There's no denying that winter is wine season in Joburg. We're not sure whether it's the warming effects of wine or something more complex to do with Cape wine production, but we're all for it. Whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or a fledgling wine enthusiast, there's a wine festival happening this winter that's perfect for your tastes. Make sure to book tickets to these top wine festivals as soon as possible, because they are notorious for selling out fast!
Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival
The Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival is back and bigger than ever. Come and taste your way through the Cape Winelands without stepping foot out of the city this July. The festival will be held at the magnificent Waterfall Park outdoor venue at the Mall of Africa. Over 20 estates from wine producing regions in South Africa will be exhibiting at the event. Festival goers will be able to purchase wines to taste at the venue and to take home to enjoy later. Come prepared to taste test and get a little bit tipsy!
There are a variety of new experiences at this year's festival, including a dedicated sparkling wine exhibit and the Pick n Pay Food Lane. Here you can savour sparkling wine to your heart's content or tuck into some tasty eats from the Pick n Pay Burger and Pizza trucks. There are some healthier options as well, such as fresh salads, sushi and charcuterie boards. No one will hold it against you if you totally pig out though. Wine season is all about indulgence and enjoying the finer things in life after all.
Purchase your Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival ticket to get yourself a branded wine glass and full access to all tasting events, live entertainment and the Pick n Pay Food Lane.
Date: Saturday, 2 July 2022 at 12:00 - 18:00.
Venue: Waterfall Park, Cnr Karkloof Cres & Lisbon Ln, Entrance 26, Mall of Africa, Waterval City, Midrand.
Cellar Rats Winter Wine Festival
Wine tasting along a riverbank - we can't think of a more sublime way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you agree, book tickets to the Cellar Rats Winter Wine Festival. This annual festival sees wine lovers from across the city make the great trek to Riversands Farm Village in Midrand. A host of producers will exhibit their wares at this year's festival. You don't even have to like wine to join in! A number of craft gin producers will be at the festival, offering you a variety of tipples to sample.
What makes the Cellar Rats Winter Wine Festival so special is that it is both child and dog-friendly. Bring your whole family along for a fabulous day out in the mellow winter sunshine. The little ones will be entertained by Riversands' dedicated playscapes area, while you sit back and relax on the riverbank. This year's festival is also a charity event hosted in honour of Woodrock Animal Rescue. All you need to do to give back to this marvelous NGO is to book tickets to the festival. It couldn't be simpler.
Date: Sunday, 3 July 2022 at 12:00 - 16:00.
Venue: Riversands Farm Village, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand.
Vaal Wine Meander and Wine Expo
The annual Vaal Wine Meander makes its comeback this winter. From 4 June - 27 July 2022 you can uncork and enjoy some of South Africa's finest wines along the glorious Vaal river. This is Gauteng's oldest wine route at 18 years old. It is also one of the biggest wine events in the province, featuring at least eight restaurants and wine tasting venues along the route. For just R50 you can taste eight different wines on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 12:00 - 18:00. There are still a few weeks left to sip and sample the best the Vaal has to offer, so get yourself down to a participating venue this weekend. You can find more information about venues, dates and times here.
The biggest event of the 2022 Vaal Wine Meander is the Vaal Wine Expo. This exclusive event is an absolute must-attend for wine lovers. The venue, Stonehaven on Vaal boasts some of the best views of the Vaal riverbank. There will be unlimited tasting at the event, with over 280 wines to sample! You will also be provided with a R50 food voucher to use at the venue or the option to take a 30-minute Vaal river cruise. There are only 1000 tickets available, so book yours now.
Dates: The Vaal Wine Route Meander takes place from 4 June - 27 July 2022. The Vaal Wine Expo will held on Saturday, 30 July 2022 at 12:00 - 17:00.
Venues: Visit the Vaal Wine Route website to find participating venues.
Do you know of any other winter wine festivals happening in the city? Let us know about them in the comments below!