The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show returns to home ground in Cape Town from 11 to 13 July for a dazzling ‘POURformance’ at GrandWest Casino. South Africa’s biggest and boldest travelling wine show is WINEding its way to seven cities around the country this year – and Cape Town looks set to be a grape escape for wine-lovers.
Andrew Douglas, Owner and Producer of The Wine Show, says this is the show’s third appearance in Cape Town, which has always been warm and welcoming of ‘WINEderland’. “This year’s show at GrandWest will deliver more than ever before – with an amazing line-up of well-known and as-yet-undiscovered gems from the world-renowned Cape winelands for tasting and buying, entertainment at every turn, interactive edutainment in our popular wine theatres, as well as many other crowd-pleasing attractions such as the ‘Search for a Super Taster’ in the South African Wine Tasting Championships, Wine Label Design Awards presented by Rotolabel, the opportunity to learn about the untold value in wines produced from old vines from the Old Vine Project, a chance to win wine for a year with Stellenbosch Vineyards, experience a VIP food pairing with the SA Sommeliers Association, and more.”
GrandWest’s Sun Exhibits will once again be transformed into a space for wine-lovers to indulge their WINEderlust. “The Wine Show is always fun, and it offers something for every wine-lover from novice to aficionado; it’s the place to stock up on old favourites and make new discoveries, which can be shipped free of charge with our complimentary ‘Sip ‘n Ship’ service,” he adds.
Industry players who participate in the show to deliver content and build awareness of their roles in the industry, include the Restaurant Association of SA, which hosts its Neighbourhood Awards in the Main Theatre; SA Sommelier Association; Platter’s Wine Guide; Aware.org (previously ARA); the VinPro Foundation; Proudly South African; and the DTI which, as a catalyst for transformation and change and a promoter of cultural diversity in the wine industry, brings five new wine farms to the show in each city. The SPAR Group’s Private Label, Olive Brook, will showcase their two new ranges, Everyday and Terroir Selection, in a talk on ‘Complex but not Confusing’ in the 80-seater wine theatre.
Says Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager of GrandWest, “The TOPS @ SPAR Wine Show has become one of the most popular wine shows in the Western Cape. The mix of education and entertainment makes it a great place to see, taste and learn about the diversity of South Africa’s world-famous wines. We look forward to welcoming thousands of wine-loving Capetonians to GrandWest.”
After making its mark at GrandWest from 11 to 13 July, the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show moves on to Port Elizabeth from 25 to 27 July, Pretoria from 3 to 5 October, East London from 7 to 9 November, ending off in Nelspruit from 28 to 30 November.
Tickets are priced at R185 for a General Admission ticket, which includes a tasting glass, show guide, access to wine theatres and unlimited tastings. The Couples Combo is just R385 (valued at R570), which includes two general admission tickets, two tasting glasses, a show guide, access to the wine theatres, unlimited tastings and a six-pack of glasses, courtesy of Core Catering. The VIP Lounge ticket sells for R495 (valued at R870) and includes a private seating area away from the crowds, a glass of premium MCC on arrival, four elegant food offerings with a selection of paired wines from Vinesse, personalised sommeliers service to guide your wine experience, limited bar, including boutique wine selection, a cheese board, a corporate gift and complimentary Platters Guide, plus all General Admission ticket benefits.
The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show’s #DrinkSmart programme promotes responsible alcohol consumption and safe driving practices at the event. A number of safe, convenient and affordable choices have been implemented by the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, allowing guests to “Drink wine but stay fine!”, including free rides with Goodfella’s, available on request at the entrance.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.wineshow.co.za.