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Robertson Valley’s Wacky Wine Weekend
A winter weekend getaway where the fun never stops
Prepare for a wild and wacky weekend of top-notch wines and homemade fare at the 10th annual Robertson Valley Wacky Wine Weekend, from Thursday, 6 to Sunday, 9 June 2013.
Roughly 90 minutes from Cape Town, the region – it’s situated along Route 62, between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges – and the 49 wineries taking part are set to showcase their wares and their best attempts at entertainment at this year’s vino fiesta!
What to expect at the 2013 Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend
This much-loved event, with its family-friendly collection of old traditions and novel attractions, has firmly secured its reputation as a ‘must-do’ on the Cape Town annual social calendar.
The four-day affair’s participating farms and estates – there’s no centralised location, rather the whole valley is the venue – boasts a line-up of unique events for each day, sowhether you are a fun-seeker, novice or a wine connoisseur, there is something for you: ‘Seriously Wine Thursday’ (for the wine aficionados), ‘Wine Up Friday’, ‘Full On Wacky Saturday’ or ‘Wine Down Sunday’.
Budding vintners and vino devotees are in for a treat: there are opportunities to meet, greet and pick the grapes (ahem, we mean brains) of the winemakers from the Bonnievale Cellar, Graham Beck Wines, Major’s Hill Wine Estate, Wolfkloof Wines, Wolvendrift Private Cellar and Zandvliet Wine Estate.
What’s more, the kiddies are sure to be thoroughly entertained with play parks and activities at Ashton Kelder, Bonnievale Cellar, McGregor Wines; pony rides at Burcon and Wandsbeck Wyne; and wall climbing at Rooiberg Winery.
Not to mention, if you’re looking for a little bit of adventure, head down to Wandsbeck Wyne for some 4x4 trailblazing fun. Alternatively, take part in either the annual mountain bike challenge or a scenic 5-km walk hosted by the Robertson Winery; cast a line at Wolvendrift Private Cellar for a relaxed day of fishing; or get down and dirty and leopard crawl along the banks of the Breede River for an afternoon of paintballing at Windfall Wine Farm.
As if that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, each winery dishes up unique and delicious treats to suit all tastes: get a belly full of the yummy treats, from gourmet fare to hearty homemade dishes and more.
Responsible revelry at the 2013 Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend
As part of the Robertson Wine Valley’s commitment to a safe festival, there will be zero tolerance of drinking and driving. Visitors are requested to make use of the buddy bus, taxi services, the wacky fun buses or the designated driver programme. For more information or to book one of the aforementioned modes of transit, consult Wackywineweekend.com.
Tickets for the 2013 Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend
A passport, meaning a weekend pass (valid for all four days), is available at all participating wineries and costs R100p/p. The passport – it comes with a tasting glass, a festival programme and a goodie bag - ensures access to all participating venues and affords guests free wine-tasting samples.
While many of the festival’s activities are free to passport holders, some events are individually priced and may need to be booked in advance. Do note that some activities must be booked in advance, so don't delay. For more information on specific activities and to book, contact the relevant wine farm directly (details are on the programme).
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