Wine Show organisers pulling out the stops

Neo Bodumela

NELSON Mandela Bay wine enthusiasts – whether novice or connoisseur – can expect an even bigger bash at this year’s annual Wine Show Road Show which, according to the organisers, aims to “strip away the snobbery from wine”.

The three-day wine extravaganza will be held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium’s World of Windows venue and will feature a larger floor plan, additional exhibitors and wines from more than 60 estates, including top wine brands Zonnebloem, Nederburg, Topaz Wine Company and popular box wine makers Namaqua.

A team from Good Fellas will be on hand to drive visitors home free of charge if they do not have a designated driver.

One of the organisers, Maryna Strachan, said they expected an even bigger turnout than last year’s 3000 visitors.

“We have done a lot of shuffling of the floor plan to accommodate more exhibitors and we’ve partnered with AlgoaFM so the deejays will be playing music at the show all day.

“We will also be screening the rugby matches on the big screens but the wines on show will be the main entertainment for the visitors,” she said.

“The [exhibitor] stands have been sold out since the beginning of the year.

“Wine producers want to bring their wines to PE because of the great response we had last year. The show has grown over the past two years so we’re definitely expecting a bigger turnout.”

Director of the show John Woodward said the event would appeal to both novices and experts.

“Our aim is to strip away the snobbery from wine and prove to visitors that you don’t need to be a connoisseur to enjoy a good glass of vino. In South Africa we are blessed with a multitude of local wines to suit every occasion, meal and mood,” he said.

The show attracted more than 3000 visitors last year and they nearly drank the show dry with exhibitors having to run to liquor stores to purchase more stock.

The event will also feature a charity drive for the Cancer Association of South Africa with the sale of the Wine Laid Bare calendar and a wine theatre where visitors can learn about wines from the producers themselves.

Tickets are available at Computicket at R90 per day, R150 for a weekend pass and R80 per person for bookings of 10 or more people.

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