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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 18 wines at each event.

Our September – November 2019 tasting schedule is listed below.

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

 

 

Bordeaux 2016: Value wines from ‘the greatest vintage’ – R 400

Wednesday, 23 October, Wine Cellar Observatory
Time: 18h30 – 20h00

‘Is 2016 the perfect Bordeaux?’ asks the Wine Enthusiast and we are hugely excited to try find the answer. What makes the 2016 vintage so special is the quality across the Bordeaux hierarchy, with extraordinary structure and refined tannins. A vintage to buy down, there is value to be found and we taste through incredible wines from R300 per bottle. All the major appellations of Bordeaux will be represented, with highlights from Réserve de la Comtesse, Les Cruzelles and Chasse-Spleen.

Email aimee@winecellar.co.za or book your ticket online.

* Your order confirmation email will serve as your ticket.

Value Bordeaux 2016
 

 

Burgundy Whites 2017: The epitome of Burgundian elegance – R 650

Wednesday, 6 November, Wine Cellar Observatory
Time: 18h30 – 20h00

Neal Martin calls the 2017 Burgundy vintage a ‘modern classic’. As nearly every winemaker opined, 2017 is a vintage that distinguishes one terroir from another with remarkable consistency. The Wine Advocate suggested that, ‘for the white wines, 2017 should be taken seriously... less tangy and tensile than the 2014s, but they approach and sometimes surpass that vintage in quality.’ Come explore major village to Cru level wines from Chablis to the Côte d’Or from Joseph Drouhin, Henri Boillot, Olivier Leflaive and Héritiers des Comtes Lafon.

Email aimee@winecellar.co.za or book your ticket online.

* Your order confirmation email will serve as your ticket.

Burgundy Whites 2017
 

 

Burgundy Reds 2017: The epitome of Burgundian elegance – R 650

Wednesday, 20 November, Wine Cellar Observatory
Time: 18h30 – 20h00

Neal Martin calls the 2017 Burgundy vintage a ‘modern classic’. As nearly every winemaker opined, 2017 is a vintage that distinguishes one terroir from another with remarkable consistency. ‘The 2017 reds are very good, often excellent, and from time to time, bloody awesome,’ writes Neal Martin. They offer a beguiling mix of ripe, sensual fruit, delicacy, elegance and freshness. Join us as we taste sublime wines from village through to Grand Cru, from Hudelot-Noëllat, Harmand-Geoffroy, Henri Boillot and Joseph Drouhin.

Email aimee@winecellar.co.za or book your ticket online.

* Your order confirmation email will serve as your ticket.

Burgundy Reds 2017
 

 

SA vs Champagne: A year-end taste-off – R 650

Wednesday, 27 November, Wine Cellar Observatory
Time: 18h30 – 20h00

The quality of Méthode Cap Classique is at an all-time high as the category as a whole is redefined by the leading producers. Can the best of SA compete with Champagne? Our annual year-end tasting puts best bubbles against grower and Grandes Marques Champagnes, including the likes of Dom Pérignon, Drappier and Jacquesson. Expect SA representatives in Silverthorn, Pieter Ferreira, Colmant and Le Lude. Always one of the most popular and fun tastings of the year.

Email aimee@winecellar.co.za or book your ticket online.

* Your order confirmation email will serve as your ticket.

SA vs Champagne
 

 

Past events:

 

Strauss & Co fine wine workshop

Tuesday, 10 September, Wine Cellar Observatory
Time: 18h30 – 20h00

Join Roland Peens and Higgo Jacobs as they guide you through the SA fine wine market and introduce the Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction program. Learn about the history of fine wine, as well as how to buy, sell, store and handle this exciting alternative asset. Roland and Higgo will discuss the secondary fine wine market as well as introduce auction lots and discuss key wines. A line-up of vintage wines available on Saturday, 14 September at The Westin, Cape Town will be presented, dating back to 1970.

