The importance of water at Avondale

The importance of water at Avondale

At Avondale Wine Estate, we raise a glass to the incredible power of water! After the extensive storms that have hit the Cape Winelands, our dams are all full.   Join us as we dive into the essential role that water plays in creating our wines and maintaining the...
Farm to Fork – exactly how Mother Nature intended

Farm to Fork – exactly how Mother Nature intended

Situated in the beautiful Avondale Wine Estate, outside Paarl on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, FABER is one of Africa and South Africa’s leading restaurants. Representing the synergy of two craftsmen, namely chef Dale Stevens and Avondale’s...
Avondale Wine Estate joins forces with PiWOSA

Avondale Wine Estate joins forces with PiWOSA

“I am honoured and excited to be part of this dynamic collective and look forward to enhancing the profile of South African wines across strategic export markets with the addition of Avondale award-winning, certified organic wines into the PiWOSA stable,” says...
The danger of Assumption

The danger of Assumption

By Madeleine Stenwreth MW “…you cannot enter into an investigation with a philosophy that dictates the outcome. Objectivity is paramount; this is the first principle of detective work that each of us must learn. It sounds simple, but our presuppositions are...
Carols in the Garden 2021

Carols in the Garden 2021

Join us at Avondale Wine Estate for a “Carols in the Garden” concert, carols by candlelight taking place at our highly acclaimed FABER restaurant. Come and join us in an evening of carols, music, candles, conviviality and fine FABERfood and Avondale wine. The music...
FABER Easter Sunday Lunch

FABER Easter Sunday Lunch

Bring the whole family and celebrate Easter Sunday with a 3 course family sharing lunch at FABER restaurant! Traditional Easter favorites such as pickled fish, hot cross buns and roasted lamb can be expected, for a leisurely afternoon with loved ones. 3 course sharing...
CAROLS IN THE GARDEN

CAROLS IN THE GARDEN

Join us at Avondale Wine Estate for a “Carols in the Garden” concert, a carols by candlelight taking place at our highly acclaimed FABER restaurant which has recently been awarded by Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Awards as the Best Garden Restaurant in Africa. An...
FABER RESTAURANT WINS MULTIPLE AWARDS

FABER RESTAURANT WINS MULTIPLE AWARDS

We are delighted to announce that Faber at Avondale Wine Estate has been awarded in the 2020 Haute Grandeur Global Awards. The prestigious awards are as follows: FABER has won the 2020 Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Award for: Best Garden Restaurant in Africa Most...
Avondale – Extraordinary Wine Approved by Mother Nature

Avondale – Extraordinary Wine Approved by Mother Nature

Avondale is a wine farm that is situated on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein, in the majestic Cape Winelands. Avondale is a family farm where we appreciate that the health and balance of our living system is linked to the well-being of our families. With 4...
FABER Events Update

FABER Events Update

The FABER team is kicking the year off with a bang! February and March are filled with a variety of private functions ranging from luncheons, birthday celebrations, Black Tie Dinners and our Field to Feast. Please take note of all our closing dates and times below:...
FABER Weekend Steak Night Special

FABER Weekend Steak Night Special

Our FABERFriday Steak Special has become a firm favourite amongst locals which is why we are now offering our Steak Special on a Friday AND Saturday evening. Bring your friends and family together, in the heart of the winelands, to relax and unwind. Guests are...
Valentine’s Day Dinner – 14th February 2020

Valentine’s Day Dinner – 14th February 2020

Sipping on a complimentary glass of Armilla Blanc de Blanc and catching the sunset over the Paarl Rock and Simonsberg, is the perfect start to a romantic Valentine’s dinner in the heart of the Winelands. A contemporary farm-to-fork 6-course tasting menu will be...
Christmas Lunch – 25 December 2019

Christmas Lunch – 25 December 2019

Celebrate Christmas Day with the whole family at FABER restaurant with a special family style sharing Christmas lunch on Wednesday, 25th December. We are offering a sharing set 3 course menu, which will include an arrival drink, breadboard, 2 starters, 1 main course...
The Journey of the Qvevri

The Journey of the Qvevri

“I don’t believe wine could be made much more naturally than this,” says Johnathan Grieve, proprietor of Avondale Estate, which has released the maiden vintage of its landmark Qvevri Red Blend and Qvevri Chenin Blanc, the first South African wines to be vinified,...
Winter Special – 1 May till 31 August 2019

Winter Special – 1 May till 31 August 2019

Wind down for winter, in the heart of the winelands, with a roaring fire place and a bottle of Avondale red at FABER restaurant for our set 3 course Winter Special at R298 per person. Our Winter Special menu is available for lunch and dinner from 1st May to 31st...
Gilbert and Gaillard

Gilbert and Gaillard

Announcement from Gilbert & Gaillard  4th February 2019 Johnathan Grieve, Proprieter of @avondalewinesa in South Africa, and pioneer of the BioLOGIC® approach to sustainable viticulture, is passionate about their commitment to produce premium quality wines. The...
Journey of the Qvevri Dinner – 1 June 2019

Journey of the Qvevri Dinner – 1 June 2019

Avondale is the first SA cellar to utilise the ancient Georgian Qvevri in our winemaking process to create unique wines of exceptional flavour, complexity and colour. Become part of the journey and join us for the launch of our Qvevri Wines. The estate’s proprietor,...
Father’s Day Lunch – 16 June 2019

Father’s Day Lunch – 16 June 2019

Spoil dad by bringing the whole family together at FABER restaurant, to tuck into a contemporary farm-to-fork family-sharing style 4 course feast. Guests will be greeted with the famous FABER welcome of a fresh homemade juice and breadboard with dips, followed by 2...
Samsara Syrah 2009 Decade Dinner – 2 August 2019

Samsara Syrah 2009 Decade Dinner – 2 August 2019

Join us for our first FABERFriday – Steak Night Special with a unique Samsara Syrah 2009 Decade Dinner on Friday 2nd August. The evening will kick off with our famous FABER welcome of Avondale Armilla Blanc de Blanc and a tour of our three-storey gravity cellar,...

