PLAY IN PAARL THIS MARCH
Paarl is celebrating the 2015 harvest in spectacular style with the OmmiBerg ‘Round the Rock’ festival on Saturday, 7 March. Participating members of the Paarl Wine Route will be hosting a jam-packed programme featuring young wine tastings, harvest activities, special entertainment for kids and wine promotions.
Wine lovers can revel in the opportunity to be amongst the first to taste the young, unfiltered wines from the 2015 harvest. These wines can only be tasted in Paarl and if the region’s past performances at the South African Young Wine Show are anything to go by visitors will be in for a rare treat.
Harvest season is a special time in this award-winning wine region and each farm will host special harvest activities to give visitors a glimpse into the magic of winemaking. There are fun activities for the whole family ranging from Grape Games, tractor and trailer rides through the vines, grape stomping, guided cellar tours and barrel tastings to making harvest focaccia, blending competitions, wine making exhibitions with grape identification competitions, cork spitting, wine barrel golf challenge, games of boules, jenga or croquet as well as vineyard horse rides and quad bike trails.
COOL KIDS STUFF
To ensure that the whole family can participate in this fabulous outing, each farm has organised specific child-friendly activities. Kids can take their pick from petting zoos, Junior Cheese Master classes, traditional kids games such as egg & spoon, sakresies, apple bobbing and wheelbarrow races to jumping castles, water slides, pony rides as well as face painting, temporary tattoos, gaming stations for teens and creative corners for the arty ones.
Bring along an appetite and savour the gourmet offerings starting from harvest breakfasts to German specialities like flamkuchen and pig on the spit, cheese tastings, bread and sorbet stands, special lunch offers, tapas and wine pairings, footlong cheese grillers, sosaties, toasted sandwiches, gourmet fast food, cheese and meat platters, a la carte menus at participating restaurants as well as harvest food stalls and deli stands.
WINE SPECIALS GALORE
For one day only, wineries will be offering special wine promotions and visitors can get hold of great wines at incredible prices.
The different farms are offering a musical medley and guests can enjoy a glass of wine, laze on the lawns and listen to the soothing sounds of performers such as Newton, Andriette Norman, Idols contestant Lize Mynhardt, Nic Stephens, Viljoen Retief, Slow Jack, saxophonist Mario Arnolds, 5th Avenue and Mark Haze.
SPOT THE MYSTERIOUS LADY IN RED
Our popular Lady in Red will be back this year. Catch her during the day at any of the participating wine farms and snap a picture with her. Post or tweet your picture and you could win amazing spot prizes. #ommiberg @paarlwineroute #LadyInRed
Early bird tickets for over 18s are priced at R100 from www.webtickets.co.za or R120 on the day at participating estates, while accompanied children younger than 18 enter for free. The ticket price include access to over 13 participating wineries, tasting of unfiltered wine, live music and selected events. Guests are advised to pre-book sit-down meals and special activities as these are payable separately.
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The Paarl Wine Route is divided into five regions, namely the Voor-Paardeberg, Klein Drakenstein, Suid-Agter Paarl, Paarl and Simonsberg. Some of the participating wineries include Boland Cellar, Druk-My-Niet, Fairview Wines, KWV, Laborie, Landskroon, Mellasat, Nederburg Wines, Olsen Private Vineyards, Perdeberg Cellar, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Spice Route and Windmeul Cellar.