Wine show back in Bay
Boardwalk to host 40 exhibitors of top-notch labels at third instalment in two weeks’ time
THE third FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show is heading for Port Elizabeth – and those who enjoy a fine vintage are certainly in for a treat. The show will once again take place at the Boardwalk in Summerstrand, with Thursday and Friday November 23 and 24 the dates to circle on your calendar.
For a date night with a difference, why not book your tickets for an opportunity to try out the very best picks from the Winelands – from scintillating bubbly and crisp whites to the voluptuous reds, Cape ports and fine brandies to be included in this year’s line-up.
About 40 exhibitors will participate in the keenly anticipated show, several of which have already won top wine awards for 2017.
Past exhibitors of the show Blaauwklippen, Raka, Ken Forrester, Bon Courage, Oldenburg Vineyards, Steenberg Vineyards and Vondeling will all be making a welcome return to the show, while newcomers will include Fleur du Cap, Rijk’s Cellar, Tokara, Valdo Prosecco, La Bri and Lomond.
“The 2017 FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show is the largest since its inception in 2015, presenting a range of more than 230 wines available for tasting and purchase through local retailer Prestons Liquor Stores – just in time for summer and the festive season,” the show’s director, Michael Fridjhon, said.
“The exciting range of exhibitors includes at least 30% newcomers to the show – among them Tokara, which was judged the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Best Producer for 2017,” Fridjhon added.
Wine lovers can plan their tasting experience by visiting www.easterncapewineshow-pe.co.za for the full list of exhibitors and wines in the lead-up to the show.
The Port Elizabeth show is one of four such events sponsored annually by FNB Private Clients and FNB Private Wealth.
“The FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show has secured a spot on the Port Elizabeth calendar as the most sought-after wine-tasting event for the local community,” FNB Private Wealth Southern and Eastern Cape divisional manager, Quentin Maritz, said. “Our strategic intent goes beyond attracting wine lovers and clients with a sense of adventure and exceptional wine tasting experience, to supporting local economic development in the province,” he said.
The Port Elizabeth show wraps up the 2017 FNB regional wine show programme, and is directed by wine authority Fridjhon and presented by OutSorceress Marketing.
It follows the third FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show held in East London in March, the eighth FNB Eastern Mpumalanga Wine Show in Nelspruit in April and the fifth FNB Free State Wine Show in Bloemfontein in August. Besides an opportunity to taste superb wines in a relaxed and sophisticated setting, the show offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to shop for wine favourites at the Shop@Show stand, which will be facilitated by local retailer Prestons.
Catch the show at the Boardwalk’s Tsitsikamma Rooms from 6pm to 9pm on both days.
Tickets at R170 per person per night will include unlimited tastings, a glass and wine show guide.
Light meals will also be on sale in the wine hall for when the hunger pangs begin to hit.
Bookings have already opened and tickets may be purchased in any
of the following ways: ý At www.computicket.com ý At Money Market counters at Shoprite Checkers stores. ý At the door subject to availability. The FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show promotes responsible drinking, and as such no persons under the age of 18 will be allowed into the venue.
The show offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to shop for wine favourites at the Shop@Show stand, which will be facilitated by Prestons
WONDER OF WINE: Jane Ferreira-Eedes from Vondeling, one of this year’s Eastern Cape Wine Show exhibitors
FRUITS OF THE VINE: Wine lovers will immerse themselves in one of the most anticipated events on the local calendar when the FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show comes to town