The Venues

Wine Tasting Time!

Enjoy the Vaal River Wine Route
Every Saturday & Sunday from 12H00
8 June 2024 to 28 July 2024

Hosted at various wine tasting venues on and around the Vaal River area in Gauteng

R80.00 to taste 8 different wines

No entry fee – simply pay the tasting fee at the Venues of your choice. Please note that certain Venues have different trading and kitchen hours. The last table booking for wine tasting is 17h00 as the wine tasting experience is 1 hour.

Wine Tasting Venues & their Wine Partners:

Waterfront Country Lodge & Spa
Stonehaven on Vaal
Riviera on Vaal
Rio Sol Portuguese Restaurant

Emerald Tsogo sun

Emerald Resort & Casino

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Call to book a wine tasting table : 016 982 8355

Wines available to taste:

Weekend Trading Hours:

Saturday & Sunday: 11h00 – 22h00

Public Holidays: 08h00 – 11h00

Kitchen Hours:

Saturday & Sunday : 11h00 – 22h00

Public Holidays : 08h00 – 11h00

Rio Sol Portuguese Restaurant

Rio Sol has been the Vaal’s favourite restaurant for 22 years! Make sure to visit this little gem in the middle of the Vaal Triangle.

Call to book a wine tasting table : 016 423 3333

  • View the latest specials on our FACEBOOK page.
  • Join us for the Vaal Wine route and a delicious meal at Rio sol
  • R80 to taste 8 different wines.
  • Plus amazing Wine Route meal specials to pair with your favourite wine!

Wines available to taste:

Weekend Trading Hours:
Saturday : 12h00 – 22h00

Sunday : 11h00 – 16h00

Kitchen Hours:
Saturday : 12h00 – 21h00

Sunday : 11h00 – 15h00

Riviera on Vaal Hotel
& Country Club

Prime resort 45 minutes from Jhb. All rooms with river views. Golf, Spa, eateries. Modern conference rooms. Child friendly. Aqua Lounge Premium trips.

Call to book a wine tasting table : 016 100 5027

  • 1 x Night Stay at Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club @ R1250,- per night Bed and Breakfast for 2 guests.
  • Includes: 
  • 1 x Night in a Double Standard Room overlooking the Vaal River
  • Breakfast included for 2 guests
  • 2 x R80 Wine Tasting Vouchers for Wine Tasting at Riviera On Vaal Hotel 
  • 10% Discount on any Massage Spa Treatments (Pre-booking required.)

Wines available to taste:

Weekend Trading Hours:

07h00 – 22h00

Kitchen Hours:

07h00 – 22h00

Stonehaven on Vaal

Largest alfresco Garden Restaurant in South Africa. You will enjoy being greeted by the relaxed and charming ambience as you meander through Stonehaven’s cobbled pathways that lead you through the quaint herb garden, over 1000 rose bushes and the mature gardens and lawns that sweep down to the Vaal River. You have a variety of dining options at Stonehaven on Vaal.

The Dining Terraces provide an attractive spot for summer meals overlooking the river as does the garden and lawns where you can enjoy dining under a gazebo. Dining around the swimming pool while your children enjoy a dip is also a perfect way of enjoying relaxed family dining. The Wine Cellar and River Pub have a friendly atmosphere which makes the conversation flow naturally and easily. You will enjoy experiencing winter in the sanctuary of Stonehaven’s cosy River Pub with its roaring and crackling fireplaces enhanced by Stonehaven’s many antiques and nautical ornaments and memorabilia.

Stonehaven‘s fare is hearty in quantity and freshly prepared from local produce. Menus range from light pub meals to a more serious restaurant menu with a mix of classic and modern dishes. Homemade puddings are a particular treat at Stonehaven. Besides the 10 acres of beautifully tendered gardens, there is the busy Stonehaven Harbour with a fleet of 4 Cruisers to choose from for your sized function – from 2 to 200.

Full onboard dining is catered for from breakfasts, brunches, braais, spits, smorgasbords, picnics, buffets, seafood extravaganzas and cocktail snacks. Stonehaven also hosts a regular Sunday Cruising Buffet every Sunday aboard one of the luxurious cruisers or floating restaurants – “The Spirit of Jen”. Casual 50-minute cruises too on Saturday and Sundays too.

