Listed below are the upcoming wine festivals:
Barrels & Beards Harvest Celebration – 15 and 16 April (Bot River, Overberg)
The fifth annual Barrels & Beards Harvest Celebration will be taking place along the Bot River wine route. The festival consists of three special events over the two days. Cost is R180 to R450 per person.
Biltong & Pinotage – 16 and 17 April (Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands)
Taking place at L’Avenir Wine Estate is this year’s J&M pinotage and biltong festival. The family-friendly event will cost R150 per person.
Boschendal Farm to Table Festival – 23 and 24 April (Franschhoek, Cape Winelands)
This festival hosted at Boschendal Wine Farm will give guests an opportunity to sample fresh local, seasonal and ethically sourced produce and food, and sip on premium wines while enjoying educational workshops and talks from some inspiring foodies.
Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival – 30 April and 1 May (Elgin, Overberg)
Celebrating the end of harvest, this festival offers wine lovers a chance to explore the route and taste the best Elgin has to offer. Cost is R120 per person via Webtickets.
Fijnwyn Wine and Food Festival – 30 April and 1 May (Pretoria East, Gauteng)
The 7th Fijnwyn Food & Wine festival, held at Shokran Events venue, will feature food-and-wine pairing and entertainment for family and friends.
Oesfees Centurion – 30 April to 2 May (Centurion, Pretoria)
The Oesfees Festival will be held at Leriba Hotel. There will be complimentary transfers from the Gautrain station and secure parking close by. Cost is R150 per person.
South African Cheese Festival – 30 April to 2 May (Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands)
Cheese and wine lovers are invited to taste and buy the widest variety of local cheeses as well as pair them with their favourite wines and whisky. Cost is R150.
Wade Bales Wine & Malt Whisky Affair – 6 May (Gardens, Cape Town)
This exciting festival will showcase a selection of wines and whiskies to suit every palate for connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Cost is R180.
Tuning the Vine – 11 May (City Bowl, Cape Town)
The Mother City’s first inner-city wine route links some of Cape Town’s hippest streets. Cost is R150 per person.
Tops at Spar Wine Show Johannesburg – 12 to 14 May (Sandton, Johannesburg)
Taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre, this year’s show will give wine enthusiasts a chance to meet the wine makers, taste and buy the best of the Northern and Western Cape’s bottles direct from the producers, and enjoy gourmet foods. Cost is R160 online, R180 at the door, R240 for a weekend pass.
Good Food & Wine Show Cape Town – 27 to 29 May (Foreshore, Cape Town)
This year’s event will explore the latest in lifestyle and design, as well as urban and rural integration. There will also be a number of unique sensory experiences, celebrity chefs, street-food stalls, baking demos, and an exciting new-look wine area where visitors can look forward to special tastings, talks, a wine smell wall, as well as wine-and-food pairing sessions.
La Lucia Mall & Buxton’s La Cave Liquors Fine Wine Privé 2016 – 26 May (La Lucia, Durban)
Experience an exclusive evening with over 70 of South Africa’s premier wine makers and wine estates, plus light gourmet snacks and entertainment. Tickets are extremely limited and available via Webtickets. Cost is R150 per person.
Shiraz and Charcuterie at Antonij Rupert – 28 May (Franschhoek, Cape Winelands)
Sample Anthonij Rupert Wine’s range of shiraz wines as well as a selection of SA’s finest syrahs paired with charcuterie and other delicious artisanal fare. Cost is R180 per person.
Tops at Spar Wine Show Durban – 2 to 4 June (Umhlanga, Durban)
Taking place at Sibaya Casino, this year’s show will give wine enthusiasts a chance to meet the wine makers, taste and buy the best of the Northern and Western Cape’s bottles direct from the producers, and enjoy gourmet foods. Cost is R120 online, R140 at the door, R200 for a weekend pass.
Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend – 2 to 5 June (Robertson, Cape Winelands)
Sample wines and explore over 40 wineries, boutique wineries and tourist establishments showcasing the valley’s winning produce over four days. Cost is R150.
Tuning the Vine – 8 June (City Bowl, Cape Town)
The Mother City’s first inner-city wine route links some of Cape Town’s hippest streets, from Bree to Wale, for a trendy mid-week wine fest. Cost is R150.
Calitzdorp Winter Festival – 16 to 19 June (Calitzdorp, Klein Karoo)
The Calitzdorp Winter Festival (originally known as the Calitzdorp Port Festival) will be the perfect opportunity for wine lovers to plan a winter weekend escape to the heart of the Klein Karoo.
Source: The South African