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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.



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.


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.


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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.


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?

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south african white blends tasting

Northern Rhône 2013s – R 595

28 October, Wine Cellar Observatory

A taste of the newly landed 2013 Northern Rhônes and a tour through all the appellations from the Côte-Rôtie down to Cornas. More varied in the south, the north looks to be a top vintage that was harvested late after a long Indian summer. We taste through August Clape, Domaine Jamet, Alain Graillot, Domaine des Lises, André Perret, Yves Cuilleron and more!

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northern rhone tasting

Top Champagne – R 595 

4 November, Wine Cellar Observatory

Treat yourself at the end of the year to a tasting of top Champagnes from leading producers. We explore all the major styles from Ultra-Brut through to Vintage, with fine bubbles from Le Mesnil, Drappier and Jacquesson. The tasting ends with a comparison of Dom Perignon, Krug and Jacquesson Avize Champ Gain. No spittoons at this one!

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Prescient Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report – R 225 

11 November, Radisson Blu Hotel, Waterfront

Join for an informative seated tasting of the top-performing wines in the Prescient Chardonnay Report 2015. The tasting will be presented by editor Christian Eedes along with Andries Burger of Paul Cluver. Ticket price includes light canapés after the tasting.

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Johan ‘Stompie’ Meyer, Restless River and the New Wave – R 175

18 November, Wine Cellar Observatory

Young Gunner and Swartland Slinger Johan ‘Stompie’ Meyer has a softer side. In 2014 he produced 3 beautiful terroir-focused Pinot Noirs from Elgin, the Overberg and George. Along with his new Force Majeure range, Stompie is truly making waves. We also welcome Craig Wessels and his cracking Burgundian-style Restless River Chardonnay along with exciting ‘new wave’ wines from Hogan, Julien Schaal and Thorne & Daughters.

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new wave 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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