The Vaal River Meander Wine Route, celebrates its 11th year and is perfectly positioned to be a charming reprieve from the humdrum of the winter blues. The Vaal River Meander Wine Route is on every Saturday and Sunday and Public Holiday from midday to 6pm. This year the 6 weeks of weekend wine tastings are scheduled from the 12th July to the 17th August 2014. There are sixteen different venues participating – with something for everyone, perfect for wine connoisseurs and even those who know nothing about wine but just want a pleasant well-priced outing where one will be treated to great wine tasting in relaxed and welcoming environments.There are 44 different Wine Estates represented throughout the 16 different venues with over 300 wines to indulge in. Each venue offers tastings of their wines at only R20.00 per venue per person with a minimum of different 8 wines – some venues offer 24 different wines. make it a memorable group outing. Gauteng’s most popular 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, luxury cruiser, wine route taxi, speedboat, water-taxi, tour-bus or car – the Vaal River Meander Wine Route has that special something for everyoneWine lovers might just want to enjoy a casual meander in their own car visiting their choice of the sixteen wine venues or prefer to make use of the many novel transport options. Perhaps joining up with friends and family or work colleagues to make it a memorable group outingThe 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 eloquently sipping wine at a classy hotel; or in a cigar lounge; or in front of a roaring fireplace in a cosy pub; or wine tasting with a bit of trying your hand at Lady Luck; or what about enjoying wine in a quirky Pub that oozes fun and character; or a Vaal township experience with live Jazz music – which competes competitively with Soweto; or wine tasting at a Museum; 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; aboard a House Boat or in a character Wine Cellar.There are also optional extras to add to your experience such as enjoying a Cruising Wine Tasting Luncheon aboard a luxurious Cruiser; Special Spa treatments; Special Weekend Breaks; 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; or combine the experience with a historical tour of Sharpeville.Be sure to pick-up the 2014 Vaal Wine Route Passport available at any of the participating venues. Use the handy booklet as a guide to planning your own self-drive route. Experience all there is to see and do along the Vaal River Meander Wine Route and have your Vaal Wine Route Passport stamped with an official Wine Route Stamp at each venue you have visited. Once you have collected 6 or more stamps, you will be eligible to enter the Vaal Wine Route Competition with a chance to win one of many prizes.This annual wine route, is also a great opportunity for Companies to entertain their clients or staff 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.For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vaalwineroute.co.za to see the various packages and routes.