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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; dinners finish at around 22:00. We generally taste between 12 and 16 wines at each event.


St Joseph & Hermitage 2011, Incl. Two Parker 100 Pts from Chapoutier – R550 

13 August, Wine Cellar Observatory

We highlight two northern Rhône appellations in the classic 2011 vintage. St Joseph is certainly an appellation on the rise and we sample leading wines from Chapoutier, Cuilleron and André Perret. On the Hermitage side, we taste Chapoutier’s Séleccion Parcellaires including the Parker 100/100 pointers: L'Orée and Le Pavillon!

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St Joseph and Hermitage tasting

Craig Hawkins on Natural Wines – R250 

20 August, Wine Cellar Observatory

Craig Hawkins is a leader in natural winemaking, a hip new category that isn’t without controversy. Craig will guide us through his new Testalonga releases, along with the latest Lammershoek and Cellar Foot wines. Lastly, we taste a range of standout natural wines from France: Domaine Foillard, Hervé Souhaut and Thierry Germain.

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Craig Hawkins tasting

How Do Fine Wines Age? – R600 

3 September, Wine Cellar Observatory

A fun tasting designed to answer the inevitable question, 'How will this wine age?' We compare top reds from around the world with current releases versus their mature counterparts. The line-up includes Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle Musigny 1er Chatelots 2001 and 2011, Yalumba Signature 1991 and 2009, Chapoutier Crois du Bois Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999 and 2011, de Toren Fusion 1999 and 2011, Kanonkop Pinotage 1995 and 2012 and finally Château Cos d’Estournel 1996 and 2008.

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Chapoutier Yalumba tasting

Bordeaux 2011 Review – R550 

10 September, Wine Cellar Observatory

Not as highly regarded as 2009 or 2010, 2011 is good classic vintage that offers value and great ageing potential. We taste across the region including the acclaimed whites and sweet wines. Highlights will no doubt be Château Pontet Canet, Pichon Baron and Léoville Barton.

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bordeaux 2011 tasting

Raats 12-Year Cabernet Franc Vertical – R250 

8 October, Wine Cellar Observatory

For the first time in history, Bruwer Raats will guide you through all 12 Raats Cabernet Francs ever produced. Not only is the Raats a New World benchmark, but judging by previous vertical tastings, this elegant wine ages with grace. The new 2012 from the highly regarded Stellenbosch vintage is arguably the finest to date. This tasting is not to be missed.

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Raats tasting

Mullineux Single Terroir: New Releases – R350 

15 October, Wine Cellar Observatory

Join Chris Mullineux as he takes us through some of South Africa’s most sought-after wines. The 2012s are perhaps their finest wines yet and we get a first taste of the ‘Iron’, their third single-terroir Syrah along with the Schist and Granite. More information to follow closer to the time.

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Mullineux single vineyards tasting

Upcoming tastings from October: Bordeaux First Growths from the 80s, Burgundy 2012s and more!

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). 2013 will be our 12th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2014 onwards for delivery in 2016.
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