The Wacky Wine Festival

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Wine being pored into glassThe Wacky Wine Weekend is a wine festival with a difference. Unlike other Cape Winelands festivals, this one is not centralised to one specific venue but rather extends across all participating wineries in the Robertson Valley. This promises wine lovers a truly unconventional wine festival experience as they embark on their own tailor-made programme and hop around from one winery to the next.

The Wacky Wine Festival is now in its 7th year and the tremendous support by fun loving wine enthusiasts has established it as South Africa’s biggest regional winelands festival. The Wacky Weekend takes place from 3 – 6 June and includes more than 50 participating wineries, as well as a number of special attractions ranging from cellar door tastings to mouth-watering food specials and live music.

In order to fit all the activities under one wine festival, the Wacky Wine Weekend has been extended to cover 4 festive days, with each day tailored to a specific theme. Whether you’re a fun seeker, novice collector or wine connoisseur, the festival caters for all palates. On “Seriously Wine Thursday” for instance, experienced wine enthusiasts can enjoy exquisite wine and food pairings, master wine tastings and educational wine presentations from the Valley’s most esteemed wine makers.

In order to take part in the Wacky Wine Festival, visitors need to purchase a passport at their first port of call at R70pp. This includes a stylish tasting glass – which also acts as your ticket – and a “Friends of the Valley” booklet with specials redeemable up to 6 months after the Wacky Wine Festival. In addition to this wacky registration process, the wine festival also promotes responsible drinking and has implemented a zero tolerance towards drinking and driving. One initiative that will ensure that the wacky weekend remains a fun and safe environment is the Designated Drivers programme: drivers can register at the cost of R70 and in turn receive a booklet of coupons for free coffee, breakfast and other benefits.

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