Field to Feast Luncheon – 20 October 2019

The Field to Feast, three-course luncheons paired with Avondale wines are co-hosted by Avondale proprietor and entertaining raconteur, Johnathan Grieve and FABER Chef, Dale Stevens. Each event is a unique experience of the Avondale Estate with a journey through the...
Field to Feast Luncheon – 24 March 2019

Field to Feast Luncheon – 24 March 2019

The Field to Feast, three-course luncheons paired with Avondale wines are co-hosted by Avondale proprietor and entertaining raconteur, Johnathan Grieve and FABER Chef, Dale Stevens. Each event is a unique experience of the Avondale Estate with a journey through the...
May your Holidays Bubble over with Joy!

May your Holidays Bubble over with Joy!

Our adventurous wine maker, Corné Marais, made a fun ‘bubbly’ for you to indulge in from 100% Chenin Blanc called Pét-Nat. Pét-Nat is short for pétillant naturel, which is simply French for “naturally sparkling” – and that’s essentially what it is! This lightly fizzy...
Field to Feast Luncheon – 24 March 2019

Field to Feast Luncheon – 24 March 2019

The Field to Feast, three-course luncheons paired with Avondale wines are co-hosted by Avondale proprietor and entertaining raconteur, Johnathan Grieve and FABER Chef, Dale Stevens. Each event is a unique experience of the Avondale Estate with a journey through the...
Earth Hour Dinner – 30 March 2019

Earth Hour Dinner – 30 March 2019

Share one light at FABER restaurant on the Avondale wine farm in support of WWF #EarthHour 2019. In the sparkle of candle-light, Chef Dale and his team will be serving up a contemporary farm-to-fork 4 course dinner. Please view our sample menu below – as we pride...
Easter Sunday Family Lunch – 21 April 2019

Easter Sunday Family Lunch – 21 April 2019

Come together on Easter Sunday and take a trip to Avondale that will delight the whole family. Easter delights such as lamb, pickled fish and hot-cross buns can be expected for this family style sharing lunch created by Chef Dale and his team. Bring the family,...
Mother’s Day Lunch – 12 May 2019

Mother’s Day Lunch – 12 May 2019

Spoil mom and allow her to kick back and relax by bringing the whole family together at FABER restaurant, to tuck into a contemporary farm-to-fork family-sharing style 4 course feast. Guests will be greeted with the famous FABER welcome of a fresh homemade juice and...
Water-wise Wines

Water-wise Wines

“Save Water; Drink Wine” they said. But what they didn’t say is how much water is used to make a bottle of wine. The industry average is 6 liters of water; but luckily here at Avondale this has been brought down to 2.5-3 liters of water per bottle of wine. This...
The Avondale Garden Bar – Friday Afternoons

The Avondale Garden Bar – Friday Afternoons

The 2018 festive season is about to begin. And we couldn’t be more excited! Long, hot summer nights; fairy-lights and tinsel; beautiful flowers; socialising and of course perfectly chilled glasses of our favourite sunset drink – the Avondale Camissa Blanc de Noir. The...
Earth Hour Dinner – 30 March 2019

Earth Hour Dinner – 30 March 2019

Share one light at FABER restaurant on the Avondale wine farm in support of WWF #EarthHour 2019. In the sparkle of candle-light, Chef Dale and his team will be serving up a contemporary farm-to-fork 4 course dinner. Please view our sample menu below – as we pride...
Cyclus listed on Emirates Business Class

Cyclus listed on Emirates Business Class

Recently Emirates Business Class customers had the opportunity to enjoy our white blend Cyclus 2013 on most long haul flights. An invigorating White Blend of Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Semillon grapes, the softly wooded Cyclus swirls with...
Avondale and FABER Events

Avondale and FABER Events

In July we launched our flagship wine the premium, limited-edition Navitas 2009. Mother Nature played her part with a suitably cold winters evening to match the superb Rhone-style blend. A welcoming glass of Armilla bubbles on arrival, a warm fire, and the comparison...
Avondale and FABER Events

Avondale Vintage Dinner – 18th August 2018

We are delighted to invite you to our Avondale Vintage Release Dinner where you will experience the best of Avondale Wine. Estate’s proprietor Johnathan Grieve and winemaker, Corne Marais will be partnering up with Chef Dale Stevens to create a truly remarkable food...
Spring Feast – 26th August 2018

Spring Feast – 26th August 2018

The Field to Feast three-course luncheons paired with Avondale wines are co-hosted by Avondale proprietor and entertaining raconteur, Johnathan Grieve and FABER Chef, Dale Stevens. Each event is a unique experience of the Avondale Estate with a journey through the...
Heritage Day Inspired Lunch – 23rd September 2018

Heritage Day Inspired Lunch – 23rd September 2018

Join us at FABER restaurant in Paarl for a Heritage Day Inspired Lunch on Sunday, 23rd September 2018. Our menu will be inspired by an infusion of different cultures including a definite focus on South African Braai for R550 per adult and R110 per child (under the age...
Avondale Vintage Dinner – 29th September 2018

Avondale Vintage Dinner – 29th September 2018

We are delighted to invite you to our Avondale Vintage Release Dinner where you will experience the best of Avondale Wine. Estate’s proprietor Johnathan Grieve and winemaker, Corne Marais will be partnering up with Chef Dale Stevens to create a truly remarkable food...
Avondale releases latest vintage, Navitas 2009

