Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival

Issued by: Younique Concepts on behalf of: Elgin Wine Valley
Escape to the natural splendour of the Elgin Wine Valley on Saturday 3 May 2014. Delight in its picturesque, mountainous backdrop, merely an hour away from the bustling city and experience the selection of prestigious wine estates on offer. This day of festivities is one to be enjoyed by the whole family, with each featured wine estate providing a unique encounter with the tastes, rich culture and heritage of the Elgin wine route.

Upholding its commitment to the South African agricultural sector and wine industry, Nedbank remains the proud sponsor of the ‘Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival’ for the second year in succession, along with new sponsor, Orchard Suppliers. 

The festival commences from 09h30 in the morning, with a starting session of wine tasting, followed by a pre-booked lunch session from 11h30 to 14h30 at an estate of your choice. Wine tasting and tours continue late into the afternoon with the entire festival coming to a close at 17h00. A simple day pass is also available and may be purchased for R50 at any participating wine farm on the day of the festival. Throughout the day, festival goers can rapture in the live entertainment, activities and outdoor games, arts and crafts, and relax in the tranquillity of the Elgin Valley landscape.

The ‘Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival’ would be nothing without its selection of exquisite wines where a distinct taste experience is provided by each participating wine estate. Throughout the day, wine tasting and tours are on offer to guests, with the opportunity to meet owners and winemakers, with several estates offering tutored tastings and a chance for guests to blend their own wine. The well anticipated lunch session of the festival presents festival goers with an assortment of delectable dishes from which to choose. Lunches range from relaxed picnics within estate gardens to buffet options and intimate 4 course gourmet feasts. 

Prices range from R55 to R500 per person and advanced booking is essential to secure limited places on a first come first serve basis. The ‘Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival’ is enhanced by its vibrant musical ambiance, with several estates featuring live performing artists and bands. Festival goers can listen to the likes of Giaan Groen, indie rock band, ‘The Coast’, acoustic rock n’ roller, Stefan Dixon, the Rivertones Bob Marley Tribute Band and a unique Bag Pipe performance. 

For arts and crafts enthusiasts, select wine estates feature art galleries and sculpture gardens, live pottery demonstrations and a Country Market provides arts and crafts available for purchase. Festival goers might also enjoy a leisurely game of French Boules or Croquet in beautiful estate gardens. As the day remains an endeavour for the entire family, ‘The Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival’ also provides child friendly facilities. Children can amuse themselves in playgrounds, on jungle gyms and jumping castles, enjoy face painting, pony rides and participate in grape stomping and juice making competitions. With 17 prestigious wine estates on offer; each presenting their own unique encounter with the delectable tastes, sights and sounds of the Elgin Valley, it is no surprise that the ‘Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival’ is an experience not to be missed!

For further information and step by step instructions for booking lunch in advance, visit The closing date for all lunch bookings is at 09h00 on the 2 May 2014. The festival supports and encourages the use of designated drivers and the responsible use of alcohol.

*    Time - The day is divided into three sessions:
*    Morning: 09h30 to 11h30  (open format)
*    Lunch: 11h30 to 14h30 (bookings required for lunch)
*   Afternoon: 14h30 to 17h00 (open format)
*  Morning session is open for tastings, lunch is pre-booked and paid for, and afternoon session is open for tastings.
*  Bookings done through the Elgin Valley Wine Guild Website (
*  Visitors select the lunch destination and offering they would like to book for lunch and number of places required.

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