Top se­lec­tion of vin­tage mo­tors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

FRAN­SCHHOEK never fails to come up with new ways to tempt trav­ellers to their town.

Next month the his­toric L’Or­marins es­tate, home to South Africa’s lead­ing mo­tor­ing mu­seum, will be the venue for Fran­schhoek’s Win­ter Wines, when more than a dozen cel­lars will pour their prod­ucts in the mu­seum court­yard and wine­mak­ers will be on hand to elab­o­rate on con­tent and tech­nique.

Even those who know lit­tle about cars can­not fail but ad­mire the mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of ve­hi­cles on show, that range from rare vin­tage to mod­ern classics. Tick­ets, which cost R180, give en­trance to the mu­seum and in­clude tast­ings, are avail­able from www.webtick­ets. co. za. Book­ings can also be made through the Fran­schhoek Wine Val­ley of­fice on 021 876 2861.

Cape or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for en­tries to two com­pe­ti­tions, in­volv­ing wine­mak­ing and tast­ing.

The an­nual Ver­i­tas Awards, South Africa’s best known con­test, is ready for en­tries for this year’s con­test. About 1 700 mar­ket-ready wine and brandy en­tries are ex­pected, with judg­ing of brandies tak­ing place on Septem­ber 13, fol­lowed by the wine as­sess­ments from Septem­ber 16-20. Clos­ing date for en­tries is Au­gust 21. Win­ners will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 5. Visit www.ver­i­tas.co.za for more in­for­ma­tion and en­try forms or call Elsabe Fer­reira on 021 863 1599.

If you are over 18, en­joy good wine and pos­sess a de­vel­oped palate, you may want to en­ter the SA Wine Tast­ing Cham­pi­onship, an in­vi­ta­tion to winelovers to put their tal­ents to the test.

Or­gan­iser Jean Vin­cent Ri­don, a French wine­maker who has set­tled in Cape Town, is call­ing for en­tries from com­peti­tors who will first en­joy a tast­ing pre­sented by some of our top cel­lars. Con­tes­tants then take part in a blind chal­lenge where they have to iden­tify some of the wines they re­cently sam­pled. A fi­nal test, a knowl­edge quiz, will help pin­point a win­ning Team South Africa, who will go to a world cham­pi­onship.

The con­test is on Au­gust 31 and those in­ter­ested should con­tact Ri­don on 021 422 5206 or e-mail him at sawtc2013@gmail.com.

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