Avondale releases latest vintage, Navitas 2009

On the 21st July we at Avondale launched the 2009 vintage of our flagship wine Navitas. Navitas is a traditional Rhone-style blend of organically grown Syrah, Mourverdre and Grenache varietals. Grapes were hand harvested in the early morning and brought to the cellar...
Avondale Vintage Release Dinner – 21st July 2018

Avondale Vintage Release Dinner – 21st July 2018

We are delighted to invite you to our Avondale Vintage Release Dinner where you will experience the best of Avondale Wine. Estate’s proprietor Johnathan Grieve and winemaker, Corne Marais will be partnering up with Chef Dale Stevens to create a truly remarkable food...
Don’t Miss Avondale at Upcoming Events

Don’t Miss Avondale at Upcoming Events

With the slow down post summer, we have had a chance to reflect on the phenomenal events hosted at Avondale in Paarl. The highlight has to be the Autumn Field to Feast. This sold out event saw an incredibly crafted menu which was served both in the gardens and in the...
FABER’S Family Celebration of Easter Sunday

FABER’S Family Celebration of Easter Sunday

Come together on Easter Sunday and take a trip to Avondale that will delight the whole family. Easter delights such as lamb, pickled fish and hotcross buns can be expected for this family style sharing lunch by Chef Dale and his team. Bring the family, because...
Earth Hour 2018, Saturday 24 March

Earth Hour 2018, Saturday 24 March

Come and share your light at FABER at Avondale Take part in the world’s largest grassroots environmental event by switching your lights off at home at 20h30 on the 24th March. But don’t sit home alone in the dark… In the sparkle of candlelight and a blaze of...
Harvest 2018 News

Harvest 2018 News

Harvest time at the beginning of each New Year brings an incredible energy of profusion and fruitfulness to the farm.  In the early morning of the 26th of January, we celebrated our 21st Harvest Anniversary, bringing in the Chardonnay grapes we use to make Avondale’s...
Autumn Field to Feast – 6th May 2018

Autumn Field to Feast – 6th May 2018

The Field to Feast three-course luncheons paired with Avondale wines are co-hosted by Avondale proprietor and entertaining raconteur, Johnathan Grieve and FABER Chef, Dale Stevens. Each event is a unique experience of the Avondale Estate with a journey through the...
Winter Feast – 15th July 2018

Winter Feast – 15th July 2018

The Field to Feast three-course luncheons paired with Avondale wines are co-hosted by Avondale proprietor and entertaining raconteur, Johnathan Grieve and FABER Chef, Dale Stevens. Each event is a unique experience of the Avondale Estate, where guests go...
Avondale’s Amphora Experience

Avondale’s Amphora Experience

Amphora wine-making, the fermenting and ageing of wines in ceramic vessels based on ancient designs, is fast becoming a notable trend across the world’s wine regions.  Years ago, we dug up clay on the farm and got a local potter to handcraft and fire our first...
Avondale’s Amazing Field to Feast Events

Avondale’s Amazing Field to Feast Events

Carrots over open coals and hot smoked pork cheek Ouma Katherina’s spiced pumpkin tart and burnt nougat with almonds and berries Avondale free-range confit duck leg with garden sweet potato and lavender Springbok loin with broadbean tops and organic lowerland polenta…...
Navitas 2009 will be released in the New Year

Navitas 2009 will be released in the New Year

Slow-made and given the cellar time for its extraordinary character to develop, Avondale Navitas is a traditional Rhone blend of organically grown Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache grapes.   Navitas means energy, and this is a wine that perfectly expresses the unique...
Avondale’s Amphora Winemaking – Experience Now

Avondale’s Amphora Winemaking – Experience Now

Amphora wine-making, the fermenting and ageing of wines in clay vessels based on ancient designs, is fast becoming a notable trend across the world’s wine regions. Years ago, we dug up clay on the farm and got a local potter to handcraft and fire our first amphorae,...
What’s Hot? – Avondale Garden Bar

What’s Hot? – Avondale Garden Bar

As the temperature rises, we need to take advantage of the opportunities to wind down… This Summer, you’ll find the sizzle at the Avondale Garden Bar on Fridays from 4 to 7pm.  Starting on the third of November, FABER at Avondale is welcoming you to a Winelands...
Springtime at FABER

Springtime at FABER

Chef-patron, Eric Bulpitt and his team are experiencing their first spring on the Avondale Estate.  Inspired by the bounty of fresh ingredients the change of season is bringing, they’re in the mood to celebrate with a delicious new refined dining menu and innovative...
Taste the Soul of Spring

Taste the Soul of Spring

As Winter fades we feel the urge raise a glass of crisp, chilled white wine and connect with the freshness of Spring, which brings new life.  At Avondale, our recently released 2015 vintage of Anima just happens to be our wine of choice for this occasion.  ‘Anima’,...
Winter Feast – 15th July 2018

Join us for the Spring Field to Feast

Spring just begs you to get out of town and into the country.  Come and immerse yourself in beautiful natural surroundings, where exceptional Cape wines and delicious food are produced in harmony with Nature.  At the innovative Field to Feast luncheons, Avondale’s...
Anima Chenin Blanc: Capturing the soul of Avondale

Anima Chenin Blanc: Capturing the soul of Avondale

Few wines embody the Avondale philosophy of Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’ – as succinctly as the estate’s acclaimed Anima Chenin Blanc, and the newly-released 2015 vintage is once again proving to be a remarkable reflection of this pioneering biodynamic estate in...
All the latest buzz about FABER

All the latest buzz about FABER

One of the exciting things about opening a new restaurant in the Cape Winelands is the enthusiastic interest of the country’s food bloggers and other reviewers who are always eager for new and interesting culinary experiences. Browse through some of the latest FABER...
A bubbly launch of the 2010 vintage of Armilla

