Things to do: Earmark these events for 2021

Now is as good a time as any to support local businesses, and with our curated calendar featuring things to do from wine tasting and farm food to MTB events and engrossing art exhibitions, you have everything you need to know to get out and about. Let’s not forget to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols when heading out to explore the stunning Cape Winelands.

Many a lifestyle offering at Muratie

Muratie Wine Estate, support local businesses
Picture courtesy of Muratie, Facebook

Muratie is undoubtedly one of those magical destinations where one can escape life’s hustles and bustles. Hidden away in Knorhoek Valley’s premium Simonsberg wine ward, Muratie was established in 1685. The story of Muratie is reason enough to pay a visit to this historic farm, but there is also an abundance of activities that keep visitors returning.

• Discover Muratie’s many vinous jewels with a wine tasting and wine and chocolate pairing experience at the enchanting tasting room.
• Enjoy an authentic farm breakfast and lunch at Muratie Farm Kitchen.
• Get your blood pumping with scenic MTB, hiking and running trails operating from a brand-new on-site trail centre.
• Visit MOK Gallery – located in Ansela van de Caab’s house dating back to 1685 – for exhibitions of contemporary art and culture.
• Spend the night with accommodation offered in George Paul Canitz’s original art studio.

READ MORE: #TBT Stellenbosch Visio’s intimate sit-down with Muratie’s Melcks family.

Your 2021 MTB calendar

Local sports marketing agency, Stillwater Sports, has released its MTB event calendar for the new year. The line-up includes an iconic two-day stage race, a family focused one-day event and a kid’s event – all in the Western Cape.

“I don’t think we’ve ever been this excited to release event dates. 2020 has been a rollercoaster and we can’t wait to bring back some form of normality. One thing is for sure, we have new-found appreciation for our events. We’ve missed the excitement felt on event day, the interaction with entrants and the action on route,” says Michael Meyer, Stillwater Sports’ managing director.

  • 24-25 April: Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience, Stellenbosch High School
  • 11 September: Fedhealth MTB Challenge Kids Event, Blaauwklippen Wine Estate
  • 12 September: Fedhealth MTB Challenge, Blaauwklippen Wine Estate

Now on at the Rupert Museum

Sam Nhlengethwa, support local businesses
Sam Nhlengethwa courtesy of the Rupert Museum, Facebook

SCIENCE MEETS ART: Art addressing stigma in illness
Major issues regarding stigma in illness exist. This project exhibition presents an opportunity to harness science micrographs and art in cross-talk, thereby communicating in a unique and powerful manner. Molecular imaging techniques are major tools in the biomedical research field and are strongly utilised by the collaborator, providing colourful images of internal biological processes to make visible what cannot be seen. Until 21 February.

MY GRUNDIG LOUNGE: Sam Nhlengethwa
The artist best known for his figurative paintings and collage works exploring themes of social and art history, jazz, mining and domestic life. Look forward to seeing a selection of works from his Tribute series as well as family photographs amongst the sound of Nhlengethwa’s jazz vinyl collection. Visit the exhibition and immerse yourself in the space while listening to one of Nhlengethwa’s favourite vinyls. Until 7 March.

Visit the Rupert Museum online for more.