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10 Exciting Event Experiences in the Winelands – Visit Winelands

It’s that time again. Another year has passed and you have to organise a special event to celebrate your company’s achievements or incentivise team members. Perhaps you have to organise someone’s birthday, your anniversary, a team building or actually any fun occasion for that matter.

We’ve got good news: there are more options available than a buffet dinner with organza table cloths.

The South African winelands offers incredible experiences that will ensure that you host an occasion that is unique, memorable and in a postcard-pretty setting, ensuring that perfect #selfie. 

1. BLENDING YOUR OWN WINE

Get up, close and personal with your wine, by blending and bottling your own. Many wine farms offer this unique experience to small groups where you get to see what it takes to create your own style of wine, first-hand. It’s informative, fun and you get to take home your very own blend. 

Three wine farms that offer blending:

  • Middelvlei – the experience includes a cellar tour, tasting and blending before the winner is announced. Be sure to add their famous traditional Boerebraai to complete your experience.
  • Vergenoegd – after blending your own unique wine, your bottle will get personalised before they package it and send you home to boast.
  • Durbanville Hills – not only do you get to taste and blend but you get treated with a charcuterie and cheese platter, something sweet afterwards, a coffee and your own appron.

Click here for a list of 8 farms that offer wine blending.

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Play winemaker for a day and blend your own signature Cape Red at Durbanville Wine Estate.

2. PICNIC ON A WINE FARM

To keep everyone in the group happy, an informal but stylish picnic is a safe bet. You’ll get a beautiful setting with delicious gourmet eats, great wine and most importantly: no stiff atmosphere. There is space on the grass for groups to gather and because each farm has its own vibe, you can pick and choose the one that will suit your needs (and pocket) best.

Three wine farms that offer picnics:

  • Rhebokskloof – they can hook you up with concert picnics, outdoor picnics and even moonlight picnics.
  • Boschendal -  choose between their elegant Rhone picnic with gourmet eats or the relaxed Werf picnic option, all done in farm to table style.
  • Herold Wines – go off the beaten track for a country-life affair in the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains in the Garden Route.

Click here for 15 Top Wine Farm Picnics in South Africa.

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What a dream day is made of at Herold: delicious tapas-style food, wine and perhaps even a swim in the farm dam.

3. FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

Long gone are the days where wine tastings were only enjoyed with cheese platters (although, I’ll admit, they’re fabulous). You can now go on a taste adventure by sampling a variety of wines and Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) paired with an extended menu of complimenting eats. We’re talking cupcakes, biltong, nougat, chocolate and macaroons.

Three wine farms that offer food pairings:

  • Klawer Wineshead off to the West Coast for a one-of-a-kind Rooibos product and wine pairing. (Did someone say Rooibos fudge?).
  • Creation Winesthey’re not playing around. Their “Story of Creation” pairing is a five course taste sensation in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde valley.
  • Leopard’s Leapa vibrant, interactive and informal Culinaria pairing experience to ensure a merry atmosphere and dancing taste buds.

Click here for 20 Fantastic Food and Wine Pairing Experiences.

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Leopard’s Leap offers an interactive Culinaria tasting where gourmet bites are prepared by chefs in their open kitchen.

4. UNIQUE FOOD EXPERIENCES

You can get your hands dirty by joining the chef in the kitchen, explore the rich tastes of a traditional meal or go the organic route by booking a foraged meal.

Three wine farms that offer unique food experiences:

  • Môreson – roll up your sleeves to bake your own bread. After lunch and wine, head home with recipes, an apron, a cookbook and more.
  • Township Winery – go on a tour to Khayelitsha’s vineyards and enjoy lunch, Township wines and local entertainment.
  • Wildekrans – enjoy a fresh farm to table lunch made up solely of produce that are foraged and sourced daily from the surrounding areas

Click here to read more about Township vineyards and cuisine.

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Chef Gregory Henderson from Forage Restaurant at Wildekrans won The World Luxury Restaurant Award for Best Head Chef in Africa.

5. ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN THE WINELANDS

Nothing breaks the ice more than doing a fun adventure activity together…and then enjoying a cold glass of Chenin Blanc. Whether you bike, hike, raft or zipline, there are a long list of adventure activities in each of the wine regions to book as a fun event.

Three adventure activities in wine regions:

Click here for Mountain Biking Routes in the Winelands.

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Get the wheels spinning and the fun going with a Segway tour at Spier outside Stellenbosch.

6. TRANSPORT THROUGH THE WINELANDS

Jump on board a bus, train, boat, bike, sidecar or even a safari 4x4 vehicle to enjoy a immersive and responsible group outing in the winelands.

Three great ways of traveling and tasting the winelands:

Click here for 20 Epic Ways of Getting Around the Winelands.

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Cruise, cheers and celebrate a special occasion with a river cruise at Viljoensdrift.

7. SPA IN THE WINELANDS

The ultimate indulgence for most people is exactly this: gliding into a tranquil environment, putting on your white gown and slippers and lying down for a relaxing treatment. It can only get better if your view is endless vineyards and you’re sharing the experience with a fun group of people.

Three wine farms with spas:

  • Lanzerac – after your treatment, relax in the heated pool or on the large deck with your favourite glass of wine in hand.
  • Babylonstoren – their garden spa is seen as a “living” spa as it is immersed in the surrounding plants and orchids.
  • Steenberg – go to the spa, eat at the restaurant, taste their wine and then stay over at their beautiful hotel. 
Lanzerac Spa Deck
The deck at Lanzerac overlooks the lush vineyards and mountains in a secluded part of Stellenbosch.

8. MEET THE MAKER EXPERIENCES

Get introduced to the masterminds behind your favourite wines by booking an experience to learn from the owners or winemakers themselves. A VIP opportunity especially for wine enthusiasts with burning questions.

Three wine farms where you can meet the wine-maker/owner:

  • Kanonkop – enjoy a fish braai and wine tasting with the farm’s owner Johan and his wife.
  • Oude Compagnies Post – hike up the mountains  in Tulbagh with the winemaker to taste their wines surrounded by fynbos.
  • Camberley wines - stroll through the rose garden before enjoying a private tasting and storytelling by the winemakers, Giscard or Johnny.
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The private tasting room at Kanonkop is perfect for personalised small tastings.

9. GUIDED WINE DAY TOURS

For a jam-packed itinerary managed by professionals and chaperoned by tour guides, make your life easy and book an all-inclusive wine themed day tour.

Three guided wine tours:

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Lunch at The Pool Room on Oak Valley wine farm is part of your Uniquely Elgin guided tour by Cape Food and Wine.

10. SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE WINELANDS

Make a trip of it and extend your stay by booking accommodation at a hotel, villa or self-catering cottages in one of the wine regions. It might just serve as your base camp from where you can explore, or you can make yourself at home, light the fires and pour the wine.

Three winelands accommodation options for groups:

  • Oude Denneboom  four farm-style cottages sleeping 20 people, just outside of Wellington.
  • Stanford Valley Guest Farm – seven elegant cottages sleeping 20 people with venues for events and workshops.
  • Penhill Farm - for a luxurious retreat  outside Worcester sleeping 24 people complete with a private tennis court, croquet and bowls.

Click here for 25 Unique Self-catering Stays for Groups.

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Penhill farm is a bucket-list breakaway with luxurious experiences ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.