A bubbly launch of the 2010 vintage of Armilla

Avondale is delighted to present Armilla 2010, the latest vintage of our classically-made Blanc de Blanc MCC.  Handcrafted from delicious, organically-grown Chardonnay grapes, we take pride in our traditional approach to produce an exceptional bubbly that reflects the...
Treat yourself to a Winter Lunch at FABER

Treat yourself to a Winter Lunch at FABER

If you’ve heard the buzz about Chef Eric Bulpitt and his team finding their culinary home in the Paarl Winelands, don’t be tempted to wait for the Summer before you set out to explore.  You would miss out on the joys of refined dining alongside a big log fire and a...
FABER is tuning into Winter Rhythms

FABER is tuning into Winter Rhythms

The changing of the seasons always brings on fresh inspiration for chefs.  “With the Western Cape’s winter rains, for chefs who forage or pick their own herbs, this is the most exciting time of the year,” says Eric Bulpitt, “Young succulent herbs start popping up...
Growing more for ‘farm to table’

Growing more for ‘farm to table’

In the capable hands of Avondale’s Head Gardener, Ricardo, our veg and herb production on the farm has expanded significantly this year so that FABER’s guests enjoy more of an authentic ‘farm to table’ experience.  Ricardo, a serial winner of Avondale’s best garden...
FABER in the News

FABER in the News

FABER features in new Cape Town 12forward – Following its opening this past December, FABER at Avondale has steadily been gaining attention.  Chef Eric Bulpitt and his team have been busy crafting sensational, progressive dishes from ingredients, often sourced...
Incredible Autumn Field to Feast

Incredible Autumn Field to Feast

At the end of March, it was such a pleasure to host our first Field to Feast event of the year. It was fantastic to guide our guests over the farm and experience their wonder and enjoyment at how we produce wine and food. FABER’s, Eric Bulpitt and his team created a...
Armilla gets a top rating from Decanter

Armilla gets a top rating from Decanter

There was good reason to pop the cork of Avondale’s Armilla when the MCC achieved a stunning result in a review of ‘New World’ sparkling wines by UK-based wine magazine, Decanter.  Armilla was rated alongside 95 premium sparkling wines by an expert panel that included...
Holiday Hours and Xmas Lunch at FABER @ Avondale

Holiday Hours and Xmas Lunch at FABER @ Avondale

The good news is that FABER is extending its hours over December.  We’ll be open from Wednesdays to Saturdays for dinners, and from Wednesday through to Saturday for lunch each week.  It’s a great opportunity to bring friends and family together to make great memories...
Give the Gift of Wine

Give the Gift of Wine

Avondale’s Tasting Gallery and wine sales will be open Monday to Sunday, from 10h00 to 16h00 over the holiday season.  Come and get to know our extraordinary wines and find out first-hand about how we make them with Mother Nature’s approval in an elegant and...
FABER’s Eric Bulpitt responds to Top 30 nomination in Eat Out Awards

FABER @ Avondale

In partnership with renowned SA chef, Eric Bulpitt, FABER Restaurant opened at Avondale last month to a fantastic reception.  The name faber; m (genitive fabrī); second declension, denotes craftsman, creator, artisan, architect, maker, artificer or smith.  For us, it...
Don’t Miss Avondale at Upcoming Events

Don’t Miss Avondale at Upcoming Events

The Cape The Wade Bales Wine Society will soon be hosting a MCC celebration, and Avondale will be there.  Like us on Facebook to get the latest details. We’ll also be showcasing Armilla at the Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival on...
Announcing the release of our 2010 La Luna

Announcing the release of our 2010 La Luna

We are delighted to announce the release of our 2010 La Luna Red Blend. 2010 was a memorable year not least for the tornado that swept through the valley during flowering, substantially reducing our crop. Fortunately the rest of the season was good with the surviving...
Eric Bulpitt to open NEW Restaurant at Avondale

Eric Bulpitt to open NEW Restaurant at Avondale

AWARD-WINNING chef Eric Bulpitt is set to open a brand-new restaurant at Avondale Estate in the Paarl Valley on 1 November 2016. In his current position at The Restaurant at Newton-Johnson in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley outside Hermanus, Eric has made a name for himself...
Cyclus – New Vintage launch and vertical tasting

Cyclus – New Vintage launch and vertical tasting

We recently held two media events for the launch of our 2013 vintage; at these events we tasted 5 vintages of our Cyclus White Blend 2009 to 2013 showcasing the blend’s aging potential. Cyclus is made from Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Chenin Blanc and Semillon...
Scats Esterhuyse – Celebrating 20 Years

Scats Esterhuyse – Celebrating 20 Years

Renowned South African landscape painter, Scats Esterhuyse has enjoyed a long relationship with Avondale, and his paintings are displayed throughout our Tasting Gallery.  This year he is celebrating 20 years as an artist and to commemorate this achievement, we talked...
Come & visit Avondale over the Festive Season

Come & visit Avondale over the Festive Season

We would love to welcome you to Avondale over the Festive Season. Enjoy a tasting of our biodynamic wines, take a tour around our farm on our Eco Wine Safari, and indulge yourself in our sumptuous Lunch Platter whilst taking in the views across our gardens and...
Time to Celebrate!

Time to Celebrate!

The town of Franschhoek will be alive with the sound of popping corks for the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival – The Magic of Bubbles – on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2015. We will be serving our award winning Armilla Blanc de Blanc...
Armilla MCC triumphs at 2015 CSWWC

Armilla MCC triumphs at 2015 CSWWC

We are delighted to announce our success at the 2015 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship where our 2009 Armilla Blanc de Blanc MCC won Best South African Sparkling Wine overall and trophies for Best Blanc de Blanc MCC and Best Organic MCC. These three...
Calling Gauteng wine lovers!

