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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 January – April 2018 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.

 

 

Ex Animo Wine Co. presents the Shortmarket Shindig – R 350

Saturday, 28 July, Shortmarket Club

Join David Clarke and the Ex Animo Wine Co. for the upcoming Shortmaket Shindig. Taste through wines from Craven Wines, The Foundry, Genevieve, Hogan, Intellego, JH Meyer, Joostenberg, Julien Schaal, Mother Rock, Luddite, Restless River, Spioenkop, Testalonga, Thorne & Daughters, Trizanne, Van Loggerenberg and Vuurberg as well as a host of international wines from Wine Cellar. Limited to 100 tickets.

Book your ticket online.

Shortmarket Shindig
 

 

Young Guns – At Heart – R 595

Friday, 22 June, Century City Conference Centre

Since 2011, Wine Cellar has been scouring the vineyards to unearth the young winemaking talent that will be producing tomorrow’s greatest wines. But not every year do we find a hot new bunch that has thrown out the textbooks and is pushing the boundaries. So in 2018, we’re taking a trip through SA’s modern winemaking history and bringing you the BEST personalities in the wine industry. These are Young Guns – At Heart. Billed to be the wine show of the year, we are hosting 6 legendary winemakers that were Young Guns decades ago and have continued unabated. Join us for an evening of fine wine, music, laughter and fun as these larger-than-life, top-class producers share their winemaking journeys and discuss how the wine scene has exploded over the last decade. Warning – not for sensitive viewers!

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

Young Guns At Heart
 



Previous tastings this year:

 

Quinta de la Rosa – Fine Single Quinta Douro – R 250

Wednesday, 10 January, Wine Cellar Observatory

Join us in welcoming Sophia Bergqvist of Quinta de la Rosa – one of the Douro’s finest Single Quintas. Sophia will guide us through some of the world’s most exciting wines, from mineral whites, richly textured reds and serious vintage ports. Having graduated from Cambridge University and with an MBA from INSEAD, Sophia set up Quinta de la Rosa with her father Tim in 1988. Sophia runs Quinta de la Rosa full time and spends a considerable amount of her life travelling around the world promoting the brand. Her outside interests include lecturing for the Wine MBA and University of Buckingham Entrepreneurs course. She is Patron of the charity Afghan Connection and advisor to Q Trust.

Quinta de la Rosa
 

 

 

Chris Alheit and Chris Mullineux: Wilson Foreigner and Fog Monster wines – R 400

Wednesday, 24 January, Wine Cellar Observatory

Before their harvests begin, join the Chrises to taste their US wines alongside a few of their local gems. Chris and Andrea Mullineux, Wine Enthusiast's Winemaker of the Year and originally from California, have been sourcing unique vineyards in the Sierra Foothills that are exposed to interesting climatic conditions. In particular, the fog that rolls in from the Pacific Ocean. Hence the project's name – Fog Monster. David Wilson and Chris Alheit met while learning their craft during a harvest at Flagstone. A decade later, they have started a project that sources exciting varieties from unique vineyards in California – Wilson Foreigner. The result is an incredible Albariño and a classy Valdiguié that offer new-wave styling, elegance and favourable texture rather than overt varietal character and sweet fruit.

California SA wine
 

 

 

Tri-nations: The battle continues – R 350

Wednesday, 14 February, Wine Cellar Observatory

Do you know your Barossa from the Rhône Valley? How about Burgundian Chardonnay versus Chardonnay from Elgin? Join us for this fun tasting where, like-against-like, we’ll compare fine SA wines to the Australian and French versions. Not only will this taste-off be educational and delicious but you’ll get to decide on the winner in our own Tri-nations Championship. Expect top examples from Chapoutier, Joseph Drouhin, Henschke, Jamsheed and more. 

Tri Nations
 

 

 

SA vs Europe: Italy, Spain and Portugal – R 350

Wednesday, 21 February, Wine Cellar Observatory

A great opportunity to taste South Africa’s off-the-beaten-track varieties against the benchmarks from Europe. Our Mediterranean climate and dry growing season could mean that we rely on these ‘new’ varieties to produce the best wines in the future. Expect to taste varieties such as Albariño, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Touriga Nacional and more. With fine local wines from Steenberg, Newton Johnson, Morgenster and Bloemcool.  

SA vs Europe
 

 

 

Luxury white taste-off – R 395

Wednesday, 7 March, Wine Cellar Observatory

We host the Luxury white taste-off every 2 years and it has fast become our most anticipated tasting! We serve you 10 of SA’s most expensive and luxurious whites in a blind tasting setting and you vote for the best. The line-up will also help us understand whether price determines luxury, if luxury determines quality, and if quality determines style. With parallel tastings in Joburg and Cape Town, let’s see which wine is voted South Africa’s top luxury white.

