The 7th annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration is a two-day event, created to celebrate our world-class Pinot Noir.
Hosted by Hemel-en-Aarde Wines at Nidderdale Farm over the weekend of 24 – 25 January 2020, this much-anticipated event will see world-renowned winemakers, wine influencers and wine lovers flock to the beautiful region of Hemel-en-Aarde to explore and celebrate our famous Pinot Noir and the proprietors and winemakers behind them.
Besides the exciting wine tastings and wine safaris, it is the relaxed and festive atmosphere that sets the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration apart from all other wine festivals. Guests will find themselves unwinding in picturesque wine country whilst being informed and inspired by passionate winemakers.
FRIDAY 24 JANUARY
16:00 – 17:00 – Welcome to Pinot Paradise
Guests will be welcomed at Nidderdale Farm for registration with bubbly and oysters.
17:00 – 20:00 – Among Pinot Friends
Proprietors and winemakers will collectively present an exclusive evening of older Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir vintages, curated international Pinot Noir and selections from private cellars. Acclaimed chef, Craig Cormack from SALT will entice guests with his flavourful bowl-based creations.
SATURDAY 25 JANUARY
08:30 – 09:00 – Parking and Pastries
On Saturday morning guests will meet at a central parking area in Hermanus and, after enjoying coffee and Jason’s Bakery pastries, they’ll 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. Transport will be provided for the day’s excursions, with guests divided into three groups that will visit each of these appellations.
9:00 – 17:00 – The Great Pinot Appeal
Viticulturists, winemakers and guest speakers will take guests on a journey through each appellation from soil to glass, ending in a tutored tasting of each appellation’s most current vintage Pinot Noir, carefully crafted from these beautiful terroirs. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable shoes for these excursions.
13:30 – 14:30 – From Nature’s Pantry
A harvest table-style feast served at the second location of the day will be perfectly paired with new vintage Chardonnays from Hemel-en-Aarde. After enjoying this lovely lunch at their respective second locations, guests will be transported to their third and final appellation.
17:00 – 18:30 – Time Out
Once safely returned to their cars, guests will have a short break to freshen up for the yearly grand finale dinner event, this year themed ‘A Taste of Hemel-en-Aarde’.
18:30 – 19:30 – Many Pinots, One Love
Upon arrival at Nidderdale farm, nestled in the rolling hills of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, guests will be welcomed by winemakers offering a selection of their finest Hemel-en-Aarde craftsmenship. Time to ponder the day’s adventures, discuss your findings and ask the questions only these fine men and women can answer.
19:30 – Pick of the Pinots
Guests will have the rare opportunity to participate in an exclusive Hemel-en-Aarde charity auction with one-of-a-kind lots.
20:00 – late – A Taste of Hemel-en-Aarde
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.
Guests have the option of either purchasing a Full Weekend ticket for the whole two-day itinerary, including all the food and wine, from R2 995 pp or a Taste of Hemel-en-Aarde ticket for the Grand Finale Dinner only at R795 pp. For all the details, visit pinotnoircelebration.com