Come and meet David van Velden of Overgaauw Wine Estate on Monday, September 26th at 7pm.
More than a century old, Overgaauw, a historic fourth-generation-owned Stellenbosch wine estate, is one of the ‘first families of Cape wine’, and boasts a laudable reputation as ‘leader of the pack’ (John Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2001). While Overgaauw is synonymous with innovation – most recently reflected in the release of top-quality new vintages across the Overgaauw wine range, all sporting brand new labels - the team is careful not to allow modernization to detract from their rich legacy.
Overgaauw’s many ‘firsts’ in the industry establish the historically rich estate as eminently pioneering. The illustrious estate has the following litany of claims to fame: the first South African estate to bottle a varietal Merlot (in 1982); joint-first to produce Cape Bordeaux-style Blends; among the first Chardonnay producers; the only producer, since 1971, of the refreshing and medium-bodied, aromatic and spicy Sylvaner; among the first to mature Cabernet Sauvignon in French barriques in 1970; the maiden estate to plant Portuguese Port cultivars, and the first estate to drop the contentious name ‘Port’ from their labels in 1996.
David virtually grew up in the wine cellars of Overgaauw, following his father around from the age of five. David eventually pried himself out of the cellar and obtained a business degree from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2003, David returned to Overgaauw as the assistant winemaker. After four years, he took over the winemaking at Overgauuw. The fourth-generation of Van Veldens to make wine at Overgauuw, his philosophy in wine making starts with his meticulous vineyard management; applying practices to maintain the natural balance in the soil and assisting the vines to produce the best fruit the site and vintage has to offer. In the cellar the focus is on retaining as much of the varietal’s unique ‘Overgaauw’ character, with minimal cellar manipulation and the judicious use of wood.
Join us on Monday, September 26th at 7pm to meet David and to taste through a selection of his wines while enjoying a special 5-course meal created by Chef Flicker and the Piccolo team. Tickets are limited. Purchase your tickets at www.tempotickets.com/piccolo today!