Gauteng’s most popular wine route celebrates its 12th year

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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 Gautenger’s 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:- Ayama- & Slent Wines, Baboons Back, Leopard Spot, Aarendsig, Star Hill, Driehoek, Claim de ‘Or, Blue Whale, Neil Ellis, Altydgedacht, Alvi’s Drift, Avondrood, Darling, Bella Vino, de Krans, Dragons Back, Muratie, House of Mandela, Le Pommier, Le Riche, Louis, Lanzerac and De Krans, Fish Hoek, Four Cousins, Glen Carlou, Kumala, Flagstone, Mont Rozier, Melck’s, Bartons, Edgebason, Van Loveren, Neil Ellis, Pandora’s Box, Pulpit Rock, Rietvallei, Robertsons, Star Hill, Ster Huis, Wilde Krans, Warwick, Spier, Landskroon, Riebeek Cellars and Zorgvliet wines.
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 cozy 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 – capitalizing 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 yearlong 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, or visit to see the various packages and routes.

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