Call to book a wine tasting table : 016 982 2951/2

  • Sunday Lunch Cruise and Wine Tasting R630.00
  • Picnic for 2 including wine tasting R820.00
  • Cheese Platter for 2
  • Full body massage and wine tasting R1120 per couple
  • Hand massage for one with tasting R150 per person
  • 4 wines and chocolate pairing R130 per person

Wines available to taste:

Weekend Trading Hours:

Saturday & Sunday : 10h00 – 21h00

Kitchen Hours:

Saturday & Sunday : 10h00 – 20h00

Cock & Bull Pub

The Cock & Bull Pub is a family-friendly neighbourhood pub with relaxed outdoor seating and a cosy indoor area with fireplace, set in an atmospheric, historical village. We serve a full range of beers (including craft beer on tap), spirits, gin on tap and cocktails. We provide entertainment and fun activities from Monday – Thursday (darts, poker, quiz, karaoke & ladies’ night) and live music every Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Also on offer are tasty pub meals. Kid’s play area and secure parking on the premises.

Call to book a wine tasting table :
061 563 6384 / 082 600 7128

Wines available to taste:

Weekend Trading Hours:

Saturday & Sunday : 10h00 – 02h00

Kitchen Hours:
Kitchen Hours:

Saturday & Sunday : 10h00 – 21h00

Urban Vines

Nestled in the atmospheric Sylviavale Heritage Village, Urban Vines offers an authentic bistro experience where you can dine outdoors in the vineyard, inside the cosy restaurant or on the veranda overlooking the village grounds. The restaurant’s easy-going style, elegance and warmth make for that perfect romantic meal for two, or provide a relaxed setting for a group of friends or family or a business meeting. Serving breakfast, lunch, light meals and dinner the menu and wine list have something for everyone, from those looking for familiar favourites to the more adventurous palates.

Call to book a wine tasting table : 079 491 3062

Dining Specials:
  • Two Wine Tastings (8 wines each) & Cheeseboard for Two – R200.00
  • Petit Pairing: 8 Wine Tasters with pairs – R120.00
  • Prawn Arrabiata Pasta – R99.00
  • 200g Pepper Crusted Beef Fillet with 2 sides – R130.00

Wines available to taste:

Weekend Trading Hours:

Saturday : 09h00 – 22h00

Sunday :09h00 – 22h00

Kitchen Hours:

Saturday : 09h00 – 21h00

Sunday :09h00 – 21h00

Waterfront country Lodge & Spa

The Waterfront Country Lodge & Spa is situated in Southern Gauteng on the banks of the Vaal River. The lodge is set in beautiful surroundings and has well-appointed accommodation and immaculate service. These elements all combine to create a tranquil getaway. It is a perfect, hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, yet it is only 45-minutes away from Johannesburg.

Call to book a wine tasting table : 016 987 3434

Dining Specials:
  • Our very popular and famous 3 Course Food and Wine Pairing Lunch at R300.00per person including the wines.
  • 1 × Authentic Wood burning oven pizza of your choice to share and tasting 8 wines for 2 guests at R200.00.
  • Weekend special: 2 Nights Standard Accommodation Bed &Breakfast at R 1600.00 per couple sharing.
  • 1 Night Bed & Breakfast with wine pairing lunch for 2 only R1500.00
  • Become a “waterfront wino “- enquire about our select Membership for regular wine tasting clients.

Wines available to taste:

Weekend Trading Hours:

Accommodation reception desk is open 24/7

Kitchen Hours:

12h00-15h00 (Booking essential)

Wood burning Pizza Oven Pizza available from 11h00 – 21h00

A mere 45min drive from Johannesburg, you will find The Iron Restaurant, situated on the beautiful Emfuleni Golf Estate in Vanderbijlpark.

The Iron Club’s collection of establishments include a sophisticated upmarket restaurant named The Iron Restaurant, that hosts no specific style to our cuisine other than exceptional taste, quality and presentation.  Our Fusion menu will tantalise your taste buds with novel flavour combinations.

Call to book a wine tasting table : 063 950 8882

Wines available to taste:

  • 8 x Wine Tastings & 30 Minute Back Neck & Shoulder Massage – R 200 p/p
  • Margherita Pizza with any 2 toppings and 8 wine tastings – R 160 p/p
  • Cheese & Cracker Board and 8 Wine tastings – R 150 p/p
  • Chicken Curry & Rice with 8 Wine Tasting – R 150 p/p
  • Beef Lasagna & Salad with 8 Wine Tasting – R 150 p/p
  • 1 Night Accommodation 2 people sharing Bed & Breakfast, 8 Wine Tasting each, Free Wine Glass – R 1390.00
  • 20% Discount on all SPA PACKAGES

Call to book a wine tasting table :

  • Laurel: 082 883 7505
  • Angie: 079 551 9939

Wines available to taste:

Ocean Basket Restaurant

Phone : 016 932 3149

Opening Times : 10:30 – 21:00 (Mon – Sat) 10:30 – 20:00 (Sun)