Stellenbosch Crush, an event hosted by Stellenbosch Wine Routes, saw the who’s-who of the local wine industry gather at De Warenmarkt on 9 September to commemorate the start of Cape Wine 2018.
In a relaxed and informal setting, traders, industry insiders and selected guests were given the opportunity to sit back, socialise and sample some of the very best wines that Stellenbosch has to offer – a sneak peak of what to expect once the showcase commences on Wednesday 12 September.
“We host this event every three years in the lead up to Cape Wine,” says Elmarie Rabe, Project Manager at Stellenbosch Wine Routes. “For the 51 international guests that we invited, it’s meant as a casual introduction to the Stellenbosch wine scene”.
Taking place at an iconic 18th century building right in the heart of the city of oaks, the night was a true expression of love for all things Stellenbosch, and all things South African too. Local musicians set the mood with some well-known classics, while guests – in between sips of wine – tucked into an array of proudly South African dishes: waterblommetjie bredie, melktert and koeksisters to name a few.
A fitting way to say cheers to the premium wine estates of the Stellenbosch valley.
Presented every three years by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), Cape Wine is the considered to be one of the leading international trade shows for South African wines. Over 300 wineries will showcase their wares at this years’s edition, which is scheduled to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 12-14 September.