Cape Town – Christmas in July with Durbanville Hills
Last week CWWU & Durbanville Hills brought some festive cheer to Cape Town with our 2nd annual Christmas in July event.
Only 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, the Durbanville Hills wine farm boasts some of the most impressive views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island. Their unique location has afforded them a diverse landscape from which they produce a range of classic red and white wines across their three wine ranges: Durbanville Hills, Rhinofields (named after the indigenous Renosterveld of the area) & their Vineyard Selection.
Guests, who arrived wearing a touch of red to fit in with the Christmas theme, were treated to a decadent 4 course Christmas inspired menu which was carefully paired with wines from the different Durbanville Hills ranges.
Durbanville Hills Wine Maker and Cellar Master, Martin Moore, welcomed guests with a short introduction into the area and the wines which are locally produced. He explained how this region which is typically known for its Sauvignon Blanc has diversified into a wide range of top quality varietals.
Upstairs in their beautiful restaurant with its panoramic views, Head Chef Louisa Greeff took us through the menu for the evening.
We kicked things off with a glass of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé 2015, followed by a prawn ceviche amuse-bouche served with celeriac purée and lemon dressing paired with Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 2014.
For starters guests had a choice between a honey roasted gammon apple and almond salad paired with Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Pinotage 2012, or a smoked salmon, rocket, avocado, caper & tomato salad paired with Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Chardonnay 2012.
For mains it was a choice between a roasted turkey galantine stuffed with cranberries, pistachio nuts & orange peel served with potato galette & mustard jus paired with Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Merlot 2011, or a grilled rack of lamb served with a cumin, cauliflower and potato phyllo tart and red wine jus paired with Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Shiraz 2011.
To finish of on a festive season sweet note, we enjoyed a fruit mince pie served with spiced poached apple and orange cream paired with Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Noble Late Harvest 2013.
To add to the ambience of the evening, guests also enjoyed a live performance by Newton & Co. Great prizes were given away, including the announcement of the Ultimate Durbanville Hills fans which went to winners Carla Grove and Rene Mesias. These ultimate fans walked away with the ultimate prize of Durbanville Hills wine for a year.
It was also an evening of giving with part of the proceeds of our ticket sales going towards the Durbanville Hills farm workers crèche. Guests were also encouraged to make donations in the form of toilet paper, toys, stickers, paper plates, face paint, plastic Tupperware and other needed items.
We’d like to thank the team at Durbanville Hills for hosting us and for providing such an amazing venue for this year’s Christmas in July celebration. From the smiles on everyone’s faces we think it’s safe to say that our guests had a night to remember.
We’d also like to say a big thank you once again to Bernard Bruwer for all the beautiful photography of the evening. To see all of the photos from our Christmas in July sessions, do hop on over to our Facebook page.
Durbanville Hills – http://durbanvillehills.co.za/
Newton & Co – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Newton-Co/109119485785516
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/comewinewithus
Bernard Bruwer – http://www.bernardbruwer.com
About Durbanville Hills
The unique location of Durbanville Hills’ cellar a mere 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, offers not only a spectacular view of Table Mountain and Table Bay, but also an extraordinary terroir that stabilizes temperatures and eliminates extremes of heat and cold. Although the Durbanville area is renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc that excels under the cool conditions where it is grown mostly on the cool south facing slopes, the range of red wines also benefit from the warmer valley outskirts and opposing northern slopes.