visit to Vergenoegd Wine Estate, which forms part of this annual fundraising
event, with its variety of feathered creatures, could help even self-confessed
celebrity sufferers like Scarlett Johansson, David Beckham and Eminem get over
some of their fears.
members of the media experienced some of the wineries on Thursday 23 August, sampling
their wines and the tasks awaiting the 100 teams which can be accommodated for
this year’s version of the Amazing Race taking place on Saturday, 20 October
and Sunday, 21 October.
at Avontuur Estate with its green paddocks filled with the race horses which
this winery is also known for, the group had to fine tune their throwing skills
in a game of equine-themed “Jukskei”. Following this task, the group was rushed
off to Eikendal Vineyards in three
professionally driven luxury BMW vehicles, courtesy of Helderview BMW, Strand.
Eikendal the barrel counting in their huge maturation cellar proved a task too hard
for most of the teams, but the wine tasting and varietal identification game at
Ken Forrester Vineyards made up for some of the stress!
final stop for the day was the historic home of the Faure family - Vergenoegd Wine
Estate where everything revolves around ducks!
Owner John Faure, introduced the first ducklings of the year, as well as
Vergenoegd’s fun and funky Runner Duck range.
After searching for 24 beautiful pastel-coloured duck eggs, and ending
off with an absolutely sinful dessert and strong coffee courtesy of Pomegranate
Restaurant, this trial run for the 2012 Amazing Race was voted a resounding
success by the participants.
are now open. The fee is R1600 per team
of four people, which includes all the tastings and entertainment for the day,
the prizes and the prize-giving dinner at
NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West.
Profits raised will be donated to Operation Smile.
perfect for a corporate or team-building exercise, a group of friends can have
a lot of fun competing informally against each other! Participants have to be over 18 years of age to
enter and we promote responsible drinking with drivers being provided with non-alcoholic