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

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 February to May, is shown below.

Wine cellar will also host your private or corporate tastings. Please contact to create your own tailored tasting.



SA's Best vs Burgundy – R 495

Wednesday, 17 February, Wine Cellar Observatory

The first tasting of our ‘Best of South Africa’ comparison series starts with South Africa’s top Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs tasted against the hallowed wines of Burgundy. The likes of Paul Cluver Seven Flags, Hamilton Russell and Richard Kershaw on the Chardonnay side, and Radford Dale, Storm and Newton Johnson will represent SA on the Pinot side. Serious crus from Puligny Montrachet, Meursault, Vougeot and Beaune will be tough competition and will no doubt offer an interesting but hedonistic experience.

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SA's best vs burgundy


Off the Beaten Track: Wine and Dine at The Beverley Hills – R 535

Thursday, 18 February @ 7pm, Umhlanga

Wine Cellar, along with the prestigious Beverley Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, will showcase wines from new and rejuvenated vineyard areas that are fast producing some of South Africa’s most exciting wines. Be ‘in-the-know’ as we explore areas such as Malgas, Greyton, George, Skurfburg and Vredendal. Join executive chef Tony Kocke and his dynamic team for what promises to be an exceptional dinner paired with interesting wines. Please book with Krinesh on 031 561 2211 or email

Wine and Dine at The Beverly Hills


SA's Best vs Italy, Spain and Portugal – R 395

Wednesday, 2 March, Wine Cellar Observatory

Most of South Africa’s wines are modelled on French regions, but what about the varieties from the rest of Europe? We taste the great outliers such as Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal, Dalla Cia Teano, Morgenster Tosca, Sijnn Touriga and Fledge and Co., all of which take cues from European regions. Italy will be represented by Gaja Barolo and Tignanello; Spain will showcase top Rioja, and the finest reds from the Douro will be on offer.   

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SA's Best vs Italy, Spain and Portugal


Northern Rhônes with Yves Cuilleron – R 395

Wednesday, 9 March, Wine Cellar Observatory

A leader of the new generation of Northern Rhône winemakers, Yves Cuilleron is one of the biggest land owners and most exciting producers. We taste through 4 great appellations, comparing and understanding various recent vintages. Known for his brilliant Condrieus, we will also taste his St Joseph, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie cuvées. Unfortunately this is only in Cape Town.

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Northern Rhônes with Yves Cuilleron


Spend a Day with Angelo Gaja – R 3,500

Sunday, 13 March @ 10:30am, One and Only, Cape Town

Italy’s most influential producer is coming to South Africa. A master of innovation (and no stranger to controversy), Angelo Gaja transformed Piedmont’s reputation in the ‘70s and ‘80s, introducing single-vineyard Barbaresco, French varieties, barrique-ageing and modernised winemaking. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the man who inspired an entire generation of winemakers and established Piedmont as one of the world’s most important fine wine regions. Angelo will talk us through his incredible journey and Gaja's rise to fame, and we will taste a selection of his top wines, including San Lorenzo, Barbaresco, Rennina and Sugarille. Talk, tasting and 3-course lunch paired with Gaja wines.

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Anjelo Gaja


SA's Best vs Champagne – R 495 

Wednesday, 16 March, Wine Cellar Observatory

How do South Africa’s top Methode Cap Classiques compare with fine Champagne? We taste all the major styles, including Colmant, Silverthorn, Le Lude as well as Graham Beck’s Cuvée Clive. Champagne will be represented by Drappier, Le Mesnil, Jacquesson as well as Dom Pérignon’s latest vintage. A treat before the Easter break! 

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SA's Best vs Bordeaux – R 495

Wednesday, 30 March, Wine Cellar Observatory

South African Bordeaux blends are undoubtedly our most prestigious and luxurious wines, but how close do they come to Bordeaux? Included in the line-up will be Kanonkop Paul Sauer, MR de Compostella and Rustenburg Peter Barlow, tasted against the likes of Pontet Canet, Cantemerle and Fleur de Bouard. A variety of vintages will also show how the French and SA wines age.

