Welcome to the Vaal Meander Wine Route

GAUTENG’S MOST POPULAR WINE ROUTE CELEBRATES ITS 12TH YEAR

11 July to 16 August 2015

VAAL RIVER. Not too long now before the popular annual Vaal River Meander Wine Route treat starts – on for six weeks from the 11th July to the 16th August 2015.

This unique inland Wine Route has grown in popularity for over a decade now, to where it can now claim to be the best supported Wine Route in Gauteng, entertaining thousands of wine lovers over the grumpy dry winter months.

The secret to its success, is that it is a well priced family winter outing, at a time  when most Gautengers are starved of something fun and it won’t burn the wallet and it is in close proximity for all to enjoy.

Just 45-minutes from Johannesburg, via good freeway access, one finds oneself at a dozen or more venues on and around the banks of the Vaal River, who have all joined together to showcase over 200 different wines between them.  Each venue pairs with one or several different Wine Farms and then together they partner up by showcasing the best of the wines at only R20.00 for tastings of 8 wines or R40 for tastings of the venue’s whole range (some venues go up to 23 wines).  What also spurs all the Venues on is that they have a competition between themselves as to which Venue showcases the Wine Route the best over those 6 weeks – so there is fierce competition between them and the customers are the winners at the end of the day.  This year has a nice selection of interesting Wine Estates whose wines one cannot find in your local bottle store or supermarket, which makes it even more entertaining.  These include:- House of Mandela, Ster Huis, Pandora's Box, Louis and Bella vino to name a few. All wines represented on the Route can be bought directly from the venues at cost plus 10%, be sure to use this opportunity to stock up for the winter!

Added to this is the unique way you can enjoy these wine tastings and all the “Add On’s too”.  You can experience the Vaal Wine Route by houseboat, luxury cruiser, vintage car, water taxi, land taxi, mini bus, bus or just in your own car.  The whole idea is that you decide which of the venues you wish to visit that day and set a route using the Vaal Wine Route map and what transport method you will use.  Far more fun than the usual way one does wine tasting in the Cape!

The Venues participating are diverse from cigar lounges to cosy pubs, to lovely riverside hotels, to fine restaurants to country quaint establishments and some fun quirky places too.

“Add On’s” are extensive – and includes pairings of all kinds, from food, chocolate, desserts, fondues and cheese; to weekend accommodation packages included; cruising wine tasting luncheons, spa treatments with wine tasting; children’s entertainment; even corporate wine tastings; traditional Shisanyama at the local township; a Classic Car museum tour or visit an active winery in the Gauteng area!

Some companies regularly use the Wine Route as their Annual Staff or Customer Party - capitalising on Venue’s winter specials – and providing a welcome social outing during the humdrum of the winter months.

Vaal Wine Route Passports can be found at all the Vaal Wine Route venues, it contains a map of the Route, all the specials available at each venue, the wines that can be tasted at each venue as well as a coupon page offering great year long offers. Visit 6 or more venues, get each of their Passport Pages stamped to stand a chance at winning the Grand Vaal Wine Route prize. See how many stamped Passport Pages you can collect and earn the title of The Most Travelled Visitor.

For more information contact each of the venues or email info@vaalwineroute.co.za for more info on the various packages and offers.

