Oak-lined streets in Stellenbosch will be invaded by a colourful community of winemaking charismatics on uniquely adorned chariots, on Saturday January 28, when the annual Harvest Parade comes to this wine town, to usher in the grape harvest season with convivial cheer.
The parade also pays homage to the invaluable contribution of South Africa’s farm workers.
This proud Stellenbosch procession traditionally includes merry marching bands, inimitable Cape minstrels, drum majorettes and – the highlight of this harvest high jinks – a flotilla of bold and decorated tractors, trailer and trucks.
The troupe represents participating wineries and will meander its way through the streets to bring unique Stellenbosch gees (spirit) to the season’s toil.
“Our harvest parade recognises the work of thousands of men and women responsible for sustaining the wine industry in Stellenbosch,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes manager Elmarie Rabe.”
At the same time, it marks the start of the grape-picking season’s hustle-and-bustle that will again yield the award-winning wines responsible for making Stellenbosch world-renowned.”
Among the participating wineries are Simonsig, Lanzerac, Waterford, L’Avenir, Eikendal, Alto, Neethlinghof, Kleine Zalze Wines, Hill & Dale and Delheim.
“Show me a product made by many people’s hard work, sweat and knowledge that can be enjoyed now or after a decade among friends and family, and still leave one amazed by the flavours and taste,” says Delheim winemaker Altus Treurnicht.
“For me, the parade highlights how the making of wine begins long before fruit arrives at the cellar and wine goes into the bottle. The occasion reflects the vibe and excitement for harvest and what the new vintage will bring us.”
The parade, presented in conjunction with the Stellenbosch Municipality, gets underway on January 28. from 9am, and will be followed by a harvest blessing ceremony at the town hall in Plein Street at 10am.
For more information on the event line-up, call 021 886 8275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.wineroute.co.za