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Newsletter May 2013

Winter is bringing a change


There is a definite bite in the air as Mother Nature prepares to welcome Winter. We take our “cue” from the seasons and from the 6th of May we will be operating on “winter hours”, meaning the restaurant will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Wine Centre will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 – 17:00 as well as Sundays and Public Holidays 10:00 – 16:00.

Winter menu magic

To warm up for winter, our chef Chris, has created some amazing new dishes on our menu, so be sure to join us soon for a cosy lunch. Remember that it is Mother’s Day on the 12th, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Some of my favourites on the starter menu include the twice baked cheese soufflé with apple and roasted walnut salad and the baked Melanzane stack with layers of aubergine, tomato and mozzarella and arrabiata sauce, salsa verde and gratinated pecorino cheese. The Peri-peri chicken livers are also a sure way to keep the cold at bay!

Expect hearty mains like pepper crusted seared springbok loin, leg of lamb bobotie, and chef’s daily soup specials.

My pick on the dessert menu has to be the caramelised white chocolate cheese cake, a winter winner! In fact it is so delicious I will eat it in any season.


Marvellous Merlot

We have just released the 2011 vintage Blaauwklippen Cultivar Selection Merlot. This wine is perfect for those cold winter evenings in front of the fire and sells for R66 a bottle. Enjoy with creamy pasta dishes, fillet steak, slow braised meat, duck, smoked ostrich salad and vegetarian burgers.


Showing off

We will be exhibiting at two shows in May, the Wine Show Jo’burg and Brandy Fusion in Cape Town, if you are in the area, please come and visit us.

The Wine Show Jo’burg takes place from Friday 3 May to Sunday 5 May 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Tickets are available in advance through Computicket for R85 per person, at the door for R95 and weekend passes are R160 per person.

For more information visit or call 021 888 8800.

Join brandy lovers on Thursday 9 May and Friday 10 May 2013 for Brandy Fusion, which will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Tickets sell for R175 per person includes a brandy glass and Nespresso vouchers.

Tickets available from Computicket or at the door.
Visit for more information.

Market news

Decadent Delight

Join us for a feast of the decadent delight, Chocolate, on the 5th of May. Traders will be selling delicious choc inspired combinations. Chocolate and wine pairings will also be available in the Wine Centre. It is advisable to book and you can do so by emailing the Wine Centre at or call 021 880 8655.

Something Elegant

With an interesting selection of jewellery, craft, décor and fashion stalls, the market is the ideal place to purchase that special something for your mother this Mother’s day.

An Apple a Day…

The saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Be sure to pop in on the 12th for our seasonal ingredient day as we are celebrating the amazing apple! Traders will have all sorts of delicious and interesting apple inspired combinations on offer.

Vineyard Doggy Walk

The Helderberg Animal Welfare Society would like to thank you for your continuous support of the Vineyard Doggy Walk. The date for the May doggy walk will be on the 19th at 10h00. Feel free to bring any old blankets along as a donation to the charity and help keep our furry friends warm this winter.

Bon Appétit!

We will end the month of May off with a bit of French flair. Don your beret and let us whisk you away to a wine farm in Provence with French café style music, freshly baked pastries and of course a glass of our excellent wine.

Come Rain or Shine…

Kindly take note that the market will not close for winter, we will be open right throughout the year, come rain or shine.

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