Paint with Pinotage at Merwida on Pinotage Day 2017!

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Merwida Soetes and Soup 2017

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Exactly 3 months to go until this year’s Soetes and Soup Festival 😀

Be sure to join us at Merwida for a Mexican Fiesta!

Gravel and Grape 2017

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Gravel & Grape wines you over!

There’s a change coming to local mountain biking, and smaller stage race events like the Gravel & Grape MTB are aiming to be at the forefront of the new direction.

There While the time of year (May), clover-leaf format and close proximity to major centres like Cape Town, Durbanville and Stellenbosch make this three-day event an enticing race option, what really sets Gravel & Grape apart is the route, and the route-building philosophy of the organisers.

Set in the stunning Breedekloof Valley, the Gravel & Grape aims to maximise the rugged terrain of the area and provide riders with an experience that harks back to a less manicured time. If you like riding, that is, actually picking the smoothest lines, tackling rock gardens, negotiating scrappy descents and winding through swooping single track, then the Gravel & Grape is the perfect ride. It’s a test of technical ability, but also with a warm welcome from the region’s people.

In a way, the ride pairs perfectly with the region’s pioneering and acclaimed Chenin Blanc initiative. Four years ago Attie Louw from Opstal Winery and a few other winemakers came up with the plan to craft small, boutique productions of chenin blanc in limited volumes. The result is the Breedekloof Makers, a band of like-minded winemakers committed to emphasising the quality of wines being made in the region. The resulting chenin wines are nothing short of phenomenal.

With Slanghoek Cellar cellar master Pieter Carstens as one of the chenin pioneers and Gravel & Grape organiser, that enterprising attitude has been carried over, unsurprisingly, into the mountain bike race. “We want people to experience the valley and region as it is for us; beautiful, challenging, unique and exciting.”

By involving a number of wine farms into the race, each day offers something different, from the highest peaks to the lowest valley floors. As it is for the chenin grapes, so it will be for the Gravel & Grape riders – on the lower regions of valley the soil is sandy with gigantic river pebbles, while higher up you find broken rock and sandstone. To get you through it all will be expertly carved trail. “Make no mistake, this is an event that will test you, but will also provide warm hospitality and the opportunity to indulge in our award-winning wines after each day’s riding,” says Carstens.

The overriding philosophy of the ride is to take mountain biking back to its roots, away from hyper-slick trails and flamboyant frills that distract from the real reason for riding – the technical challenge and happy outcome after successfully negotiating tricky trail. On a recent route recce, lucky riders experienced in a short 20km section: sandy trail, rock gardens, berms, cross-country climbing, bridges, forest riding, gentle climbs, steep climbs and breathtaking scenery.

For a region that boasts the country’s youngest wine route, there’s no better way to explore it than by bike. After riding you can also enjoy the hot springs of Goudini Spa or any of 27 wineries from the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River areas.

This is one event that will certainly wine you over

Gravel and Grape EXTREME Race Info 2017

Breedekloof Wine Valley brings to you the 3rd annual Grave and Grape MTB Challenge.

DATE: 5th to 7th May 2017
VENUE: ATKV Goudini Spa
Entry fee: R5 000 per team of 2 riders*NO SOLO ENTRIES

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Gravel and Grape ADVENTURE Race Info 2017

Gravel & Grape proudly announced the inclusion of a 2-Day race last year, which will this year include a solo category.

DATE: 6th to 7th May 2017
VENUE: ATKV Goudini Spa
Entry fees:
Junior Category: R2 000 per team of 2 riders
Open Category: R2 800 per team of 2 riders
Junior Solo Category: R1 100 per rider
Open Solo Category: R1 600 per rider 

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More Info & Entry Links

More information on our Gravel and Grape website: Click here
Online entries for Gravel and Grape Extreme: Click here
Online entries for Gravel and Grape Adventure: Click here

Happy Riding! The Gravel and Grape Team

The Gravel & Grape team


Gravel and Grape
Tel: 023 349 1791



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Soetes and Soup 2017 – Save the Date!

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Come Visit us at Merwida the 21st and 22nd of July for our annual Soetes and Soup Festival!

#CelebrateBreedekloof – A Whole Month Of Celebrations and Wine

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For a whole month, the Breedekloof Wine Valley will celebrate all it has accomplished this year. Join us for #CelebrateBreedekloof and experience some of the best wines in the country! And what’s the best of it all – you will be able to taste Merwida’s wines from 10am until 4pm, on Saturdays!


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It’s almost Heritage Day!

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Are you stocked up yet?

Wood? Firelighters? Braaivleis? Wine?

Tomorrow is #NationalBraaiDay and we hope you are ready! If not, please feel free to visit our wine sales tomorrow between 9am and 1pm to make sure you have the perfect wine for this special occasion.

With it being #HeritageMonth, we would like to remind you of the rich history of Merwida, but first:

Meet Johannes Carolus, or “Boetie” as we call him. Boetie is one of the cellar workers at Merwida and has been working here for almost 10 years. He is also responsible for hoisting the flags every morning. This morning, we decided to celebrate #HeritageMonth with brand new flags, and as always, Boetie was on point:

*According to our calculations, this was the 4838th time Boetie has hoisted our two Merwida and two South African flags.

Herewith a reminder of Merwida’s heritage:

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Super Soetes & Soup 2016

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We had a great time at this year’s Soetes & Soup festival, and we hope you did too!

We would like to thank the following people who made the event even better:

And of course, all who supported us – we hope to see you again soon!

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Soetes & Soup 2016

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It’s time to get your tickets for the annual Soetes & Soup festival!

Please remember that tickets are limited and only available on

or Pick n Pay.

No tickets on the day.




Merwida’s Valentine’s Raffle

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Starting tomorrow, we’re spreading the love!

Valentines 2016 (2)