If there is one place to kick-start your winter vibes, it's deep in the Robertson Valley to enjoy the 15 years of greatness that is the wacky wine festival.
However if you've never been, there is a simple game plan to ensure you make the most of your weekend between 31 May to 3 June 2018. Here are ten steps to personalise your festival experience.
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Activities to indulge all wine enthusiasts
Savour award-winning wines and sample sublime vintages through cellar tours, barrel tastings, pairings and interactive tastings by exceptional winemakers.
Discover your inner-winemaker and blend your own unique wine creation or disgorge your own bottle of Methode Cap Classique. Join master wine tasting classes presented by Cape Wine Academy for the adventurous, novice or advanced wine connoisseur. Experience the intricate winemaking process and discover the story behind the bottle. A diverse variety of wine pairings will be on offer and festival goers can explore historical underground cellars, boutique wine farms and family owned estates.
Adventure lovers won't feel left out
Join the Funduro with a motorbike race for the whole family or start the weekend off with a variety of fun outdoor activities. Breathe in the fresh country air with local hikes in the valley or bring your mountain bike along for a scenic MTB challenge through the vineyards with magnificent mountain views.
Family folk can relax and have fun
This family friendly festival provides entertainment for young and old. Create a family picnic basket by selecting from an array of local olives, cheeses, handmade artisan charcuterie and preserves from the delis. Take a relaxing boat cruise down the Breede River. Enjoy lawn games and giant chess. Unleash your inner cowboy with a mechanical bull ride, visit the biggest red chair in Africa and stroll through a flag labyrinth which paints a picture of the world.
Romancing your country-loving heart
Rediscover the romance and magic of the country in wintertime. Book a candlelight wine tasting in underground cellars or a wine pairing with music and art, embark on a romantic river cruise with a picnic basket and bottle of wine, or seal your love at the love lock wall. Enjoy an evening of dinner and dance under the stars. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards, book a relaxing massage or simply enjoy quality time with a glass of award winning red wine by the fireplace.
Foodies get to tickle their taste buds
Indulge in delicious Winemaker’s Dinners from Braai and Wine experiences to Dinner in The Vines. Enjoy farm style breakfasts, fresh produce and family recipe dishes. Warm up with hearty soups, roosterkoeke and potjies. Taste award winning olive oil and olives with freshly baked bread. Mouth-watering food and wine pairings will be on offer to tickle your taste buds – from citrus delights, local preserves and chocolate to soup and wine pairings. Celebrate with Methode Cap Classique and oysters as well as locally crafted brandies and liqueurs.
Satisfy your Wanderlust
Discover the hidden gems off the beaten track. Join in on a panoramic terroir tractor adventure to the top of the hills. Embark on a 4x4 safari vineyard and farm tour through pomegranate groves and vineyards to the top of the mountain overlooking the valley or explore the recently discovered Muscat caves.
Embrace country life
The winemakers will throw open their barn doors for tourists to #TasteTheLifestyle. Get down to earth with picnics, farm tours and tractor rides. Remember your boots!
Road tripping on Route 62
Head out to the country and enjoy the simple pleasures in life with a road trip along Route 62, the perfect excuse for a family getaway or road trip with friends. SA Insider:The Complete guide to the Cape Route 62
Designated drivers means safe festival goers
Robertson Wine Valley supports the use of wine in a responsible manner and has partnered with transport companies to give you options for the weekend to taste responsibly. Book transport in advance or book a taxi on the weekend. You can make use of the day in and out shuttles, book your own personal driver to take you around over the weekend using your car or book a local taxi service. For a full list of options including train trips and designated drivers visit the festival website.
Pay it Forward with Thunderchild
Thunderchild is a local wine blend produced by wineries in the valley as part of their contribution to Die Herberg orphanage. 100% of the profit of Thunderchild sales are donated to the orphanage to help fund the education of the children. You can make a difference in a child’s future at no cost to you, as with each coupon used during Wacky Wine Weekend, Robertson Wine Valley will donate money towards the Thunderchild project.
What you need to know about the Robertson Wacky Wine Festival:
When: 31 May to 3 June 2018
Where: Robertson Wine Valley, Western Cape
Cost: R200 per person
Limitations: No alcohol will be served to minors; Zero-tolerance driving restrictions
Tickets: R200pp at Webtickets includes wine glass, 6 wine tasting coupons per winery and a bottle of Healthy Mineral Water.
View the full WWW program here or follow @RobertsonWineV, @Wacky_Wine, @WackyWineWeekend
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