Calling all wine lovers – like me – one important set of dates to make sure are in your diary has to be 6, 7 and 8 June when the highly anticipated Tops at Spar Wine Show returns to Montecasino, delivering a three-day ensemble of wine-centred activities.
Renowned for giving wine-lovers the chance to sample their way through some of SA’s premium wine farms (this year showcasing over 80 brands), the Tops at Spar Wine Show also offers interactive presentations on wine in all its glory, the ever-exciting South African Wine Tasting Championships (the ‘Search for a Supertaster’ in which anyone can contend), and the esteemed Wine Label Design Awards presented by Rotolabel – but that’s not all! There’s also the chance to win wine for a year, courtesy of Stellenbosch Vineyards.
Some of the highlights of the show include the #SAwineShowcase theatre experience, featuring entertaining and informative sessions by the one and only Jon Meinking. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about the value in old vines through the Old Vine Project, which will be offering exclusive tastings of old vine wines by OVP Project Manager André Morgenthal. Not to be missed is the Spar Group’s showcase of its Private Label, Olive Brook, which has two new ranges, Everyday and Terroir Selection.
The ‘Winederland’ Tour is South Africa’s largest travelling wine show and is proudly supported by Tops at Spar. After Joburg, it winds its way to Cape Town from 11 to 13 July, Port Elizabeth from 25 to 27 July, Pretoria (which is making a welcome return to the tour schedule) from 3 to 5 October, East London (the latest addition to the tour) from 7 to 9 November, and ending off in Nelspruit from 28 to 30 November.
Joburg Wine Show Info…
Dates & times: Thursday 6 June: 17:00-21:00
Friday 7 June: 17:00-21:00
Saturday 8 June: 15:00-21:00
Venue: The Outdoor Event Area at Montecasino
Ticket prices: General access: R185 per person (includes a tasting glass, show guide, access to wine theatres and unlimited tastings)
Couples combo: R385 per couple, valued at R570 (includes two general admission tickets, two tasting glasses, a show guide, access to the wine theatres, unlimited tastings and a six-pack of glasses)
VIP Lounge: R495 per person, valued at R870 (includes a private seating area away from the crowds, a glass of premium MCC on arrival, four elegant food offerings with a selection of paired wines from Vinesse, personalised sommeliers service to guide your wine experience, limited bar, including boutique wine selection, a cheese board, a corporate gift and complimentary Platters Guide, plus all General Admission ticket benefits)