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The Dom Pérignon Celebration and 2006 Launch – R 2,500

Friday, 8 April @ 18:00pm, Ellerman House, Cape Town

Taste the 2006 alongside the 2005 and 2004 vintages, all served with perfectly paired canapés at one of South Africa’s top venues. Their phenomenal Rosé and the newly released P2 – Dom Pérignon 1998’s ‘Second Plénitude’ – will also be on show to complete this hedonistic and handsome affair. The P2 is the highest-scoring Dom Pérignon ever in the Wine Spectator Magazine.

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Dom Pérignon


Terre Nere: Ancient Volcano Wines – R 395

Wednesday, 13 April, Wine Cellar Observatory

The Sicilian wines of Terre Nere – ‘Black Earth’ – have become some of Wine Cellar’s most sought-after imports. Planted on volcanic ash high up on the northern slopes of Mount Etna, these are utterly unique wines that offer amazing purity and depth. We taste through all the single vineyards, including the extremely rare Don Peppino, from 140-year-old vines. New to the range are two single-vineyard whites, which are also extremely limited.  2013 is being touted as their best vintage to date, so this should be a cracker tasting.  

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Ancient Volcano Wines


SA's Best vs the Loire – R 350 

Wednesday, 20 April, Wine Cellar Observatory

South African Chenin Blanc is one of the most exciting categories in the world of wine right now! We taste great old-vine Chenin, such as Sadie Skurfburg, Alheit Makstok, Raats and FMC, against top wines from Vouvray and Savennières. Reds will be represented by the Raats Cabernet Francs (of course) compared to wines from Saumur and Chinon. Top Sauvignon Blanc and niche Cot (Malbec) will also be tasted in the line-up.  

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SA's Best vs the Loire


SA's Best vs the Rhône – R 495 

Wednesday, 4 May, Wine Cellar Observatory

With our Mediterranean climate and ancient soils, South Africa is producing world-class Rhône-style wines. Whites will include the magnificent Lismore Viognier against fine Condrieu. Porseleinberg and Mullineux Schist will be among the reds, pitted against Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Jamet Côte Rôtie and top Châteauneuf du Pape! Not to be missed.  

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SA's Best vs the Rhône


Luxury Reds Taste-Off – R 650

Wednesday, 11 May, Wine Cellar Observatory

Two years ago we hosted a social experiment (see here) to find South Africa’s top luxury red. De Toren’s Book 17 topped the ranking, and you will once again taste it blind against the likes of Delaire Laurence Graff, Sadie Columella, Kanonkop Black label, MR de Compostella and Vilafonté, to name a few. Will power favour elegance? Will oak trump terroir? Which wine is SA’s most luxurious red?  

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Luxury Reds Taste-off


Young Guns Reloaded – Young Guns & Old Bullets – R 450

Friday, 3 June, DoubleTree by Hilton, Woodstock

To celebrate the past and present chapters of South Africa’s wine revolution, Young Guns has 'Reloaded' in 2016. SA’s most daring tasting event will once again showcase the next generation of young winemaking stars, but this time they will be joined on stage by their famous fathers – some of the Cape’s greatest pioneers. This special tasting will evoke stories of fine wine’s beginnings in South Africa and show how the Young Guns are following in their fathers’ footsteps today. The 'Dirty Dozen' will include Jacques and Reenen Borman, Neil and Warren Ellis, Peter and Peter-Allan Finlayson, Etienne and Christo Le Riche, Danie Snr and Danie Jnr Steytler and finally, Braam and David van Velden. Taste wines made by each winemaker, representing each winemaking philosophy, including rare vintage wines. Young Guns has grown up, but we are still pushing the boundaries!  Ticket price includes a light dinner.

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Young Guns 2016


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.

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2015 will be our 15th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2016 onwards for delivery in 2018.
To celebrate the past and present chapters of South Africa's wine revolution, Young Guns has 'Reloaded' in 2016. SA's most daring tasting event will once again showcase the next generation of young winemaking stars, but this time they will be joined on stage by their famous fathers - some of the Cape's greatest pioneers.
Wine cellar imports fine wine from Europe, offers antipodean wines, fine local wines as well as brokers your fine wine. We also focus on selling wines en-primeur (as futures) from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône.
We offer tastings in Johannesburg and Cape Town; from comparative tastings for private and corporate groups to tastings of our latest imports for the public. We also offer luxury dinners paired with rare wines.
Professional cellaring of single bottles for private clients through to pallet loads for trade clients. Wines are stored at 14 degrees in our secure underground cellars in Observatory, Cape Town.
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