Heritage Day, AKA “Braai Day”, is right around the corner, which means it’s time to don our rugby shirts, break out the braai tongs, and pull the Klippies out of the liquor cabinet. But who has time for dishes and smelling of fire smoke when the Cape Winelands are erupting with celebrations on this very special day of the South African calendar? Traditional South African dishes, braais, wine, live music, and kiddies entertainment… here’s what’s going on in the winelands this Heritage Day!

Anura Vineyards’ Heritage Day Edition of “Run the Vines”

For the third time, the “Run the Vines” Trail Run will take place at the majestic Anura Wine Estate near Klapmuts. Positioned on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains, Anura boasts wide variety of soils, microclimates and, consequently, a fine repertoire of wines, including some uncommon cultivars. With the splendid restaurant and Wagon Trail Brewery, you can be sure that National Braai Day will be a special one. A braai menu will be on offer and there will be live music to entertain you while you relax after your run.

5 km Run the Vines (R100) | 10 km Run the Vines (R120) | 17 km Run the Vines (R150) | 3 km Henties Junior Challenge (Free) | R30 late entry fee

When: 24 September 2019, registration from 06:45
Where: Anura Vineyards, Simondium Road, Klapmuts
Booking: 021 875 5360 | 021 875 5398
Web: www.anura.co.za


Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

Listen to live music, feast on braai platters, enjoy delicious wine, and let the kids play a round of Pirate Adventure Golf or enjoy the fun courtyard games whilst you relax on the Saturday before Heritage Day. Other activities to do at Benguela Cove include a one-hour guided tour around their state-of-the-art gravity fed wine cellar; an informative vineyard safari around the magnificent 200-hectare wine estate, nature reserve, Bot River Lagoon, and Palmiet Mountains; and wine tastings and pairings.

When: Saturday 21 September 2019, from 11:00
Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon, R43 Bot River Lagoon, Walker Bay, Hermanus
Booking: R600 per braai platter for four – Contact 087 357 0637
Web: www.benguelacove.co.za 


Boschendal Wine Estate Heritage Day Market

This year, Boschendal is shaking things up a little and throwing a market-style event set to entertain all. Guests can eat from multiple food stands showcasing the farm’s award winning produce. These delicious plates will be served from 13:00 to 15:00. Seating options will also be varied but unassigned: choose to join the long table, sit at smaller tables, or stretch out on bean bags on the grass. There will also be a variety of live musical performances and kids can look forward to a puppet show, face painting (included in the ticket price), and pony rides.

When: 24th September 2019, from 12:00
Where: Boschendal Wine Estate, R310 Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
Booking: R750 per adult (includes bottle of wine), R350 for kids U10 – Contact reservations@boschendal.co.za or 021 870 4206
Web: www.boschendal.com 

Boschendal Farm Feast

Bosman Hermanus Traditional Braai

Celebrate your “South African-ness” with a traditional braai at Bosman Hermanus on Heritage Day. The day begins with a refreshing walk through the fynbos, stopping en route to taste wines and admire the spectacular views. The trail ends at the Frame House, where a long and lovely lunch of BBQ rooibos marinated pork ribs, spicy chicken wings, traditional “braai broodjies”, Karoo loin chops, and a medley of fresh, delicious salads and roast vegetables will be served.

When: 24 September 2019, starting at 11:00
Where: Bosman Hermanus, De Bos Farm, Karwyderskraal Road, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus
Booking: R250 per adult and R90 for kids – Please note there are only 60 tickets available.
Web: www.bosmanhermanus.com


Constantia Glen Heritage Day Platter and Wine

Get ready for a Heritage Day indulgence at Constantia Glen with red wine and a traditional South African platter, which harks back to authentic local culinary roots with bobotie, biltong, droëwors, samoosas, snoek pâté, pot bread, peppadews, and potato salad. This generous platter is perfect for sharing and melds beautifully with the estate’s Constantia Saddle Red. Guests who opt for the South African Platter on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 can enjoy 50% off a bottle of Constantia Saddle Red as pairing partner!

When: 24 September 2019, from 11:00
Where: Constantia Glen Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Booking: Contact 021 795 5639 or reservations@constantiaglen.com
Web: www.constantiaglen.com


Grande Provence Heritage Day Braai Feast

Enjoy a truly South African braai inspired harvest table of artisanal boerewors, rump steak, chicken sosaties, fresh salads, home-baked breads, sweet treats, and Grande Provence wines for a laid-back Heritage Day at Grande Provence, the picture-perfect wine estate in the Franschhoek winelands. The Heritage Day Braai will be held under the oak trees and lawns in front of the new Bistro and is perfect for the whole family. Children can look forward to plenty of action including a jumping castle and a variety of lawn games.

