The 6th Annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration

Creation Wines
TIME:    10h30
VENUE:    Hemel-en-Aarde

Taking into account the growing interest in South African Pinot Noir and the awesome increase in visitor numbers to one of South Africa’s most beautiful wine regions, the Hemel-en-Aarde, it is not surprising to see Pinot Noir from this region taking flight around the globe.

This year’s theme for the prestigious annual Pinot celebration is aptly ‘On the Wings of Pinot Noir’. A true reflection of the quality Pinot Noir wines produced in this cool-climate South African wine region.

On a recent visit the internationally recognised wine critic Jamie Goode remarked: “‘Heaven on earth’ is the English translation of Hemel en Aarde, and this is certainly one of the most beautiful of South Africa’s wine regions ...”

The cool-climate Hemel-en-Aarde is world renowned for Pinot Noir of great purity and finesse and every year the producers join forces to celebrate their passion for this highly revered cultivar. This year exciting vineyard safaris, delectable pairings and cuisine from celebrity chefs will be the order of the day. A new addition to the programme is a very cool wine auction.  All in all, 2019’s festivities promise to set your senses soaring - a must for all Pinot lovers!

This year South African wine legend Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee and wine fundi Roland Peens will be the guest speakers. Wine impresario and Burgundy aficionado Remington Norman will open the formal tasting on Saturday, titled ‘Taking Flight’. This is guaranteed to give more insight into the wonderful world of Pinot Noir. The winemakers will have the opportunity to present their own wines which will no doubt elicit lively discussion.  This tasting promisesto be an interactive experience with the winemakers presenting their wines, moderated by Roland Peens, and will no doubt elicit lively discussion.

Apart from tasting the glorious Pinot Noir wines from 12 Hemel-en-Aarde wineries in flights of appellation, guests will be treated to delectably paired dishes created by celeb chefs Pete Goff-Wood, Franck Dangereux, Nic van Wyk and George Jardine. 

Participating Hemel-en-Aarde wineries include Ataraxia, Bosman Family Vineyards, Bouchard Finlayson, Creation, Domaine des Dieux, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, La Vierge, Newton Johnson, Restless River, Storm Wines,Sumaridge and Whalehaven.

The two-day celebration, starting on Friday 25 January at 10:30, will include vineyard safaris followed by a gourmet lunch hosted at Nidderdale Farm. For the first time guest will be treated to older vintage Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Hemel-en-Aarde dating as far back as 2004.

As the weekend continues guests will be hosted at individual participating wineries to pair and compare international Pinot Noirs. The formal tasting on Saturday will also be hosted in the magical setting of Nidderdale at the foot of the impressive Babylonstoren peak. Here guests will be welcomed back to enjoy drinks and farm style canapés followed by the tutored formal tasting with the winemakers from the Hemel-en-Aarde.

Other highlight will be the celebrity chefs’ dinner titled ‘Set the Senses Soaring’, including a Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Bar and the grand finale being homemade gelato paired with Pinot Noir from the famous Don Gelato.

The exciting 2019 weekend programme is filled with surprises, offering guests the opportunity to discover the quality of Pinot from the Hemel-en-Aarde amidst a fun and festive atmosphere:


10:30 - 12:00   ‘Bubbles and Brunch’ Registration
12:00 - 15:00   ‘Up, Up and Away’ - Vineyard safari with winemakers and viticulturists
15:00 - 19:00   ‘Lunner’ – Two courses perfectly paired with older Pinot Noirs
19:00                ‘Hanging Out’ – Spend time with the locals at the Wine Glass, Hermanus


10:00 - 12:30   ‘Among the Stars’ – Individual producer events
12:30 - 13:30   ‘Top of the Crop’ - Harvest table
13:30 - 16:00   ‘Taking Flight’ – Exploring the three Hemel-en-Aarde Wards
16:00 -18:00    ‘Time Out’ - Break to get ready for evening event
18:00 -19:00    ‘Pinot in Paradise’ – Barrel tasting with winemakers
19:00 - 19:30   ‘Pinot on a Pedestal’ - Wine Auction
19:30 till late   ‘Set the Senses Soaring’ - Celebrity chefs’ dinner with Pete Goff-Wood, Franck Dangereux, Nic van Wyk and George Jardine

To sum up, the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration is a two-day event which has become famous around the world with lovers of Pinot Noir and local South African cuisine. During the weekend renowned winemakers, famous chefs, esteemed media and wine lovers will gather in the Hemel-en-Aarde outside Hermanus - exploring Pinot Noir, enjoying unforgettable food and learning of and celebrating the exceptional wine, food and people of the Hemel-en-Aarde wine region.


Two options are available:

Full Weekend Ticket @ R2 995 per person An immersive Pinot Noir experience

Access to the entire event as well as the individual producer events on a first-come-first-served basis. 
Only 140full weekend tickets are available.

Celebrity Chef Gala Dinner with Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Bar @ R795 per person

Join us for the grand finale.
Meet and taste with the winemakers at their barrels.Join an exclusive auction with unique Hemel-en-Aarde lots.
Four celebrity chefs preparing dishes on open fire perfectly paired with Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir paired gelato station to end the culinary feast.
Only 100 additional tickets released. 


Note that tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and that no tickets will be reserved.
Individual Wine Producers’ Events – Saturday 10:00 to 12:30.
Sponsored by Standard Bank Wealth & Investment.