENBOSCH

The festivities kick off at noon each day with a complimentary glass of grape must (a product of the first stage of winemaking) and traditional mossbolletjies (sweet bread rolls made with grape must) to toast the harvest.

As always, there will be a languid buffet-style lunch, and families and friends can enjoy the scrumptious eats on the shaded lawn along the river’s edge while a live band adds to the festive mood.

What’s more, guests can look forward to the much-anticipated grape stomping competition. The highly entertaining contest calls on participating teams to stomp their hearts out to see who can smash the Winelands’s famous fruit into the finest pulp! Prizes are awarded to the squads who produce the most juice, show the boldest spirit and are deemed best dressed on the day.

TICKETS FOR THE 2015 DELHEIM START OF HARVEST FESTIVAL IN STELLENBOSCH

Tickets are limited to only 120 per day and cost R285p/p for adults and R175p/p for children under 12; entry is free for little ones under the age of two years.

Tickets include all the activities and food on the day, including grapes from the harvest, a Delheim wine glass, a sample of the grape must and mosbolletjie on arrival. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.  

For ticket bookings contact the Delheim offices at +27 (0) 79 735 3257 or restaurant@delheim.com.

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