19 – 21 October 2018
We’re delighted to offer our first mountain bike weekend, which we’ve been thinking about for a few years and finally got around to organizing it. We hope this will become a sought after annual event and you’ll be the ones to attend the very first.
The Sijnn winery is situated in a beautiful part of the Overberg with the De Hoop Nature Reserve on our doorstep and the Breede River below us. Our route will be approx. 70km and mostly single track around the Potberg mountain (which we look onto from the Sijnn tasting room patio). This is a relatively new and unknown route, intersecting with the more famous Whale Trail, and we’re lucky enough to have Niel Neethling, a local farmer whose brainchild it was, join us and lead the group. It is important to note that this is not a race and the whole trail will be done as a group at everyone’s own pace and stopping at regular intervals to allow the slower riders to catch up and everyone to smell the fynbos, renosterbos and the sea breeze.
Winemaker Charla Haasbroek and her husband Casper will be riding with you and David will be around in a bakkie to pick up any strugglers and providing lunch and refreshments at certain points. The cycling is really just an excuse to burn calories so you can enjoy plenty of delicious food and wine, which will be in abundance. In addition, for partners, not keen to brave the cycle tour we’ve arranged a pottery class, demo and lunch at the Bukkenberg Studio in Swellendam.
Friday 19 October: Arrive any time after 2.00pm and settle into your accommodation at Tides River Lodge, about 3km from the winery on the banks of the Breede River.
6.00pm: Welcome and briefing at Tides. 4 course food and wine evening with some international and local benchmark wines with our Sijnn wines of Malgas.
Saturday 20 October: an early start at 7.00am with a light breakfast for cyclists and leave around 8.00am from Tides on your epic journey! Those doing the pottery outing (or their own thing) will have a more leisurely start and leave for Swellendam at 9.00am and be back around 4.00pm
6.00pm: An informal, relaxing braai in the boma at Tides with plenty of Sijnn wine and a few cold one’s for the weary legs!
Sunday 21 October: 10.00am: A relaxing start to Sunday, check out and make your way to Sijnn winery for brunch and a cellar tour & vineyard walk. A chance to full your boot with some wine and head back home at leisure!
COST: R3500.00 per person sharing (R1000 single supplement) and limited to 24 guests.
This is all inclusive of accommodation, food, wine and events, whether participating or not.
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