I just spent the weekend at the second Swartland Revolution Wine Festival in the very beautiful town of Riebeek Kasteel.  What an incredible weekend it was.

arrival and registration at the royal hotel in the middle of town

What is the Swartland Revolution you might ask?:

‘The aim of the revolutionary weekend is to raise general awareness of the area, and although there might be stylistic and philosophical differences in the wines to be showcased, they all share a common sense of place – as with all great wine regions of the world.’

the program for the week end

After Olivier Clap presented the first tasting of 6 of his Cornas wines, and Michael Fridjohon announced the winner of the Bolinger exceptional wine service award, we headed up the road to the Bazaar, where Reuben Riffel and his chefs were preparing a BBQ extravaganza. It was one of the best braai’s I have ever been to.

the incredible bbq put on my reuben riffel and his chefs

The second day kicked off with breakfast burgers and then straight into the Mullineaux wine tasting which was moderated by Tim James. Beautiful wines, the highlight for me being the Mullineux Straw Wine 2010.

We then had a beer break to taste some Darling brew and eat a slice of pizza at a bar in town called 6 Degrees.

Then onto the final formal tasting of the program, which blew me away. A panel of 3 experts (Jamie Goode, Michael Fridjhon, Jorg Pfutzer) presented 3 of their favourite wines. Moderated by winemakers Adi Badenhorst and Callie Louw, it was funny, informative interactive and highly entertaining.  The wines were exceptional and luckily I got a few extra tastes of the Domaine Mathieu, Cuvee Marquis Vignes ~ 2007, Chateauneuf du Pape.

Then a delicious lunch at Bar Bar Blacksheep:

Tapas and Mezze Starters

Roasted red pepper hummus
Oak smoked aubergine pate
Olive Tapenade
Cucumber mint and thick Greek yoghurt raita with borridge flowers
Marinated shrimps and mussels with gremolata
Courgette and flower battered and deep-fried with parmesan and lemon juice
Salad with greens, olives, tomatoes, locally made feta, balsamic and shiraz reduction
Olive and rosemary coarse salt bread
Spinach, oregano and feta puff pastry tart
Roasted red and yellow sweet bell peppers with anchovies and caper berries
Baked lemons with artichokes, Rosa tomatoes, anchovies and cream cheese
Rosemary, garlic and lemon lamb off the spit
Brinjal, pepper, courgette and tomato vegetable Moussaka
Warm baby potato, pea, mint and butter salad

Dark chocolate cakes with white chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries

the end of our delicious tapas lunch at bar bar blacksheep

an incredible lunch at bar bar black sheepAfter lunch, there was the Swartland Independent street party where we got to taste many more amazing wines from the region.

eben sadie with his sequillo
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  1. So happy you enjoyed it, your pictures are lovely. I might use some of it on the web / facebook, but will credit you. thanks for the kind words. Hope to see you there in 2012…

  2. Sam

    Awesome Helena, let me know which images you like (can check them all out on my fb page) and I can mail you in a better res.

  3. Wow, some of your photos (tapas spread, ticket programme) are really beautiful. I’ve always been a Nikon fan but jeepers, your G12 is strutting her stuff!

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