Get set for Stellenbosch – A Celebration of Wine, which is the latest innovation by Stellenbosch Wine Routes, and it kicks off on the weekend of the 2nd to the 5th of August. This brand-new attraction offers an unprecedented opportunity to re-discover the wines and wine people of this illustrious wine region, and all over the course of a single weekend. This top-draw wine show will toast to the excellence and diversity of Stellenbosch wines through a handful of intimate and exclusive events.
It’s all happening at one cosy location – De Warenmarkt in the historic heart of the City of Oaks. The famous legends of Stellenbosch will be brought back to life through fantastic wine tastings and elaborate fine dining, food and wine pairing events. Entertaining wine personalities will play host for what is set to be a magical weekend of wine.
The intention of the weekend’s celebration is to highlight the region’s winemaking heritage, premium status and internationally recognised excellence. With it being Women’s Month, there will be a special focus on the contribution of female winemakers to the industry. Another showcase will be the focus on the essential ingredient of family tradition, which is entwined with the very DNA of Stellenbosch wine.
The schedule for the weekend is packed with not to be missed events and is as follows:
On Thursday, 2 August, Boutique Brilliance & Big Bottles opens the show. This walk-around wine tasting takes place from 6pm to 10pm and features a dozen of Stellenbosch’s boutique wine producers. Demonstrating that big is not always better, this is the opportunity to discover and stock up on rare and lesser known wine treasures. The entry fee of R290pp includes access to a feast of delicious canapes and the harvest table with a special cheese fondue.
On Friday, 3 August, the Women-in-Wine brunch puts the spotlight on the region’s female winemakers. A three-course meal will be served from 10am to 12pm, with bubbly and wines and the stars themselves taking centre stage. Tickets are R400pp.
The formal dinner titled In The Company of Legends takes place later on Friday, 3 August and offers the exceptional chance to meet some of Stellenbosch’s greats over a premier four-course, food-and-wine extravaganza. Among the luminaries who will attend are world-renowned winemakers and exceptional story-tellers. Tickets to the event, which starts at 6.30 for 7pm, cost R650pp.
On Saturday, 4 August, Father & Son acknowledges the unique contribution of skill and knowledge that is passed from generation to generation, to Stellenbosch wine excellence. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, this dinner will feature some of the famous father-and-son winemaking duos, who will share their stories over four courses, paired with their wines. Tickets to the event, which also starts at 6.30 for 7pm, cost R750pp.
The final event of Stellenbosch – A Wine Celebration will be a very special lunch at noon on Sunday 5 August. The Cabernet Long Table will underline the region’s leading prowess with the noble Cabernet Sauvignon cultivar – status that is held thanks to its incomparable concentration of local and international award winners. The four-course meal pairs vintages of the variety with every dish, including dessert and will see some of local Cabernet Sauvignon wine-making royalty in attendance too. Tickets are R650pp.
Tickets to each of the Stellenbosch – A Wine Celebration events are very limited, so best book right away for this premier show that brings a fresh opportunity to enjoy rare and unusual gems at this all-round winter wine-derland. To book simply click through to the site at wineroute here.
For more information, contact Elmarie Rabe on 021 886 8275 or info(at)wineroute(dot)co(dot)za.
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Looking forward to seeing you all there! Yay for wine and celebrations!