Fine Wine Workshop
 

 

1998 First Growth dinner at FYN

Wednesday, 11 September, FYN Restaurant
Time: 18h30 – 22h00
Only 10 seats available

We highlight the marquis lot at the 14 September Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction, the ‘1998 First Growth Case’, with a hedonistic dinner at Cape Town’s hottest restaurant, Fyn. Featuring Bordeaux purchased en-primeur and only released after 21 years, this special dinner and luxurious lot features 1998s from Château Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux and Latour! Dom Pérignon 2008 on arrival, a jeroboam of 1998 St-Julien Second Growth Ducru-Beaucaillou will be served with the main courses and 1998 Château d’Yquem will accompany the dessert.

First Growth Dinner
 

 

Columella vertical tasting by Eben Sadie

Friday, 13 September, The Westin Hotel
Time: 11h00 – 13h00

Eben Sadie was voted ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2017 by the Institute of Masters of Wine, a London-based professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. This is an astonishing feat considering previous winners produce the world’s most sought-after wines. Eben has led the SA fine wine market over the last 2 decades, inspiring a new generation of producers and wines that are now making waves around the world. His signature red wine, Columella, represents his journey to produce the finest expression of the Swartland. It has incidentally shaped the region and South Africa’s modern identity.

Sadie Vertical
 

 

Tim Atkin 95+ tasting: A personal selection of SA’s best wines

Friday, 13 September, The Westin Hotel
Time: 15h30 – 19h00

Join Tim Atkin MW and taste all of his ‘Wines of the Year’ – scoring 95 points and above – from his 7th annual SA Report. During this walk-around tasting, you will be able to meet the winemakers and taste SA’s finest wines. The Tim Atkin Report is the result of an extensive tasting process in which over 1,700 SA wines are reviewed annually. Drawing inspiration from the original 1855 Bordeaux Classification, the Tim Atkin Report also identifies the top 250 wine producers in SA, ranking them within the 6 classification tiers from First Growth to Crus Bourgeois.

Tim Atkin Tasting
 

 

Bordeaux 2016: Top wines from ‘the greatest vintage’ – R 1,700

Wednesday, 2 October, Wine Cellar Observatory
Time: 18h30 – 20h00

‘Is 2016 the perfect Bordeaux?’ asks the Wine Enthusiast and we are hugely excited to try find the answer. What makes the 2016 vintage so special is the quality across the Bordeaux hierarchy, with extraordinary structure and refined tannins. Come join us in exploring this breath-taking Bordeaux vintage from both the Left and Right bank and take a look at wines such as Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Gazin, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Cos d’Estounel, Leoville Barton and the infamous 6 x 100 point Mouton-Rothschild 2016!

Top Bordeaux 2016
 

 

Champagne 2008 Lunch: The greatest vintage in living memory – R 2,700

Sunday, 6 October, The Vine Bistro, Glenelly
Time: 12h00 – 15h00

‘2008 is one of the greatest champagne vintages of my lifetime,’ says Tom Stevenson, one of the world’s foremost experts. The 2008s have a very similar energy and intensity to the great 1996s, but with arguably better balance and more consistency. Join us and for the lunch of a lifetime to taste 2008s from Hugues Godme, Drappier, Phillipponnat, Jacquesson, Bollinger, Dom Pérignon, Cristal and Bruno Pailllard. Henri Boillot’s Meursault and Volnay Premier Crus will accompany the lunch by Chef Christophe Dehosse at the beautiful Glenelly Bistro.

Champagne Lunch
 

 

AA Badenhorst: Adi guides you through his 2018 single vineyards – R 450

Wednesday, 9 October, Wine Cellar Observatory
Time: 18h30 – 20h00

‘If I had to list my top 10 wine visits of all time, the visit with Adi Badenhorst would make the list,’ wrote Neal Martin recently. Adi is releasing a whopping 10 single-vineyard wines from 2018! At around 1,000 bottles each, this will be a rare opportunity to taste them all in front one of the biggest personalities in wine.

AA Badenhorst tasting
 

 

View our Johannesburg 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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