Drinks, food

Go wacky over wine

Valentina Nicol


Robertson’s annual Wacky Wine Weekend returned to Route 62 in the Western Cape this past weekend, offering outdoor adventures, live music, fine dining and loads and loads of wine.

Now in its 12th year, the festival gives wine enthusiasts a taste of what Robertson and the surrounding regions have to offer, which is believed to be the longest wine route in the world. This year’s event saw more than 40 wine farms and boutique producers taking part showcasing what the valley has to offer.

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For the foodies, there was a tantalising array available with many of the estates offering wine enthusiasts a variety of pairing options from chocolate and cheese to nuts and nougat. For the first time in several years the weather played along, with cloudless skies acting as the backdrop for the weekend.

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A family-friendly event, most of the participating venues had activities planned for the little ones, with some even offering grape juice tastings and pairings for youngsters. And those on the hunt for a spot of physical activity could participate in one of the Olyfberg trail runs or head to Robertson Winery for some mountain biking.

Given the nature of the event, organisers called on revellers to make use of the buddy bus, taxi services, the wacky fun buses and the designated driver programme to navigate their way around the festival responsibly.

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From brandy and Coke at Klipdrfit, to an afternoon acoustic set at Wonderfontein, to showers of sparkling wine at Bon Courage, jazz at Springfield and Master class tastings at Graham Beck, the four-day event provided a little something for everyone to enjoy.