In a society so driven by instant gratification, it’s necessary to take time out now and again and appreciate the good things in life that come to those who wait. Take a leisurely drive out to the beautiful gateway to the R62 this weekend and explore the farms of the region.
Think red wines in front of fireplaces, and traditional food like vetkoek and bredies, potjies and braais served with country-style generosity. Picnics, boat trips on the river, private tastings and dinners with wine makers, and a family market on the Sunday offering fresh produce, local treats, arty crafts, children’s activities and live music are all components at this festival, which takes place at various locations throughout the valley.
On a recent visit to this area, I visited the wineries of McGregor. Lord’s - which is well worth the 10km gravel road after the tar ends - will be hosting a market that will showcase local talent, food, original art and locally sourced artisanal produce.
There will be no entry fee, and a Lord’s wine bar will complement the festive atmosphere along with live entertainment.