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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.


Le Riche: Back to the Classics – R350 

20 May, Wine Cellar Observatory

Etienne Le Riche has been producing leading Cabernet Sauvignons for almost 4 decades, with Le Riche Reserve considered one of SA’s greatest reds. Now the reins have been passed to Christo Le Riche, as father and son launch the exciting new 2012 Reserve. The story will be told through a tasting vertical of 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2000 and 1998 vintages of the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. We will finish off with a rare surprise as well as a mini-auction of a vintage Reserve. Not to be missed!


Premium white wines

Eagles' Nest Vertical – R300 

3 June, Wine Cellar Observatory

Coupled with the release of the highly anticipated 2012 Shiraz, Stuart Botha of Eagles’ Nest in Constantia will show a Shiraz and Viognier vertical for the very first time. Eagles’ Nest Shiraz is one of the most acclaimed Shirazes in South Africa with massive Wine Advocate scores, Best Red Wine at the Trophy Show and Platter 5 Stars. The Viognier is also one of South Africa’s top versions – made in a fresh, mineral style – and Stuart will show just how well it ages.


Loire fine wines

MR de Compostella 2013 Release – R350

10 June, Wine Cellar Observatory

South Africa’s most highly-rated Bordeaux blend, MR de Compostella, has received 95 and 96 points from the Wine Advocate in the last 4 vintages. ‘Bruwer Raats may well be the most exciting and forward-thinking winemaker in Stellenbosch at the moment. No...make that IS the most exciting and forward-thinking winemaker,‘ says Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate. Bruwer will guide you through his Raats Family Wines before showing a vertical of ‘08, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12 and ‘13 MR de Compostella.


Jamet tasting

Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 2012 – R695 

17 June, Wine Cellar Observatory

‘Michel Chapoutier has once again produced one of the reference-point lineups for the entire Rhône Valley... easily some of the finest efforts produced in the vintage, not only with his top cuvees in Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, but also in the up-and-coming appellation of St Joseph,’ says Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate. A special tasting of 10 of Michel Chapoutier’s Sélections Parcellaires, including his top cuvées from Hermitage, St Joseph and Châteauneuf du Pape. Highlights will include Wine Advocate 100-pointer L’Ermite and the whites of L’Orée and Le Méal. Unmissable for Rhône-lovers.


Biodynamic wines online

Young Guns 5 – R275

24 June, Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

Now in its 5th year, Young Guns is a chance to meet the talented young winemakers who are throwing out the textbook and pushing the boundaries of winemaking. Most importantly, you will taste the wines that they want to drink, produced in a style that they choose to make all under their own labels. This informal yet seated tasting will once again be filled with great wine, music and much laughter.

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Young Guns 5

The Great Sweet Wines of Nederburg – R650 

8 July, Wine Cellar Observatory

This year Nederburg demonstrates its amazing depth of sweet wines with multiple vintages of Eminence, Edelkeur and Noble Late Harvest available on the 2015 Nederburg Auction. In collaboration with Wine Cellar – Fine Wine Merchants & Cellarers – and Nederburg’s long-standing cellar master, Razvan Macici, you will be guided through these epic wines compared to world benchmarks. Eminence 2007 will be tasted against Vin de Constance 2007, Edelkeur 2005 with Domaine Huet Moëlleux 2003 and 1982 Edelkeur against Moulin Touchais 1982! The crescendo will no doubt be Nederburg’s Noble Late harvest 2007 paired with the great 2005 vintage of Château d’Yquem! Only 15 seats available. View the flyer.


Mullineux single vineyards tasting

Alsace and the Jura – R375

15 July, Wine Cellar Observatory

We contrast the classic, steely style of Maison Trimbach with the rich exotic style of Rolly-Gassmann as we take a tour through Alsace’s unique wines. Riesling will be the main focus and Trimbach’s Clos Ste Hune and Frédéric Emile will certainly be highlights. Jura is a small appellation to the south of Alsace bordering Switzerland, well known for its textured whites and amazing cheese. We taste a range of interesting, delicious wines from Domaine Grand Passenans including a Trousseau and Savagnin blend. The tasting will end with a sampling of Vin Jaune of course.



South African Legends vs. the World: Grand Taste-Off – R7,500 

24 July, Aubergine, Cape Town

Just how do our vintage wines compare with great wines from around the world? In the lead-up to the 2015 Nederburg Auction, Wine Cellar will pit South African legends of yesteryear against the greatest fine wines from around the globe. The once-unheralded SA wines will be tasted alongside rare international benchmarks that cost up to R30,000 per bottle! Highlights will include Zonnebloem Pinotage 1974 vs Chateau Montelena Zinfandel 1975, Chateau Libertas 1959 vs Chateau Musar 1959, Latour 1966 vs South Africa’s most highly rated red – GS Cabernet 1966, and KWV Limited Release Port 1948 vs Taylor's Vintage Port 1948. This once-in-a-lifetime tasting will be followed by a 4-course menu by Harald Bresselschmidt. Only 14 seats available. View the flyer


Nederburg Grand Taste-Off

Château Rayas – R695 

28 July (please note date change), Wine Cellar Observatory

A rare opportunity to taste the wines of Château Rayas, including the grand vin itself, which sells for up to R10,000 a bottle on the open market! Think Romanée-Conti of the south, this 100% Grenache from Châteauneuf du Pape is near impossible to find, let alone purchase. Traditionally made in a humble cellar, the small 30-acre estate is owned by the Reynaud family and dates back to the late 19th century. Their full range includes wines from their sister property, Domaine des Tours. A hedonist’s delight.


Mullineux single vineyards 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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