St Vincent’s Day at Nagenoeg Farm


Dear all,

We invite you all to join us for the 16th Annual St Vincent’s Day Blessing of the Vines which will take place at Nagenoeg Farm on Saturday, 16 January 2016.

Everyone and anyone is welcome.

We encourage all of you to bring your families and friends to the event. Even if you are a stranger you are most welcome, all we ask is please introduce yourselves! We would love to meet you!

Mass will be said in St Anthony’s Chapel at 11h00 followed by a ride through the vineyards for the actual blessing. This Mass is the important part of the event, where we pray for a good harvest and for a blessing of all involved in the harvest and those who work on the farm. We would encourage you please to attend this service!

inside the church

The ride through the vineyards will make use of tractors with trailers, trucks, bakkies (Pick-up-Trucks) and even ordinary cars. We will drive through the vineyards at a slow speed and stop at regular intervals for photo opportunities and to admire the views. This is not a guided tour but we encourage old and young to join in. This will take about 30 to 40 minutes!

You are welcome to use your own vehicle (remember you will be driving on farm roads), but it is really fun to go on the tractors, trailers or on the lorry.


Thereafter, we will proceed to the oak forest for a picnic under the trees. Two years ago the picnic was moved from the crowded lawn at the homestead to the forest. The manor house and office (now as a cottage) are rented out to the Rickets’ family. We ask you please to respect their privacy. The forest was planted in 1994 with love and we would like you to enjoy your picnic under them!

A collection will be held during the picnic and we encourage you to donate to this as we do not charge anything for the preparations of the venue or the clean-up afterwards.

The money will be for the St Anthony’s Chapel Fund and will be used for the upkeep of the chapel and also for sponsoring school clothes, school fees for the farm kids and other necessary expenses such as educational tours and extra courses. It is a fund that we created for the community!

Please bring your own picnic basket, blankets, chairs and wine. (also family, friends and your mother-in-law)


This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a day picnicking on a farm with friends and family in a safe environment. Even if we do not know you, you are most welcome!

As this is a wine farm, please bring wine and not beer. The wine industry is suffering so we would like you to enjoy the fruits of the grape rather than beer!

Best Wishes
Schalk and José
Any queries please contact Schalk on 021 855 5767 or 082 414 8333 or via e-mail at
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Schalk Visser
Photographer / Farmer, Reluctant farmer frustrated architect. Born and bred Afrikaans. Discovered Madeira in 1988 and fell in love with the island. He bought an old house in Canhas near Ponta do Sol. Calls himself the BOEREGEES! He had three photo exhibitions on Madeira in Madeira and the last exhibition is currently in Japan.