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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.

 

 

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. 

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

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.  

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

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.

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

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.  

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

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. 

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

SA vs Rhone
 

 

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

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

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.

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

Cincaut workshop
 

 

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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