For those not a-tuned to be natural born wine lovers who enjoy spitting during wine tastings and buying cases of wine by the dozen, fear not! Tuning The Vine has established a unique and innovative way to get even those who have ‘tuned-out’ to the art form that we call winemaking, drinking and pairing to start to get ‘tuned-in’. Okay so enough ‘pun-ning’ around, here is everything that you need to know about the new and upcoming wine experience – Tuning The Vine.
For the first time ever, Tuning The Vine is set to take place from Friday the 31 October (a.k.a Halloween) to 2 November 2014 at the beautiful Lookout in the V & A Waterfront. As cleverly stated on the Tuning The Vine website, ticket prices are suited to the ‘tuners’ pocket at R150, this will include 8 tasting coupons and of course, entry into the event.
Described by the event organisers as being a hip, urban wine experiance full of playful sexyness, this event will be unlike your common South African wine festival experience. For a wine festival, the location is rather unique. By not being held on a wine farm but rather in the city centre, the event caters for the urban city dwellers. Tuning The Vine sets out to depart from the traditional (and rather over used) wine farm based festivals. Although those do give the wine taster a true feel of the farm and all that it has to offer, Tuning The Vine seeks to showcase the wine as well as the winemakers rather than the farms in which the wine was produced.
Affectionately named ‘Rockstars’, the winemakers featured are showcased for their individual styles, achievements and experiences. Each winemaker will bring something new and unique to the event, helping to create a truly wine-filled learning experience. Amongst the ‘rockstar’ line-up is Henk van Niekerk, Melissa Nelson, Jacques Wentzel (Black Elephant Vinters), Craig Hawkins (Testalonga) , Clayton Reabow (Moreson), Marelise Van Rensburg (Momento Wines), Dawie Botha (Anthonij Rupert Wines), Hannes Meyer, Wynand Grobler (Guardian Peak), Neil Patterson.
The wine tuning experience is established to take part in 5 steps; Try It, Pair It, Learn About It, Mix It and most importantly Have Fun With It. As a part of the experience wine tuners will get to experience all the various wines on offer, learn the art of pairing wine and food together as well as the style in which each wine is produced and to top it all off, experience the fun of making and of course drinking wine cocktails. In addition, there will be a Taste Theatre where some delectable fare will be available for tasting and pairing. Each day will end off with some toe tapping music from the likes of Toby2Shoes, Mr Cat & the Jackal and The Nomadic Orchestra.