Gourmet food and wine experience unearths Mother Nature’s own wild pantry
15, 16, 30 June and 1 July
It’s mushroom time again! Soon, wild mushroom foragers will head into the forests in search
of these delicious delicacies that only pop out for a short time in the year and you’ve got the
chance to join them too. Delheim Estate’s popular Mushroom Forage on 15, 16, 30 June and
1 July will open up the mesmerising world of the fascinating fungi and teach you how to
identify, forage and clean your very own, hand-picked mushrooms.
Participants are limited to 40 people per day, which allows Delheim to maintain the delicate
balance between sharing a family passion and protecting the environment where the
Delheim’s Mushroom Forage was awarded “Highly Commended” in the Best Wine Event
category in the Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge 2017.
It is a phenomenal achievement to be recognized amongst top international wineries so you
can be sure you’ll enjoy a high calibre, memorable experience!
These fun(gi) excursions have run annually over a number of years and become hugely
popular due to the magical experience as well as the hosts themselves – Delheim’s Nora
Sperling-Thiel and Gary “The Mushroom Fundi” Goldman. Both are experienced foragers and
talented educators, who lead these ‘silent hunts’ along with the family’s inimitable Jack
Nora learned the art of seasonal foraging from her mother and has been collecting
mushrooms on their wine farm since she was a child. “Foraging is searching for a little
magic,” she says. “You never know if you will find some mushrooms but when you do, it
makes you feel as excited as a child.”
The day begins with an enlightening workshop on mushroom identification in the farm’s vat
cellar, followed by a short walk to the mushroom hunt in Delheim’s lush pine forest. Foragers
will then head for the estate’s Garden Restaurant where Chef Bruce von Pressentin lays on
a three-course meal that showcases these flavoursome marvels. Lunch starts with a trio of
starters where various mushrooms are perfectly paired with Delheim wines that your taste
buds will relish. The dishes range from sautéed oysters, pickled shiitake, foie gras parfait
with wild mushroom bon bons to baked Valrhona chocolate and porcini teacups.
“It’s an incredible privilege to be able to pick such a delicious ingredient only a short walk
from the kitchen to produce stunning, inspired meals. I can’t wait to go out early on a misty
morning to forage for mushrooms,” says Bruce.
This unique gourmet food and wine experience is for adults only and costs R695 per person. It
includes the informative workshop, mushroom hunt, a tantalising mushroom-themed food and
wine experience and a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy at home. Participants should wear
comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket and should bring their own pocket knife and
baskets for the hunt. The events will still take place even if it rains and all the fun starts at 09:30
until 14:30 but book off the rest of your day to make the most of the beautiful, serene
Bookings open on 30 April only and all tickets should be booked via Computicket. For
more information visit www.delheim.com
IMPORTANT: The appearance of wild mushrooms depends completely on natural phenomena
that are impossible to forecast with absolute accuracy, particularly after long periods of drought.
Although the Delheim events take place during the high season for wild mushrooms, the estate
cannot guarantee the appearance of mushrooms on the day.
Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.