En­joy a fine time in the winelands this win­ter

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2010 -

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

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