Blusher, porcini, boletus, pine rings… Mother Nature’s elusive delicacies are waiting to be unearthed at the legendary Delheim Wine Estate, when it opens its private forest to avid fungi foragers during its annual Wild Mushroom Hunts in June and July.
These ex-cep-tional excursions are led by Delheim’s Nora Sperling-Thiel and seasoned field expert Gary Goldman, aka the Mushroom Fundi, and will see intimate groups honing their foraging feelers in search of these ‘wild wonders’.
“The fact that we have lost 95% of our pine forest on the farm during the tragic Simonsberg fire in January will not deter us from sharing this magical spot with inveterate foragers and nature lovers. The pine forest was actually the only forest we were able to save, so with these exhilarating excursions on the estate we not only want enthusiasts to learn more about fungi we also want them to enjoy what’s left of it,” shares Delheim’s Nora Sperling-Thiel who learned the lost art of seasonal foraging from her mother and has been collecting mushrooms on their wine farm since she was a child.
With mushrooms able to deliver both death and delirium, Gary will give the group some important guidelines and pointers to follow before they trot off into the woods for the ‘silent hunt’.
“It is empowering to have knowledge about one’s environment, particularly what can be used and eaten in the natural environment. So at the end of the day we hope to inspire other foragers to learn more and become comfortable in picking their own mushrooms,” shares Gary.
After an invigorating morning in the forest, a content group will head for the estate’s Garden Restaurant where the chopping boards will come out for a 3-course feast by Chef Bruce von Pressentin, featuring mushrooms in all their finery.
With only 40 spots available per day – Delheim treasures a delicate balance between sharing their ‘family passion’ and protecting their natural habitat – these have unfortunately already been filled. But fear not, you will still be able to visit this fabulous estate, enjoy wine tasting and during the winter months book for their popular Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays.