Since its quiet inception on the picturesque stoeps of Graaff Reinet in the autumn of 2013, the Stoep Tasting Wine Weekend has become the premier wine festival of the Great Karoo and is fast becoming the worst kept secret amongst the country’s growing band of travelling wine aficionados.
The 4th edition of this unique wine event, is set to take place in Graaff Reinet on the weekend of 26-28 May 2017, it promises to be bigger and better in every respect, yet will stay as intimate and fun as ever, with some of South Africa’s coolest and smallest boutique winemakers rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Stoep Tasting 2017 is already promising to be a bumper weekend. The loyal band of “regulars” have already started booking their tickets from across SA, with close to half of the available tickets already pre-sold.
A unique feature of this festival is that ticket numbers are capped, as is the number of wine producers who are invited to attend. A growing media presence is contributing to the awareness of this event and helping to boost the already impressive number of city dwellers travelling to attend.
Ticket prices are R150 per person for the weekend and include a tasting glass and tastings at all 15 estates, situated within walking distance from each other on the historic stoeps of the town. No driving will be required. With over 100 wines to taste and about 12 hours of tasting time, this equates to over 8 wines per hour, should tipplers attempt to taste them all. This will be no mean feat.
A few new additions to this year’s event:
Taste of the Karoo & Leopards Valley Guesthouse will be collaborating with Graaff-Reinet’s very own celebrity Chef Gordon Wright, author of the best selling Karoo cookbook “Veld to Fork” They will be hosting the winemakers to a traditional Karoo spitbraai on Saturday evening the 27th. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public.
Patrons will have the chance to meet, eat and socialise with some of SA’s best and funkiest winemakers.
For those looking for something slightly different, Wild Peacock Food Emporium is teaming up with Kröne MCC for an Oyster and Bubbly Stoep, in addition to the numerous street food stalls and restaurants ably assisting in keeping taste buds tingling and bellies full.
ST17 will also see the introduction of a small Karoo farmers’ market on Sunday 28th with good coffee and breakfast as well as Karoo lamb and other Karoo delicacies for sale for those of you who are from out of town and would like to take some of your favourite Karoo flavours home with them. Tickets and booking enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org