Summer in Stellenbosch Valley

Summer in the Western Cape is usually thought of as tanning on the beach, indulging in cocktails and wearing pretty much nothing but your best beach gear. The Stellenbosch Summer in the Valley experience takes place from 8 to 17 December and presents an alternative for those looking for a bit more culture when it comes to summer holiday activities, and it’s a family friendly festival too. Jam-packed with fun, feasts and festivities for young and old, escape the city and explore the amazing selection of renowned wine estates, hotels and restaurants such as Asara, Spier, Brenaissance, Zevenwacht, and Jordan, all in one beautiful area. From small boutique wineries to iconic wine brands with lots of heritage, expect a wide diversity of local and international award-winning producers. Some of the attractions include guided wine and food pairings, food and craft markets, communal braais and live entertainment. Highlights to look out for include a six course Food & Wine pairing Dinner at Zevenwacht Estate on 12 December; Brenaissance will host an interactive Wine & Pizza Pairing Evening on 13 December at their new Café Blanc de Noir eatery, while Devon Valley Hotel suggest visitors dust off their dancing shoes and book a Dinner & Dance experience. It's on 14 December and in aid of the Stellenbosch Animal Welfare, and R240 gets you a three course meal and glass of Sylvanvale wine. Asara will be hosting their authentic Pure Food Christmas Market on 17 December when selected food purveyors will be selling their seasonal delights for you to stock the pantry in style, alongside live music and plenty of kiddies entertainment. Also not to be missed are sundowners at Jordan; wine and salt canapé pairings at Die Bergkelder and bubbly pairings at The House of JC Le Roux. The following 16 estates are participating in the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley:

So whether you feel the need to impress your in-laws, treat the family or simply indulge with friends, spend time at the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley festival with some of South Africa's best suppliers and producers. For more information contact: Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes 021-886-8275 Twitter - @SBoschValley