The 13-part food and wine series, Wine, Dine & Stein, that was filmed in Cape Town’s Durbanville Wine Valley, has been snapped up by the People°s Weather channel (DStv 180) and will start broadcasting on Sunday, April 19, at 18:00.The show, which features Jack and Charlie Stein, sons of award-winning UK celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Stein, has also been acquired by broadcasters in Australia, Norway, Poland and a number of smaller Eastern European countries with more international sales in the pipeline. Created by JAG Communications’ Grant Bushby and Janine Greenleaf Walker, and produced by Oxyg3n Media, Wine, Dine & Stein finds the Stein siblings spending a day on each of the 12 wine farms that make up the Durbanville Wine Valley, tasting their wines, sampling (and helping cook) their food and embarking on a series of dares and challenges. In addition to the above-mentioned estates, other wine farms visited included Altydgedacht, Canto, D’Aria, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills and Nitida. Some of the more interesting activities the “boys” get up to – while not eating and drinking – included paragliding off Dorsberg Hill at Meerendal, firing the Big Bertha cannon at Signal Gun, taking part in a wheelbarrow race at Klein Roosboom, rounding up cattle via quadbikes at Groot Phesantekraal and wakeboarding at the Hillcrest quarry. Like his father Rick, Jack Stein is an accomplished chef and author and, apart from presenting TV series, also oversees the kitchens of all 14 Rick Stein restaurants.
Brother Charlie also works for the family business, tasting and selecting the wines for all of the Stein restaurants.Says Jack Stein of his time in the Western Cape: “I had the most fun I’ve had in ages filming this series and I can’t say enough about the warmth, hospitality and generosity of the people we met, not to mention the amazing food we ate and the brilliant wines we drank.” Adds Charlie: “What I loved most about filming the series was that each and every wine farm in the valley offers something different from the other. From the small boutique, but utterly charming Klein Roosboom, to the bigger estate that is Durbanville Hills – but which still manages to convey a feeling of family. “The Durbanville Wine Valley’s proximity to Cape Town and to the beautiful beaches of Bloubergstrand is also a big plus.” Stephan Le Roux, People°s Weather CEO, says: “Wine, Dine & Stein is perfect programming right now with South Africans staying home and enjoying watching shows that encompass travel, food and wine. The series is loads of fun and is entertaining and informative and – best of all – set in the beautiful landscape that is the Durbanville Wine Valley.”