Full Day The Crags Wine & Ride – Plettenberg Bay
Discover The Wines Of The Garden Route
It is it hard to imagine that 12 years ago there were no vines in the Plettenberg Bay area. Today, a number of vineyards have been established with some of the best wines in Southern Africa.
Join Bike & Saddle and explore this unique coastal gem on The Garden Route. Cycle the backroads through lush vineyards and stop for tastings at superb boutique cellars along the way. Top it off with the freshest canapes from local farm produce and soak in the magnificent vistas all around you. Arguably the best way to experience The Crags!
We start our day at Bramon Estate in The Crags, where the idea of vineyards in Plett first took root. There used to be only Wattle and Blue Gum trees where now rows of vines are growing. In fact, lunch at the restaurant is enjoyed in the vineyard, with tables placed between the vines.
Leaving Bramon, we follow private tracks through the vineyards out to Kurland Estate, a member of Relais and Chateaux, a true 5 star country hotel with its grand, white Cape Dutch buildings, some dating back to 1885. It is situated on a vast 700 hectare (1700 acre) estate of great natural beauty, at the foot of mountains and bordering the pristine beaches of Nature’s Valley.
Our next stop is Newstead Lund Family Vineyards. Owners Doug and Sue Lund grew up on sugar and dairy farms in KwaZulu-Natal, and inspired after a visit to New Zealand, decided that farming grapes on the Garden Route is their true passion.
The small boutique winery is elegant and simple, stylish and intimate. “How it makes people feel is important and we put friendship before function,” Sue says. “It’s not uncommon for visitors to end up staying a few hours. Sometimes the hardest part is getting them to leave!.”
Lunch is either served at Newstead – or a short cycle-loop back to Bramon: Picnic or vineyard style, it’s just the perfect way to end the first half of your day’s activity.
After a leisurely lunch we shuttle a short distance towards Knysna for the 2nd part of our day. Here you have a choice: Harkerville Forest, offers three routes options: Red (23 km), Green (15 km) and Blue (12 km). All three include sections of single track riding along forest paths. The Red route includes some of the most dramatic scenery in the country.
Our destination though is Packwood Wine & Country Estate. And depending on your fitness level and preference, our guides will either take you on the shorter or longer loop through what is by any standard, some of the finest hardwood forest on the Garden Route.
At Packwood, views across thousands of acres of pastures, gorges, mountains and the Knysna forest awaits, giving you a true picture of country living along this stretch of coastline. Owners Peter and Vicky Gent planted their vines in 2006 on the highest point of the farm, about 350m above sea level.
Winemaker Teddy Hall, a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild, makes the Packwood Sauvignon Blanc and the Gent Pinot Noir MCC. Together with the local cheeses prepared on the farm, it’s the perfect culinary ending to a perfect day.