Everyone knows that wine makes a perfect pairing with oysters, especially that of the bubbly sort, and this year there’ll be no shortage of the nectar of the vines at the Pick ‘n’ Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, set for 28 June – 07 July.
Starting on 29 June from 5-7:00pm at the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa, raise your glass in celebration of the festival’s 30th year – its Pearl Anniversary – when Jane Simon, The Wine Ambassador, will deliver a Méthod Cap Classique & Oyster Tasting.
Next up, the highly acclaimed Knysna Wine Festival – presented by Mercedes-Benz Stanmar Motors – will take place on 1 & 2 July 2013 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Festival Pavilion. Just like the fine wines on offer, this event just gets better with each year and this one – it’s 8th – is set to be the biggest yet. Admire all the latest Mercedes models before sipping and swirling your way through up to 50 of South Africa’s most premium wines, including a selection of the Cape Classics and the harder to come by Regional wines. All of the wines will be available for tasting and purchasing at special event prices. The confirmed estates include:
Garden Route: Bramon Wines, Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar, and Newstead Wines; Karoo: Calitzdorp Cellar, De Krans Wines, Fernskloof Wines, and Hillock Wines
Ataraxia l Beau Belle l Beau Joubert l Boekenhoutskloof l Bon Courage l Bonnievale Cellars l Creation l Cronier Wines l De Grendel l De Krans l Ernie Els l Fairview l Graham Beck l Hill and Dale l Hill Crest l Hillock l Holden Manz l Jordan l Malanot l Neil Ellis l Painted Wolf Wines l Peter Falke l Raats Family Wines l Rhebokskloof l Solms-Delta l Steenberg l Stellenrust l Sumaridge l Van Loveren l Waterford Estate l Zorgvleit
Tickets to the Knysna Wine Festival are priced at R100 per person and include wine tastings, a keepsake tasting glass, wine guide, and a taste of the finest delectable Belgian chocolate, Côte d’Or, upon arrival. Be sure to pop into the adjacent Night Market where you can grab a bite to eat at the many gourmet food stalls, take in the live entertainment and do a bit of shopping. Plus, with the reasonably priced shuttle service on offer, there’s no excuse for drinking and driving.
A portion of the Knysna Wine Festival proceeds will benefit the Dorothy Broster Child and Youth Care Centre, founded in Knysna in 1990 and which today provides short-term and emergency accommodation for up to 40 children in need.
Finally, cap off the week on 06 July from 5-6:30pm at Turbine Hotel with a course that will change the way you think about flavours. Jane Simon, The Wine Ambassador, will present ‘Wine & the Senses’ a participatory talk that will reveal how the senses affect our perception of wines. Pre-booking is essential.
Buy your tickets to the Knysna Wine Festival online at www.pnptickets.co.za, or for more information visit www.knysnawinefestival.co.za, contact Gavin Hobson on 074 657 6176, or email email@example.com. To pre-book your shuttle service contact Orbit Tours on 072 377 3563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and to book your place at the Turbine Hotel wine events, contact Anneline on 044 302 5748 or email email@example.com
For more information about the Pick ‘n’ Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, contact Knysna Tourism on 044 382 5510, visit www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za, or if you have a smart phone, be sure to get the innovative Festival App for the full programme, mobile news and on-the-go information. To get it, go to Google Play or Apple iTunes, or simply scan the barcode on the festival website.