Luxury whites taste off
 

 

 

Burgundy workshop – R 350

Wednesday, 28 March, Wine Cellar Observatory

Why are the wines of Burgundy the most expensive and sought-after in the world? What is the difference between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny? Join us as we take a tour through Burgundy and introduce the villages, its wines and styles. This is set to be another educational but fun tasting with delicious wines and lots of insight.  

Burgundy workshop
 

 

 

SA vs the Rhône – R 350

Wednesday, 4 April, Wine Cellar Observatory

South Africa is producing some of the most exciting Rhône-style wines today but how to they compare to the real Rhônes? We explore the Rhône Valley, from north to south, with different styles, varieties and appellations. Expect famous wines from Châteuneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage pit against the best of SA. 

SA vs Rhone
 

 

 

Jamet dinner with Ryan Mostert and Terracura – R 995

Thursday, 12 April, Wine Cellar Observatory

Within the wine industry, it’s no secret that Ryan Mostert is the epitome of a wine geek and a self-professed Jamet Junkie. Jean-Paul Jamet is arguably the leading producer in Côte-Rôtie. Ryan’s infatuation with the wines of Jamet must have impressed Jean-Paul because, in 2017, he hired Ryan as his first-ever intern. Undoubtedly, Jamet’s style and approach has been imprinted on Ryan and the Terracura wines he produces. Taste 3 vintages of Terracura and 2 vintages of Jamet Côte-Rôtie followed by dinner in a rare opportunity to understand why Domaine Jamet is so sought-after.

Jamet dinner
 

 

 

Luxury red taste-off – R 595

Wednesday, 18 April, Wine Cellar Observatory

We host the Luxury red taste-off every 2 years and it has fast become our most anticipated tasting! We serve you 10 of SA’s most expensive and luxurious reds in a blind tasting setting and you vote for the best. The line-up will also help us understand whether price determines luxury, if luxury determines quality, and if quality determines style. With parallel tastings in Joburg and Cape Town, let’s see which wine is voted South Africa’s top luxury red.

* In order to maintain affordability, we have set the price ceiling for this tasting at R2,000 per bottle

Luxury Reds
 

 

 

Cinsaut workshop with Lukas van Loggerenberg – R 250

Wednesday, 25 April, Wine Cellar Observatory

Cinsaut has exploded on the scene with a horde of new versions on the market each year. With many of the highly regarded 2017s just being released, we will taste 14 wines from light and bright to serious and savoury. Young Gun Lukas van Loggerenberg will give us deep insight into this Cinderella grape, with highlights from Leeu Passant’s 80-year-old vineyard CWG version and international examples from Chile and the USA.

Cincaut workshop
 

 

 

Rubicon vertical with Chris Williams – R 450

Wednesday, 9 May, Wine Cellar Observatory

We are delighted to host Chris Williams, the Cellar Master at Meerlust, in introducing the ground-breaking 2015 Rubicon. A culmination of wine growing factors and the incredible 2015 vintage itself have resulted in the best Meerlust Rubicon we have ever tasted. Chris agrees. Having worked at Meerlust for 21 vintages, he believes that their vineyards have fully matured and vinicultural methods have been perfected.

We will taste through the latest Meerlust releases as well as a vertical of great Rubicons, including 2009, 2001 and 1998. We expect this to sell out quickly.

Meerlust Vertical
 

 

 

Rhône 2015: ‘One to match the best years of the 20th Century’ – R 795

Wednesday, 23 May, Wine Cellar Observatory

One to match the best years of the 20th Century in the Northern Rhône,’ writes John Livingstone-Learmonth. In the Rhône, 2015 was the hottest vintage since 2003, although it was not nearly as punishing. After a wet winter, the water table was ready for the hot, dry summer that was ‘almost too perfect’. The nights were fairly fresh, especially in the north, which helped retain flavour and colour. The resulting wines are rich and exotic. Taste 14 top wines from 7 appellations including wines from Graillot, Perret, Chapoutier, Grand Veneur, Verzier, Clape and Jamet! Rhône lovers should not miss this!

Rhone 2015
 

 

 

Porseleinberg vertical with Callie Louw – R 450

Wednesday, 6 June, Wine Cellar Observatory

For the first time in history, Callie Louw will present 7 vintages of the Porseleinberg Syrah for tasting, including the unreleased 2011. This schisteous outcrop, just south-east of Riebeek-Kasteel, produces a uniquely tannic and magical wine that has pushed the boundaries of South African wine. With tiny yields and impressive scores from across the globe, few local wines offer the backward purity and immense power of this profound Syrah. After the release of the 2015, Wine Cellar’s fastest selling wine ever, we focus on 2016, the latest vintage, and taste back to the incredible 2010. As one of the Swartland revolutionaries, forthright Callie is sure to tell us all about this amazing project.

Porseleinberg vertical
 

 

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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