28 years ago the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival started out as an event for connoisseurs hooked on the nuances of terroir and vintage. Today, we now have a dynamic new group of fun-seeking entrepreneurs excited by life, hip to Instagram, and totally un-intimidated by wines, yet eager to learn, and grow their passion and knowledge of wine
The early days were a time when I worked with the winemakers who were the fathers of today’s cellar-masters. The new winemakers are true artists who let the soil sing to their vines, experiment with mould-breaking maturation methods, new clones, novel grapes and innovative blends that tantalise the palate. Our boutique wineries are outside the realm of the norm. “It’s evolution in a glass and I love being part of it.”
At the same time, we will always honour the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival tradition for promoting the most supreme; elite boutique wineries with limited bottles of exceptional vintages. Every aspect from the wineries, to guests and service, is about quality, which we achieve by keeping our festival small and personal.
Guests get to taste South Africa’s finest wines and discuss vintages, maturation and terroir with the winemakers. Friendships are forged, minds stimulated, and palates satisfied. Dedicated oenophiles discover hidden gems while enthusiastic wine lovers establish their style preferences.
“I’ve never wavered from my commitment to further the art of wine appreciation by showcasing the pick of the crop. Ours is the only wine festival where a select handful of respected estates bring their exclusive labels, reserve wines and limited releases”.
The mysteries and flavours of friendships have centred around the fermented grape for centuries. Wine is a unifying force that brings people together and allows us to live in the moment.
Standard Bank’s 18 year sponsorship of the Juliet Cullinan Wine Festival has formed a firm and safe bond with our winemakers and guests who come to share in the fruit and flavours of elegant wines.
Come and share a glass with me at this year’s Festival!
The 28th Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival will be held at Park House Events, 7th floor Hyde Park Shopping Centre, Johannesburg on June 5 & 6 2018 from 17h00 – 21h00