With only two weeks to go, the countdown has begun for the 2016 Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay. The picturesque Coetzenburg Sports Grounds will once again play host to this much-anticipated event, which will take place from Friday to Sunday, February 5 to 7.
This historical festival was the first of its kind in the country and continues to delight visitors with its authentic Stellenbosch lifestyle experience, superb wines, delicious food, fun outdoor activities and live music – all against the natural backdrop of the Stellenbosch region.
Coinciding with the eagerly awaited annual harvest, the festival will showcase wines from 87 wineries, including smaller boutique cellars, which will make an exclusive appearance on Sunday, February 7. From award-winning estates to hidden gems from the smaller cellars, there will be something on offer for almost every palate – whether you’re a connoisseur, a social wine enthusiast or even a complete novice, we guarantee something for everyone.
Wine from all participating wine producers will be on sale at the Pick n Pay wine shop, including a Wine Library that has been incorporated for the first time, which means collectors can look forward to finding some rare vintages.
Take things to the next level with a visit to The Tasting Room where select winemakers and chefs will team up to present exquisite food-and-wine pairings. Each session accommodates 40 guests and lasts half an hour. Bookings can be made at the venue and cost R25 per person – smart shopper cardholders enter free of charge.
Visit the Flavours of Pick n Pay for mouth-watering snacks or the Gourmet Lane for signature dishes from popular local restaurants. From oysters and bubbly to biltong, your only problem will be deciding what to try first.
The weekend also features a fantastic line-up of entertainment, including chart-topper and soon-to-be-judge on ‘The Voice South Africa’, Karen Zoid, who will perform with the ever-popular Kurt Darren at the Friday sunset concert. All-girl band BlackByrd will take centre stage on the Saturday, while Ard Matthews of Just Jinger fame will ease out the weekend on the Sunday.
While parents relax or get stuck into the fun activities at the Grape Stomping Grounds, younger visitors can play at the supervised Momentum Health Kiddies Area.
* Daily festival tickets cost R180 for adults and include a tasting glass. Tickets are now available online from www.webtickets.co.za. Children under 18 enter free.
Festival opening times are as follows: Friday from 3pm to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Visit the festival website, www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za, for a full event schedule. Follow the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on Twitter @StellWineFest, Instagram @Stellenboschwinefest or sign up for regular updates on Facebook at StellenboschWineFestival.