If you blinked and missed the Wacky Wine Festival in Robertson, Western Cape you really missed out.

The winemakers in Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson opened their doors and allowed wine enthusiasts to taste their latest offerings and their best work.

It was a marathon of wine tastings, live music and wine pairings, so even if you were fully committed to tasting and seeing as much as possible, you could have missed a few things.

Here are 4 things you might have missed at Wacky Wine 2017:


One of the oldest family-owned wine farms in Robertson is maintaining a proud tradition of full bodied red wines and it’s 2015 Pinotage is no exception. It’s a mouthful of berries and spice and it just the right balance of spiciness. Perched on the stoep at LaVerne Wine Boutique on the main road in Robertson, if you didn’t stop to taste this wine you missed out

Robertson Winery

I have a soft spot for a Rose which often gets a raw deal from connoisseurs but there is a place for it on the wine shelf. I sipped on the Pinotage Rose Light while sitting on the lawns at Robertson and it was the perfect way to take a pause from the hustle and bustle of the weekend’s activities. This Rose is what it is, it’s light and fruity and if you stopped and had a rose at the festival, you’d be off the mark if you didn’t try this.

Bon Courage Party

The party vibe was definitely at Bon Courage on Saturday afternoon. In the morning there was a breakfast buffet at Cafe Maude and after that the party got going. For those who craved a central party venue, one meeting spot for the weekend, Bon Courage was it. It was a crowd of youngsters, swaying to the music of a DJ, but if you didn’t stop by and just have a walk around to soak up the party atmosphere, you never got the full Wacky Wine experience.

A designated driver

If you didn’t book a designated driver who lives in the Robertson Wine Valley you missed some of the magic of the festival. Having a local drive you from wine estate to wine estate is more than just having a sober driver, you also get insight into the quirks and hidden treasures of the region. Casually chatting with my driver I learnt a bit more about the place, the wine estates and the people who work there. 

The Wacky Wine Weekend wrapped up it’s 14 annual event and it is the perfect opportunity to taste and learn more about the wine in the region. And if that’s not your intention it’s also a pretty great place to just have a drink with friends and party all day.