This weekend saw Lourensford Estate host its annual Hanepoot harvest, with hundreds of fans descending on the farm in Somerset West to pick and feast on this sweet juicy fruit straight from the vines.


The vines were planted in 2003 at the request of owner Christo Wiese, who is a fan of Hanepoot as a table grape, and every harvest season the public is invited to experience farm life and get their fingers sticky as they indulged in snipping bushels and filling their baskets with Hanepoot to take home at R15/kg.


“On any given day going to Lourensford is great, but getting to walk thorough the vineyards picking your own grapes is something special. You’re surrounded by so much beauty and that feeling you get when you find a perfect bunch among the vines is wonderful. It’s fabulous way to spend time with loved ones outdoors – and the grapes are delicious!” – Annzra Denita, Hanepoot picker.


Owned by businessman Christo Wiese, the Lourensford Estate is arguably one of the most spectacular in South Africa. The historical estate, which was established in 1709, boasts a variety of award-winning wines, made from the vineyards grown and cultivated on the farm. The farm is also home to hectares of apples, pears and plums, and 20 species of the South African national flower; the Protea. Find out more on Facebook, Twitter (@lourensford) and Instagram (@lourensford).