As long as wine has been harvested there have been festivals celebrating the occasion. Wine drinking, grape pressing, and music are common features, but the different regions and wine farms celebrate in their own ways.
For the February issue of Getaway, I tried to visit as many wine regions as I could over the course of three days in one epic Cape Winelands road trip. From Durbanville to Hemel-en-Aarde and all the regions in between, I uncovered the stories and anecdotes that make the wine taste even better.
On my trip, I got sound recommendations that these are the top festivals for celebrating the harvest of wine in the Cape. Now there’s a grape reason to travel!
The 5 best summer harvest festivals in the Winelands
1. Stellenbosch Wine Festival
23 – 25 February 2018, stellenboschwinefestival.co.za
This lifestyle festival is the country’s oldest wine festival. It showcases hundreds of Stellenbosch wines, from award-winning producers to small boutique wineries. From R100 per person at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, Stellenbosch.
2. Robertson Hands-on Harvest Festival
23 – 25 February 2018, handsonharvest.com
This down-to-earth celebration includes the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. There will be grape picking and stomping, vineyard safaris and blending and tasting experiences at the various vineyards and in Robertson town. Events from R30 per person.
3. Grande Provence Harvest Festival
24 February 2018, grandeprovence.co.za
The day includes a tractor ride into the vineyards followed by grape picking, stomping, wine and grape tasting and a cellar tour. From R750 per person including a picnic and entertainment.
4. Muratie Harvest Festival
10 March 2018, muratie.co.za
This family event takes place under Muratie’s ancient oak trees. Guests can taste wine, stomp grapes, have lunch and enjoy lives blues. There are also tractor rides for the young and young at heart. R100 per person.
5. Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Carnival
4 March 2018, eikendal.com
This Sunday event has a strong focus on kids and offers delicious pop-up food stalls, grape stomping, lucky draws, carnival performing artists, tractor rides and golfing challenges. R120 per person.
Get the full Winelands road trip itinerary in the February issue of Getaway magazine.
Our February issue features 12 of the best tented-camps around the country, fun-filled water adventures in Northern KZN, Madagascar by motorbike plus a guide to finding everyday magic in underrated Lisbon.