As the seasons shift, winter brings back the much loved combination of warm Fondue and Jazz Sundays’ at Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

Every Sunday, lunchtime, from June 23 to August 25 the downstairs wine tasting cellar turns into an intimate, mellow jazz club.

Your ticket includes a sizzling pot of melted cheese, along with bread and vegetables for dipping, while musicians play the tunes. Optional extras available to order include starters, meats, dessert and coffee, along with wines that will also be on sale by the glass or bottle. This is a special opportunity to taste Delheim’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – a wine that is not only exclusively available from the estate, but which is also a perfect match when paired with cheese.

The South African music talents on the programme were selected by the Cape Town Music Academy and they are part of the Jazz in the Native Yards initiative.

Jazz in the Native Yards is a travelling live jazz gig that promotes jazz performance and listenership across the Western Cape including townships, cultural centres and festivals. The fat sounds of jazz giants like Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Robbie Jansen and Chris McGregor will be relived through a spectrum of jazz musicians. In the mix will be some “pata pata” from Sima Mashazi who with Schalk Joubert wowed the crowds at the most recent Woordfees festival (Afrikaans culture fest) in Stellenbosch.

Also in the line-up is Thembelihle Dunjana, a young Jazz pianist hailing from Gugulethu who started playing the piano at the age of 11. Thembelihle has found that the sounds of Mccoy Tyner, John Coltrane and Bheki Mseleku resonate with her, and is strongly influenced by the sounds of these legends and her band has an easily recognisable swing feel and a strong African influence.

The line-up for the Delheim Jazz & Fondue events features:

George Weiner and the Little Giants Alumni (saxophone, trumpet, guitar)       June 23;

Darren English Trio (trumpet)                                                                                      June 30;

Mike Rossi Quartet (saxophone)                                                                                   July 7;

Thembelihle Dunjana Quartet (piano)                                                                         July 14;

Tumi Pheto Quintet (trumpet)                                                                                       July 21;

Buddy Wells Quartet (saxophone)                                                                                 July 28;

John Hassan (percussions)                                                                                              August 4;

Ramon Alexander                                                                                                               August 11;

Schalk Joubert                                                                                                                     August 18;

Bongani Sotshononda and Babalwa Meintjies (vocals and marimba)                    August 25

Reservations are required and can be done online through Quicket. Tickets are R350 per person. Entry includes glühwein on arrival, the music entertainment (band cover charge) and the fondue (with bread and vegetables). Note that all starters, meats and desserts will be charged extra. Wines will be on sale by the bottle or glass. Each lunchtime show runs from 12:00 to 15:00. Find Delheim on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/delheim; Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines or contact the winery on 021 888 4600.


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