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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Mullineux single vineyards tasting

Hannes Storm of Hamilton – R250 

22 October, Wine Cellar Observatory

After 13 vintages at Hamilton Russell, Hannes is releasing his maiden Pinot Noirs: two single vineyards from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. These were standout wines earlier this year at the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration. The Storm wines will be tasted alongside current Hamilton Russell and Ashbourne vintages. Ernst Storm, Hannes’ brother, is a cult producer in Santa Barbara and his Pinots will also be in the line-up.


Hannes Storm tasting

Burgundy 2012 – R600 

5 November, Wine Cellar Observatory

‘A Very Fine to Excellent Vintage that should drink well young,’ says Burgundy guru Allen Meadows of ‘The 2012 tend to be more athletic, tannic yet more feminine and approachable. They are nonchalant wines,’ reckons Neal Martin. Three successive low-yielding vintages have made for a rare and expensive 2012 vintage. We taste from Henri Boillot, Hudelot Noëllat and Joseph Drouhin. Highlights include Corton Charlemagne, Beaune Clos des Mouches, Puligny Montrachet 1er Mouchère and Vosne Romanée Beaumonts!


Burgundy 2012

Ten Years of Vilafonté with a Twist – R350 

13 November, Wine Cellar Observatory

With its string of local and international accolades, Vilafonté has become a benchmark for South African Bordeaux blends. We celebrate their tenth vintage release with wines from each Vilafonté vintage, including the Series C 2003 and the Series M 2007. This will not be a ten-year vertical of one wine, but every vintage year will be tasted. The Cape Town event will be led by the Paarl estate’s winemaker, Martin Smith. Canapés will be provided.


Vilafonte Cape Town

López Heredia Historic Dinner – R950 

15 November, Auslese

Treat yourself at the end of the year and experience the world’s most traditional estate. ‘Lopez de Heredia is the apotheosis of traditional, classic wines: taut, fresh, bucolic, utterly charming and amazingly long-lived,’ says Neal Martin. We will taste through the range of long-ageing Crianzas, Reservas and Gran Reservas paired with fine cuisine. The evening’s Gran Reservas will be the 1994 white and red as well as the 1981 red, direct from their cellars.


Lopez heredia tasting

Bordeaux 2000 – R700 

3 December, Wine Cellar Observatory

We end the year with a review of a great Bordeaux vintage that is now reaching maturity. When released, 2000 was the vintage of a lifetime and still competes with 2005, 2009 and 2010 as one of the finest ever. Taste 10 wines that include Grand Puy Lacoste, Domaine de Chevalier, Montrose and Vieux Château Certan. No spittoons for this one.


Bordeaux 2000 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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