Pinot Noir Celebration 2020
Under Pinot Noir Skies
Every year, world-renowned winemakers, wine influencers, esteemed media, epicures and wine lovers flock to the beautiful region of Hemel-en-Aarde to explore and celebrate our famous Pinot Noir. This year will be no different as we put our focus specifically on celebrating Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir and the proprietors and winemakers behind them.
The 7th Annual Pinot Noir Celebration takes place over 2 days from the 24th to the 25th of January 2020. Guests will be welcomed on the Friday afternoon with true Hemel-en-Aarde hospitality. Proprietors and winemakers will collectively present guests with some of their older Pinot Noir vintages from library stock. Carefully selected international Pinot Noirs will also be presented to emphasise our passion and commitment to the terroirs that deliver great Pinot Noir. The evening's food and wine experience will set the tone for a great adventure to follow....
On Saturday morning guests will meet at a central parking place in Hermanus, to be swept off on a day of true discovery. The Hemel-en-Aarde is famous for delivering unique styles of Pinot Noir from its three distinctive terroir appellations: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Guests will move in three groups to each of these appellations, where they'll be welcomed by the key role players of these wards. Viticulturists, winemakers and our carefully selected guest speakers will take you on a journey through each appellation from soil to glass, ending in a tutored tasting of each appellation’s most current vintage Pinot Noir, in their respective locations. Feel the soil, smell the air and taste the wines that we craft so carefully from these beautiful terroirs.
After enjoying a lovely harvest-style lunch at their respective second locations, guests will be transported to their third and final appellation.
Once safely returned to their cars, guests will have a short break to freshen up for our yearly grand finale dinner event, this year themed 'A Taste of Hemel-en-Aarde'.
Upon arrival at Nidderdale farm, nestled in the rolling hills of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, guests will be welcomed by winemakers pouring a selection of their finest Hemel-en-Aarde craft. Time to ponder the day's adventure, discuss your findings and ask the questions only these fine men and women can answer.
Acclaimed chef and baker Jason Lilley from Cape Town's hotspot Jason's Bakery will take the reins in celebrating the best produce from Hemel-en-Aarde. He will be cooking in collaboration with renowned local chefs to present guests with four live food stations, each delivering a unique dish perfectly paired to complement the four individually themed Hemel-en-Aarde wine bars. A dessert selection from the Jason's Bakery team, local craft beer on tap and live local acts will complete the Taste of Hemel-en-Aarde.
This immersive Hemel-en-Aarde experience is not to be missed and we look forward to welcoming you in true fine wine country style.