Wine tasting, lunch and more.

Wine tasting, lunch and more.
3 November 2015 • Awards
As you know the non-Auction versions of these wines receive the same focussed attention in the vineyard and cellar and we invite you to taste what is available at the Tasting Room, which is open seven days a week through summer for your convenience. However those who can’t make it don’t despair. You are now able to purchase our wines online at Though, should you be heading to Hartenberg and  are  fortunate to find yourself here over lunchtime you will be offered the choice of our picnic basket packed with  locally-sourced delights or,  our delicious, summer-inspired a la carte menu. There is an under-12 kid-friendly-menu available on request as well. Needless to say, bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment. As an added incentive to stay for lunch, over the next twelve months we will be serving the winning #Hartenburger created by customer, Braam Beyers,... read more »

Auction Shiraz

Auction Shiraz
30 October 2015 • Awards
With the arrival of Spring comes Auction season, being the Nederburg and The Cape Winemakers Guild respectively. Our success story at both continues to be Shiraz. At the former The Stork 2007 achieved an average of R1576 a bottle and, at the latter Carl’s  Auction Shiraz 2013 (a unique blend of Gravel Hill and Stork vineyards) achieved an average of R2089 a bottle, and his Auction Reserve Merlot 2013 the price of R912 a bottle. It is reassuring that small parcels of our quality fine wines have followers at home and abroad.

Sugarbirds and Proteas

Sugarbirds and Proteas
26 October 2015 • General
Driving onto Hartenberg it is very clear which season has arrived. Everything is in flower from vines to fynbos and for the first time ever Cape Sugarbirds have been seen amongst the proteas. Nature has a habit of carrying on regardless however we have had 35% less rainfall than the long term average.

A combination of global warming and the onset of what is predicted as the most significant el Nino in measured history. Fortunately Hartenberg is prepared for conditions like this as we have the ability to judiciously apply drip irrigation, if the summer provides no further rain.

The upside to this is that the dry conditions are very conducive to successful flowering, in that the vineyards are wind pollinated. Coupled with ever-present light winds the dry pollen is easily transported, thereby ensuring a good potential crop. Looking ahead we hope for a warm, dry to... read more »

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: All divisions add to success of Cape wine sector

26 October 2015 • General
THE Cape wine industry splits into three broad divisions: the big (often bulk) wine producers, the estate (or at least site-specific) growers and the rock-star guerillas.

The major wholesalers, the converted co-ops and the (often premium) high volume cellars fall into the first category. The smaller — generally long established wineries — are in the second and the so-called young guns, Young Turks buying in fruit and renting cellar space, make up the third.

Each has its own unique selling proposition: the large wineries manage their production processes so well that they can pretty much guarantee qualities and quantities across vintages. They achieve this less by defaulting to bland ordinariness than by focusing on a wide range of fruit sources. The young guns are edgy: they chase down small blocks of (usually) old vines and handcraft tiny volumes that reflect both site and own theur idiosyncratic production... read more »

Alchemy Wines Hamburger Cook Off this Heritage Day

Alchemy Wines Hamburger Cook Off this Heritage Day
8 September 2015 • General
The entries have been received, reviewed (and sampled) and the best of the best have been selected for this year’s Alchemy Best Home Cooked Burger Competition. And you’re invited to sample what the finalists have come up with! Join the judges on Heritage Day, Thursday, 24 September as you get the chance to sample some of SA’s lip smacking home cooked burgers. 

The six finalists in the Alchemy Wines #Hartenburger competition will battle it out on the day to impress you with their best burgers. The winning burger will be featured on Hartenberg’s Taste at Hartenberg menu for the year.

The six finalists are:
Braam Beyers
Dennis Molewa
Isabella Niehaus
Jan Laubscher 
Maggie Mostert & Hennie Coetzee 
Marelize Grobbelaar

Hartenberg’s very own mouth-watering, signature grass-fed Waygu beef burger will also be available, perfectly paired with the Alchemy SMG. 

And what would a cook off be without the judges. This year’s judging panel includes well-known foodie... read more »
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