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The Vaal River Meander Wine Route

12 July to 17 August 2014

As winter approaches, fans of Gauteng’s popular annual Vaal River Meander Wine Route – have already started planning their routes now.

The 6 weeks of weekend wine tasting (12th July to the 17th August 2013) at sixteen different venues has something for everyone – perfect for wine connoisseurs and even those just wanting a pleasant well-priced countryside outing, only 45-minutes from Johannesburg. The Vaal River Meander Wine Route is on every Saturday and Sunday and Public Holiday from midday to 6pm – perfectly positioned to be a charming reprieve from the humdrum of winter.

Gauteng’s oldest 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, limousine, luxury cruiser, helicopter, wine route taxi, speedboat, donkey cart, water-taxi, tour-bus or car - this Vaal River Wine Meander has that special something.

Wine lovers might just want to enjoy a casual meander in their own car visiting their choice of the fourteen 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 sipping wine in front of a roaring fireplace in a cosy pub; or eloquent wine tasting at the classy Riviera on Vaal Hotel &Country Club; or what about enjoying wine in the quirky “Shack” which 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.

Celebrating its 11th year of existence, this popular winter outing has grown over the years and as a result, is able to keep its excellently priced wine tastings of only R20.00 per venue for tastings.  Each venue hosts between 8 – 25 wines. Being only 45-minutes from Johannesburg, with good highway access - one quickly finds oneself transported into a country environment with a holiday feel. 

The 16 venues on and around the Vaal River align themselves with the best South African Wine Estates and for those 6 weeks each represents different Wine Estates which you can meander through, but with optional add on experiences 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.

Packages for Corporates are also very popular – where Staff or Clients are treated 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 personalised packages can be put together for you too - tailored for your individual, corporate or private needs.

If you want to organize a personalized package - tailored for your needs, a corporate or private group outing during these 6 weeks, please contact Dianne Ramage on 082 465 1243 or info@vaalwineroute.co.za

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Participating Venues & contact numbers:

Emerald High Stakes: 016 982 8355
Liquid Lounge: 016 982 3411
Pikilia Mediterranean Restaurant: 016 932 1664
Riverside Sun Resort: 016 982 7300
Stonehaven on Vaal: 016 982 2951/2
Sylviavale Heritage Museum: 082 492 5214
The Shack: 016 971 2518
The Shakespeare Inn: 016 933 4821
The Waterfront Country Lodge & Spa: 016 987 3434
Villa Verde: 016 932 3413

Makro Vaal: 016 985 7300
Liquor City016 932 2158
Model Bottle Store: 016 363 1128

Wine Estates and the Venues featuring their wines:
Alluvia - Sylviavale Heritage Museum
Alvis Drift - Pikilia Mediterranean Restaurant
Avondrood - Shakespeare Inn
Bernheim - Stonehaven on Vaal
Blue Whale - Shakespeare Inn
Cape Legends - Model Bottle Store
Claime d'Or - Waterfront Country Lodge
Darling Cellars - Shakespeare Inn
Driehoek - Waterfront Country Lodge
Edgebaston - Emerald High Stakes
Excelsior - The Shack
Flagstone - Stonehaven on Vaal
Fort Simon - Villa Verde                                       
Fortress Hill - Villa Verde
Glenelly -
Pikilia Mediterranean Restaurant
Goedehoop - Sylviavale Heritage Museum
House of Mandela - Stonehaven on Vaal
Jorneys End - Villa Verde
Klawer Cellars - Riverside Hotel
Kumala - The Shack
KWV - Riverside Hotel
L' Avenir - Emerald High Stakes
Landskroon - Riverside Hotel
Lanzerac - Waterfront Country Lodge
Le Riche - Liquor Cirty and Eleven
Meridian - Model Bottle Store
Muratie - Waterfront Country Lodge
Nederburg - Stonehaven on Vaal
Neil Ellis - Makro Vaal
Riebeek Cellars - Liquid Lounge
Robertsons Winery - Makro Vaal
Solms Delta - Liquor City
Spier - Stonehaven on Vaal
Van Loveren - Model Bottle Store & Makro Vaal


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2014 Wine Route

Watch this space - we have lots of give-aways and prizes planned for this year's Vaal River Meander Wine Route!

This week's give-away is:

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Wine Estates and the Venues featuring their wines:
Alluvia - Sylviavale Heritage Museum
Alvis Drift - Pikilia Mediterranean Restaurant
Avondrood - Shakespeare Inn
Bernheim - Stonehaven on Vaal
Blue Whale - Shakespeare Inn
Cape Legends - Model Bottle Store
Claime d'Or - Waterfront Country Lodge
Darling Cellars - Shakespeare Inn
Driehoek - Waterfront Country Lodge
Edgebaston - Emerald High Stakes
Excelsior - The Shack
Flagstone - Stonehaven on Vaal
Fort Simon - Villa Verde                                       
Fortress Hill - Villa Verde
Glenelly -
Pikilia Mediterranean Restaurant
Goedehoop - Sylviavale Heritage Museum
House of Mandela - Stonehaven on Vaal
Jorneys End - Villa Verde
Klawer Cellars - Riverside Sun Resort
Kumala - The Shack
KWV - Riverside Sun Resort
L' Avenir - Emerald High Stakes
Landskroon - Riverside Sun Resort
Lanzerac - Waterfront Country Lodge
Le Riche - Liquor City
Meridian - Model Bottle Store
Muratie - Waterfront Country Lodge
Nederburg - Stonehaven on Vaal
Neil Ellis - Makro Vaal
Riebeek Cellars - Liquid Lounge
Robertsons Winery - Makro Vaal
Solms Delta - Liquor City
Spier - Stonehaven on Vaal
Van Loveren - Model Bottle Store & Makro Vaal

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