It was a weekend of adventure, joy and celebration at the Soweto Theatre where the wine festival was hosted. Amazing how one discovered how much variety South African wine industry has go to offer. Present at this prestigious annual event was family farm across the Cape, including Blake Family Wines, M’Hudi Wines; Villa Esposto; Boekenhoutskloof’s Chocolate Block, The Wolftrap and Porcupine Ridge wines; Diemersfontein Wines; Doolfhof Wines; Freedom Hill; Hermanuspietersfontein Wines; Pomula Wine Spritzer; Survivor Wines; Peter Falke Wines; Robertson Wines (Natural Sweet) and Fat Bastard; KWV’s Classic Range, Laborie and Roodeberg; and Spier Wines, to name a few.
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A stalwart at the festival is the magnificent M’Hudi vineyards, which are based on the first wine farm to be owned and managed by a black family in South Africa. It is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and is wholly owned and managed by the Rangaka family.
Says Malmsey Rangaka, owner of “M’Hudi Winery, “M’Hudi Wines have been participating in the Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival from around 2007 when it was only 2 years old, and when most Black people in Soweto and Gauteng knew very little about wine. I have always marvelled at the way the festival became a “must-go-to” event that educated people on wine tasting from the level of asking for a full glass of wine because they have paid, to very sophisticated wine appreciators who come dressed to kill and ask for “just a little drop” nine years later.”
The festival’s Cause and Effect Taste Theatre proves the saying ‘wine is not just an object of pleasure but an object of knowledge, and the pleasure depends on the knowledge.’ The Cause and Effect Taste Theatre classes will took place three times per evening for 45 minutes each and was free to the public.
These wine and food pairing classes were fun-educational and a regular feature at the festival, inviting curious and newbie wine enthusiasts to experience the different effects of the five taste sensations when paired with Dry White, Red, Rose and Sweet Wines.
The education theatre was presented by the vibrant and affable former Cape Wine Academy Couse Co-ordinator, Busi Yende, and curated by Cape Wine Master and festival co-founder, Marilyn Cooper.