Wine on the River 2018 in Robertson
You may have noticed that we at I love Foodies go to a lot of events, restaurants, tastings, etc. The thing is, with so many experiences taking place all the time, you sometimes forget some of them after a while. But some of them you never do. And that was my experience the first time I went to Wine on the River in Robertson. I loved, loved, loved this event. I loved the laid-back relaxed feel of it, that I could kick off my shoes and enjoy the sunshine with some good wine and good food. I loved the tastings and the boat ride. But I may be getting ahead of myself here…
So, Wine on the River happens once a year in the beautiful Robertson area on the banks of the Breede River. Now, in its 13th year, Wine on the River – now in partnership with Nedbank – celebrates the Robertson Wine Valley with over 30 wineries in attendance. This year’s Wine on the River will be held from 26-28 October on the Goudmyn Farm in the Roberston Valley. And I literally cannot wait! Let me tell you why.
There’s Wine … And Interactive Tastings
First of all, the wine. Some of my favourite estates – from Paul Rene to Excelsior to Zandvliet – will be offering over 250 wines for tasting. That is a lot of wine, and there is no way to taste them all. So I, for one, have decided to explore Chardonnay and MCCs this time around.
There are also some pretty cool interactive tastings (R80 pp) to do too! I will definitely be at the ‘MCC of the Valley’ tasting on Friday the 26th … but sadly I will have to miss the ‘Chardonnay of the Valley’, which will be happening on Saturday and Sunday. Oh btw, all wines are also available for purchase at cellar prices … whoohoo!
There’s A River … And Boat Cruises
Then there is the river. If you have never seen the Breede River, you’ll love it. It’s beautiful and calm. Staring at it is literally one of my favourite things to do. And so is doing a boat cruise (R50 pp)! I will definitely be doing one of these with a glass of wine in hand, which, of course, also makes for pretty photos!
And There’s Foooooood
And then there is also the food from local chefs and producers. So it’s simply a matter of choosing what you want, be it hearty country fair, gourmet treats, or even just local produce from the market stalls and plopping down under a tree to enjoy it. There is also a wine safari truck (R250 pp), which takes you on a two hour journey with a local winemaker. For example, there is a trip on Saturday the 27th with winemaker Johan de Wet which is all about Chardonnay!
So Much Love
Wine on the River is super family-friendly too and kids under 18 gain free entry. There is a dedicated play area, petting zoo, face painting, horse rides, and which kid wouldn’t enjoy a boat cruise? Also good to know: there is free wifi and the festival is a completely smoke-free zone, so you can really enjoy that fresh country air.
So here is the thing about Wine on the River: It reminds you to slow down, kick off your shoes, don your sunhat, enjoy the scenery, listen to live music ,and just be. And that sounds just about perfect to me! As you can see I’m obviously very excited about this!
Join Us At Wine On The River 2018
I Love Foodies will be joining Wine on the River for the entire day on Friday 26 October, so keep an eye out for our adventures on Instagram and Twitter as we #TastetheLifestyle, #CelebrateRobertson, #WineOnTheRiver, #CountryLife, and #TasteResponsibly!
All photos courtesy of Wine On The River.
Article Date: October 2018
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