Plum pickings!

November 9, 2010

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**This event is now fully booked**​

Fruit-gathering and picnic at ‘bio-logic’ Paarl wine farm

Saturday 4 December, 10am – 3pm

Christmas is plum pudding time – yet the dark, rich pudding (with its restorative brandy tang) has always felt too heavy for our sunshine-filled holiday. So, instead, Slow Food Mother City will be celebrating the season in the orchards, eating the juicy fruit fresh from the trees! On Saturday 4 December, we’ll be plum-picking in Paarl, at Avondale, a wine farm run on ‘bio-logic’ principles. You will be able to take some of the fruits of your labour home with you, for eating or jamming.

Avondale tasting room and cellar in the Paarl winelands

Avondale tasting room and cellar

As it is the start of the holidays, this will be a family-friendly day. We’ll be welcomed with a glass of Avondale’s famous MCC (and grape juice for the kids). Avondale owner and viticulturalist, Johnathan Grieve will chat to us about plum farming and the fruit itself as well as the nature-friendly farming methods used in the orchards and vineyards (including the famous snail-eating ducks!). We’ll then spend some time picking our own plums* – but don’t eat too many! After our hard work in the orchards, we’ll be served a picnic lunch of homemade breads, cheeses, preserves, salads and festive gammon. Those who are still feeling energetic are invited to taste a selection of Avondale’s award-winning wines. Or you can just doze under the plum trees.

Avondale's ducks clear the vineyards of snails

Avondale's ducks clear the vineyards of snails

This is a unique opportunity, not available to the general public, to learn more about this fascinating farm and take home some very special, safe and tasty produce. The Farm Manager tells us the plums are going to be particularly good this year, so book now to join us!

Each attendee will be able to take home a reasonable amount of plums – buying of additional plums, if available, will be negotiated on the day. Avondale wines will be available to purchase at cellar-door prices.

About Avondale

Avondale wines are highly regarded, with several Platter four-star wines among them. And they use no technological tricks to achieve this: “We’ve trusted the wisdom of nature to guide us. We use cover crops instead of fertiliser to restore the balance of the soil. We never use artificial sprays to control pests – ducks and wasps do that job for us.”

This philosophy extends to the Avondale cellars:

>     Wild yeast fermentation is allowed in most instances for all wines.

>       All wines are low in sulphur – less than half the norm.

>       No enzymes or any other regulators, catalysing agents, or softeners are used to prepare Avondale wines.

>        No synthetic cleaning materials are used in the cellar.


Date: Saturday 4 December 2010

Time: 10am for the plum-picking (Lunch will be served at approximately 1pm).

Place: Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl (For more details, visit:

Price: R100 for members, R120 for guests*, and R60 for kids 4-12 years.

Parents are wholly responsible for their own children during the outing.

*Due to demand at recent events, we will initially limit places to one adult guest per member (all members may bring their children). If there are still places available after one week, we will give you the option of bringing more guests with you.


Given the popularity of this outing, we suggest you book and pay quickly. We have limited space! Click here to book.

First come, first served (members have gotten advance warning). If you have not made the deposit within four days of booking, and there are others waiting, we will make your space/s available to the next person in line. Please book by 20 November 2010.


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