Everything you need to know about the 2018 Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Great wine, good friends and the beauty of the Cape wine lands. If there’s a better way to spend a weekend, I haven’t found it.

With wines from over 60 different wine farms, delicious food, great live music and a host of fun outdoor activities, it’s the Stellenbosch Wine Festival this weekend, and it should be in your diary.

While it shouldn’t take much to twist the rubber arm of a dedicated wine lover, a special note to those who wouldn’t describe themselves as particularly into wine – a festival is the absolute best place to learn and discover what you do and don’t like. Take it from someone who recently jumped into beer with both feet, so to speak – after a few hours of wine tasting, don’t be surprised if you suddenly discover that Sauvignon Blancs with green pepper on the nose are your favourite, while wooded Chardonnay might send you running for the hills. Here’s a peek at what went down at the festival last year.

Taking place at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds from Friday, 23 to Sunday, 25 February 2018, the festival is family-friendly and relaxed, with plenty of shaded seating areas and the Gourmet Food Lane, with live entertainment. Those with little ones will be able to drop off their kids at the Momentum Health Kiddies Area, a free check-in service where kids between the ages of 2 – 12years will be looked after and entertained for the day. Taste a wine that you just need to take home with you? Aramex will be on site to offer a complimentary wine delivery service for all wine purchased at the festival to any address in South Africa.

A cashless payment system

In keeping with contemporary trends the festivalemploys a cashless system that will allow visitors to enjoy the festival with a safe and manageable event currency solution. Every stand you purchase from, whether you’re buying wine by the bottle or food from Gourmet Lane, will be set up with a point of sale system that works like a debit card. The cashless card is included in your ticket price and will be pre-loaded with either 20 or 30 tastings, depending on the ticket package you purchase. If your card runs out of credit or tasting coupons you can go back to the branded cashless area, or an available staff member will load the card as needed.

Ticket details

General Wine Experience:
Friday, R150 | Saturday, R190 | Sunday, R190
Includes tasting glass, access to the General Wine Experience tasting area and a cashless card loaded with 20 free wine tastings.

Premium Wine Experience:
Friday to Sunday, R350
Includes a tasting glass, access to the General Wine Experience and Premium Wine Experience tasting areas, a cashless card loaded with 30 free wine tastings and a charcuterie platter.

Festival times

Friday, 23 February 16:00 – 21:00
Saturday, 24 Feb 12:00 – 20:00
Sunday, 25 Feb 12:00 – 18:00

Event details

Date: Friday, 23 – Sunday to 25 February 2018
Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, Stellenbosch
Price: R150 – R350
All FAQs here
Get tickets here

This post was sponsored by the Stellenbosch Wine Festival.

 

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