WINE VERSUS BRANDY
Cooper says that although men do attend the festival, the ratio of women in attendance still outweighs that of men, simply because women seem to be particularly fond of wine.
“It’s my third year attending the festival. I love my wine; I was introduced to it by my husband. We drink wine with our meals on weekends,” says attendee Happy Mashaba.
Some of the wine brands showcasing their wine selections i ncluded Nederburg Wines, KWV, 4th Street, The House of JC Le Roux, Robertson Winery, Four Cousins, Thandi Wines and Bayede Marketing.
But in the VIP lounge, which has a maximum capacity of 350 people, the number of men in attendance seemed to increase significantly.
Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that there were two open bars where various selections of KWV brandy were being exclusively served to the VIP guests in the room.
“It’s the first time I have attended the festival. I wanted to find out what it was about,” Simone Radebe told Finweek in- between sips of brandy on the rocks. “I drank two or three glasses of red wine, but it’s not my thing, I prefer drinking brandy,” he explains.
Brandy also proved to be a winner with the ladies, who opted for cocktails that combined the spirit with soft drinks.