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The Constantia Food and Wine Festival 2012 near Cape Town South Africa

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Affluent Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town. This area is a major tourist stop because it is famous for its lovely wine estates and outstanding restaurants. Some of the notable restaurants are: Pastis (French), La Colombe (French), Constantia Uitsig and Mama Roma (Italian).

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The magical Constantia Valley is about 20 minutes from the center of Cape Town. The glorious Vino con Vista Wine region is having The Constantia Food and Wine Festival on May 4-6, 2012. There will be over 40 of the finest regional wines and plenty of delicious food from local restaurants.

There will be live entertainment:

Friday, May 4th and Sunday 6th: Me and Mr Brown

Saturday, May 5th: Perfect Score

Constantia Valley
Constantia Valley (Photo credit: Ian Junor)

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Explore the gorgeous wine route in Constantia and visit centuries-old estates like Groot Constantia (Great Constantia) that was established in 1684 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel. Some of the other notable wineries include: Steenberg (Mountain of Stone), established in 1682, Buitenverwachting (Beyond Expectations), Klein Constantia (Small Constantia) and Constantia Uitsig (View of Constantia).

Here’s Wine Spectator’s Map of the WIne Regions in South Africa:


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Many of the homesteads along the wine route have Baroque and Cape Dutch architectural styles. For more information visit: http://constantiafoodandwine.co.za/



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Tickets cost 120pp per day and includes tastings at the various wine farms.

No charge for children

Purchase your tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za at participating wine farms or at the entrance.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Historic Carriage, Groot Constantia, Cape Town
Historic Carriage, Groot Constantia, Cape Town (Photo credit: Kleinz1)
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Fiesta de la Vendimia 2012 in Curico Chile: Festival of the Wine Harvest

The 2012 Festival of the Wine Harvest will take place on March 23, 24 and 25 in Plaza de Armas in Curicó. The famous Fiesta de la Vendimia is one of the oldest of the country. Curico is located in the Maule Region in Chile‘s central valley. The city has a vibrant wine culture with La Ruta del Vino (The Wine Route) in the Curicó Valley.

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Miguel Torres Maczassek, the CEO of the Miguel Torres vineyard, started the Harvest Festival 26 years ago and it has become an exciting event for wine enthusiasts and a boon to Curicó’s tourism industry. It is held on the Plaza de Armasis, the main Square in Curico with beautiful palm trees, exotic plants and fountains. There is a monument to Lautaro carved on the trunk of a beech tree by Heraclio “Kako” Calquín from Vichuquén. You will also find the mayor‘s house (alcaldía) and the governor’s house near the Plaza de Armas. Some of the other interesting sites include: the Alameda Antonio Manso de Velasco avenue and Condell hill with a panoramic view of the city and the San Francisco church.

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Here’s a list of the 2012 Festival of the Harvest events:

March 23  (18:00 to 24:00 in Plaza de Armas):Wine exhibition 2012 with wine pairing, food, crafts and a Harvest show. There will be a Presentation of the Harvest Queen

March 24 (10:00 to 24:00 in Plaza de Armas): Traditional Harvest Ceremony 2012 Blessing of the First Wort, Weighing of the queen, Announcing of the Harvest and Grape Stepping Contest. Folklore Show in time of Harvest Harvest show 2012 International Artistic Show

March 25 (11:00 to 18:00 in Plaza de Armas): Wine exhibition 2012 and Solemn Harvest Mass 2012 with Traditional Harvest Games and a Folklore Show.

The wineries of the Curicó valley will be offering wine tastings including: AltaCima, Aresti, Correa Albano, Echeverría, Las Pitras, Mario Edwards, Miguel Torres, Millamán, San Pedro, Valdivieso and Viñedos Puertas.

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Miguel Torres winery
Miguel Torres winery (Photo credit: Jessie Reeder)
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Visit the oldest building in the city, La Iglesia San Francisco (San Francisco’s Church). It was built in 1734 and was moved to its current location in 1759.The city’s hero is Luis Cruz Martínez, a Chilean soldier from the War of the Pacific, who died in 1882 in Perú.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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