Late in November 2019, we posted on social media that our estate was off-limits for a week. We couldn’t give any further info at the time. Recently, we were very excited to receive the set of official photographs, thereby allowing us to share a very exciting week with you!
We were the very proud hosts of the Red Bull Staff Conference and Team-Building event for 150 people!
With two full days to set up in collaboration with the Red Bull Events Team and The Beanstalk Events Company, a fantastic vision came together, totally transforming and customising the space, creating different areas for different purposes – a ‘campus’ type concept.
All guests were accommodated in tents for a true glamping experience, and it was fantastic housing them near the action, as they were able to explore the different areas and arrive at certain activities by foot – thereby eliminating time-consuming and costly transport of such a large number of delegates from point to point. Bathroom / shower facilities were accommodated in our cottages, as well as via extra facilities that were hired. Our Tasting Room was converted into a drinks / snacks venue, complete with a gaming station, and the entire campus was able to accommodate Red Bull branding, therefore allowing them to fully claim the space. Marquees were also set up in various areas for dining, and for a secret party!
When it came to activities, we had so much fun! The delegates all had complete flexibility before breakfast to go for early morning runs around our estate. The conference followed after breakfast each day, and then the afternoons were left for organised activities such as obstacle courses, team building activities around our pool and other farm landmarks, a secret party, gala dinner, and a surprise Red Bull plane fly over!
Now, when it comes to food and catering, we get really passionate, so we asked Emma, our Hospitality Manager, to list some of the catering highlights:-
Day 1 – Build a burger bar
Evening 1 – Gala awards dinner – Canapes to start, platters on the tables followed by a 2 course meal and a sweetie table to end.
Every morning started with a full buffet breakfast with all the trimmings.
Day 2 – Braai (barbecue) on the lawn of the Tasting Room where guests could enjoy the benches, lawns and informal areas that had been set up.
Evening 2 – Party night on a hidden location of our farm, with food trucks from outside caterers.
On all days there were regular tea/coffee breaks with a sweetie table that was always available.
And when asked about the overall highlights of the conference, this is what Emma had to say:-
“The Gala Dinner with Siya Kolisi as the guest had to be the ultimate highlight! Such a fun evening. The team building on the farm and in the river and between the vineyards was also brilliant. Another highlight was The Unforeseen party – such a great party! This was housed in a clear marquee on another part of the farm and was a total surprise for the delegates! Everyone was transported to the party site in a safari vehicle, horse and carriage and other forms of transport. They had confetti canons, and roller girls and all kinds of fun things!!! Amazing! We loved all the tents too! The cottages were used for bathroom and lounge areas and then all the guests stayed in the tents on the lawn (a great gees!).”
Then lastly, the biggest highlight had to be the people, to whom we owe our thanks:-
“The guests – they were a great group of people, fun, energetic, friendly and polite! A pleasure to serve.
The companies we worked with – Red Bull Events Team and Beanstalk – they made it fun and easy work!”
Thank you to everyone for an unforgettable experience. We loved every moment and hope to host many more events like this in the future again!
We absolutely love it when it’s Wines2Whales time, and everyone gets a chance to get on their bikes and try the trails, or simply just support and cheer. This year, the very aptly named Pinotage leg passed through Wildekrans, and the theme for the leg was #SeriousGEES (serious festive atmosphere, fun). We certainly gave the theme our all at our ‘water’ point, with wine-tasting and our staff getting wholeheartedly into the spirit!
If you want to see what GEES actually is (as the English translation of this Afrikaans word simply does not do it justice), then take a look at this fabulous video clip, kindly created by Bigshot Media.
Thank you to all the supporters, riders and sponsors for such a great event, and well done to everyone who took part – on or off the saddle.
Join us for our first Food & Wine Pairing evening!
Date: 21 September 2019
Venue: The Restaurant at Wildekrans Wine Estate
Cost: R495.00 including wine.
This is a special opportunity to taste some amazing dishes, specifically created by our chef to pair perfectly with our wines.
Some wine highlights to look forward to:
Be the first to taste our new vintage Sauvignon Blanc, which is not yet available for purchase or tasting.
You will also get to enjoy our 2016 Barrel Select Reserve Cape Blend, recent winner in the Perold ABSA Top 10 Cape Blend Awards, and our 2016 Barrel Select Reserve Pinotage, a recent winner in the ABSA top 10 Pinotage Competition.
After a fantastic inaugural event, the annual Wildekrans Wild-One Trail Run will take place on 29 September 2019. There are various distances to suit everyone’s ability. From the challenging 21,1km to the easy paced 2,5km there’s something for everyone. Racing starts at 7h30.
The Wildekrans restaurant will be preparing coffee, breakfast buns, pastries and other delights, as well as their full menu being available from 11h00 onwards. The award wining wines of winemaker Braam Gericke will also be available for purchase.
A raffle will be held with some stunning prizes. All proceeds will go the the Hermanus and Overberg Community Veterinary Clinic for animal sterilisation in needy communities.