Harvest time: when the smell of grapes is in the air

What does the month of February mean for you? The month of love, probably. But for those of us involved in the art of winemaking, February in the Cape Winelands means harvest time!

Harvest signals the time of year when the air is filled with the smell of grapes, ready to be picked and transformed alongside a series of fun harvest time traditions.

To get people involved in this exciting process, wine farms across the region host harvest festivals and events, including the Stellenbosch Wine Festival that kicks off on 24 February 2017.

Wine harvest time is also a time of plenty — a chance to reflect and be thankful, to enjoy and celebrate our yields, and a chance for wine lovers to gather and share the spirit of winemaking.

Wine harvest traditions can be found all around the world, rustling up Saint Vincent in Burgundy, France, to baking mossbolletjie bread from wine must in South Africa. Many of these traditions have their roots from prehistoric times evolving from the the oldest of human cultures and keep evolving to this day.

Not up to date with all the wine festivals around the world? Here are some of the most popular festivals from Switzerland to Argentina to peg on your bucket list. Don’t forget to stop by the Breedekloof Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa where Fairhills Wines are produced!

What are some of the wine harvest traditions and festivals that you would love to experience in person?

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