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Posted on: Thursday, 27 September 2012

3 Unusual Wine Festivals in SA

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iTownship Wine Festival

iTownship Wine Festival

Wine festivals are designed to show off some of the finest and newest wines to connoisseurs and novices alike. They usually invite a number of wine estates to attend, revealing interesting facts and important information about a selection of reds, whites and sparklings.

However, 2012 promises some wine festivals with a twist, making them even more interesting and fun to attend, no matter how much (or little) you know about wines. Here are some of these unusual events scheduled for 2012:

The iTownship Wine Festival

(3 – 5 December 2012) Gugulethu, Cape Town
This is an annual event that is held in the pulsating, ever-vibrant, and enormous township of Gugulethu. Gugulethu is the home of a number of South African artists, entrepreneurs and entertainment personalities. It is also one of the must-sees of just about any township tour in Cape Town, since it is such a major part of the culture and heritage of the Mother City.

The iTownship Wine Festival is held within the heart of this bustling cultural hotspot and includes a Wine Art Pavilion, a guide to starting your own wine business and the Vintners’ Opening Dinner: Celebrating Gugulethu 50+ Anniversary. Of course, during your time at the festival, there are a host of other attractions to see in Gugulethu; including Mzoli’s Place, Liziwe’s Guesthouse, and the Gugulethu Seven Memorial.

This wine festival is set apart by its cultural and vibrant setting.

For more information, call +27 (0)21 790-5333 or +27 (0)82 960-6505.

The New Brighton Wine Festival

New Brighton Festival

New Brighton Festival

(27 – 29 September 2012) – New Brighton, Port Elizabeth
The younger generation is starting to appreciate a fine wine. This festival is aimed at these ones, and promises to combine the education of youthful enthusiasts with plenty of entertainment. The township of New Brighton is brimming with successful entrepreneurs and those that take a keen interest in the trends and other fineries of the world. This festival is just for them.

In addition to award-winning South African wines, there will be plenty of entertainment in the form of jazz, urban artists, hip hop music and even some live performances by local and international stars.

For more information, call 041 408 8400.

The RMB WineX Wine Festival

RMB WineX Wine Festival

RMB WineX Wine Festival

(24 – 26 October 2012) – Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton
2012 will see the 13th festival of this kind in Johannesburg, made so successful because of its world-class wines, ranging from established South African favourites to brand new wine producers that know they have something really special. Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by excellent hotels of Sandton, there will be no need to drink and drive. Stay the night and enjoy!

In addition to a plethora of wines to taste and purchase, there will also be a world of different cheeses, olives and olive products, and accessories for the most passionate of wine-drinkers.

For more information call +27 (0)11 482-5936 / 5.

Other wine festivals around South Africa include:

  • Pinotage on Tap (13 October 2012) – Wellington
  • Season of Sauvignon Wine Festival (6 – 7 October 2012) – Durbanville
  • Breedekloof Outdoor Wine Festival (12 – 14 October 2012) – Breede River Valley
  • Robertson Wine on the River (19 – 21 October 2012) – Robertson
  • Helderberg Wine Festival (15 – 18 November 2012) – Somersert West
  • Bottomless Barrels Wine Festival (21 December 2012) – George
  • Mpumalanga Wine Show (April 2013) – White River

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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