Get Your Ticket to Elgin’s Cool Wine and Country Festival

Posted by The Cape Country Meander on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 with No comments
Elgin’s Cool Wine and Country Festival is all about fun and family. On Saturday, 3 May 2014, fifteen of Elgin’s finest wineries will throw open their cellar doors for a day of wine tasting, dining on local regional fare, live music and plenty of activities to keep the children entertained.

Getting there is easy

Less than an hour from Cape Town, The Valley is an easy car hop along the N2, past Somerset West, on the other side of Sir Lowry’s Pass. When you spot Peregrine Farm Stall on your right (you really can’t miss it), you’ll know you’re in cool climate wine country; that’s if the lush countryside doesn’t give it away first.

What your festival pass includes

What’s different about this year is that the number of participating wineries you can attend is unlimited. However, you do require a festival ticket or pass at a cost of R50 per person. The festival pass includes your all-important tasting glass. Pop in to the Elgin Tourism Office next to Peregrine farm stall. A friendly local will be on hand to provide more information and you can purchase your festival pass. Alternatively, if you’ve already done some homework of your own you might want to head straight for the first winery on your list. You can acquire your festival pass at any of the participating wineries.

Morning, lunchtime and afternoon sessions

Wine tastings are between 09:30 and 11:30 and you can move freely from one wine estate to the next. The lunchtime session takes place from 11:30 until 14:30. Each participating winery will be serving lunch, for which reservations are essential. From 14:30 until 17:00 wine tastings resume and you can go from one vineyard to the next. Be sure to hang on to your glass.

For more information

May is a great time to experience The Valley. The days are sufficiently warm to amble about in light clothing without feeling sun battered by mid-afternoon. You will want to arrive early and leave late if the inaugural Cool Wine and Country Festival of last year is anything to go by.

For more information on the festival and lunch bookings visit

Given that it’s a long weekend you might want to consider an overnight stay. See for accommodation options.

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