Posted by: The Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities | on: September 29, 2010

The Helderberg Wine Festival is the result of a collaboration between wineries in Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

Taking place from 21 October until 24 October 2010, this year’s Helderberg Wine Festival is a wonderful opportunity to tour the Cape Winelands and participate in fun activities with other wine lovers.

The festival is aimed at promoting local wines while also raising funds for worthy causes. Alto, Morgenster and Ernie Els are just three of the thirty wineries taking part.

Helderberg Wine Festival is has one great advantage over other festivals: you get to visit the wine estates themselves. Nothing quite adds to the appreciation of a wine as much as seeing the terrain and the vines and learning about the history of the estate on site.

Each visitor buys a festival pack (containing a tasting glass and programme) for R100. This gives you access to participating wineries and special events.

In addition to traditional wine tasting, there are also four ‘crowd pleaser’ events, including one of the more unusual wine route activities so far: Volkswagen Beetle owners are invited to bring their vehicles to Vergenoegd Estate in order to create the biggest Volksie expo in the Cape. Be sure to check out the Helderberg wine festival event schedule.

If you’ve not yet had a chance to see the wineries of Stellenbosch and Somerset West, this is a great opportunity to get a through overview of the area. And for veterans of the wine route, this is a chance to see your favourite estates in a different light.

Please note that this is a self-drive event, so each party should have a driver who will not be consuming alcohol.

The Helderberg Wine Festival is a short and very picturesque drive from Cape Town.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town conveniently situated in the heart of the city centre. The Taj Cape Town is an ideal base from which to explore the Cape Winelands or to explore Cape Town’s heritage.

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Posted by: The Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities | on: September 27, 2010

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is one of South Africa’s great sporting events, vying with the Comrades Marathon for world recognition. With over 35 000 cyclists competing, ‘The Argus’ is the largest timed cycling event in the world. It is also one of the most scenic.

Commencing in the Cape Town city centre, the Argus then follows a route straight out a James Bond car chase: proceeding  on the M3 along the famous Boyes Drive, through Kalk Bay and the Cape Point Nature Reserve, eventually winding its way through Chapman’s Peak back to Green Point hugging the coast along Cape Town’s famous Atlantic Seaboard.

The great thing about the Argus Cycle Tour is that it is simultaneously a serious race, fiercely contested by elite cyclists, and a fun sporting event open to all cycling enthusiasts.

The entrance criteria are simple: you must be over 12 years old, moderately fit and, of course, able to ride a bicycle.

More serious cyclists who want to improve their starting time have the chance to compete in Cape Argus seeding events around South Africa

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2011 will be held on Sunday, 13 March.

Entries for the 2011 Cape Argus are now open. The entrance fee is R275 for South African riders and R310 for participants from the rest of Africa. The cost for overseas cyclists is R500.

South African cyclists should note that from 2011, anyone wishing to compete in a cycling event in the country will need to be a member of Cycling South Africa and a CSA affiliate club. Alternatively, a CSA one-day event license is available for a modest fee.

Because the Cape Argus is so popular, it is strongly advisable to book air travel, accommodation and other requirements early to avoid missing out or paying excess charges.

The Taj Cape Town is located within walking (or cycling) distance of some of Cape Town’s best places to carbo-load. The Taj offers luxury accommodation in the Cape Town city centre, close to the starting line of the Cape Argus 2011.

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