Calling Gauteng wine lovers!

The next few weeks offer plenty of opportunities to come and meet some of the Avondale team, learn more about biodynamic winemaking, and most importantly, to taste our range of extraordinary wines, approved by Mother Nature. We will be at the WineStyle Winter Winedown...

An evening of extraordinary style

At Avondale we pride ourselves on producing premium quality wines and recently had the opportunity to pair with Maserati for an exclusive evening, showcasing our wines with their elegant cars in in Bryanston, Johannesburg. Chef Michel Morand of Bistro Michel, who also...
Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

Each year, in recognition of the moon’s cosmic influence on biodynamic farming, we host a dinner at Avondale.  Normally held on the evening of a full moon, this annual event is called the La Luna Dinner after the image of the full moon on the label of our La Luna red...
Knysna Wine Festival 2015

Knysna Wine Festival 2015

This year sees the Knysna Wine Festival celebrate its tenth anniversary on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th July, during the Knysna Oyster Festival week. Focussing on just 50 wine estates, it is renowned for being an upmarket event showcasing top South African wines in...

Avondale – Extraordinary venue for special events

Avondale is blessed with the backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, and views across vineyards to Paarl and its famous granite outcrop, Paarl Rock. The estate boasts 300 hectares of vines, fields and beautiful gardens in which our stunning Cape vernacular-style...
“Once in a Blue Moon” La Luna Dinner

“Once in a Blue Moon” La Luna Dinner

Experience Avondale… “Once in a Blue Moon” La Luna Dinner “Once in a Blue Moon” named after the rare fortuity of two full moons occurring within one month. And since the moon holds a special place in Avondale’s heart, the evening promise to be something...
All things Duck!

All things Duck!

A highlight of the Avondale Calendar is our Biodynamic Luncheon – a chance to welcome visitors and friends to enjoy an afternoon indulging in fine food and our Avondale wines, and an opportunity to explain our biodynamic principles in a little more detail. On 24 May...
WADE BALES WINE & MALT WHISKY AFFAIR 2015

WADE BALES WINE & MALT WHISKY AFFAIR 2015

Avondale will be at the 2015 Wade Bales Wine and Malt Whisky Affair on Friday 8 May 18:00 to 21:00 with our range of biodynamic wines, approved by Mother Nature. Taking place at the African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel in Cape Town, this event showcases over 100 fine...

The Avondale Lunch Platter by Chef Matt Manning

We are proud to announce the upcoming launch of our Avondale Lunch Platter – a fine dining experience with good honest food to complement our slow hand-made wines. Our beautiful fresh platters are laden with a sumptuous selection of mouth-watering treats created by...

Earth Hour at Avondale

At Avondale we believe that working with nature is the key to a sustainable future. We aim to farm holistically and minimise unnecessary energy consumption. Celebrating Earth Hour has become a tradition at Avondale and this year we decided to reach out to our...
Avondale Biodynamic Luncheon – An Autumn Affair

Avondale Biodynamic Luncheon – An Autumn Affair

Save the date – 24 May 2015, for your place at Avondale’s next Biodynamic Luncheon. AVONDALE, one of the leading proponents of biodynamic winemaking in South Africa is hosting a Biodynamic Luncheon at a particularly propitious time. As the change of season always...
We’ve launched the Avondale Members Club

We’ve launched the Avondale Members Club

The new Avondale Members Club invites wine lovers into Avondale’s special Circle of Life and offers not just great rewards, but extraordinary experiences.  There’s a 15% discount offered on a minimum of purchase of 24 bottles of Avondale Wines over a year.  You can...
Cyclus 2012 has been released

Cyclus 2012 has been released

In tune with the latest wine trends that favour white blends, we have released the 2012 vintage of Avondale’s Cyclus.  Made from organically grown Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Chenin Blanc and Semillon grapes, Avondale’s Cyclus embodies Nature’s power and dynamism...

Unveiling Our Unique Flagship Red Blend

We are delighted to unveil our new creation – a red wine blend that unifies every essential part of Avondale’s unique philosophy. A reflection of the unseen that binds all life, the wine is Avondale’s Navitas – its name is the Latin word signifying energy. This first...

Celebrating in Style

As we approach summer, and the festive season, what better way to celebrate than with our Méthode Cap Classique (MCC). We will be serving our 2009 Armilla Blanc de Blanc at two elegant events: the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of...

Avondale at Winex

Jozi wine lovers, come and say hi to Koliswa and Madeleine at the RMB WineX festival at the Sandton Convention Centre from 29 – 31 October.  We’ll be at stand L1 to meet you and give you tasting of Avondale’s extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature.  WineX, now...

Spring luxury in harmony with nature at Grootbos

As the buds of spring start bursting into blossom, we too feel the urge to reawaken and what better way to refresh the spirits than a luxurious getaway in nature.  If you’d like to avoid the hordes heading up the West Coast, we’d recommend Grootbos Private Nature...

Avondale On Show in July

We’re delighted to get a chance to enjoy the Garden Route’s ‘Best 10 Days in Winter’ as we showcase Avondale wines at the popular 2014 Knysna Wine Festival on the 7th and 8th of July from 17h30 to 20h30 at the Festival Pavilion, Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival...

Avondale’s Children Celebrate Biodiversity

22 May is the United Nation’s International Day for Biodiversity, which aims to highlight the issues of dwindling biodiversity throughout the world.  The children at Avondale’s Pre-School and Aftercare Centre were treated to a special biodiversity session presented by...

Avondale On Show

The annual Wade Bales Wine & Malt Whisky Affair presented by BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities is always an exclusive affair on the wine-lovers calendar.  This year, Avondale is one of 20 premier South African wineries showcasing just 5 wines each.  The event takes...

