The Ever-Popular Vaal River Meander Wine Route Is Back

Have you heard? Gauteng’s most popular wine route, the Vaal River Meander Wine Route, is back, celebrating 15 years of fine wines and experiences. Expect a wine fiesta like no other in a variety of different settings and ways, be it by house boat, luxury cruiser, wine route taxi, speedboat, water-taxi, tour-bus or your own car. Plus, we’re giving away 6 VIP Vaal River Wine Expo tickets for you and 5 friends! Keep reading to find out how to enter. 

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.

The Vaal River Meander Wine Route

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 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 for details and rates.

Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018 from 12:00 to 17:00.

Venue: Stonehaven on Vaal AND Riverside Sun Hotel, Gauteng

Cost: R200 per person. Tickets available from Computicket. Or email for details of the venues selling tickets.

The Vaal River Meander Wine Route

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 Vaal River Meander Wine Route

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.

The Vaal River Meander Wine Route

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

The Vaal River Meander Wine Route

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 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.

The Vaal River Meander Wine Route

For More Information

For more information, contact each of the venues, email or visit to see the various packages and routes.

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20 thoughts on “The Ever-Popular Vaal River Meander Wine Route Is Back

  1. the environment looks recharching when it comes to mind peace body and soul.. I see myself chilling while enjoying great glass of wine

  2. The Vaal River Wine Expo looks super awesome! I would love to take my friends for a super relaxed wine tasting experience… C’est la vie!!

  3. Best event ever, it gives one the opportunity to learn more and to explore more wines and have a great mingling with people from all walks of life

  4. Can’t review or rate this yet, as I have never been. Would love to experience it, sounds awesome!😉

  5. This was the best event ever and would like to take my friends along this time. Hopefully I would will the competition.

  6. Really looking forward to this one 🤞🏿. I can totally see myself soaking it all in with a great company of friends, hopefully I win the competition.


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