Next dates: Wednesday 8th November and 13th December 2017
This month, the enormously popular Tuning the Vine has made a return to the Mother City with a grand assortment of the Cape’s finest wineries sending forth their soldiers and a battalion of bottles to a selection of trendy locations on Bree and Loop streets (the festival’s epicentre), all within easy walking distance of each other.
What’s it all about?
Tuning the Vine is a celebration of the incredible diversity and quality of tipple our famous wine region has to offer. Between 5.30pm and 8.30pm on the festival days, 12 different restaurants and bars open their doors to one or more wine farms, which set up tasting stands within the venue. Here, guests can sample each estate’s offerings before moving on to the next venue, or perhaps staying for a bite to eat, which you’re going to want to do considering the calibre of the participating restaurant venues: The Station on Bree, Burger & Lobster, HQ, Roast & Co, Craft Burger Bar, The Sneaky Sausage, The Odyssey, Cabron Taco Bar, and Mink & Trout, and more.
The best of the Cape’s Winelands all within walking distance
Tuning the Vine fires up quite early at 5.30pm, so you’ll have just enough time to drive straight from work (or taxi since it’s all about wine) and get your wrist band before embarking upon a viticultural journey through the Cape’s smorgasbord of award-winning wineries. And this is precisely what two dear friends and I did on Wednesday 11th October, the first of three new summertime instalments of Tuning the Vine.
Starting at 91 Loop Street, we collected our wristbands and wine glasses and tackled the crowds to get a splash of wine. We then migrated to HQ and Roast & Co, two super trendy sister restaurants located side-by-side, where the upcoming Season of Sauvignon (28th – 29th October) was being celebrated.
From the widely popular Durbanville Hills and Diemersdal wineries to the lesser-known boutique Klein Roosboom, we sampled a bevy of beautiful wines before deciding that we’d better find a place to eat. This took us to The Sneaky Sausage, a new addition to Tuning the Vine’s line-up, and the ideal destination for anyone on a budget and/or who calls themselves a fan of hot dogs (the fries were pure perfection).
By 8.30pm, the tasting stands start packing up, which is just as well since Tuning the Vine is held on a “school night” – one can be sure that the early closing time has saved many a festival attendee from waking up with a banging headache. The venues, however, remain open and so the attention shifts from wine tasting to enjoying a much-needed meal.
Upcoming Tuning the Vine events
The next two dates for Tuning the Vine have been set for Wednesday 8th November and 13th December 2017. Tickets cost R230 and are available from Quicket or, if you buy on the night, for R250 from the ticket stations located at 91 Loop, The Station on Bree, and The Crazy Horse (these are limited so make sure you get there in time). Once you have collected your ticket, you’ll receive a wristband, map, and wineglass, which you get to keep. The new wristbands carry special cards that you can use to “check-in” at various venues. This also puts you in the position to win an assortment of prices, such as free tickets to the next Tuning the Vine event.
Round two, anybody?
For more details: www.tuningthevine.co.za