The second Helderberg Wine Festival which took place last weekend, drew thousands of wine lovers, adrenaline junkies, culture vultures and families with kids to the 28 participating wineries in this beautiful region between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

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Wineries reported a 100% increase in visitor numbers with popular sites like Peter Falke Wines having to close their gates intermittently to control the crowds. Other wineries like new addition to the route Waterkloof, reported their busiest weekend ever and the smaller producers who formed part of the “Hidden Gems” grouping like Romond, Yonder Hill, Post House, Stonewall, Grangehurst and Kleinood, were kept running by a continuous stream of visitors.

Bigger wineries and participants to last year’s festival knew what to expect and kept the wine flowing, the music playing and the kids entertained. Somerbosch, Blaauwklippen, Lourensford, Eikendal and Bilton were a huge hit again and really managed to anchor the festival with all their activities and lots of space for kids to run around.

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During the weekend, the crowd-pleasers like the golf day at Strand, the action-activities like the mountain bike races and trail runs as well as the Big Walk at Eikendal, were well attended. The Jazz festival at Webersburg, the Classic Car Expo and the ever-popular Os-innie-Bos with Hempies du Toit at Annandale were also big draw cards and will probably form part of the event again next year.

Round Table Somerset West is tallying up the figures and a presentation of the funds raised and the handover to worthy charities, will be arranged shortly.

Thanks to all involved, including the headline sponsor QROPS Pensions, the leading website in South Africa for information on UK pension transfers.