Three Men Doing it the Biodynamic Way

During the time when the vivid leaves from the vines fall and return to the soil, Avondale presents their first-ever Biodynamic Luncheon on Sunday, the 18th of May. This extraordinary autumn affair will bring to life the smart Biodynamic farming practices that ensure...

Outlandish Kitchen at Avondale

Outlandish Kitchen at Avondale Outlandish Kitchen offers ‘a far flung field experience’ that will bring you closer to the origin of really good food.  At 1pm on Saturday, the 5th of April, they will be coming to Avondale to serve you a truly local and delicious...

Harvest News

Fruits of the Harvest We began the harvest on Friday, the 31st of January.  After daily meanderings, musings and tastings in the Chardonnay vineyards, our winemaker Cornè and I agreed that these beautiful grapes had reached the perfection of taste that is phenolic...

Avondale On Show

Join Avondale’s Proprietor, Johnathan Grieve at Buxtons La Cave Liquors, La Lucia Mall in La Lucia for an intimate and fascinating tasting of Avondale’s wines.  You’ll discover how Avondale uniquely uses the best of modern science, organic and biodynamic practices to...

New Listings for Avondale Wines in Cape Town

Just in time for the holidays, when both locals and visitors have the time to relax and enjoy fine dining, Avondale’s wines are featuring on the wine lists of some of Cape Town’s popular and new venues: Rub shoulders with the jet-set at The Grand Café as you sip a...

Avondale’s Cyclus and La Luna Flies High on ANA

Following a globally-contested, rigorous selection and tasting process, Avondale’s Cyclus 2010 and La Luna 2007 have been listed by ANA, All Nippon Airways for serving to passengers in first-class.  Such a prestigious listing is testimony to Avondale’s outstanding...

Avant-Garde Pairing Media Launch

On Wednesday 6 November, we held a media launch for our Avant-Garde Festive Pairing Experience, available for guests to the Estate from 15 November 2013 – 15 January 2014. The launch event served as a preview of what guests to the farm can experience over the festive...

August is Women’s Month: Celebrating Woman & Wine

Throughout the ages, some of the world’s most famous women have been almost as renowned for their love of wine as for their glamour. Icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh and Bridget Bardot are all famed for their fondness of the odd tipple. Like red lipstick or...

Introducing Camissa 2012….

A blend of two flavourful varieties, the latest vintage of Avondale’s Camissa arrests the nose with rose petals, scented pelargonium and fresh red fruits of the earth.  Hints of Turkish Delight and lemon zest attest to the perfect acidity of this wine; for Camissa may...

New Listings for Avondale Wines in Gauteng

We’re delighted that a number of Avondale’s premium wines have been recently added to the wine lists of some Gauteng’s most prestigious establishments and restaurants: Avondale’s Armilla, Anima, Camissa and La Luna are now all available the Mount Grace Country House...

Avondale glows Gold at America’s WSWA Convention

Avondale has returned from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention with six gold accolades.  Our Bordeaux blend, La Luna scooped up not just the “Best in Show Bordeaux Blend” but also the coveted ‘Best in Show Red Wine’ award. The WSWA Annual...

Avondale – Happening in Gauteng!

Experience Avondale at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival After 23 years, the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival is the most exclusive and longest running wine show in the country. Small, select, superior – the event is singularly about...

Avondale – Happening in Cape Town!

Experience Avondale at Planet Restaurant On the eve of the lunar eclipse on the 25th April, Avondale Wine Estate and the Mount Nelson will be hosting an extraordinary seven-course dinner paired with wines at the historic hotel’s Planet Restaurant.  Award-winning...

Avondale wishes you an Eggstraordinary Easter!

We wish all our Avondale Family & Friends a blessed Easter Weekend! Our Tasting Gallery will be closed Friday till Monday so please ensure you stock up today and tomorrow on your favourites! Why not try our Camissa Rosé with this traditional Curried Pickled Fish,...

Avondale’s Anima Wows the Swedes

We are delighted that Avondale’s lively and soulful Chenin Blanc, Anima 2010 has won a hotly contested tender bid to be listed by the Swedish alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget from May this year.  More than 40 Top end Chenin Blancs from South Africa participated in the...

The Goodwill of Avondale’s Staff

There has been much in the news over the past months regarding labour strife in the Cape Winelands. Avondale is deeply grateful that we have a different kind of story to tell. In December last year, when many farmers were locked in battle with their labour force,...

The Morning Of The First Day Of Harvest – Avondale

Blog written by Natalie Roos © Tails of a Mermaid Friday 1st February 2013 I knew that being invited to Avondale’s first day of harvest was a special honour, but I couldn’t have know just how special it would be… At 04h30 on the morning Friday the 1st of...

Avondale’s Children are Collect-A-Can Winners

If our Avondale community ever needed any further confirmation that recycling pays, then our crèche and after care children have certainly done that through their great efforts in the 2012 annual Collect-A-Can school’s competition.  Under the eco-friendly guidance of...

New Listings in Cape Town

Majeka House – One of our favourite Sommeliers, Josephine Gutentoft recently took up a position at Stellenbosch’s lavish Majeka House.  To our delight, Josephine has now listed Avondale’s Armilla MCC at Majeka’s stunning Makaron Restaurant where we trust it will...

Business Buzzes at Cape Wine 2012

In the last days of September, Avondale joined hundreds of South African wine producers at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for Cape Wine 2012.  Widely regarded as the most successful international wine trade show in the southern hemisphere, Cape Wine is...

“Klink” on the button to vote for Avondale!

Calling all foodies, wine lovers, outdoor adventurers and wine farm fans! Show your love for South Africa’s winelands by voting for your favourite nominee in the country’s first ever, consumer-driven, interactive wine tourism award – the #KLINK Awards. ‘Klink’...

Avondale – Happening in Gauteng!

