Karoo Wine Club prepares for 2018 Stoep Tasting - early bird locals to benefit
GRAAFF-REINET — With the massive success of the annual Karoo Wine Club Stoep Tasting Wine Weekend in May - #ST17, the planning for next year’s #ST18 is already in full swing.
The event is due to be held on May 25 and 26. With the queue of winemakers already booked and more still wanting to come, it seems its fame is becoming a bit of a problem, in a good way. There are already 16 con¿rmed estates and the intention is to have approximately 25 for next year.
Fifth annual Stoep tasting wine weekend - #ST18
Karoo Wine Club chairman, Rose Wright says, “Stoep Tasting has certainly grown, there are already requests for tickets and new winemakers are queuing to be part of our annual event, the Karoo Wine Club is decidedly proud of this achievement and so should Graaff-reinet and its residents be equally proud”.
As it is the ¿ve-year anniversary of Stoep Tasting it promises to be a bigger and better event than ever before.
There will be a number of changes and improvements, so watch the press for details.
The best news is that for loyal Wine Club members and the local Graaff-reinet community, it has been decided to give locals the ¿rst opportunity to buy tickets for next year’s event at 2017 prices.
Wright added, “Paid-up members of the Karoo Wine Club will get a preferential rate of R130pp and non-members R150pp until the end of November 2017.
If you’d like to book in advance and take full advantage of this opportunity, please send an email to email@example.com”.
After this initial offering, #ST18 tickets will not be available until January 2018 when the new price will have kicked in and tickets will only be available online to the general public at a higher rate. for the last 52 years. As one of the founding members of Granaat, Camdeboo’s Friends of the Park initiative, he witnessed the area’s transition from the Karoo Nature Reserve to its proclamation as a national park in 2005.
There was a time when the actions of a few individuals could have meant the end of this conservation area. “In the early 1990s, farmers wanted to occupy the eastern side of the reserve. They argued that they did not have land for their livestock and that the legalities of a park meant nothing,” says Eksteen.
Eksteen realised the park needed protection, and gathered people that were interested in nature conservation. According to Eksteen, this marked the start of Granaat. The organisation was only of¿cially launched in 2000. While it had small beginnings, the organisation has since grown from seven to about 80 passionate people.
This was not the only intervention that led the park to where it is today. In its early days, Eksteen met up with Dr Anton Rupert, then vice chairman of the World Wildlife Fund of South Africa. As a passionate conservationist, Rupert loved everything from the Karoo violets to small antelope. It was only during one meeting, when Rupert’s phone rang, that Eksteen felt con¿dent. “A certain prince from the Netherlands was on the line. I then realised that there would be hope if this man who loves small Àowers speaks to princes daily.”
A lot of other work went into ensuring that the property remained protected. “With Dr Rupert’s help, the property was transferred to the WWF in 2003 and then to Sanparks.”
After all the years Eksteen is thankful that he and his fellow nature lovers managed to show the community the value of conservation in the area. “I think it would have been a huge loss to visitors if the park was not proclaimed.”