Haskell Vineyards has launched a series of winemakers’ dinners in celebration of their 20th anniversary. To make it that much more exciting, these three-course dinners will have not one but two wine pairings per dish thanks to partnerships with other wineries.
“We are very excited about marking this 20-year milestone,” says Haskell Vineyards winemaker Rudolph Steenkamp. “It has been an exciting journey and we’re overjoyed about shining a light on the evolution of our wines, but also those of dear friends and colleagues too.”
The dinners will take place at the winery’s popular Longtable Restaurant with the theme being to cast light on different terroirs, regions and wines.
“The idea for the dinners was born last year, during a very well-attended tasting masterclass at Haskell, which was hosted by Croatian-born oenologist Matija Leskovic, founder of Basewent,” says Rudolph. “If that was any indication, early booking for the upcoming dinners is certainly recommended.”
A variety of wines will be showcased alongside those of Haskell Vineyards, with the highlighted wines being available for purchase on each night.
Upcoming dinner dates and collaborating wineries are:
- August 25 – Eenzaamheid, the Agter-Paarl winery. It is here that seventh-generation farmer Janno Briers-Louw produces award-winning, handcrafted wines from old dryland vineyards.
- September 29 – Kat se Snor, the passion project of winemaker Gerhard Smith. His boutique wines are crafted from small parcels of fruit in pursuit of elegant, terroir-driven wines from sites on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge.
- October 27 – Migliarina Wines, was founded by Namibian-born Carsten Migliarina in 2002. A former sommelier, Migliarina earned his winemaking stripes in South Africa, Germany and Romania. Grapes for his wines are sourced from around the Western Cape.
A star-studded 20 years of Haskell Vineyards
It was at an auction in 2002 that American property tycoon Preston Haskell IV spotted the potential of Dombeya Farm, situated in the South African winemaking heartland of Stellenbosch. He renamed the farm Haskell Vineyards, and the central focus became the creation of unique, terroir-driven wines that would be recognized amongst the finest of their style produced in the country.
Early groundwork was done by winemaker Rianie Strydom and its first wines produced under the Haskell label came from the stellar 2007 vintage. Since this time Haskell Vineyards have been awarded the prestigious 5-star accolade by John Platter, South Africa’s most significant wine publication. It was also chosen as the first ever South African winery, since the inception of the Tri-Nations Challenge, to win Best Syrah, Best Red Wine and Best Wine of the Show in the 2009 competition, where the finest South African wines are pitched against the best Australia and New Zealand have to offer.
Rudolph took over from Rianie as winemaker in 2018 and together with CEO, Barbara Mackenzie, Haskell Vineyards is going from strength to strength, fast becoming a must-visit star destination in the heart of Stellenbosch’s Golden Triangle.
Dinner and information details
Tickets to the winemaker dinners are R475pp and include the three-course meal with six wines. Each event gets underway at 18h00 for 18h30.
Reservations must be made via Quicket on >> https://bit.ly/3B0F0T2
Follow Haskell Vineyards on Facebook and Instagram (@haskellvineyards). Long Table Restaurant is also on Instagram as @longtablerestaurant.
Haskell Vineyards is situated off Annandale Road, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.