If there is one festival you need to mark on your calendar, it is the KykNet Wacky Wine Weekend held in Robertson Valley each year. This year the festival took place from 5 – 8 June and it will probably be remembered as “the year of the good weather”. The festival is not held at a specific place but rather they whole valley is the venue. The Robertson Valley is situated along the Route 62, roughly 90 minutes from Cape Town, and with close to 40 wine farms taking part this wine festival is sure to tantalize your taste buds and offer loads of entertainment.
My friend and I decided we are going to visit this beautiful valley this year. My advice to you is to book your accommodation in advance as this is quite a popular festival, compile a programme for yourself which include booked wine tastings and pairings and to pack warm clothes.
Lucky we are both Public Relations Practitioner’s, so we were super organized. 🙂
Wacky Wine Weekend
We booked in at Bonfrutti Farm on Thursday afternoon, about 30 km from Swellendam. It was probably the coldest day of the festival as there was still snow on the mountains, something we are not used to in Port Elizabeth. The first thing we did was to get the fire started and put on the heater. The views are stunning on the farm and the owners were very friendly and helpful. The evening we had a delicious dinner at Bourbon Street Restaurant in Robertson.
Bonfrutti Farm Accommodation
Friday morning we stopped at Platform 62 in Ashton to buy our “passport” for the weekend. The passport is a goodie bag which include a tasting glass and festival programme which ensures access to all the participating wine farms for free wine-tasting samples. From there we visited Robertson Winery, Klipdrift, Affie Plaas Farm Stall, Spaces Decor, Van Loveren Wine Estate, De Wetshof and Bon Courage Wine Estate. Friday evening was filled with live music shows on Arabella Wine Farm where we danced to Goodluck and Heuwels Fantasties.
We Love to Wacky
Saturday morning was really exciting as we experienced an unique wine and chocolate pairing with Zandvliet wines and Rococo chocolate where each chocolate was specifically and specially made to complement each of the wines made on Zandvliet. From there we visited Graham Beck Wines, Major Hill Wines and went on a river cruise at Viljoensdrift. This is definitely a must-do on your list. You pack a picnic basket from produce and wine bought at their deli and enjoy your hamper while going on a relaxing cruise.
It was such a Wacky Weekend
The experience was great and the people of the Robertson valley is so friendly, helpful and makes you feel at home. All that I can say is that we had a blast and Wacky Wine Festival will definitely see me again.