Thumbs up Van Loveren!

Thumbs up Van Loveren!

24 November 2015

Van Loveren has received a big thumbs-up from MTB and outdoor enthusiasts whose votes put the Robertson family-owned wine farm in the top spot on the winner’s podium at the annual Klink Tourism Awards for the second consecutive year.

Announced this week, the awards are the result of the only consumer-driven wine tourism competition in South Africa. Everyone can vote for their favourite destinations in 16 categories with the winners announced at the end of a period of 10 weeks. At final tally, Van Loveren emerged this year as a category winner thanks to its diverse and scenic Java MTB Trails. It won the title last year on the popularity of its hiking trail and now reaffirms its appeal with the recognition of its MTB experience that caters for all levels of fitness and skill. It incorporates a river crossing; stunning views of the vineyards and Robertson Wine Valley; and, custom-built single tracks and bridges that run through a vibrantly bio diverse landscape.

The routes start and end at Van Loveren, where riders can cool down afterwards with a glass of wine or freshly squeezed fruit juice. There are four routes spanning distances from 12-35km and varying in elevations from an easy-going 200m on the Java Yellow to the stiffer 720m on the Java Black.
You can bring your own bike or rent one from the farm and a permit is required before you set off. Day permits are R40pp while year-long permits are available with prices starting at R175 and discounts for families and pensioners.

All permit money is used for the maintenance of the routes, while Van Loveren supports industry standards for rider safety and trail policing.
In addition to social riding, Van Loveren also hosts the annual Java MTB Challenge, which takes place on 1 October 2016 next year. Money raised is used to support worthy causes with this year’s event netting R120 000 for the beneficiaries.

Van Loveren vineyards have been in the Retief family since 1937 and produce wines of international repute including Christina Van Loveren, Four Cousins and the eco-friendly Tangled Tree range. In addition to its wines and MTB offering, the farm has a series of walks and bird watching trails; a remarkable historic garden; and, the Christina’s bistro restaurant. Its innovative wine and food pairings were responsible for netting Van Loveren its other Klink Tourism Awards in 2013 for the categories Best Child-Friendly Venue on a Wine Farm and Best Food and Wine Pairing at the Cellar Door.
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