Only 90 minutes from the Cape Town Central Business District, on the popular Route 62, lies the picturesque Robertson Wine Valley. Nestled in between the Langenberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, the Robertson Wine Valley has tons to offer, including the annual Hands-on-Harvest Festival, which takes place between the 23-25th of February.
This year, the festival celebrates its tenth year in the Robertson Wine Valley and promises to deliver a memorable weekend for locals and those traveling in from out of town. Outdoor enthusiast may find the wine valley ideal since the neighboring towns such as Ashton, Bonnievale and Mcgregor are ideal for exploring.
If you’re looking to customize your Hands-on-Harvest festival experience, we’ve put together a list of five things you should add to your weekend itinerary:
A Visit to the Wine Farms
Ever wondered how that perfect bottle of wine is made? You can experience the entire process from the grape’s journey to the barrel, with hands-on activities. This includes grape picking and stomping to cellar tours, wine tasting master classes and even getting to put together your very own blend. You are most welcome to inquire about the farm’s history and the winery’s heritage, for a deeper understanding of your most loved brands.
Wondering if you will get to experience some much-needed family time while attending the Hand-on-Harvest? Definitely. There are daily leisure boat cruises down the popular Breede river, live music, giant chess boards and plenty of other activities for the young and elderly. Make sure you visit the biggest red chair in Africa and stroll through a flag labyrinth, which paints a picture of the world. Then, end of your weekend by attending the Viljoensdrift family market, to experience country living at its best.
What is good wine without good food? The Hands-on-Harvest festival has made provision for foodies too. Authentic vineyard safaris will be on offer, as well as winemakers dinners and riverside platters to satisfy any palate. If you’re looking to lounge on the river banks, you can opt for a picnic basket with a selection of local olives, homemade bread, local cheeses, handmade artisan charcuterie and preserves will be on offer.
Are you an adrenaline junkie? There is a range of adventurous activities in and around the Robertson Wine Valley. From skydiving, mountain biking to horse rides and game drives, whichever you prefer.
Simplicity is always beautiful. If you’re looking for a bit or rest and relaxation, a good old country drive could be just what you need. Recently, Route 62 has claimed the top spot on the world’s best road trip list. This weekend could be the perfect excuse to squeeze in that much-needed road trip with your friends and family. For bookings and accommodation make sure you reserve your spot today on the Hand-on-Harvest website.