When: 24 September 2019, from 12:00
Where: Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
Bookings: R300 per adults and R180 for kids U12 | call 021 876 8600
Web: www.grandeprovence.co.za


Jordan Wine Estate 3-Course Heritage Menu

Chef Thys of Jordan Wine Estate has designed three special dishes that can be enjoyed individually or as part of a set menu for R280 per person this Heritage Day at Jordan Wine Estate. Start with a biltong and goats cheese salad with rocket, tomato confit, and grilled baby marrow followed by signature oak smoked pork belly ribs in pineapple marinade, and then peppermint crisp tart.

When: 24 September 2019
Where: Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof road, Stellenbosch
Booking: R280 per person – Contact 021 881 3004 or thebakery@jordanwines.com
Web: www.jordanwines.com


Lanzerac Wine Estate, Heritage Day Event

Lanzerac Estate will host a cultural experience showcasing a wide assortment of unique dishes cooked over open flames in celebration of national “braai day.” In true tradition, you will be welcomed with a glass of Lanzerac MCC and can spend the day savouring tapas-style fare and slow roasted gourmet style pub plates prepared by the Lanzerac chefs. Guests can also enjoy Lanzerac wines in the outdoor wine lounge or artisanal gin from the pop-up bar in the Governors Hall. There will be a kid’s station and live music.

Additionally, on the evening of the 23rd and 24th September, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa will be offering a luxurious package for guests wishing to attend the event: a one-night stay, three-course dinner, wine tasting, and two tickets to the Heritage Day festivities for only R6,000 per couple per night.

When: 24 of September 2019, from 12:00
Where: Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
Entry: R650 per person, fully inclusive of all food, wine, and gin – Contact 021 887 1132 or restaurants@lanzerac.co.za (pre-payment is essential)
Web: www.lanzerac.co.za


Neethlingshof Wine Estate “TrailFun”

Start off your Heritage Day celebration with a 5 km, 10 km, or 15 km trail run through the pristine Neethlingshof Estate. Gravel road, jeep track, and elevation that takes you to spectacular views, run through beautiful vines and incredible forest, over the dam and into the bush. Its real trail offering real challenges, real beauty, and – to all who finish – medals and a free wine tasting! To end things off, braais will be lit and amazing platters will be on sale. This event is capped at 300 participants.

When: 24 September 2019, registration opens at 07:00
Where: Neethlingshof Wine Estate, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch
Booking: R150 (without wine) R180 (includes a bottle of Chenin Blanc) – contact 074 900 9235 or rodney@trailfun.co.za
Web: www.neethlingshof.co.za


Purple Rayn Heritage Braai Day

Whether you call it Family Day, Braai Day, or Heritage Day, be sure to join Purple Rayn Boutique Hotel‎ on Tuesday 24 September 2019 for a day filled with fun and laughter from 11:00 AM. They are activities to keep the kiddies entertained and a braai menu featuring 24-hour marinated flame grill steak, Dukkah flat bread, and cucumber riata; a braai combo of grilled chicken, lamb chops, boerewors, corn on the cob, and garden salad; and a ladies special of marinated Portuguese chicken quarters with house salad and homemade sesame bun.

When: 24 September 2019, from 11:00
Where: Purple Rayn Boutique Hotel, 9 Bellevue Ave, Bel Ombre, Constantia
Bookings: 021 110 0756, team@purplerayn.co.za
Web: www.purplerayn.co.za


Spier Wine Estate Heritage Day Picnic

Tuck into a heritage-inspired picnic among historic Cape Dutch architecture with Spier’s Heritage Day picnic baskets featuring tasty Southern African favourites, such as mosbolletjies, farm-baked bread, smoked snoek and corn samosas, pickled fish, chicken, Amarula fudge, and a bottle of Spier Signature wine. There are vegetarian options available.

When: 24 September 2019, available from 10:00
Where: Spier Wine Estate, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
Booking: R695 for a picnic basket for two (pre-booking required)
Web: www.spier.co.za


OR Spier Estate Braai Buffet

Head to the Spier Hotel for a braai buffet laden with perfectly grilled awesomeness, including Farmer Angus’s pasture-reared pork ribs and beef steaks, bacon and liver skilpadjies, mushroom risotto, cheese-stuffed butternut, and more. Fresh seasonal salads, farm bread, and decadent desserts round out the meal.

When: 24 September 2019, from 12:00
Booking: R300 per adult, R150 for kids U12 – Contact 021 809 1100 or reservations@spier.co.za


Vrede en Lust Heritage Day Celebrations

Come and enjoy a day full of fun and laughter and, of course, loads of wine! For just R350, you will receive a bottle of Vrede en Lust’s iconic Boet Erasmus wine and two super yummy 100% sirloin burgers (200 grams of coarsely-ground sirloin steak on a sweet potato and sourdough-bun) served with a small garden salad. There will also be live entertainment, a kiddies play area, and wine tastings (costs additional to ticket).

When: 24 September 2019
Where: Vrede en Lust Estate, intersection of R45 and Simondium-Klapmuts Roads, Franschhoek Wine Route, Simondium
Booking: R350 per ticket – Contact 021 874 1611
Web: www.vnl.co.za