There are few better ways to warm up in winter than with a steamy bowl of soup or a delicious glass of red wine. This June you can look forward to mouth-watering variations of both at the fourth Soup, Sip and Bread Festival in the Durbanville Wine Valley. Vintners and chefs from the area are teaming up to pair soups, stews and wines that will introduce some winning combinations for winter. Although the focus is mostly on the smooth shiraz and fruity merlot produced in the valley, white wine lovers will also be able to enjoy the region’s signature sauvignon blanc, paired with decadent seafood dishes. Eleven farms in the Durbanville Wine Valley will be participating, including Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Hillcrest Estate, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal and Nitida. Each wine will be served with home-made soups and fresh-out-the-oven baked artisanal breads. Some tasty dishes rumoured to be on the menu are gewürztraminer and sweet potato soup, as well as merlot and a hearty beef soup. Chairperson of the Durbanville Valley Wine Association, Thys Louw, advises visitors to, ‘Meander from farm to farm or settle in at your favourite spot for the day, feasting on winter-inspired dishes and sipping on wine from the casks’. Many of the farms will also have live music underway while you taste, so you can look forward to a relaxed Winelands excursion. Where: Durbanville Wine Valley, 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre When: The weekend of 2-3 June 2012 Price: Pairings range in price from R35-R210, depending on the wine farm and what is included in the meal. Bookings: These are to be made directly with the host farm you will be visiting. Details can be found on the festival programme. Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact Michelle van Staden on 083-310-1228, or visit durbanvillewine.co.za.