Avondale is delighted to join a host of Cape wine producers at the 2012 Soweto Wine Festival.  It promises to be an action-packed event with more than 950 wines to taste, a vibey food marquee showcasing fare from Soweto’s favourite restaurants, a free Nederburg Wine...

New Listings in Gauteng

We are delighted that Avondale’s wines are now on the winelist at Chef Marthinus Ferreria’s acclaimed restaurant in Dunkeld West, Johannesburg DW eleven-13. You can enjoy Avondale’s Cyclus, Camissa and Samsara with the decidedly contemporary French fare in a New York...

Avondale’s Winter Update

We have passed Winter’s halfway mark; and with cold temperatures and relatively high rainfall, we can say that it has been a good Winter so far.  The vines are bare; drawing breath, resting and rejuvenating before the exertions that will be demanded by Spring.  In the...

The Fruit versus Root – Luna Taste Test Gets Results!

In the 1950’s, Maria Thun, a proponent of biodynamics devised a lunar calendar to guide farming activities.  According to the movements of the moon and stars, she identified ‘root’, ‘leaf’, ‘flower’ and ‘fruit’ days within the month.  Out of this came the theory that...

Inspired Pairings to Celebrate May’s ‘Super Moon’

The eve of a ‘Super Moon’ rising promised to be an auspicious occasion for a La Luna Dinner, but even then, we didn’t quite anticipate how sensational the 6-course menu that Sonia Cabano prepared for the 5th of May would be.   La Luna Dinners are held at the Avondale...

Fruit vs. Root – Luna Taste Test

Avondale is excited to launch an intriguing experiment in conjunction with Platter’s South African Wine Guide to put the biodynamic lunar tasting calendar to test.  The moon, which typically governs many aspects of biodynamic farming, is believed to play a role in how...

Avondale Strikes the Jackpot in Las Vegas

Hot on the heels of winning the prestigious Amorim Environmental Award at the international Drinks Business Green Awards in London, we have now returned from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention with an array of accolades for our wines. The...

SA Bubbly Stars to Sparkle in KwaZulu-Natal

The inaugural KZN Bubbly Festival will be held on 27 April at Makaranga Lodge in Kloof and 28 April at The Piggly Wiggly in the Midlands.  More than 30 of the Cape’s top Cap Classique producers will come together for a celebration of traditionally-made,...

Commemorating Earth Day 2012 – 22 April

As the 42nd Earth Day approaches, we are reminded that the transformation to a more sustainable world requires that each person, each family, each community and each country takes actual steps towards protecting and preserving the environment.  Earth Day’s A Billion...

2012 End of Harvest Report

This year brought on an atypical harvest that was almost leisurely!  The uncommonly cool temperatures during February made for a long ripening of the grapes.  This did result in beautiful, flavourful fruit, but it meant we had to be on our toes to bring in the...

Earth Hour 2012 – Going Beyond the Hour

UNITING PEOPLE TO PROTECT THE PLANET – EARTH HOUR 2012: SATURDAY 30 MARCH, 08:30PM We hope that you will join Avondale and many other South Africans in celebrating Earth Hour 2012, the largest environmental event in the history of the Planet.  Hundreds of...

Water is Life – Conserve it, Respect it, Enjoy it

This is theme of National Water Week, from the 5th to the 11th of March.  It is an appeal for South Africans to cultivate a real appreciation of water and to foster a constant awareness of our complete dependency on water.  This is an appeal that Avondale surely...

New Avondale Assistant Wine Maker

Avondale is not just a good place to grow healthy balanced grapes and make premium quality wines; it is also an environment that encourages the blossoming of human potential and supports development.  Ivan September joined Avondale around 10 years ago as a general...

Introducing Camissa…

With its subtle salmon hues and soft blushing scents, Camissa is the Avondale wine that epitomises our blessing that we make our wines from sweet waters.  Camissa is made from 84% Muscat de Frontignan and 16% Mourvedre grapes.  The vines are 21 years old, naturally...

Tim Gibson’s Photographic Exhibition at Avondale

Nature of Africa A rainbow flashes across a storm-drenched sky over Kagga Kamma…  An early morning mist shrouds a line of Mozambican women…  A languid, elegant leopard strolls over the hot, dry sands Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park…  A statuesque Goliath Heron is etched...

Avondale’s Children are Recycling Champions!

This year, Avondale’s Créche and After Care Centre entered the annual school’s Collect-A-Can competition, and all the children took up the challenge with great enthusiasm, and results.  They won R1000 in prize money for the school when they were placed third in the...

Introducing Armilla …

It’s Summer, it’s the festive season – the perfect time to be popping the corks of the bottles of bubbly!  Armilla, Avondale’s traditionally-made Methodé Cap Classique (MCC) embodies our celebration of life on the farm.  Sparkling with joy, this fresh, versatile Brut...

Avondale’s Famous Duck Posse

In line with our BioLOGIC® approach, we take our cues from Mother Nature when it comes to pest control.  Perhaps the most picturesque of our natural pest management methods is the employment of a posse of glossy white Pekin ducks who range through green vineyards on...

Extraordinary Avondale Events

Avondale Wine Dinner at The Marion on Nicol presented by Johnathan Grieve As a Boutique Hotel of Distinction, The Marion on Nicol in Johannesburg sets the perfect scene for the first of our Extraordinary Avondale Events.  We are delighted to partner with them to...

Terra Mare’s sensational Seafood Bisque recipe

Our thanks to Olivier Jaeggi-Wright, Chef and co-owner of Paarl’s Terra Mare restaurant for generously sharing his wonderful recipe with Avondale’s friends. The richness and the delicious blend of decadent flavours in the bisque made for an incredible combination with...

