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Events

Experience the very best international and local wines at our upcoming events, or create your own custom tasting. Tastings start at 18:30 and end at 20:00; we generally taste between 10 and 15 wines at each event.

Our latest tasting schedule, for June to October, is shown below.

Wine Cellar will also host your private or corporate tastings. Please contact info@winecellar.co.za to create your own tailored tasting.

 

 

Northern Rhône 2013s, Including 100/100 Chapoutier – R 795

Wednesday, 29 June, Wine Cellar Observatory

We taste through all the important appellations from the north in the solid 2013 vintage: Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu, St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires will be a definite highlight – 'Michel Chapoutier has once again produced one of the reference-point lineups for the entire Rhône Valley… The 2013 whites are some of the finest I’ve ever tasted from him,' says Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate. We also taste wines from Graillot, Perret, Clape, Verzier and Cuilleron.

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Northern Rhône 2013 tasting
 

 

Niche Grape Varieties in South Africa – R 250

Wednesday, 6 July, Wine Cellar Observatory

The South African wine scene is rapidly changing as winemakers experiment with a multitude of different grape varieties, many of which are new to SA. We highlight interesting producers and styles from these niche varieties and discuss their future in South Africa. The varieties will include Albariño, Verdehlo, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache, Tempranillo, Barbarossa, Carignan, Tinta Barocca, Nebbiolo and Tannat.

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Niche Grape Varieties tasting
 

 

Legendary SA Wines Back to the 1940s – R 1,200

Wednesday, 13 July, Wine Cellar Observatory

Wine Cellar has unearthed a number of special cellars over the years, and here is a chance to taste some of South Africa’s vintage gems. This follows the recent international recognition of vintage SA wines, especially from the 1960s and 1970s. We take a journey from the 1990s backwards and end with a legendary 1948 Port. Many of the greats will be on show, including Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1965, Rustenberg Dry Red 1969, Chateau Libertas 1970, Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 1979, Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1986 and Meerlust Rubicon 1994.

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SA Legends tasting
 

 

Bollinger’s Best with Deputy Cellar Master Denis Bunner – R 1,500

Wednesday, 20 July, Wine Cellar Observatory

We are proud to host Deputy Cellar Master of Bollinger, Denis Bunner. With a degree in oenology from Reims University under his belt, Bunner works alongside Chef de Caves Gilles Descôtes. He will guide us through the philosophy of Bollinger with the Brut and Rosé and then lead us to La Grande Année 2005 and the (recently disgorged) RD 2002. A rare tasting of La Côte aux Enfants 2012 is a must for all Burgundy and Champagne lovers. This special Pinot Noir heralds from a legendary 4-hectare monople in Aÿ.

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Bollinger's Best tasting
 

 

Le Soula Vertical: 'One of the south of France’s most exciting wineries' – R 450

Wednesday, 27 July, Wine Cellar Observatory

Gérard Gauby, the Roussillon’s most highly respected vigneron, unlocked the potential of these cool vineyards by forming a partnership with his English wine importer, Richards Walford. Now a leading biodynamic estate, which sits high up in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Le Soula is renowned for is fresh, textured and natural style. 'One of the south of France’s most exciting wineries,' says Jamie Goode; the winery was also host to Callie Louw and Chris Mullineux early on in their winemaking careers. We taste a vertical of the Red and White, going through various vintages back to 2003. This will give you a unique insight into how these expressive, biodynamic wines age. One for the geeks!

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Le Soula tasting
 

 

South Africa's Rarest Wines – R 650 

Wednesday, 17 August, Wine Cellar Observatory

Never before have there been so many wines that sell out on release in South Africa, mostly as a result of low-yielding old vineyards. Here is a chance to taste all of SA’s rarest wines in one line-up. These will include Sadie Family, Alheit Vineyards, Rall, Thorne and Daughters, Porseleinberg, Badenhorst and Savage. We will also taste the new 280-bottle Eden High Density Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc from Bruwer Raats.

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South Africa's Rarest Wines tasting
 

 

Burgundy 2014: Top Whites and Classic Reds – R 795

Wednesday, 31 August, Wine Cellar Observatory

The 2014 vintage could be the finest for Chardonnay in many years. While fully ripe and textured, the 2014s hold brilliant acidity and amazing length. The whites are rated 5/5, and the reds are 4/5 and described as 'classic' by Stephan Brook of Decanter. Another impossibly low yield means that very little is available (please ask for the list: roland@winecellar.co.za) and we taste special vineyards from Hudelot Noëllat (Vougeot), Henri Boillot (Meursault) and Joseph Drouhin.

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Burgundy 2014 – Top Whites and Classic Reds
 

 

Château Rayas and the Southern Rhône – R 650

Wednesday, 14 September, Wine Cellar Observatory

The Southern Rhône is all about Grenache, offering some of the world’s best value wines along with the most sought-after. We taste through the major appellations with wines from Château Pesquié, Roger Perrin, Chapoutier, Domaine des Tours and Château Rayas. We will focus on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing 5 different cuvées from 3 producers, ending with Château Rayas itself – one of the world’s greatest wines.

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Chateau Rayas tasting
 

 

Bordeaux Greats: 2009 vs 2010 – R 1,050

Wednesday, 28 September, Wine Cellar Observatory

Back-to-back, 2009 and 2010 are the greatest 2 modern-day Bordeaux vintages. With a few years of bottle age, we put them side-by-side to discover which is the finest. Taste both vintages of Clos du Marquis, Batailley, L'Arrosée, Cantemerle, Domaine de Chevalier and Léoville Barton.

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Bordeaux Greats: 2009 vs 2010 tasting
 

 

Benchmark Loire: Domaine Huet and Coulée de Serrant – R 550 

Wednesday, 5 October, Wine Cellar Observatory

Taste all the 2014 wines from Domaine Huet and Coulée de Serrant. Not only are these 2 producers leaders in Chenin Blanc, but both are biodynamic and very unique in their styling. We taste from dry to sweet and end off with rare Domaine Huets from the 1990s. A Chenin lover’s delight.

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Domaine Huet and Coulée de Serrant tasting
 

 

View our Johannesburg or Stellenbosch tasting schedules, 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. If 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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