Situated on the scenic Route 62, cupped between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, with the Breede River running through it, the Robertson Wine Valley is the picture-perfect setting for this fun-filled stalwart on the Cape’s festival scene.
First things first
You’ll need to buy your Wacky passport (R200), which includes a wine glass, bottle of mineral water, a Wacky Wine Weekend Programme and wristband for six wine-tasting coupons per winery. And since 2019 marks the 16th anniversary of the Wacky Wine Festival, this year’s event is going to be more wonderful than ever before.
For the love of wine
The Robertson Wine Valley winemakers have thrown open their barn doors, inviting wine novices, enthusiasts and connoisseurs, to come and taste the valley lifestyle and hear the stories behind the bottles. Wander between estates, sample sublime vintages from over 30 wineries in the Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson regions, and take part in interactive tastings by exceptional winemakers. Or sit back and enjoy the live entertainment and a variety of delicious food-and-wine pairings, hearty country cuisine, food-truck offerings, and more!
Along with a smorgasbord of wine- and food-related activities, there is also plenty of country fun to be had. Unleash your inner cowboy with a ride on the mechanical rodeo bull at Ashton Winery, shop till you drop at any one of the markets taking place at the different estates, or go on a tractor-ride adventure at Kleinhoekkloof. And don’t worry about the little ones, there’s loads for them to enjoy, including a jumping castle and giant chess.
More the romantic type than an activity junkie? Then book a candlelit underground wine-tasting at Weltevrede, seal your love at the love-lock wall at Rooiberg, enjoy a wine-and-picnic cruise along the Breede River at Viljoensdrift, dance the night away, or simply settle in front of the fireplace with a bottle of red.
Good to know
- There’s no need to stress about driving, as pre-booked shuttles and train trips are available online.
- The festival tasting hours are 10am to 4pm from Friday to Sunday, but some events fall outside of these times. Be sure to check the programme and plan ahead.
- Most activities are included in your ticket, but some require that you pay as you go. For these, bookings and payments should be made directly with each wine farm.