Running through the vines

2015-06-09 06:00

Some famous wine farms in the Stellenbosch region will host various Dirtopia Trail Runs in the months of June and July.

On the public holiday, Youth Day 16 June, there will be four distances to choose from at Dirtopia’s Head Office at Delvera. All ages are welcome to participate, but the 5 km will have a category for 6-10 years and the 11-17 year olds can win special prizes in the 7.5 km. The 12.5 km and 15 km are tougher trails climbing Klapmutskop with winding downhills and spectacular views of Table Mountain.

The Mid-Year run at Muratie on 21 June is expected to sell out so make sure you pre-enter. This venue is popular due to the magnificent Knorhoek Valley trails just above the old cellar. Two routes will be on offer: 7 km and 12 km.

Warwick wine estate is known for their picnics at the dam so don’t miss the Wine Adventure Trail Run on 5 July where you’ll be able to taste their wines at a refreshment station. Routes go on the neighbouring Le Bonheur farm too so choose from a 5 km, 10 km or 15 km and experience views of the Simonsberg and Paarl mountains.

The Gluhwein Trail Run at Delheim on 19 July will offer an 8 km and 13 km that traverse on trails like Spatzendreck on the slopes of Simonsberg.

As with all the other runs there will be wonderful meals on offer, water points, medals, drinks to all finishers and lucky draws with top wines to be won.

For all the details and to enter, visit or call 021 884 4752 or mail

Each entry will give a contribution to the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, so don’t miss this opportunity to run on private land in the winelands

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