Tygervalley Centre in the northern suburbs of Cape Town has an ideal solution to those mid-winter blues – a celebration of flavours and tastes that promises to stop your winter cocooning in its tracks.
Join in on the first Taste of Tygervalley Wine Festival on Friday, June 30, from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, July 1, from 2pm to 7pm, in the Arena, which is easily accessible from the underground parking Entrance 3.
With 20 wineries offering their wares ranging from pot-stilled brandy, “fortifieds” like Jerepigo, Port and Muscadel, right through to some serious Reds and full-bodied Whites, the event has been designed to suit every palate and wallet, as most of the tasting items are also for sale to take home.
Participating wineries include: Blaauwklippen wines, Benguela Cove, Bonnievale wines, Diemersfontein, Eagles Cliff Wines, Edgebaston, Groenland, Hermanuspietersfontein, Imbuku wines, Kingna Distillery, Montpellier de Tulbagh, Montagu Wine and Spirits, Mooiplaas, Ormonde Vineyards, Perdeberg, Peter Bayley Wines, Spookfontein, Triple Three Estate Distillery, Yonder Hill and Zorgvliet.
The Cabernet Franc Interest Group will have a special tasting stand so that festivalgoers can find out more about this trendy varietal; Wine of the Month Club and Good Taste will share their expertise; and to top it all, there will be chocolates as part of the pairings and tastings. Some of the specialised tastings will require a small additional fee, payable at the tasting area, especially if you want to experience rare or valuable wines.
The R100 ticket price includes most tastings, a branded crystal wine glass and a contribution towards a bursary for a local youngster to take the first step towards a career as a professional Sommelier, supported by the South African Sommeliers Association.
* Tickets can be booked at Computicket, or at the door. Tickets are limited “to ensure a comfortable tasting experience and easy interaction with wineries.”
For more information, visit www.tygervalley.co.za.