Kicking Things Off With The Vaal River Wine Expo!
The annual Vaal River Meander Wine Route will start with the official one-day launch, The Vaal River Wine Expo, hosted at Stonehaven on Vaal and Riverside Sun Hotel. All of the participating venues will be present on the day to give you a sneak peek of the wines they’ll feature during the wine route meander. You can also purchase them at only cost +10% at the event.
As well as the wine tasting there will be live entertainment, interesting stalls, lots of delectable and well-priced food options and an art exhibition featuring talented local artists. Entry tickets include access to over 200 wines from over 50 different South African Wine Estates, a complimentary wine tasting cruise on the Vaal River and your very own wine tasting glass.
Also, why not arrive at this exciting event in style! You can catch a lift in a brand-new Land Rover or Jaguar when parking your car at the Emfuleni Park.
Cruisers will depart from both Stonehaven on Vaal and Riverside Sun Hotel for 30-minute cruises at 15-minute intervals from 12:00 till 17:00. Entry gates are located at Stonehaven on Vaal only and close at 16:00, so be sure to arrive in time.
There are limited tickets available for The Vaal River Wine Expo, so make sure you book yours soon at Computicket or go to www.vaalwineroute.co.za for details of participating venues that will have tickets for sale.
Make a weekend of it! There are great accommodation specials for the weekend of the Expo – visit www.vaalwineroute.co.za for details and rates.
Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018 from 12:00 to 17:00.
Venue: Stonehaven on Vaal AND Riverside Sun Hotel, Gauteng
The Vaal River Meander Wine Route Is Back
The Vaal River Meander Wine Route – held over six weeks – is a well-priced weekend wine treat to beat the winter blues. It’s also a fun way to taste some great wines while exploring the various participating venues. To take part in this popular wine adventure, make sure you get your Vaal River Meander Wine Route Passport to see the selection of venues you can visit and which wines they will each be showcasing.
There will be a wine-tasting fee payable at each venue you visit, with a selection of different wine farms at each and every venue. Each venue will have at least eight wines on offer and some will have up to 16 wines. Wine-tasting fees during the six-week Vaal River Meander Wine Route are as follows:
- R20 for 8 wines
- R30 for 12 wines
- R40 for 16 wines
The Wine Route is perfect for wine connoisseurs and those who want to appreciate the wonderful wines that South Africa produces, and there are a number of different ways in which you can enjoy it. Be it by houseboat, luxury cruiser, wine route taxi, speedboat, water taxi, tour bus or your own car, the Vaal River Meander Wine Route has more ways to get around than any other wine route in the country.
The different participating venues are all diverse and offer contrasting experiences, but the common thread is that each will be presenting great South African wines. You can enjoy sipping wine at a classy hotel, in a cigar lounge or in front of a roaring fireplace in a cosy pub. You can even choose to savour your wine aboard a luxurious cruiser down Millionaire’s Mile, at sunset on a boathouse overlooking the Vaal, or in a character-filled wine cellar.
Operating times for the wine tastings are 12:00-midday to 18:00, however each venue has different operating times for meals, special offers, etc., so contact them directly to enquire about their wine-tasting times. Most of the venues will be selling wines at cost plus 10%, so you can purchase the wines you really enjoy at very good prices.
There are also optional extras to add to your experience, such as:
- Wine-tasting luncheon aboard a luxurious cruiser
- Special overnight weekend breaks at lodges and hotels along the Vaal
- Food and wine pairing lunches
- Houseboat weekend stays (throw anchor and moor at the different venues along the Vaal River for wine tastings)
- Special spa treatment packages
This is also a great opportunity for companies to treat their clients or staff to a lovely wine experience with or without food pairing. If you want to organise a corporate or private group outing during these six weeks, there are a number of packages to choose from, and personalised packages can be put together too, tailored for your individual, corporate or private needs.
Be sure to get your 2018 Vaal Wine Route Passport, available at all participating Vaal River Meander Wine Route venues, for the full list of venues, dining, accommodation, cruising and other experiences on offer, as well as the wines they will each be showcasing, or visit www.vaalwineroute.co.za for more information.
Date: Every Saturday and Sunday from 24 June 2018 to Sunday, 05 August 2018.
Venue: 12 different venues on and around the Vaal River area.
Cost: Between R20 and R40 per person.