The Nederburg Concert series is well worth a Saturday afternoon. I wish I had discovered them earlier, as this past Saturday was the final in the wine estate’s series of musical variety. So make a date now for next year as the secret is out.
The wine estate is one of the best known among the vineyards of Paarl, and the concert takes place on sprawling green lawns, ensconced with an abundance of rose bushes, flower-filled shrubs and stunning jacaranda trees. The venue provides the option of picnic tables and chairs under branded umbrellas, but most people prefer to spread out their own picnis blankets on the soft grass.
The Nederburg picnic baskets deserve a mention – for R 100pp there’s a good fill of delicatessen cheeses, biscuits, spreads and cold meats. I was particularly impressed with the elegant 100% biodegradable packaging. Well done Nederburg! One of the biscuits – dark chocolate and cherry – was the best I’ve had in my life… slightly bitter when tasted on its own, but heaven in combination with a chilled glass of Nederburg Chenin Blanc (in itself a bargain at R 25 a bottle).
The event is very child-friendly, catering for young ones with a jumping castle and ice creams for sale. I also spotted an informal soccer match, though the laid-back atmosphere was encapsulated best for me by the lady who’d brought along her shi tzus. They were very well behaved but even so I was glad there weren’t more dogs. I wouldn’t have wanted my picnic to be investigated by a neighbour’s oversized, overfriendly drooling Labrador.
Neil Rademan dazzled on the keyboard and, accompanied by a violinist and an accordion player gave a wonderful performance of French café music which floated through the air as I supped yet more wine. By the time Anna Davel took to the floor with her mix of jazz, blues and swing my head was happily spinning… I took a stroll through the vineyards, glass in hand, and her angelic voice dripped off the budding grapes around me as the setting sun turned the skies gold.