The biggest celebration of female wine, beer and spirit makers yet held in South Africa
Some of the country’s best boutique wines and bubbly – made by female wine makers – will be showcased at the Women of Wine South Africa (WoWSA) Festival this Sunday (August 12) from 11h00 to 16h00, in celebration of Women’s Month.
This not-to-be-missed event, which is open to the whole family, takes place at the Candlewoods Boutique Venue in Centurion in conjunction with leading Johannesburg wine outlet Wine Menu run by Corlien Morris. More than 50 wines will be on display in the biggest show of its kind. It also features craft beer, gin and ‘tequila’ made by women. Many of the female producers will be present to discuss and show their product.
In addition to the unlimited tastings on offer at WoWSA, guests will have the option of purchasing a wide variety of foods. There’s everything from mini bunny chows (chicken, lamb, fish, curry and vegetarian) served with sambals; cheese platters; lasagna with salad and paella to a taco station. There will be food for children, too.
There’s an incredible line-up of wines at the festival.
For those who love bubbly there are a number of superb Méthode Cap Classiques for tasting including Dainty Bess by Jane Ferreira Eedes; Genevieve by Melissa Nelson; Saltare’s Brut Nature MCC, Brut Reserve MCC and Brut Blanc de Blancs MCC 2014; Kloovenburg Blanc de Noir NV and Huis van Chevallerie Filia Mg.
Don’t miss wines by Catherine Marshall; The Bridge of Hope Wines (Rosemary Mosia); Hogan (Jocelyn Wilson); Swartland’s Huis van Chevallerie (Christa von La Chevallerie); Illimis (Lucinda Heyns); Kloovenburg (Jolandie Fouche); Franschhoek’s La Bri (Irene Waller); Lismore (Samantha O’Keefe); Mont Blois (Nina-Mari Bruwer); Saltare (Carla Pauw); TSW Signature Wines (Trizanne Barnard); Vergenoegd (Marlize Jacobs) and Somerset West’s Waterkloof (Nadia Barnard).
Also at WoWSA is Hope on Hopkins gin (made by Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk) as well as the Hopkins Esperanza, their take on tequila (no one outside Mexico can make an agave spirit and call it tequila) which has no additives, colourants or flavourants and is delicious on its own or with tonic water.
Craft beer brewer Jeanri Nel from Durbanville’s Hoogeberg Brewery will be presenting her product including her Ystervark Lager and the light and fruity Bontebok Five Crops.
As a bonus, the festival will also showcase olive oils from Saltare.
All wines at the tasting event will also be on offer to purchase and drink with lunch as well as to take home. Wine Menu will deliver purchased wines for a small additional fee.
Music will add to the relaxed atmosphere and there will be food and entertainment for children.
Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Tickets are R150 a person with children under the age of 18 free.