Lourensford Estate in Somerset West will play host to the start of the FNB Wine 2 Whales events for the 11th consecutive year from 25 October – 1 November. During Stage 1, mountain bikers will be able to experience the scenic climbs, flowing paths and thrilling descents amongst the vineyards, forest, fynbos and fruit orchards of one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates as they navigate the gravel trails and pristine single tracks in the basin of the Helderberg Mountains.
The spectacular setting in Somerset West is as ideal for making world class wine as it is for mountain biking. Cellarmaster Hannes Nel, who has completed 3 W2Ws, does all of his riding on the estate, and uses his mountain bike as a crucial tool in his award winning wine making.
Stage 1 of the FNB W2W marks the start of the journey to Onrus. Epic views aplenty, the Lourensford route has two new trails: Old Pine and JK’s Contour. Trails such as Schoeman’s, Witboom and Canarie have also been re-introduced. Riders can look forward to an enthralling but technical downhill from the summit of Grootnek, as well as great mixture of open roads and single track. Other highlights include spectacular indigenous forests, beautiful orchards and vineyards and unbeatable views over False Bay.
Lourensford General Manager Koos Jordaan says through the ongoing partnership with FNB W2W, the estate is able to give riders access to what he believes are some of the best and most scenic trails in the Western Cape and the exclusive opportunity to experience Lourensford‘s beauty and rich biodiversity by bike.
“Eleven years ago, the first W2W trails were built on Lourensford and over the years, we have been able to share our picturesque estate with thousands of mountain bikers,” says Jordaan.
Rider registration for FNB W2W happens the day before each race on Thursday 24 October from 2pm – 7pm (Chardonnay), Sunday 27 October from 11am – 3pm (Pinotage) and Thursday 31 October from 2 – 7pm (Shiraz) at Lourensford Winery. Why not take a quick break after registration to enjoy one of The Millhouse Kitchen’s yummy pizzas and a sneaky pre-race glass of wine?
Pinotage riders take note: once registered, riders, friends and family are invited to the Lourensford Market, which takes place every Sunday between 10am – 3pm. Make carbo-loading hassle-free by tucking into one of the food choices and be tempted by the delicious wine and craft beer on offer.
“Our philosophy is one of sharing nature’s essence to inspire memorable moments – be it with our wine or through an event such as W2W,” says Jordaan. “Respect for our rich biodiversity and environmental sustainability is at the core of what we do, and we are proud of the Conservation Champion status bestowed on us by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).”
From the flagship Chrysalis and cult The Dome ranges to the Limited Release and River Garden wines, Lourensford’s award-winning wine is an ode to the estate’s awe-inspiring natural environment. A visit to Lourensford will leave visitors tempted by an array of choice experiences including wine tasting, a coffee roastery, restaurant and lifestyle shop. Chardonnay and Shiraz riders registering on the Thursday before their race are invited to linger longer and enjoy everything else that Lourensford has to offer.
Wine Tasting at Lourensford:
Premium Wine Tasting (R60) | Any 4 wines of the Limited Release range or MCC
Belgian Chocolate and Wine Pairing (R110)
The Dome Chardonnay with Orange Dark Chocolate, Lourensford Estate Merlot with Dark Cherry Chocolate, Lourensford Estate Shiraz with Dark Chili Chocolate and our unique Honey Liqueur with Dark Mint Chocolate.
Blind Wine Tasting Challenge (R45)
Accept the challenge of being poured 4 wines and try to identify them. If the group identifies them correctly, you get your tasting for free.
Vodka Pairing (R130 – Booking Essential)
Siberian Express Vodka is the brand new, premium vodka range distilled and produced at Lourensford estate. Pairing includes: Original Vodka with dried pineapple, Citrus Vodka with ‘Ginger Snaps’, Blackcurrant Vodka with cherries and Coffee Vodka with a dark chocolate biscuit and milk.
For more information visit www.Lourensford.co.za or call 021 847 2333. Find Lourensford on Twitter or Instagram (@Lourensford) and visit their page on Facebook.com/Lourensford
The vibrant market, housed in a permanent structure, boasts 70 permanent stalls and a number of Pop-Ups. Visitors are spoiled with sprawling lawns, majestic trees and landscaped gardens to enjoy the quality products that are our priority. You will discover everything from delectable food, handmade wares and art, to organic, artisanal produce.
T: 072 284 1654 | E: | www.lfhm.co.za
The Millhouse Kitchen
Chef Bjorn Guido’s goal with the Millhouse Kitchen is to create a neighbourhood feel where guests can relax and enjoy each other’s company in the beautiful setting of the Lourensford Estate. The menu is inspired by the French and Italians, famous for their fantastic rustic dishes. They make use of fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients available within a 50-km radius of the Lourensford farm.
T: 079 717 3799 | E:
The Coffee Roasting Company
The Coffee Roasting Company is South Africa’s single-origin pioneer where our coffees are roasted by hand and in small batches. Open 7 days a week, be sure to visit and enjoy great coffee tasting talks, watch coffee being roasted, receive advice from their roasters and become part of an ever-growing family of coffee lovers. The Red Riding Hood Deli offers a variety of freshly baked cakes, quiches and muffins. All goods are made using only free-range eggs, real butter and pure spices. They also have a lovely selection of gifts and equipment.
T: 021 847 0536 | E: | www.coffeecompany.co.za
Wellness in The Winelands Spa
Situated in the most exquisite surroundings of Cape Winelands, Wellness in the Winelands | Lourensford offers a top selection of high quality spa treatments. Our spa menus include indulgent beauty rituals, specialised hydrating, anti-ageing treatments, signature massages and body wraps. For our treatments we use Healing EARTH cremes, oils and balms developed in South Africa.
Our products are 100% organic. Our spa offers a quiet environment for guests to unwind, recharged and be pampered.
We cater for tailor-made experiences for individuals, groups and couples. Pre-booking of treatments is essential to avoid disappointment.
T: 073 431 0459 | E: www.wellnessinthewinelands.co.za
Browse through our beautiful handpicked selection of natural clothing, accessories and homeware.
The perfect place to purchase gifts for all occasions. A large range of locally made Souvenirs on offer Plus, an always welcome, ice cream, cold drink or snack.
T: 087 135 5542/ 087 802 1922 | E: | www.lifestyleshoponline.co.za
Life Retreat Movement studio
Experience body, mind, movement, and breath in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Our classes include Yoga (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Restorative, Sculpt, Healing, Beginner, Yin and Flow), Nia Dancing, Kiddies Yoga and Barre Conditioning.
Download the Free Life Retreat Studio App to view our full Schedule of Classes/ Talks/ Workshops/ Events.
T: 087 135 5542 / 021 847 0089 | E: | www.liferetreat.co.za