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Indigenous Khoi-khoi musical instruments include the ramkie, a guitar with 3 or 4 strings, and the mamokhorong, a single-string violin.
Wine and music tours at the Solms-Delta wine estate on the outskirts of Franschhoek are highly recommended for oenophiles interested in the Cape’s musical heritage and unconventional wines.
During the Solms-Delta wine and music experience, resident maestros Adriaan Brand and Les Javan take guests on a musical journey through rural Cape music where the origins and heritage of Cape vernacular music are explained.
Guests are treated to a unique experience where they get to sip a wine named after a particular style of vernacular music, played by Les and Adriaan, and watch the accompanying dance being performed by the tasting room staff. Usually, after a few sips of Solms-Delta’s heritage-inspired libations even the shyest guests find themselves boogying to the San-inspired rhythms.
Classical winelands music concerts take place in a historic wine cellar on La Motte’s wine estate in Franschhoek. Performances by local and international soloists, and ensembles span from Medieval to Modern eras of classical music.
Programmes are compiled to ensure that both purists and mainstream classical music fans will leave delighted - after a few glasses of estate wine and a light finger supper. Popular themed concerts at La Motte include French music at Bastille festival time, an Easter concert, and choral music at Christmas.
Encircled by tall grove of Eucalyptus trees, the Paul Cluver wine estate in Elgin is the place to be for winelands music events in summer. Beneath starry skies, lovers of music of all ages gather for a night of Bacchanalian bliss to listen to unplugged performances by contemporary South African and overseas artists, while picnicking, and sipping Paul Cluver’s range of biodynamic wines.
Especially during the summer months, wine estates across the winelands will include some form of free musical entertainment in their weekend programme. For more information, visit the wineries' websites or contact the local tourism office.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
La Motte wine estate is in Franschhoek, Solms-Delta is between Franschhoek and Paarl, and Paul Cluver is in Elgin/Grabouw.
Best time to visit
Solms-Delta wine and music tours take place all year round. La Motte’s classical concerts are from September to May. Paul Cluver music concerts are from December to March
What will it cost
The Solms-Delta tour costs R50 p/person. Book 3 days in advance. La Motte concert tickets cost R140 p/person. Paul Cluver concert tickets range from R175 to R375 p/person.
Length of stay
A Solms-Delta tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours La Motte’s music concerts lasts around 2-hours. Paul Cluver’s concerts last approximately 2-hours. Gates open at 17h00.
What to eat
Dine in Solms-Delta’s Fyndraai restaurant, or order a picnic. La Motte's A la Pierneef Restaurant features exceptional Cape heritage cusine. Bring a picnic to Paul Cluver. No BYO wines.
Solms-Delta’s Franschhoek Oesfees, a celebration of Cape vernacular music traditionally takes place in March.
Solms-Delta’s wine sales are open during the tour. Wine sales at La Motte and Paul Cluver estates are closed when the concerts take place.