When the sun rides high in the heavens, it is time to bring in the harvest, a time when, in days of old, the whole community came together. Family, neighbours and friends gathered to work from sunrise to sundown to bring in the crop. Our sense of community may have changed, but it is still a time for people, who are passionate about the potential within a humble bunch of grapes, to come together.
For the first time ever, the Robertson Wine Valley welcomes the public with open arms for a magical month of harvesting from 1 February until 30 March 2014 with its Hands-on-Harvest Festival. Traditionally this festival was held annually during only one weekend but due to popular demand friends and family of the valley are invited to join us at leisure for this very popular event.
Children still play in the vineyards while brothers or best friends compete to collect a better share and catch the eye of a pretty girl. There are refreshments aplenty and food for the soul as well. Sore muscles will be as pleasant a reminder of a day’s work well done as the heft of the grape is of the summer. Yet nothing is as special as the emptying of overflowing baskets into barrels and the rolling up of pants – there are grapes to be stomped on and fun to be had – this is our “Hands-on-Harvest” festival.
Feast your eyes on the intricate art of wine making, stomp grapes to your hearts’ content or take a leisurely trip through the vineyards by tractor or on horseback, followed by a scrumptious picnic.
As some of our wineries are not traditionally open to the public, our focus is on hosting a series of intimate events, ensuring that visitors are treated to a unique “hands-on” experience.
Come for the day, come for the weekend, come for the week or stay the entire two months of harvest and experience all that this beautiful valley has to offer during its Hands-on-Harvest Festival.
Visit www.handsonharvest.com for the programme of activities (which includes contact details for participating wineries). The programme will be available from end of November 2013.
All bookings to be made direct with participating wineries. Payment is required in advance. Space is limited and booking essential.
ACCOMMODATION: Visit the web-based regional brochure,
www.robertsonwinevalley.com, for accommodation options.