TASTINGS

INFORMATION

Hall 9: B48

This special wine tasting area will allow you to explore a wide range of themes, styles and regions highlighting top quality wines. These will be showcased across 10 unique themes, with one blind tasting pod where you can test your South African wine knowledge.

Over 100 wines will be available in this tasting area which is housed in the South African pavilions.

Taste and compare in one go without interruption. Our expert Wines of South Africa representatives are available for advice upon request.

There are two set time slots – one each in the morning and afternoon. Information on the selected themes will be communicated shortly.

Special tastings (daily)

9:30 am – 13:30 pm
Morning Theme Tasting Selection
The South African Way, Chenin Blanc ; Our National Treasure, Pinotage ;  Ageing Gracefully:  Sauvignon Blanc Then and Now;  Méthode Cap Classique: Beautiful Bubbles;  Trust your Tastebuds, Blind tasting.


14:00 pm – 17:30 pm
Afternoon Theme Tasting Selection
White on White, White Blends ; Red Synthesis, Red Blends ;  Off-Beat Reds;  Chardonnay:  Driven by Instinct;  Transformation:  Driven by Change;  Trust your Tastebuds, Blind tasting .

MORNING TASTING SESSION

Chenin Blanc: The South African Way

Here we would like to highlight both the quality and versatility of the Chenin Blanc that is being produced in South Africa. Within the pod we have included both wooded and unwooded expressions of this grape, which is the most widely planted grape varietal in South Africa and gaining great momentum in terms of popularity across the globe.

Pinotage: Our National Treasure

The wines in this pod showcases the wide range, styles and regions that best reflect this truly South African varietal - Pinotage. The unique marriage between Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) lends itself to a multitude of varietal expressions that vary from elegant and refined to bold and voluptious.

Méthode Cap Classique: Beautiful Bubbles

Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) from South Africa has been making waves across all of the international markets, not only for its competitive pricing, but also because of it’s exceptionally high quality. At this pod you are invited to experience a range of examples ranging from every-day bubblies to traditional styles that rival the best in the world.

Ageing Gracefully: Sauvignon Blanc Then and Now

It is often thought that ‘new world’ wines do not have ageing potential, let alone white varietals such as ever-popular Sauvignon Blanc. This pod aims to debunk this myth by showing a selection of aged versions alongside their younger counterparts.

Blind Tasting: Trust Your Taste Buds

Is it a Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc or was it grown in Elgin or Paarl? Whether you’d like to score yourself on your South African wine knowledge or simply have a bit of fun, this pod is sure to challenge your taste buds by representing a range of wines, styles and terroirs that are truly unique to South African wine.  

AFTERNOON TASTING SESSION

Transformation: Driven By Change

Driving positive change is a mantra for South Africa. Expect the wines at this pod to represent wines produced by Black Owned Brands (BOB’s) and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE’s) companies or have Fairtrade and/or Wine Industry Ethical Trading Accreditation (WIETA).

White On White: White Blends

Over recent years, South African white wines have received acclaim on a host of levels. At this pod, we aim to focus on the art of creating the white blend and showcase the reasoning behind the worldwide hype.

Red Synthesis: Red Blends

Ingenuity and originality is what is on offer at this pod. The creation of a red blend sees the combination of a number of parts with the aim to enhance. In fact, a whole divided by the sum of its parts. The intricacies of blending in order to something that is superior to the base products is goal here and the reds at this pods are sublime examples of what many consider to be a true form of art.

Off-beat Reds

Here we would like to showcase a range of red wines that are considered to be made from non-traditional varietals for South Africa. Many winemakers are pushing out the boat to explore new options in terms of varietals and have put their own personal expressions on these wines.

Chardonnay: Driven By Instinct

Our winemakers are driven by instinct to produce arguably some of the top Chardonnays in the world. Taste the Chardonnays at this pod to experience the range of varietal interpretations and experience the unique qualities that terroir impart on each of these wines.

Blind Tasting: Trust Your Taste Buds

Is it a Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc or was it grown in Elgin or Paarl? Whether you’d like to score yourself on your South African wine knowledge or simply have a bit of fun, this pod is sure to challenge your taste buds by representing a range of wines, styles and terroirs that are truly unique to South African wine.