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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
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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

Regards
The Gravel & Grape team

 
         

Gravel and Grape
Tel: 023 349 1791
www.gravelandgrape.com
info@gravelandgrape.com

 

 

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#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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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

www.webtickets.co.za

or Pick n Pay.

No tickets on the day.

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Breedekloof Soetes & Soup 2015

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It is almost that time of the year again! The annual Soetes & Soup festival will be taking place on the 24th and 25th of July this year. For those who have not been at this event – you are missing out! Out-of-the-ordinary soups and the country’s best wines, paired with live entertainment and much, much more!

Merwida Wine Cellar will once again host its wine tasting inside our lantern-lit cellar with live music and comfortable seating to help make the most of your wine tasting experience! A complimentary Mexican Meatball Soup will set the way, with gourmet hamburgers and hotdogs from Tolbos Kombuis and a delicious cup of coffee also available at the best prices.

PLEASE NOTE:

Festival passes will only be sold beforehand at

www.webtickets.co.za

No tickets available on the day.

Passes are limited, so hurry and get your festival passes now!  

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For programs of the day, please visit Breedekloof.com

Soetes & Soup 2014

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This year’s Soetes & Soup festival was once again a huge success despite the bad weather.

Friday’s furious storm did not seem to bother our guests as they started their festival route just a few minutes after 9am. Throughout the day people gathered in troops inside the cozy lantern lit cellar.

Saturday the weather looked up and our parking started to fill up nicely. With only a few light showers, people started enjoying themselves under our tent and blankets. Inside the cellar guests could taste the marvelous range of Merwida wines while listening to the wonderful sounds of Take Note Music. Here is a small taste of what you missed out on. Our White Muscadel was a big winner and was sold out by Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to all who came out to join us for the Soetes & Soup! A special thanks to all the staff, Bean to Coffee, and Take Note Music. We hope to see you again next year!

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