02 March 2017

Event watching: Soweto Wine Fest

We’re excited about this weekend. The 12th annual Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival is taking place this weekend under Soweto’s summer skies, celebrating wine, culture and food.
The festival, which caters to about 2000 wine enthusiasts, takes place at the Soweto Theatre is the hub for the country’s finest innovators, bringing together winemakers, artisan chefs, designers, crafters and entrepreneurs in a 3-day cultural experience, unique to Soweto.
Festival founders Marilyn Cooper and Mnikelo Mangciphu decided to capture the summer sun in March in ordert to enhance the warmth and inspiration of summer wine vibes.
Wine and food pairing classes are a regular feature at the festival for wine enthusiasts to experience the different effects of the five taste sensations when paired with Dry White, Red, Rose and Sweet Wines.
This year the festival includes live musical experiences, bringing additional flavour to the festival experience. Limited-edition Step-Up Tickets are available to the public online through Webtickets, from select Pick n Pay outlets, and from Soweto Theatre prior to the festival, and at the door on the night.
The impressive list of wine estates and wine brands participating this year is set to satisfy all palates. The festival welcomes family farms from across the Cape, including Blake Family Wines, M’Hudi Wines; Villa Esposto; Boekenhoutskloof’s Chocolate Block, The Wolftrap and Porcupine Ridge wines; Diemersfontein Wines; Doolfhof Wines; Freedom Hill; Hermanuspietersfontein Wines; Pomula Wine Spritzer; Survivor Wines; Peter Falke Wines; Robertson Wines (Natural Sweet) and Fat Bastard; KWV’s Classic Range, Laborie and Roodeberg; and Spier Wines, to name a few.
The 2017 festival open times are: Friday, 3rd March – 6 pm to 10 pm @ R150 Saturday, 4th March – 5 pm to 10 pm @ R180 Sunday, 5th March – 12 pm to 6 pm @ R150
“The Soweto Wine Festival, proudly and unapologetically African, is designed to bring Cape wines into Johannesburg’s largest suburb, Soweto, known for its unique styles and artists, to revolutionise old wine etiquettes and cultures and make it African in every way. This festival has become the most wonderfully-integrated event in Johannesburg, where the only colours anyone sees are red, white and rosé,” said the organisers.