There is no farm, which the FNB Wines2Whales route passes through that has as big an impact on the race as Oak Valley. Not only does the estate host the race village, with both nights of the stage race spent on its sports grounds, but it also provides some of the event’s most iconic singletracks. Trails like Waterfall, Sounds of Silence, Cow Trail and JK’s Edge, attract mountain bikers all year round; but there is more to do on the farm too.

With 35 hectares of the vast estate cultivated with vineyards wine is secondary to fruit on the farm, in terms of area cultivated. Oak Valley’s wines do however ensure the most publicity, outside of mountain biking. What makes this remarkable is that the estate’s first bottle of wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, was only produced in 2003. In 18 years, they have won a range of awards; including Top 100 White Wine of the Year, for their Tabula Rasa CY95 Chardonnay in 2018 and receiving 92 points from Tim Atkin for their 2019 Groenlandberg Chardonnay.

Along with their Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs, Oak Valley also produces Riesling and Pinot Noir. These can be tasted in their Pool Room venue 7 days a week. The farm also boasts two restaurants, the first is the Melting Pot. Headed up by Chef John van Zyl, it specialises in serving contemporary small plates inspired by global cuisine. The menu changes monthly with the seasons, but the West coast mussels served with a raw fennel salad on toasted sourdough is always a hit. Lighter meals and the all-important pre-ride coffee can be purchased from the Discovery Café. Open from 07:00, on weekends, it boasts a wooded picnic area and is also family friendly.

Oak Valley is open for mountain bikers 365 days of the year, except after heavy rains. The trails are open during daylight hours and there are showers at the trail head, should riders wish to freshen up before visiting the Pool Room for a wine tasting or heading to the Melting Pot for a special meal.


Oak Valley
Location: Oak Valley Estate, Grabouw
Opening Hours: Weekdays 09:00 to 17:00 and Weekends/Public Holidays from 10:00 to 16:00


For 120 years Paul Cluver has been a mainstay of the Elgin farming community. While its impact on mountain biking and the FNB Wines2Whales is a little more recent, the farm has hosted every edition of the race. Including the upcoming 12th edition, in 2021.

A family-owned farm, Paul Cluver wine estate is synonymous with the FNB Wines2Whales. It is home to many of the race’s most famous trails, like the Pofadder, Mamba, Cobra and Rietvlei Magic. For 2021 the FNB W2W Switchback riders are in for a treat on Paul Cluver too, as Rietvlei Magic has been extended to include a dramatic final feature.

Its wines are truly spectacular though, and the real reason for any visit to the estate. Especially now that the trails are closed outside of events and special group bookings. Paul Cluver’s cool climate ensures late ripening fruit, while the soils dictate the varietals. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grow on Bokkeveld Shale, while Paul Cluver Riesling vines grow in Fericrete soils.

These soils and the low impact approach to winemaking produce a variety of wines across the Estate, Village and Seven Flags ranges. A favourite is the Noble Late Harvest, which is the perfect accompaniment for a cheese platter or with dessert. While the Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir and Seven Flags Chardonnay are the estate’s flagship wines; best reserved for a special occasion, perhaps.

The estate is open from 08:00 to 17:00 on weekdays as well as 08:00 to 16:00 on weekends, but all tastings must be pre-booked through the website, Paul Cluver also boasts an exceptional restaurant on the farm, which is open 7-days a week from 08:00 to 16:30. Dinner is served on Friday evenings, only, between 18:00 and 21:00.


Paul Cluver
Location: Paul Cluver Wine Estate, Elgin
Opening Hours: Weekdays 08:00 to 17:00 and Weekends from 08:00 to 16:00


Famed in mountain biking circles for its exceptional singletrack, Wildekrans is more than a trail destination. The estate produces award winning wines and boasts luxurious accommodation too.

Riders returning to FNB Wines2Whales will be familiar with Wildekrans. The farm has long hosted a spectator point and in 2021 it will also feature water point 2 of Stage 1’s Switchback route. For those wishing to pre-ride the open sections of the FNB W2W Switchback course Wildekrans is an excellent base. Not only does the farm boast 24 kilometres of sign posted trails, it is also the ideal spot from which to explore the greater Bot River riding options.

The real reason to visit Wildekrans, however, is the estate’s award-winning wines. Situated between hillocks of grey renosterveld the green vineyards of the farm are particularly eye catching in early summer. The estate itself is 1 000-hectares in size and has 70-hectares under vineyard cultivation. Thanks to the Bot River Valley, which stretches towards the coast between Kleinmond and Hermanus, the farm has a cool climate, facilitated by fresh south easterly breezes.