Introducing Cyclus …

An Extraordinary Avondale wine Approved by Mother Nature We believe that the birth of a premium quality wine like Cyclus begins in the soils of the vineyard.  If the quality of life in the soils is healthy and balanced, then you have mastered the first step in the...

Biodiversity throughout the system

More and more South African wine-lovers are becoming familiar with the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI) logo appearing on the labels of many of their favourite wines.  Avondale was one of the first Cape wine producers to obtain BWI certification.  Founded by the...

It’s a Duck’s Day Out…

Now that they have learnt to ride in the ‘duck-mobile’ and are getting out into the vineyards, Avondale’s ducks had a special outing to visit the children at our crèche and after-care centre.  Pre-school teacher, Nadia Retief used the opportunity to explain to the...

Avondale Wine in the News

Since our launch of Avondale’s Magnificent Collection earlier this year, we have been getting a fantastic response to the new wines from all quarters.  It is great to see that people are not just appreciating that the wines are so delicious, but they also value our...

Avondale is proud of Ivan September!

Avondale Cellar Assistant, Ivan September has successfully completed Wine Training South Africa’s (WTSA) Introduction to Junior Cellar Management course.  Over the past three years, Ivan has been dedicated to his studies, advancing through WTSA’s SKOP 1, 2 and 3...

Introducing Samsara …

An Extraordinary Avondale wine Approved by Mother Nature. We believe that the birth of a premium quality wine like Samsara begins in the soils of the vineyard.  If the quality of life in the soil is healthy and balanced, then you have mastered the first step in the...

Experience an Avondale EcoTour

Our Eco Tours take you on a wonderful journey throughout our beautiful and bountiful farm.  Highly specialised and informative, the Eco Tour includes a welcome at our Tasting Gallery, a vineyard tour and a visit to our state-of-the-art gravity flow cellar; as well as...

BioLOGIC- Creating Living Systems Naturally

With the ever-increasing consumer demand for healthier, eco-friendly organic products, more and more producers are exploring sustainable farming practices that do not require the use of chemical fertilisers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. Avondale has...

What will you be doing for World Environment Day?

The United Nation’s Environment Programme’s World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated across the globe on the 5th of June 2011.  Over nearly 40 years, WED has become a key worldwide event to stimulate environmental awareness, to focus political attention and encourage...

Soil is Life

Life begins in the soil.    At Avondale we are acutely aware that healthy balance in our vineyard Eco-system, in our wines and in our own lives is dependent on first achieving healthy balance in our soil.  Chemically, biologically and physically the health of soil,...

Avondale breaks new ground in mobile media

Avondale is amongst the first South African businesses to enhance the consumer experience by including 21st Century QR codes on our wine labels.  Every bottle in Avondale’s Magnificent Collection range includes a unique QR code on the label that is specially designed...

Introducing La Luna…

It is that time of year when our thoughts are naturally turning to log fires and great bottles of smooth red wine.  On the farm, it reminds us of our commitment to slow winemaking that enables our winemaker to fine tune the ageing and blending of our wines in an...

Organic Pioneer Opts For FSC Corks

It is known as the farm with the ducks and where the term BioLOGIC® was born. Avondale Estate has been at the forefront of organic wine production in South Africa, taking the buzzword “organic” a step further with the introduction of BioLOGIC®, a unique and more...

Going Beyond Earth Hour

Four years ago, 2.2 million people and 2000 businesses in Sydney, Australia, turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.  Who would have imagined that this local initiative would quickly go global to become the biggest environmental...

Introducing Avondale’s Magnificent Collection

The launch of Avondale’s new range of seven hand-crafted, elegantly classic wines marks a triumphant turning in the more than 300-year history of this wine farm. In 1999, Avondale’s proprietor Johnathan Grieve was convinced that an innovative approach, combining...

Julie Grieve

To her this was simply a barbaric act of treason akin to slouching at her table, turning down her offer of seconds or – if as designated barman – you allowed her glass to stand empty for a brief second. In the event of this calamity occurring, she would become...

Our Ducks Ain’t Fat!

It all started sneakily enough. A number of unmarked vehicles showed up, and some engineering-type people began unloading equipment. “Nothing to worry about” was the news the ducks got from their sentries. The engineering-types then started setting up their equipment...

Fast Forward To Slow Food

I don’t wish to sound fanatical as this is not about right or wrong, but rather about choice. We have the choice as to what role we wish food to play in our lives. For a working mom the instant meal is a time saver. For the mom who hasn’t stood on a chair next to the...

A Rose By Any Other Name…

Q: What does it mean to be certified organic? A: I have written quite a lot on our natural, Bio-LOGIC methods of farming. While we follow this approach as part of the whole philosophy of Avondale, some markets expect us to have our processes verified through external...

100 Ducks A Day Keep The Snails Away

After 45 days, the Duck-Wagter turns marine instructor on the brace and transforms them into the most efficient snail-killing machine known to man. Their training begins with getting them to walk-up the ramp of the duckmobile. Like potty training this has its humorous...

Drink Avondale Wine And Show That You Give a Hoot

We are very proud of the fact that our Bio-LOGIC approach to vineyard management has seen a return of many species of wild animals to the farm, including a variety of raptors such as small falcons and owls. Unfortunately some of these birds get hurt on their way to us...

100% Organic!

Avondale now has three certified wine. They are Jonty’s Ducks 2007 , Chenin Blanc 2009 and Rosé 2009 . Four years ago, 25 hectares of new vines on virgin soil were certified organic. Now, leading internationally accredited European agency Control Union, has certified...

The Million Dollar Question…

Let me start off by pointing out that sulphur is a mineral found naturally in many kinds of foods. In winemaking it dates back to Roman times when sulphur was burnt in wine storage vessels to prevent the spoilage of wine. Sulphur is a preservative and ensures the...