Paarl OmmiBerg Festival – 3 March 2018

A few weeks ago, we were invited to the Media Preview of the 2018 OmmiBerg Festival held in Paarl. What an exciting festival this is going to be! Here’s a little peek into what we got up to and what you can expect on the day…

Mellasat Vineyards

Our first stop was at Mellasat. It’s got a quaint outside area where you can chill under the umbrellas while you have your wine tasting.

Here, we did some grape stomping! This was the first time I had ever done this! The grapes were warm and squishy 🙂 But, it was a lot of fun. You can do it too, at the festival. Just wear a pair of shorts…

After the grape stomping, we had a tour of the cellar. Did you know…Mellasat makes a white Pinotage? This is rather unusual and so I was pretty chuffed to taste some out of the barrel. Because it’s not ready for drinking yet, it was very acidic and cloudy. Luckily, we got to taste the real thing in the tasting room later (way better)!

You can taste it too at the festival. You can make a booking here: tastingroom@mellasat.com

Landskroon Wines

Our next stop was at Landskroon. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I have not been there before, but driven past numerous times. It’s absolutely stunning!

If you’d like to visit during the festival, I’d suggest sitting outside on the terrace. It’s really beautiful, with those amazing views in the background.

They have a very affordable wine and food pairing called the Heritage Pairing. It costs just R85 for 5 wines and a taster of Brie cheese, olives, Boland cheese, droewors and Turkish Delight. It’s truly worth it! I particularly enjoyed the Shiraz and droewors pairing, as well as the Blanc de Noir and Turkish Delight pairing.

If you’d like to visit Landskroon, you can make a booking here: bevena@landskroonwines.com

Windmeul Cellar

Our third stop was at Windmeul.

Here, we had a visit to the mos tanks and got to taste some right out of the tank. It’s really sweet! It’s used to make the famous mosbolletjies that taste so delicious. We also watched a video of Windmeul’s wine making process in this impressive room that leads to the cellar.

We were lucky enough to see the Sauvignon Blanc grapes getting ‘fed’ into the ‘worm’. This machine crushes and breaks down the grapes.

If you’d like to visit Windmeul, you can make a booking here: windmeul@iafrica.com

Domaine Brahms

Our last stop was at Domaine Brahms. I had never been before and what a quirky spot this is! We visited the Toeka Stoor and their décor is truly impressive.

You can taste their wines inside a big warehouse-type building, filled with antiques and unique items.

There’s so much to see there that you could easily spend a few hours browsing around.

While we were here, we had a delicious cheese platter and enjoyed a lekker Chenin Blanc. If you’d like to visit Domaine Brahms, you can contact them here: brahms1@iafrica.com

You can find out more about the OmmiBerg Festival here: https://www.ommiberg.co.za/

Tickets cost R150.00 per adult and includes access to the venues, a stylish tasting glass, tasting coupons and free participation of events as indicated. Kids under 18 accompanied by an adult enter for free.