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Events

Experience the very best international and local wines at our upcoming events, or create your own custom tasting. For further information, email info@winecellar.co.za.

Tastings start at 18:30 and end at 20:00; we generally taste between 10 and 15 wines at each event.

 


Crazy Koen of Spioenkop Pits His Wines Against the French – R 225 

12 August, Wine Cellar Observatory

‘Are they crazy? Just a little,’ suggests the Spioenkop website. Koen and Lore Roose moved from Belgium a decade ago and started a project high up on ‘Spioenkop’ in Elgin. The winemaker ‘goes by the book but likes to push the envelope a bit, where he feels it’s warranted’. In OUR view, Koen produces the finest Riesling in the country, along with a leading 5-Star Pinotage and some of the most European-styled wines around. He will guide you through his wines and pit them against a smart selection from France. This event is rated PG 18!

Email Lisa@winecellar.co.za 

spioenkop tastings
 

Portugal: The Douro Boys and Beyond – R 300

2 September, Wine Cellar Observatory

‘It’s a Wine Revolution. Really, that’s the only word for it,’ says Matt Kramer of the Wine Spectator on the Douro Valley. ‘It’s hard to overstate the degree of change in the past decade alone.’ We introduce the wines of ‘The Douro Boys’ who helped kick-start the revolution: Niepoort, Quinta do Vale D Maria and Quinta do Crasto. From powerful Douro reds to Pinot-esque wines, delicate whites and robust Port, the Douro is an amazing valley of history and diversity. We also show Dirk Niepoort’s ventures into the Dão, Bairrada and Vinho Verde with astonishing and unique wines. Come discover why Portugal (along with South Africa) is the hottest wine-producing country in the world today.

Email Lisa@winecellar.co.za or buy your tickets online

douro portugal tasting
 

Mullineux and Leeu: New Single-Vineyards and Vintage Variation – R 375

9 September, Wine Cellar Observatory

Join the Mullineux team as they talk about their new partnership with Indian businessman Analjit Singh and show off their new single-vineyards and exciting new Olerasay Straw Wine. Their 2013 Granite, Quartz and Schist Chenins will be compared to previous vintages, as will the Iron and Schist Syrahs. We also taste the new, lighter-styled 2013 Syrah which seems to have everyone talking!

Email Lisa@winecellar.co.za or buy your tickets online

mullineux wine tasting
 

Burgundy 2013 Reds: An Intriguing and Distinctive Vintage – R 595

16 September, Wine Cellar Observatory

Perhaps not as stellar as 2005, 2009 or 2010, the best 2013s are sweet, crunchy and refreshing with low to moderate alcohol levels and good ageing potential. This is a classic vintage for Burgundy lovers, offering ‘wonderfully refreshing, energetic and transparent medium-bodied wines that possess solid but not aggressive acidities and firm but not hard tannic spines,’ says Allen Meadows. While 2013s from lesser négociants are variable in quality, we will taste wines from the Côte’s leading producers: Joseph Drouhin, Hudelot-Noëllat and Henri Boillot. Various Villages and Premiers Crus will be in the line-up, as well as a serious Grand Cru.

Email Lisa@winecellar.co.za or buy your tickets online

burgundy 2013 reds
 

Bordeaux 2012: A Classic Merlot Year? – R 595

30 September, Wine Cellar

We land the latest Bordeaux vintage and taste through all the major appellations. 2012 is generally more highly regarded than the 2011s and is being compared to the classic 2008s, which have turned out beautifully. Cabernet Sauvignon was less successful than Merlot with late summer rains. Pomerol is the star of the vintage, but there are many great wines to be found. Highlights will include Certan de May, Rauzan-Ségla, Smith Haut Lafitte and Ducru Beaucaillou.

Email Lisa@winecellar.co.za or buy your tickets online

bordeaux 2012
 

Burgundy 2013 Whites: A Classic and Excellent Vintage – R 595 

7 October, Wine Cellar Observatory

‘Indeed, they are classic white burgundies in almost every respect,’ says Allen Meadows on the 2013s. ‘Finely balanced wines built for medium-term aging, yet they are not so rigid and structured as to prevent them from being approachable young,’ he continues. Again, we will taste through the top villages with highlights including Premier and Grands Crus from Joseph Drouhin and Henri Boillot. We also introduce great value but also very impressive Pouilly-Fuissé from Château des Rontets and top Mâcon from Héritiers du Comte Lafon.

Email Lisa@winecellar.co.za or buy your tickets online

burgundy 2013 whites
 

SA White Blends Taste-Off – R 250

14 October, Wine Cellar Observatory

'South Africa's whites are on a roll….the white Rhône blends are constantly delivering something more esoteric, yet well-crafted and packed full of flavor, especially from Swartland,' affirms Neal Martin. 'Critics are abuzz at what looks set to be "the next big thing" from South Africa: premium white blends to rival the best from Bordeaux, the Rhone and beyond,' says Decanter. We put all the top white (non-Bordeaux) blends together in a blind taste-off. Who will come out on top?

Email Lisa@winecellar.co.za or buy your tickets online

south african white blends tasting
 

View our Johannesburg tasting schedule or take a look at a selection of our best tastings from previous years.

Cancellation Policy

Due to high demand and limited event size, payment is required to secure your booking. In the event of cancellations, full refunds will only be given if we are notified 5 business days or more before the date of the event via email. Substitution of an attendee may be made at any time after payment. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule an event due to low enrolment or other reasons beyond our control. In the case that we have to cancel a tasting event, we will notify customers immediately and offer a full refund or the opportunity to reschedule.

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