This annual star still ranks as most winelovers’ favourite excursion, and with good reason. The 2018 Wine on the River takes place over the weekend of October 26 – 28 and is offering visitors some tempting new events along with well-established favourites.
Let’s look at what’s new in 2018.
Nedbank has come aboard as sponsor, which is good news all round. Those who would like to venture further than the festival riverside site can now hop onto a wine safari truck which will take visitors through vineyards and on to old underground cellars while listening to stories behind the vintages (R150pp).
For another first, the festival have organised glamping on the river banks a little way from the festival. After your visit, head to tented accommodation for some stargazing around open fires while enjoying toasted marshmallows... The two-night package, which includes 2 weekend festival passes, 2 boat cruise tickets, shuttle to and from the campsite, interactive tastings and complimentary wine costs R2 000 for a couple and requires pre-booking.
Tech types will be delighted to find the festival a cashless celebration, as the QKR! Booking platform enables simple, safe activity bookings along with the Masterpass scan-and-pay for cashless transactions. Your wallet can stay in your pocket, your purse in your bag.
Then all the old favourites will be on the menu, in their 2018 guises and vintages. More than 30 cellars will set up their stands. Winemakers, chefs, craftspeople from around the valley will be on Goudmyn farm to present their wares, to wine and dine you with the best of both. Those looking for in-depth vinous experiences can book for the interactive tastings which cost only R80.
Having tasted and discussed, buy and load your boots with your choice of wines, for the festive season and with special gifts for those who could not make it.
The annual Duck Derby is another old favourite, with proceeds going to the Zolani Youth Choir. Proceeds from the boat trips down the Breede on Viljoensdrift's flat-bottomed cruiser will go to the Breede River Hospice. Fancy a flip over the riverside celebrations? Book a chopper ride and view the action from on high for a memorable experience.
As in previous years shuttle services to and from the festival will operate from Robertson, Bonnievale and Montagu on the Saturday.
Time now to book those tickets and get Early Bird discounts. They cost from R150 to R350 with free entrance to children under 18. Master Pass discounts are also available via Webtickets.
See you there....