Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival

Words: Crush

Just an hours’ drive from Cape Town lies the picturesque Elgin Valley with its rolling hills boasting the vibrant colours of autumn. Elgin Wines invites you to visit them for their annual Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival to be held over the weekend of 29th and 30th April 2017, from 10h00 until 17h00 daily, once again sponsored by the Rola Motor Group based in Somerset West.

For wine lovers and those in need of a revitalising day out, the festival offers a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to indulge in a memorable day of the best cool climate wines, decadently delightful food, entertainment, a plethora of outdoor activities and the spectacular natural beauty that the valley has to offer.

Each of the participating wineries – Almenkerk Wine Estate, Arumdale, Belfield, Charles Fox Wines, Corder Family Wines, Elgin Ridge, Elgin Vintners, Hannay Wines, Highlands Road Wines, Iona, Oak Valley, Oneiric Wine Estate, Paul Cluver Wines, Paul Wallace Wines, Robin Hood Legendary Wines, Shannon Vineyards and South Hill Vineyards will offer a unique programme, allowing patrons to tailor-make their experience according to their own personal preferences.  Entertainment includes performances by live bands, art exhibitions, kid’s activities, and for lunch each venue offers different dishes along with their signature wines to tantalise the taste buds and keep those bellies filled – these include a la carte menu’s, farm style picnic’s, American style smoke house BBQ, food trucks and much more.  Guests are simply spoilt for choice.

Elgin is noted as the coolest wine growing region in South Africa with its high altitude and climate conditions which allow grapes to ripen slowly, resulting in wines with character defined by excellent purity, distinct minerality, density of fruit and an elegance which can only be described as bottled poetry.

Tickets for the festival are available via Webtickets and cost R140 per person, which includes a tasting glass, festival programme, access to participating farms, live entertainment and a wine tasting of a selection of three wines from any of the estates involved. Tasting glasses and festival programmes are to be collected at Peregrine Farm Stall prior to visiting any of the farms. Children under the age of 18, and accompanied by an adult, enter for free.  Prices for the lunch offerings vary and bookings are essential for the limited seating events. Online ticket sales will close on 28 April 2017.

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