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Vaal River Meander Wine Route 2013 Celebrates Its 10th Year

Vaalies can now proudly boast the largest and most popular Wine Route in Gauteng – The Vaal River Meander Wine Route, which is celebrating its 10th year and is perfectly positioned to be a charming reprieve from the humdrum of the winter blues.

Vall-Wine-Route-2013The Vaal River Meander Wine Route is on every Saturday and Sunday and Public Holiday from midday to 6pm.  This year the 6 weeks of weekend wine tastings are scheduled from the 13th July to the 18th August 2013.  There are sixteen different venues participating this year, with something for everyone – perfect for wine connoisseurs and even those who know nothing about wine but just want a pleasant well-priced outing where one will be treated to great wine tasting in relaxed and welcoming environments.

Gauteng’s most popular Wine Route discerns itself  from all the other Wine Routes in South Africa, in that it has a record number of ways in which you can enjoy this winter wine feast.

Be it by vintage car, house boat, luxury cruiser, helicopter, wine route taxi, speedboat, water-taxi, tour-bus or car – the Vaal River Meander Wine Route has that special something.

Wine lovers might just want to enjoy a casual meander in their own car visiting their choice of the sixteen wine venues or prefer to make use of the many novel transport options.  Perhaps joining up with friends and family and colleagues to make it a memorable group outing.

The sixteen venues are so diverse and offer contrasting experiences as do their wines; with the single common thread of each presenting great South African wines. You might select a venue where you can enjoy eloquently sipping wine at a classy hotel; or in front of a roaring fireplace in a cozy pub; or what about enjoying wine in a quirky Pub that oozes fun and character; or a Vaal township experience which competes competitively with Soweto; or savouring wine as you cruise aboard a luxurious Cruiser down Millionaire’s Mile; or wine tasting at sunset on a Boat House overlooking the Vaal or in a character Wine Cellar.

There are 34 different Wine Estates represented throughout the 16 different venues – with over 200 wines to indulge in.  Each venue has a minimum of 8 wines – some venues go up to 23 wines.  Each venue invites you to tastings of their wines – at only R20.00 per venue per person.

There are also optional extras to add to your experience such as enjoying a Cruising Wine Tasting Luncheon aboard a luxurious Cruiser; meandering in a Vintage Car between the different Wine Tasting Venues; make a weekend of wine tasting aboard a House Boat as you throw anchor and moor at the different venues along the Vaal River; spend the weekend at a Lodge or Hotel along the Vaal while you enjoy the wine and food pairing; enjoy special spa treatments packages put on to celebrate this winter treat; or combine the experience with a historical tour of Sharpeville.

This is also a great opportunity for Companies to entertain their clients or staff to well-priced Wine Tasting experiences with or without food pairing – every experience with a distinctive edge.
If you want to organise a corporate or private group outing during these 6 weeks – there are a number of packages to choose from, and personalized packages can be put together for you too – tailored for your individual, corporate or private needs.

For more information contact each of the venues or, [email protected] or visit to see the various packages and routes.

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary, there are three high value prizes:- a weekend away at a Stellenbosch Wine Farm including flights; a weekend of wine tasting and dining by river aboard the ultra-luxurious Houseboat and a Weekend Stay over Spa package.

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