Jump down the rabbit hole and don’t be late for a very important date! With “Alice in Wonderland’ as this year’s Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience theme, get ready to meet the Mad Hatter, bat your lashes at the Queen of Hearts and make a beeline for the Cheshire Cat as you wine your way through the picturesque Paradyskloof vineyards on Saturday, 6 September 2014.
Starting and finishing at Blaauwklippen off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, the 12km Wine Experience meanders through eight wine farms, all renowned for their exceptional wines. Blaauwklippen, Vriesenhof, Mont Marie, Dornier, Kleinood, Waterford, Stellenzicht and Stellenrust invite you to linger and sample some of their speciality wines en route along with tantalising tasters of Portobello cheese and Wedgewood nougat. Waterford Wine Estate is a must stop for their ever popular chocolate and wine pairings.
Adding to all the excitement, the best dressed male and female fun seekers will win their “weight in wine” with an additional R2 500 cash prize for the most dazzling outfit. The fun filled Wine Experience kicks off at 08h15 with a staggered start every 15 minutes until 09h30 to ensure a leisurely and jovial atmosphere at the cellar tastings.
The more serious participants opting for the Trail Run over either 12km or 20km, will race to the finish line through spectacular vineyard surroundings without the wine tasting pit stops. The formal Trail Run starts a little earlier at 08h00 with noteworthy wine prizes from participating wine estates up for grabs.
All Wine Experience participants will be able to buy wine en route and have the wine delivered to them at the finish line, where the festivities will continue with a farmers market and entertainment. Moms with little ones need not worry on the day as crèche facilities will be provided. Parents can leave their children at the start at Blaauwklippen and collect them once they have completed the circular route.
The Wine Experience costs R315 (including wine tastings) whilst the Trail Run without the wine tastings costs R150 per person for the 12km and R190 for the 20km distance.
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