Enjoy a fine time in the winelands this winter
WINTER needn’t be a time to hibernate in the Western Cape. With so many beautiful destinations to choose from, it’s time to diarise an event that’s sure to warm your cockles during the busy winter the Western Cape is currently experiencing.
The ninth annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival is taking place a month earlier this year, from July 1 to 5, and last year it attracted more than 13 500 visitors to the town.
With more than 140 wine farms in and around the area, Stellenbosch has a lot to offer, including “off the pitch” activities in the winelands for soccer fans. Farms will offer a variety of family friendly activities and attractions, including interactive wine-making, restaurant and accommodation offerings, dinners, tastings and more.
I d i o m Wi n e s i n v i t e s v i s i t o r s t o participate i n a supporters’ f ootball competition. The five-a-side competition takes place in the middle of the estate’s vineyards. Idiom is also hosting a supporters’ boules competition on its new courts adjoining the soccer field, as well a s wi ne t a s t i ngs i n i t s hi l l s i de bomas.
Estates including Delheim, Jordan Wine Estate and Webersburg offer bigscreen soccer.
Villiera offers game drives and Méthode Cap Classique tasting; Waterkloof offers wine-tasting on horseback; L’Avenir Estate offers numerous cultural activities, including The Matthew Kruger Band; and Simonsig offers live music throughout the duration of the festival.
Stretching beyond 90 minutes of action on the soccer field, this year’s Stellenbosch Wine Festival will showcase its gems through an extensive network of shuttles between the participating farms.
Park your car at any of the allocated park-and-ride areas, or visit the information centre at Doornbosch in Stellenbosch to purchase your festival pass and catch a shuttle to the wine farms of your choice.
Soccer enthusiasts will certainly not be left out in the cold as transport to and from this meandering wine extravaganza has been arrange from Cape To wn. Vi s i t o r s wi l l a l s o b e a b l e t o experience the history, culture and hospitality of Stellenbosch and its wine routes in the comfort of their own vehicle and transport.
Tickets for the Stellenbosch Wine Festival are available at R150 a day pass and R500 for a golden pass, which is valid for the entire duration of the festival. Children under the age of 18 enter free.
For more information on the Stellenbosch Wine Fest i val , s ponsored by American Express Cards, call 021 886 4310 or visit www.wineroute.co.za