Held at The Cellars Hohenhort hotel in Constantia, the festival runs over three days, from the 23rd to the 25th. On the Friday, guests can enjoy a fancy pants champagne tasting and gourmand dinner but tickets for this are very limited and go for R2 300 and R1 980 respectively. On Saturday and Sunday, however, you can participate in Walk-About Tasting sessions that, at just R400 a ticket, are a lot more wallet-friendly.
The Walk-About Tasting involves moving through a series of producer’s* wine exhibits where you’ll get to taste their vino poured from large format bottles. Usually, when producers put something in a very big bottle it’s because it’s a special, very limited release. Also, as large bottles have a lower oxygen to wine ratio, they create a more slowly matured wine that offers flavours that are a little more complex. In other words, you can expect a veritable river of very special, delish-tasting vino!
You’ll also get to taste gourmet canapés and small dishes prepared by various participating celebrity chefs.
Want to snap up a ticket via Webtickets? Best make a move as they’re selling out fast.
*The list of wine estates that’ll be showing off at Big Bottle this year is as long as my arm. Or maybe both of them. To check it out, pop on over here. But it’s safe to say that you can pretty much name any wine farm and assume it’s going to be there.