Celebrate the return of balmy evenings and longer days with the famous Monday wine tastings at the Vineyard Hotel this September.

Tastings for the month begin on 7 September with the wines of Lothian. In its opulent setting on the banks of the Palmiet River in the Elgin Valley, Lothian Vineyards showcases their perfect cool-climate terroir by producing its exceptional Burgundian- style Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Rosé varietals. Practising artisanal wine-making techniques, their cellar embraces the farm’s ecosystem, which is positioned in the Kogelberg Biosphere – home to 1 654 plant species found nowhere else on earth

In addition to the wines above, their range also includes a Noble late harvest, MCC and Horny Owl Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc.

14 September brings the wines of Hidden Valley to the Garden Lounge. Situated in Stellenbosch, these vines are grown in ancient, decomposed granite soils – which, when combined with the farm’s altitude and cool weather, result in a particularly unique terroir. With a cellar surrounded by vineyards, almond orchards and fynbos gardens, their offering includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Hidden Secret (a Shiraz-led blend) and Hidden Gems (a Bordeaux-style blend).

The wines of Belfield Farm will be on offer on 21 September. Family-owned and run, in the heart of the Elgin Valley, this estate is perfectly suited to red wine production. All their wines are hand- crafted and composed from the four varietals planted on the estate: ​Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz – most notably, their Magnifica, Aristata and Syrah.

The tastings for the month end on 28 September with the wines of Haskell Vineyards. Located on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range in Stellenbosch, which is widely recognised as South Africa’s finest wine growing sub-region, Haskell Vineyards strives to create unique, terroir driven wines. Their range includes the Haskell Anvil, Haskell Aeon and Haskell Pillars. Also falling under the Haskell Vineyards brand is Dombeya Wines. Named after the dombeya rotundifolia, or wild pear trees, dotted around the vineyards, a selection of wines from these vineyards will also be on offer on this evening.

A representative from each of the respective estates will host the hour-long tastings from 18h00. Tastings take place on Mondays only and are free of charge.

For more information, please call 021 657 4500 or alternatively visit www.vineyard.co.za.