Grape escapes in the winelands
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Grape-escapes in the Cape winelnds take many fun forms. At the Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on-Harvest Festival, roll up those trousers and go grape stomping. Who needs a personal trainer when exercising is this much fun?
Skip the leg-work and ride a stallion to the highest point overlooking the whole Robertson valley, or trot down to the Breede River for a gentle river cruise and a generous country lunch.
Take the kids on a vineyard tractor trip; make your own verjuice and vinegar, or slurp and spitbraai (barbeque) in a Bedouin tent. You’ll never forget this vintage harvest experience.
Another popular festival in the Robertson area is the Wacky Wine Weekend, an event that attracts visitors from across the Western Cape and where an overnight stay is compulsory if you want to taste all the offerings from local wineries.
At the Solms-Delta Oesfees (harvest festival) near Franschhoek, you can feast on Cape boerekos (Afrikaans farming food) and dance the day away. Cape vernacular music draws together farm workers, wine producers, and music lovers for the winelands most inclusive cultural heritage celebration. Enjoy this bountiful gathering while you sample traditional dishes like waterblommetjie bredie (a kind of stew made with pond weed and lamb shanks) or bobotie (a traditional Malay mince dish).
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Solms-Delta Wine Estate
Phone: + 27 (0)21 874 3937
Fax: + 27 (0)21 874 1852
Wine on the River, Robertson
Tel: +27 (0)23 626 3167
How to get here
All the events mentioned take place at various locations across the Cape winelands. Contact the individual venues for maps and directions.
Best time to visit
Harvest festivals in the Cape usually take place from February to April.
What will it cost
Generally, there is no entrance fee charged for harvest festivals, but you will have to pay for things like parking, meals, tastings and specific events on the festival programme.
Length of stay
Harvest festivals usually last no longer than a weekend.
What to pack
Dress down if you're going grape stomping.
Where to stay
There are ample accommodation options in the winelands, from B&Bs to swanky guest houses.
What to eat
Traditional Cape and Khoi cuisine is a highlight of the Solms Delta festival.
Robertson Valley’s Hands-on Harvest is usually in February, and Solms Delta's Oosfees (harvest festival) is usually in March. The Wacky Wine Weekend takes place in June. For other activities, contact the estate directly.