The harvest has come to an end, the vineyards are decked in their autumn finery and just as the first vestiges of winter can be felt in the crisp air, the Elgin Wine Valley opens its doors to visitors from far and wide for the annual Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival which is to be held over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd May 2015 from 09h00 until 17h00 daily.
Each of the eighteen participating wineries will offer a unique programme, allowing patrons to tailor-make their experience according to their own personal preferences, whilst enjoying a welcome alternative to the hustle and bustle of city life.
Award winning wines, a delectable culinary experience, a plethora of outdoor activities, live entertainment and natural scenic wonders will ensure that visitors, young and old, enjoy a memorable time in this hospitable valley.
Noted as the coolest wine growing region in South Africa with its high altitude and climate conditions which allow grapes to ripen slowly – requiring a little more patience – but resulting in wines with character defined by excellent purity, distinct minerality, density of fruit and an elegance which can only be described as bottled poetry.
Early bird entry tickets to the festival cost R100 pp (over 18’s) and can be bought online from www.webtickets.co.za as of 23 March and include your tasting glass, festival programme, access to participating farms, live entertainment and wine tasting of a selection of three (3) wines of your choice at any of the participating wine estates.
Tickets may also be purchased on the day at the Elgin Cool Wine & Country festival office at the Peregrine Farm Stall – these tickets are priced at R120 pp
Tasting glasses and guest passes must be collected at the festival office at Peregrine Farm Stall prior to visiting any of the farms.
All children younger than 18 and accompanied by an adult may enter for free.
A selection of wines will be available for purchase at cellar door prices on the day.
Guests are advised to pre-book activities and meals as space is limited and payable separately.
For further information on the festival, participating wine producers, scheduled activities, bookings and costs, please visit www.elginwine.co.za.
Please note that the festival promotes designated drivers and the responsible use of alcohol. No alcohol will be served to children under the age of 18 years.
For further information on where to stay and what to do in the Elgin Valley please refer to www.elginvalley.co.za