Fine wine & fun

Celebrate the Robertson Wine Valley on the banks of the Breede River at the 12th annual Wine on the River festival. This picturesque centralised festival, from 20 – 22 October, gives consumers the opportunity to taste award-winning wines from almost 30 wineries. Unwind, relax and enjoy fresh country air, beautiful scenery and warm spring sunshine with an array of delightful treats, local country cuisines and great music. 

This idyllic, open-air spring festival is a family event. The young will be entertained with a dedicated kids area, boat cruises, horse and tractor rides. Explore the new #TastetheLifestyle tent with an exciting line up of wine offerings. Book your slot for an interactive wine tasting with a local winemaker focusing on a specific cultivar of the valley. There’ll be live music throughout the weekend, delicious treats and free Wi-Fi to share your memories online.

Be part of the third annual Duck Derby. Watch the blue and yellow duckies race down the river on Sunday. Individuals can purchase a yellow duck for R100 and businesses a blue duck for R1000. Winners receive R5000 cash. There will be various lucky draws throughout the weekend. The proceeds from this initiative will go towards the Bonnie-People Project in Bonnievale which assists the inhabitants of the settlement in building and developing sustainable components within their community, focusing on the future of their children.

Robertson Wine Valley will continue their support towards the Thunderchild project in aid of the local Children’s Home, by selling Thunderchild wine from their stall and to raise awareness on this fantastic project. With wines being sold on site at cellar door prices, the festival provides the perfect opportunity to stock up on your favourite Robertson Wine Valley wines.

To support responsible tasting, complimentary shuttle services are available from central spots in local towns, Robertson; Bonnievale and Montagu to the event on Saturday. There is day in and out trips from Cape Town available, as well as local taxi’s.

Tickets from R120 – R280 | Free entrance for children under 18  (children’s activities work on a ‘pay-as-you-go-system’) | Early Bird Weekend ticket runs until 30 September 2017 for R250pp | Interactive wine tastings at R70pp per slot | | Facebook | Twitter

*Pick up the latest issue of Joburg Style to read about Claudia and Terrence Pearce’s road trip to, and through, Robertson*