Time to go with slow flow at Robert­son fest

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING - MYRNA ROBINS

OF ALL the en­joy­able wine and food fes­ti­vals that tempt us in the Winelands, Robert­son Slow is one which has blos­somed – yes, slowly – into a hugely pop­u­lar bou­tique cel­e­bra­tion. It has stayed in­ti­mate, re­laxed and un­hur­ried, but to­day of­fers some se­ri­ously gourmet fare along­side tra­di­tional favourites.

The week­end fes­tiv­i­ties com­bine ru­ral hos­pi­tal­ity with so­phis­ti­cated food and wine-pair­ing, and this year one venue is even of­fer­ing wine, food and olive oil pair­ing through­out the menu. Some of the meals will be cooked and served in wine­mak­ers’ homes, oth­ers in cel­lars or al fresco, if weather per­mits.

A few McGre­gor and Ash­ton wine farms are in­cluded among the 20-odd cel­lars tak­ing part, along with a hand­ful of ho­tels and coun­try lodges. Along with long-es­tab­lished favourites, newer winer­ies are join­ing in the fun, such as Esona which has opened tast­ing fa­cil­i­ties in a 90-year old re­fur­bished cel­lar on the banks of the Breede river. Sip­ping and savour­ing can be off­set by walks and river cruises, fyn­bos drives and pas­ta­mak­ing, while the pop­u­lar re­gional food mar­ket is rec­om­mended as a fi­nal des­ti­na­tion be­fore Sun­day de­par­tures.

● On from Au­gust 9-11. Visit www. robert­son­slow. com; e- mail man­ager@ robert­son­wineval­ley. com; con­tact 023 626 3167.

RU­RAL TRAN­QUIL­LITY: The Breede river val­ley is the venue for the Robert­son Slow cel­e­bra­tions.

FINE WINES AND FAB­U­LOUS CARS: Visit Fran­schhoek Mo­tor Mu­seum for a feast of vin­tage ve­hi­cles and won­der­ful wine.

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