Not only is this a great event to attend for wine lovers from all walks of life (and experience levels) but it is also the world’s longest-running wine event under one owner – yup, that’s The Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival and this year they are proudly celebrating their 30th anniversary when it takes place at Summer Place in Johannesburg on May 5 and 6.
According to its founder Juliet Cullinan, it is now the world’s oldest wine event under one owner. Cullinan is regarded as one of the first female trailblazers in the local wine industry, and this year she will be paying tribute to a host of women winemakers in a dedicated area at the show.
She explains: “The prequel to the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival began 31 years ago when I hosted my first wine tasting in Hermanus. Norma Ratcliffe, the first wine lady of Warwick, was among the cellar masters that served their flagship vintages to my 40 guests.
“This year I am proud that I will be showcasing some of the country’s leading women winemakers and their wines and demonstrate how far we have come in the past three decades.”
At a launch at The Peech Hotel in Melrose, some of the wineries who will be participating were revealed including Bruce Jack and his Heritage Range Boer Maak ‘n Plan Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018 as well as Buitenwerwachting, DeWetshof and De Grendel.
Glasses for the festival have again been provided by Ambience Hospitality Brands who will also showcase their lauded Schott Zwiesel wine glasses at the show.
The last word to Cullinan: “Our boutique collection is as uncompromising as ever. As always, we’re showcasing fewer than 50 exclusive boutique wineries, which allows guests a tasting from each. We’re still offering unparalleled opportunities for collectors to discover and purchase some of the rarest, most exceptional wines from several regions at special show prices.”
Find out more on their website HERE…