Gauteng’s most popular Wine Route celebrates its 16th year!

Monday, 22 April, 2019
Vaal River Meander Wine Route
The Vaal River Meander Wine Route 2019 • Official Launch with the “Vaal River Wine Expo” on Saturday, 22 June 2019 • Six-Week “Vaal River Meander Wine Route” from 23 June to 4 August 2019.

The annual Vaal River Meander Wine Route, starts off with the official one day launch on Saturday the 22nd of June 2019 with The Vaal River Wine Expo hosted at Stonehaven on Vaal and Riverside Sun Hotel located on the Vaal River in Gauteng.

The day starts at 12h00-midday and is filled with Wine Tasting, live entertainment, interesting stalls, lots of delectable well-priced food options to indulge in, wine bars, relaxed outdoor seating as well as luxury river cruises.

The R200 entrance ticket gives you access to a choice of over 200 wines to taste from over 50 different South Africa Wine Estates, a complimentary 30 minute Wine Tasting Cruise on the Vaal River as well as a branded wine tasting glass to keep. The luxury river cruisers depart every 15-minutes from 12h00 to 17h00 from the various piers on the river bank each offering onboard wine tastings.

The Vaal River Wine Expo has a limited number of tickets available – Entrance tickets are available from Stonehaven on Vaal and Computicket.

After the official launch on the 22rd of June, the first day of the 6-week 2019 Vaal River Meander Wine Route starts on Sunday the 23rd of June 2019 and runs every weekend on Saturday and Sunday until Sunday the 4th August 2019.

The Vaal River Meander Wine Route is a great treat to beat the winter blues with a host of unique Venues to visit on or around the Vaal River area, each offering wine tastings of at least 8 wines with some venues offering up to 16 wines to taste. It is a relaxed and pleasant, well-priced outing where anyone can learn to appreciate the wonderful wines South Africa boasts - all in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Perfect for wine connoisseurs, but also for new visitors who are not confident regarding wines. 

You will pay for Wine Tasting at each Venue you visit, a different Wine Farm with their range of wines can be found at every Venue. Wine Tasting Costs are:

R30 for 8 wines
R40 for 12 wines
R50 for 16 wines

Opening times for the wine tastings are 12h00-midday to 18h00.

Most of the venues will be selling wines at cost plus 10%, so you can also take advantage of the opportunity to get wines you really enjoy at very good prices.

Gauteng’s most popular Wine Route discerns itself from all the other Wine Routes in South Africa, in that it has a record number of ways in which you can enjoy the winter wine feast. Be it by house boat, luxury cruiser, wine route taxi, speedboat, tour-bus or in your own car - the Vaal River Meander Wine Route has more ways to enjoy than any other Wine Route in South Africa.

The different venues where you can enjoy all these tastings, are so diverse and offer contrasting experiences as do their wines; with the single common thread of each presenting great South African wines. You might select a venue where you can enjoy eloquently sipping wine at a classy hotel; or in front of a roaring fireplace in a cosy pub; or wine tasting with a bit of trying your hand at Lady Luck; or enjoy savouring wine as you cruise aboard a luxurious Cruiser down Millionaire’s Mile.

There are optional extras to add to your experience, such as spending a weekend aboard a House Boat as you throw anchor and moor at the different venues along the Vaal River for wine tasting; spend the weekend at a Lodge or Hotel; enjoy exceptional wine and food pairing or treat yourself to any of the spa treatments packages by taxi or self-drive.

Be sure to get your 2019 Vaal Wine Route Passport available at all participating Vaal River Meander Wine Route venues, for the full selection of Venues, dining, accommodation, cruising and other experiences on offer and the wines they will each be showcasing or visit the official website.

This is also a great opportunity for Companies to entertain their clients or staff to well-priced Wine Tasting experiences with or without food pairing – every experience with a distinctive edge.Should you be interested in organising a corporate or private group outing during these 6 weeks – there are a number of packages to choose from, and personalised packages can be put together for you too - tailored for your individual, corporate or private needs.

For more information contact The Vaal Wine Route on or visit

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