Tuesday, 29 December, Strandveld Vineyards, Elim, Cape Agulhas
Add a bubbly touch to summer festivities and join winemaker Conrad Vlok of Strandveld Vineyards near Cape Agulhas for the annual Strandveld Trail run, followed by a Méthode Cap Classique breakfast on Tuesday, 29 December.
Enjoy a scenic 15km trail, or opt for the non-competitive 8 km vineyard walk for a more relaxed start to your day in the Elim Wine Ward, South Africa’s southernmost wine growing region.
For the 15km trail run, visitors will kick off at Strandveld, venture through vineyards,fynbos and pastures. The jeep track will take you onto the Sandberg to enjoy breath-taking views of the Agulhas Basin, with wetlands, wheat fields and the surrounding coastline, with a couple of water points on the way.
“The route is not too challenging, but remember it is a trail run, so watch your ankles,” adds Vlok, who recommends sunblock and insect repellent as essentials to take along. Prizes will be awarded to the first three male and first three female finishers.
The 8km vineyard walk is mainly on jeep track and gravel road and will take you around vineyards, through grazing pastures and fynbos. A highlight is without doubt the beautiful view from the water point at the weather station of the Agulhas Plain and surrounds. For those who would just like to work up an appetite, there is a shortcut on this route and you could just do a 4½km walk.
Pre-booking your spot for the day is essential as only a limited number of tickets are available.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place and diarise 06h30 on the day for registration and 07h00 for the start. Tickets are R85 for children 12 and younger, and R175 per adult, including breakfast, the trail run and two glasses of the Strandveld Skaamgesiggie Pinot Noir Brut.
Strandveld Vineyards can be reached at Tel: +27 (0)28 482 1906/2 or via email at email@example.com for bookings. During the festive season, the tasting room hours are Mondays to Thursdays 08h00 to 17h00, Fridays 08h00 to 16h00 and Saturdays from 10h00 to 15h00. On 16 and 26 December the hours are 10h00 to 15h00. The tasting room will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Visit www.strandveld.co.za, Facebook or follow @Strandveld on Twitter. The GPS coordinates are 34 ° 39 ‘ 592 ” S; 19 ° 47 ‘ 268 ” E.
Directions to Strandveld Vineyards:
From Bredasdorp, take the road to Struisbaai. Turn right towards Elim after 4 km, after
20 km turn right at the T-junction toward Elim, after 2 km turn left to Die Dam/Wolvengat. Strandveld Vineyards is on the left after 4 km.