Paarl Ommiberg/Round The Rock Festival, Paarl

This young wine festival takes visitors off the beaten track to sample the best of the Paarl Wine Route for the tenth year running (2017).

Festival goers are literally guided around the iconic Paarl Rock to cellars and farms on the outskirts of Paarl to sample young wines from the latest harvest and to celebrate the diversity of this historic wine region.

Participating wineries range from small boutique cellars to family-owned vineyards and iconic wineries.

Each has a unique atmosphere, but will be pulling out all the stops to present a fun-filled day programme with superlative young wines, amusing harvest activities as well as great kids’ entertainment.  Visitors can also enjoy live music, fabulous food offerings and the incredibly beautiful scenery of the Boland.

OmmiBerg pays homage to this season’s young wines and wine lovers will be able to taste these unfiltered wines straight from the barrel and tanks.

This unique experience puts OmmiBerg in a class of its own as it is the only event of its kind in South Africa.

The tradition to honour young or nouveau wines can be traced back to Europe, where special celebrations are hosted each year.

In Germany, wineries open their cellar doors for one day only during each harvest season and serve federweisser and zwiebelkuchen or unfiltered wine with onion tartlets, while in France hundreds of Beaujolais Nouveau festivals are hosted each year.

According to Stephen Richardson, chairman of the Paarl Wine Route, OmmiBerg presents quite a unique opportunity for wine enthusiasts.

“Obviously, it is a very rare experience to be able to taste young wines fresh from the tank or barrel.  Not only is it a celebration of the harvest that the public can now participate in, but it also shows the potential of the wines from our region.

Traditionally, Paarl wines have done exceptionally well at the SA Young Wine Challenge and this allows us a sneak preview of what is to be expected.  It is also a chance for members of the public to see winemaking in action, which makes a huge difference from just picking a bottle off the shelves and will hopefully lead to a greater appreciation of the art of winemaking,” mentions Richardson.

In addition to the young wine tastings, wine buffs will also be able to enjoy special tastings of bottled wines from various participating wineries as well as cellar tours, vineyard drives and blending tutorials conducted by the cellar masters and winemakers.

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