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2015 Participating Venues & contact numbers:
  1. BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal: 016 420 1300
  2. Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge: 016 982 2300
  3. High Stakes Restaurant: 016 982 8355
  4. Liquid Lounge: 016 982 3411
  5. Liquor City: 016 932 2158
  6. Lord's Signature Hotel: 016 423 5453
  7. Makro Vaal: 0860 303 999
  8. MCafe & Heineken Lounge: 074 191 3433
  9. Midcorner Shisanyama & Car Wash: 016 592 9340
  10. Purple Camel: 083 778 4165
  11. Stonehaven on Vaal: 016 982 2951/2
  12. Sylviavale Heritage Museum: 082 492 5214
  13. The Shack: 082 443 2603
  14. The Art Farm: 079 208 8716
  15. The Shakespeare Inn: 016 933 4821
  16. The Waterfront Country Lodge & Spa: 016 987 3434
2015 Wines and their host Venue:
  1. Arendsig Single Vineyard Wines – Purple Camel
  2. Altydgedacht - The Waterfront Country Lodge
  3. Alvi's Drift – Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  4. Avondrood - The Shakespeare Inn
  5. Ayama - Purple Camel & The Waterfront Country Lodge
  6. Claime d'Or - Waterfront Country Lodge
  7. Barton - The Art Farm
  8. Bella Vino - The Shakespeare Inn
  9. Blue Whale - The Shakespeare Inn
  10. Claim d'Or - The Waterfront Country Lodge
  11. Darling Cellars - The Shakespeare Inn
  12. De Krans - Stonehaven on Vaal
  13. Dragon's Back - Midcorner Shisanyama & Car Wash
  14. Driehoek – The Waterfront Country Lodge
  15. Edgebaston - Stonehaven on Vaal
  16. Fish Hoek - Midcorner Shisanyama & Car Wash
  17. Flagstone - The Shack
  18. Four Cousins – Makro Vaal
  19. Glen Carlou - Makro Vaal
  20. House of Mandela - High Stakes
  21. Journeys End - Sylviavale Heritage Museum
  22. Kumala - The Shack
  23. Landskroon - High Stakes
  24. Lanzerac - Stonehaven on Vaal
  25. Le Pommier - BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal
  26. Le Riche - Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  27. Louis - The Shakespeare Inn
  28. Mauratie - The Waterfront Country Lodge
  29. Melck's - Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  30. Mont Rozier - Sylviavale Heritage Museum
  31. Neil Ellis - The Waterfront Country Lodge
  32. Pandora's Box - The Waterfront Country Lodge
  33. Pulpit Rock - Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  34. Riebeek Cellars - Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  35. Rietvallei – Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  36. Robertsons Winery - Makro Vaal & MCafe
  37. Slent - The Art Farm
  38. Spier - High Stakes
  39. Star Hill - Stonehaven on Vaal
  40. Ster Huis - Purple Camel
  41. Van Loveren - Lord's Signature Hotel
  42. Warwick - High Stakes
  43. Wilde Krans - Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  44. Zorgvliet - BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal

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WE'RE GIVING AWAY A DIFFERENT PRIZE EVERY WEEK!

This week's prize:

WIN a 30-minute back and neck massage compliments of The Waterfront Country Lodge & Spa

Enter the competition on our Facebook Page or enter on Twitter by tweeting @VaalWineRoute #2015VaalWineRoute before the competition closes this Sunday where a new prize will be up for grabs.

Get updates on the latest Vaal Wine Route news, venue events and competitions HERE

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Wines available on the
2015 Vaal Wine Route:

  1. Arendsig Single Vineyard Wines at Purple Camel
  2. Altydgedacht at The Waterfront Country Lodge
  3. Alvi's Drift at Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  4. Avondrood at The Shakespeare Inn
  5. Ayama at Purple Camel & The Waterfront Country Lodge
  6. Claime d'Or at Waterfront Country Lodge
  7. Barton at The Art Farm
  8. Bella Vino at The Shakespeare Inn
  9. Blue Whale at The Shakespeare Inn
  10. Claim d'Or at The Waterfront Country Lodge
  11. Darling Cellars at The Shakespeare Inn
  12. De Krans at Stonehaven on Vaal
  13. Dragon's Back at Midcorner Shisanyama & Car Wash
  14. Driehoek at The Waterfront Country Lodge
  15. Edgebaston at Stonehaven on Vaal
  16. Fish Hoek at Midcorner Shisanyama & Car Wash
  17. Flagstone at The Shack
  18. Four Cousins at Makro Vaal
  19. Glen Carlou at Makro Vaal
  20. House of Mandela at High Stakes
  21. Journeys End at Sylviavale Heritage Museum
  22. Kumala at The Shack
  23. Landskroon at High Stakes
  24. Lanzerac at Stonehaven on Vaal
  25. Le Pommier at BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal
  26. Le Riche at Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  27. Louis at The Shakespeare Inn
  28. Mauratie at The Waterfront Country Lodge
  29. Melck's at Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  30. Mont Rozier at Sylviavale Heritage Museum
  31. Neil Ellis at The Waterfront Country Lodge
  32. Pandora's Box at The Waterfront Country Lodge
  33. Pulpit Rock at Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  34. Riebeek Cellars at Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  35. Rietvallei at Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  36. Robertsons Winery at Makro Vaal & MCafe
  37. Slent at The Art Farm
  38. Spier at High Stakes
  39. Star Hill at Stonehaven on Vaal
  40. Ster Huis at Purple Camel
  41. Van Loveren atLord's Signature Hotel
  42. Warwick at High Stakes
  43. Wilde Krans at Liquor City and Eleven Cigar & Premium Lounge
  44. Zorgvliet at BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal



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