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FFrom grape stomping contests to wine baths and end-of-harvest festivals uncork the best of the winelands on these grape escapes. 

Grape escapes in the Cape winelands 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). 

 

Did You Know?

TTravel tips & planning  info 

Who to contact 

Solms-Delta Wine Estate 

Phone: + 27 (0)87 701 9734 

Email: info@solms-delta.co.za 

Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on-Harvest Festival 

Phone: + 27 (0)23 626 3167 

Email: admin@roberstonwinevalley.com 

Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend 

Phone: + 27 (0)23 626 3167 

Email: admin@roberstonwinevalley.com 

 

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. 

 

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