Head Viticulturist, Braam Gericke practices a low intervention winemaking philosophy and the estate focuses on producing low yield but fruit with a pronounced structure and intensity. This has seen Wildekrans’ Barrel Select Reserve range, in particular, win international acclaim. The Wildekrans MCC range meanwhile is the ideal accompaniment for a podium celebration, or any celebration for that matter. While the estate range offers exceptional value for money.

Wildekrans is open for wine tastings from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00. Their restaurant, meanwhile, is open Wednesday to Sunday, 08:00 to 15:30; and for a dinner service, by booking only, on Friday evenings.


Location: Wildekrans Wine Estate, Bot River
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00

One of the country’s oldest wine estates, Beaumont was first farmed in the 1700’s but it was only when the Beaumont family bought Compagnes Drift, in 1974, that modern wine making was introduced to the Bot River region.

Situated on Compagnes Drift farm – which was home to the Bot River region’s oldest wine cellar, established Dutch East India Company three centuries ago – is Beumont Family Wines. After wine making was discontinued in the 1960s the farm was bought by the Beaumont Family in 1974 and viticulture was revived.

Their signature white is Hope Marguerite, a Chenin Blanc exclusively from 43- and 47-year-old vineyards. Beaumont’s flagship red is their Vitruvian, a blend based on Mourvedre, Pinotage, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Both the Hope Marguerite and Vitruvian were awarded five stars in the most recent Platter wine guide.

Mountain bikers will be rewarded for their visit to Beaumont Family Wines both on and off the bike. The estate has created a network of trails which link with the surrounding farms. Without straying too far from Bot River one can now do a 28-kilometre ride, or extend it to 60-kilometres with gravel adventures on Van Der Stel’s Pass, which is sure to work up an appetite. Plus, when accessing the local trails from the R60, per rider, permit fee can be paid at the Beaumont Deli, which is a fantastic spot to start and end a ride.

Along with good coffees to kick off the ride, the Zest Kitchen and Deli specialises in truly local cuisines. The deli offers a seasonal menu and makes use of the farm’s produce whenever possible. This is facilitated by Beaumont Family Wines also producing pears, almonds and olives.

For those wishing to linger longer there are two original white-washed, black tin-roof, cottages which have been beautifully restored. These self-catering cottages are the prefect base for a weekend of mountain biking, wine tasting and relaxing. Though, with all the treats on offer at Beaumont Family Wines, the mountain biking might well take a back seat…

Join the Beaumont FNB W2W entry auction and stand a chance to secure a 2021 FNB W2W Chardonnay Standard Package entry. Check our wines on and forward your entry bid (and contact details) to [email protected]. The minimum bid is R15 500 and the highest bid wins the entry. Closing date is 30 September 2021.

Beaumont Family Wines
Location: Beaumont Family Wines, Bot River
Opening Hours: 09h00 to 16h00 on Weekdays, and 10h00 to 15h00 on Weekends

Having dedicated three decades to perfecting their Pinot Noir it is no surprise that Bouchard Finlayson has become synonymous with the complex medium bodied wine.

Bouchard Finlayson’s boutique wine cellar is internationally acclaimed and they also produce award winning Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a range of blends alongside their flagship Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir. A particularly celebrated blend to look out for is the Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal, a celebration of old and new world fruit and styles combining Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Mourvédre and Barbera.

Nature lovers will be pleased to read that though the estate, which measures 125 hectares in size, only has 25 hectares cultivated under vine. The majority is set aside and preserved as endemic fynbos. Bouchard Finlayson is also a WWF-SA Conservation Champion. As such they pursue long-term conservation commitments as well as spearhead innovations in water and energy sufficiency.

For mountain bikers visiting the farm’s trails link between the lower sections of the Hemel en Aarde Valley and the climb to the higher reaches of the valley via the La Vierge Stairs. The best option is thus to leave the bikes on the bike rack and indulge in a wine tasting rather. The estate is open seven days a week for tastings and offers deli platters to satiate the hunger pangs while working through their award-winning wines.

Bouchard Finlayson
Location: Bouchard Finlayson Estate, Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus
Opening Hours: 09h00 to 16h30 on Weekdays, and 09h30 to 16h00 on Weekends