Wine Events in July
Just because you can’t make it to the Cape Winelands in July doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate South Africa’s great wines a little closer to your intended destination (or home if you are local). There are a few excellent events being held around the country that celebrate South African wines.
Here’s a quick round up of a few “Wine” events taking place in July: In East London head to the 14th annual Wine Fair from the 1st to the 3rd of July, With over 45 estates, the Wine Fair brings a wide variety of the best tasting wine to your doorstep. Superb local restaurants and eateries always accompany the Daily Dispatch and Sparg’s Superspar Wine Fair, providing a wide selection of cuisine for the hungry.
Join the people of Franschhoek as Franschhoek celebrates its centuries-old French Huguenot heritage with a wonderful feast of food, wine and entertainment at its annual Bastille Festival on the weekend of July 11 and 12.
In De Rust, taste ostrich meat with a twist and local wines in a live entertainment atmosphere with bands, “stoepstories” and much more – happening at the Volstruisfees from 16 to 18 July.
In Gauteng, more than twenty different venues on and around the banks of the Vaal River have been carefully selected to showcase the wines from over 50 premier South African Wine Estates. The venues on the Vaal River Meander Wine Route are diverse and interesting and provide for all different tastes. See Vaal River Meander Wine Route (18 July onwards).
In Newlands, Cape Town, the annual South African Wine Tourism Conference takes place from 21 to 23 July at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa and Intervitis Interfructa Southern Africa takes place at the Cape Town ICC from 28 to 30 July.
In the Garden Route wine will be flowing at the Knysna Oyster Festival (3 – 12 July) and in Hermanus, Whale Capital of the World, combine a whale-watching weekend with the Hermanus Food & Wine Festival from 7 – 9 August.
In Durban the event to attend is the Good Food & Wine Show being held at Durban Exhibition Centre. Here, food and wine lovers can soak up the tricks and talents of the hottest celebrity chefs from the 23rd to 26th July.
The absolute “must-do” event of the season is of course the Stellenbosch Wine festival being held from 30 July to 2 August. A comprehensive programme of festivities includes an opportunity to taste over 500 wines, meet winemakers and watch professional chefs compete in cooking competitions.
See you there!