Durbanville Wine Valley will help banish the cold and ensure a fantastic time too with the much-anticipated return of its annual Soup & Sip winelands experience. From July 27 to 31, wineries of the valley will sell delicious winter soup and sides alongside tastings of fine wines.
“We’re excited to welcome visitors back for Soup & Sip this year, which features many new recipes and experiences,” says Durbanville Wine Valley manager Natasha de Villiers. “At the same time, these colder months are a reminder of those less fortunate, which is why Soup & Sip is linked to a charity drive during the month in which Mandela Day occurs.
Soup & Sip offers a variety of outstanding experiences from sit-down dinners to quick-bites – all with the chance to sample and purchase some of the Cape’s finest wines. Located just 20 minutes from Cape Town CBD, the countryside of the Durbanville Wine Valley is a renowned destination also for families with children and outdoor enthusiasts.
On the Soup & Sip menu
- Offering a unique perspective of the area, the Bloemendal Bon Amis restaurant will service up a brie and fig soup paired with Bloemendal noble late harvest. For more information or to book directly with the farm, call 021 976 2682.
- At Canto Boutique Wines, enjoy Moroccan lamb soup paired with a glass of Canto Merlot for R150pp anytime from July 29 to 31. Contact the farm on 021 492 2821 to book.
- Savour the chef’s “plat du jour” at Diemersdal – a soup of the day served with bread and a glass of Diemersdal wine, for R100pp. The offer is available from July 27 to 29. Book with the farm on 021 976 1810.
- The Durbanville Hills Soup and Wine pairing menu sees a choice between creamy tomato and basil soup served with the Collectors Reserve Sauvignon Blanc or a creamy mushroom, bacon and thyme soup, served with the Durbanville Hills Shiraz. The offer is available from 27 to 31 July at R95pp and includes freshly baked bread. To book, call 021 558 1300.
- Groot Phesantekraal has laid on an all-evening soup and wine pairing for July 27 at 18:00. The meal includes courses of gazpacho, Japanese seafood ramen, a corn and coconut soup, a green curry chicken soup and beef ravioli in a mushroom, thyme and red wine soup – each served with a different wine from the farm. The price is R350pp. Tickets are limited and booking, which may be done via [email protected], is essential.
- Klein Roosboom’s wine experience, from 30 – 31 July, includes a choice between roasted tomato soup with cumin, served with a Boerenkaas toasty or a spiced coconut and sweet potato soup with onion and sweetcorn Pakora – all for R95pp with the option to add a red wine tasting to the experience at R65pp. To book, call 0860 572 572.
- Similarly, a soup-centred meal may be enjoyed at Cassia Restaurant at Nitida on July 30, from 11:00 to 16:00. The menu includes a choice of roasted cauliflower and biltong soup with mosbolletjie croutons, lamb and tomato bredie (stew), curried sweet potato (vegan), mushroom and thyme soup and creamy mussel and seafood chowder. Prices are determined by preferred combinations and vary from R75pp to R180pp. For information, call 021 976 0640.
- While taking in the spectacular view from the Signal Gun winery’s Die Stal tasting room, you may want to try the butternut soup paired with a glass of Signal Gun Chardonnay. Priced at R85pp, the offer is available on July 30 and 31. Contact the farm directly to book.
The beneficiary of Soup & Sip
This year again, local chefs teamed up to cook for a local feeding scheme on Mandela Day. “The Mandela Day soup drive is our introduction to the ‘feel good’ comfort soup brings, and our opportunity to giving back as a community,” says Natasha. The day is held annually on July 18 and encourages charitable activities as reminder of the 67 years Nelson Mandela spent fighting for justice, equality and human rights for all. “While the pandemic is at its lowest ebb in years, most communities are still battling to recover, which is why we opted to support a local feeding scheme for people-in-need, for a second consecutive time.”
Through the efforts of the Durbanville Wine Valley farms, soup will be produced for Tannie Doekies’ Soup Kitchen, which was the beneficiary of Soup & Sip last year too. The community feeding scheme is situated in Fisantekraal, feeds some 300 people-in-need every night and has been in operation for over two decades.
More details of Soup & Sip menus and pricing are available from the farms, on the Durbanville Wine Valley Facebook page and website.
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