Last Saturday the Voyseys embarked on a Hanepoot Picking Expedition. Armed with secateurs, baskets, and comfy shoes they set off to Jakkelsvlei, 8.5km from Herbertsdale. (Just pass PetroSA Mossel Bay, is the turnoff to Herbertsdale)
Jakkalsvlei, directly translated as Jackal’s Marsh, is a family owned winery nestled in the beautiful, Garden Route. The Jonker family has been proud owners of Jakkalsvlei since 1972, and today it is farmed by the 3rd generation Jonkers on the farm.The farmland was called Jakkalsvlei because of all the foxes, jackal’s and wild cats seen in the mountains surrounding the farmland. While hunting in the Southern Cape during this time, Nelis Jonker senior was inspired to buy this beautiful piece of land. Jantjie Jonker, Nelis’s grandson settled on the farm in 2006. In 2008 he bottled the first wine under the Jakkalsvlei label.Today Jakkalsvlei wines are enjoyed by people all over the Garden Route, including some fine restaurants.
‘Pick Your Own Hanepoot’ harvest is fast becoming something of a tradition in the Garden Route.
The idea ofspending a day with your family in the vineyards, picking juicy sweet Hanepoot grapes has really caught on. Last year those who brought a basket and scissors to do their own harvesting picked over 23 tons of Hanepoot grapes.
With their recently opened single track mountain bike and hiking trail, rolling lawns ideal for picnickers and a modern new tasting hall, Jakkalsvlei certainly has offering for an audience that goes beyond the gourmet and wine connoisseur. It is a tranquil and beautiful place to relax with your friends or your family.
You can still pick your own grapes until the 20th March from 10.ooam to 4.pm, seven days a week. The grapes that you have picked are sold at R6.50 per kilogram. You are asked to bring your own scissors and baskets. Apart from a variety of wines, the tasting room offers craft beer, a limited menu of ‘build your own pizza’, cheese platters, and picnic baskets (bring your own picnic blankets).
In South Africa, HANEPOOT, also known as Muscat d’Alexandrie, is thought to be one of the earliest varietals planted in South Africa, possibly even shortly after Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival. Certainly by Van der Stel’s time, there were muscat grapes being grown if not exactly Muscat Alex. It owes its popularity in South Africa due to its versatility. It is cultivated to produce table grapes, raisins, juice, moskonfyt and, of course, the sweet fortified wines that our winemakers do so well.
More information: www.jakkalsvlei.co.za