I got enjoy a unique Stellenbosch experience and be apart of the annual harvest parade this weekend, with the Delheim Wines team.
The parade marks the launch of the harvest season in Stellenbosch and is a day for the workers of the wine farms be recognised in a way and collectively have fun, and compete for the ‘best float’ title and cash prize.
From there a small group of us went of a short walking tour where some of the towns humble beginnings, architecture and general history were shared with us.. it was interesting to hear how one of our official languages Afrikaans was influenced by other cultures too, like the Indonesians and not just the Dutch. And I loved how our guide had some funny stories to share, which had us all chuckling now and then throughout the walk.
With the day getting warmer, a stop for some bubbly and snacks, while mingle within our group; and then it was off to the Delheim Wine Estate to join the Harvest Festival.
We were greeted with grape must (a product of the first stage of winemaking) and traditional mosbolletjies (sweet bread rolls made with grape must) to toast the harvest.
The lovely garden area was scattered with picnic blankets & tables under the large trees and umbrellas. The sounds of a live saxophone and chatter filled the air, as we sat down for some food food and wine by the small stream that ran through the garden.
While some played with the giant jenga on the main grass and others took part in the grape stomping competition, some of us chose to stay out of the sun with some ice cream, mingling with the new minds we just met.
Quite an enjoyable experience on my part, and I encourage anyone to join in on whichever part of the festivities when the next harvest rolls around.
If you find yourself in Stellenbosch and keen to do something fun & interesting, check out http://stellenboschexperience.co.za/