Take a journey of exploration to Africa’s southernmost corner and discover the unique wines of the Agulhas Wine Triangle
Once a year – for one day only – the wineries from Africa’s southernmost corner around Cape Agulhas come together to deliver a feast of flavours distinctive of this extreme wine growing area. This year the festival takes place on Saturday 9 November at the Black Oystercatcher wine farm.
The wineries of the Agulhas Wine Triangle share a spirit for exploration and adventure as the pioneers of a group of exciting, new wine growing regions in South Africa which are characterized by their proximity to the coast, extreme, cooling winds and ancient soils. They are known for producing elegant, terroir driven wines, with concentrated fruit flavours, distinctive minerality and a long finish.
Formerly known as The Elim Wine Festival, this year the Agulhas Triangle Wine Festival showcases ten of the region’s favourite wineries: The Black Oystercatcher Wines, The Giant Periwinkle, Ghost Corner, Land’s End and Strandveld Vineyards from the Elim wine ward, Sijnn Wines from Malgas, Lomond from Cape Agulhas, The Drift Wines and Skipskop Wines from Napier and joining the festival for the first time, Olivedale Private Vineyards from Buffeljagsrivier.
Join in this rare opportunity to taste the region’s finest wines, meet the winemakers behind them and spend a relaxing day in the beautiful Agulhas countryside. The Agulhas Triangle Wine Festival is a festival for every wine lover, whether you’re a novice or a sommelier-this is an event not to be missed.
According to Conrad Vlok, winemaker at Strandveld Vineyards, around 1000 guests visited the festival last year. Vlok says, “Every year this festival grows. It’s now become a big player on the annual wine calendar. That speaks to the unique wines, and the fun vibe during the day. Here on the Agulhas Plain, we believe in connecting with people and getting to know each other. The festival captures that openness and availability – where visitors and winemakers come together to talk about the wines we love drinking.”
Guests will be entertained throughout the day with live music from local artists and to add to the festival’s flavour sensations, Cluver and Jack cider, and craft beers from Fraser’s Folly and Cederberg Brewery will also be available to festival goers. The wine, craft beer and cider all pair perfectly with an array of delicious local produce and food available at the market stalls and food trucks. Enjoy locally produced smoked trout, cheeses, charcuterie, sausages, artisanal breads, oysters– and of course top it off with the festival’s many sweet treats. Proteas and craft items from local producers will offer visitors something, apart from wine, to take home to remember their day in the Agulhas Wine Triangle.
Ticket cost is R160 for adults– which includes a crystal wine glass and free wine tastings (entry is free for children under 18). Tickets can be purchased via Webtickets, at participating Pick n Pay stores and at the gate on the day.
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