Nederburg, the 2017 Platter's By Diners Club South African Wine Guide's Winery of the Year, is telling the story of its German heritage through a crafty pairing of some of its fine wines with freshly-baked breads in the traditional German style. It will be offered exclusively at Nederburg's Visitors Centre during the annual Proe Paarl festival organised by the Paarl Wine Route, taking place from 16 November to 18 December 2016.
Inspired by the German winemaking visionaries who have shaped Nederburg into the award-winning winery it is today, the showcase of wine and bread intends highlighting the stories of Johann Graue and his son, Arnold, as well as Günter Brözel.
Johann Graue, a brew master and tea specialist, revolutionised winemaking in South Africa with his clonal selection efforts to isolate top-performing vines for reproduction, as well as his introduction of cold fermentation techniques. The co-owner of a leading brewery in Germany before he came to South Africa, he acquired Nederburg in 1937 and is believed to have created the foundation for excellence followed by his successors. Graue understood long before the rest, that you must begin with the best raw materials and that excellent wine originates in the vineyards.
Like father like son. Arnold Graue also introduced many technical innovations at Nederburg and was renowned for his winemaking prowess. Trained as a winemaker in Europe, his Nederburg wines won many prizes at the Cape during his short career in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He died tragically at 29 in a light aircraft crash.
Then there's legendary winemaker, Günter Brözel, who was cellar-master at Nederburg from 1956 to 1989. He played a leading role in building Nederburgs reputation as one of the most awarded wineries in South Africa. A maven and a maverick, he is known for his exceptionally high standards. Getting around on a 250cc BSA motorcycle, he checked on everyone and everything to ensure his exacting demands were met.
In 1985, Brözel became the first in South Africa to earn the International Wine & Spirit Competition Winemaker of the Year Award. He was a great pioneer and created the first South African noble late harvest wine, Edelkeur, which was launched at the first Nederburg Auction in 1975 and to this day is sold exclusively through this channel. He is an icon in South African winemaking and has been a major source of inspiration for previous Nederburg cellar-master Razvan Macici (2001 to 2015).
To be offered at R60 per person, the Nederburg ode to wine and breading pairing features:
Nederburg The Winemasters Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and salted pretzel
Nederburg The Winemasters Chardonnay 2016 and potato bread
Nederburg The Winemasters Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016 and oatmeal bread
Nederburg The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Brotchen
Nederburg The Winemasters Shiraz 2014 and rye bread
Nederburg The Winemasters Pinotage 2014 and Bauernbrot
Whilst visiting the Paarl farm, pop in at The Red Table restaurant. This country-style eatery will also offer visitors something special during the Proe Paarl festival period. For only R195, guests will get to enjoy a sumptuous main course of guinea fowl ballotine served with roasted cauliflower mash, beetroot and balsamic prune reduction, as well as a delicious plum crumble with vanilla ice cream and brandy snaps. A large selection of Nederburg's award-winning wines will be available to guests at an extra cost to enjoy with their meal.
In addition, musical entertainment by local Paarl artists will be offered on Sundays.
If an open-air movie is more your thing, dont miss out on the Galileo Open Air Cinema screening of Breakfast at Tiffanys at Nederburg on Saturday, 19 November. Doors open at 17:00 and the movie screening starts at 20:00. Go to https://thegalileo.co.za/ for more information and price options. Tickets can be purchased from Webtickets: https://www.webtickets.co.za/
In addition, Nederburg is hosting its annual Picnic Pops sunset concert on Saturday, 26 November, featuring top young musical talent such as Refentse Morake, accompanied by the acclaimed Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Gates open at 16:00 and the concert starts at 18:00. Tickets cost R100 per person and are available at www.webtickets.co.za. Children aged 12 years and under enjoy free entrance. To order a picnic basket, please call The Red Table. No alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the premises. Selected Nederburg wines and soft drinks will be offered for sale. Go to www.nederburg.co.za for more information.
Booking is advised.
NEDERBURG VISITORS CENTRE AND OLD CELLAR MUSEUM TRADING HOURS
Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 to 17:00 (May to September) (tastings until 16:30)
Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 to 18:00 (October to April) (tastings until 17:30)
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 to 16:00 (tastings until 15:30)
SCHEDULED CELLAR TOUR TIMES
Mondays to Fridays: 10:30 and 15:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 11:00
THE RED TABLE RESTAURANT TRADING HOURS
Tuesdays to Saturdays: Lunch served from 11:00 to 16:00
Sundays: Lunch served from 12:00 to 16:00
NEDERBURG CONTACT DETAILS
Sonstraal Road, Dal Josafat, Paarl
Tel: +27 21 862 3104 Fax: +27 21 862 4887
THE RED TABLE CONTACT DETAILS
Tel: +27 21 877 5155