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Sunday, May 7, 2017


Reni Hildenbrand will talk about The art of wine and olive oil making at the next meeting of Arts Interadtive, an interactive group/gathering of those interested in the betterment of the Visual Arts

Hildenbrand is a highly creative wine and olive oil maker with a proven track record for wines and olive oils of exceptional quality. She lives and works on her small farm in Wellington, which has 18 ha under vines and 3,000 olive trees.She is the farmer, wine maker, olive oil maker and marketer.

All the wines and olive oils have been awarded prizes at some stage. She has six grape varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Semillon, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. She makes estate, single vineyard wines, with great attention to best environmental practice; the wines are all vegan friendly. In addition to the single cultivar wines, Hildenbrand has her animal range which are blends and cuvees.

Her talk will trace the beginnings of her interest in wine-making, her purchase of the farm in 1990; her first wines and early experiences as a woman wine farmer and subsequent awards; her exploration into olive oil through to becoming an internationally qualified tasting judge and her current role as convenor of the SA Olive tasting panel and chair of the Executive of SA Olive. She is co-author of a book entitled Olives and Olive Oil in South Africa.

During her talk, tasting samples of five of her wines will be served; and at dinner there will be an opportunity to taste her First Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A white and a red Hildenbrand will be available for guests to buy for their dinner (at a significant discount).

Cost R140 per head includes the tasting of five wines and olive oil as well as dinner. (Drinks can be purchased)

Arts Interactive takes place on May 10 at 18h00 for 18h30 at the College Rovers Rugby Club, Kings Park Stadium, Jacko Jackson Drive in Durban.

There will be car guards in attendance and the area is safe with adequate parking right outside. RSVP soonest to

NB: Each Arts Interactive is specifically catered and pre-ordered – so when you cancel just before Arts Interactive or do not arrive, we are liable to pay for your food.