** This post was written in 2012 – see 2013 event details (1 June 2013) **
This weekend Hartenberg Wine Estate near Stellenbosch is holding a ‘feast’ of South Africa’s top Shiraz and charcuterie.  Between noon and 5pm on Saturday 2 June 2012, you can sample some of the country’s best Shiraz wines and pair it with (hopefully) local artisanal charcuterie.

I haven’t been to Hartenberg, but it looks beautiful, and has been doing some great environmental work for many years now.  According to the estate’s website:

Hartenberg lies in its own self-contained valley with a pure water source flowing through the entire length of the property into a pristine wetland system.

This wetland occupies 65 of the farm’s 170 ha, and has never been cultivated. Nor shall it be.

Since their purchase of Hartenberg in 1986, the owners have intensified conservation efforts, especially regarding alien clearing and birdlife proliferation on the farm.

In addition to alien vegetation removal, the farm has also invested in water-saving technology, which has reduced their overhead sprinkler irrigation from 80% to 10% (since 1995).  They’ve stopped using annual fertilisers, are cultivating permanent cover crops between the vines, and are working hard to preserve and encourage indigenous wildlife.

All sounds great to me.  Even if I don’t make it to the Shiraz & Charcuterie event, I’d definitely be tempted to go and see the estate itself some time soon.

Hartenberg Shiraz & Charcuterie – Event Details

Where:  Hartenberg Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
When: Saturday 2 June 2012.  12noon to 5pm.  ** This post was written in 2012 – see 2013 event details (1 June 2013) **
Cost: R180  (tickets at Webtickets)

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