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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.

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