Unveiling the wine tasting experience to compare grapes, terroirs, and tastes is the theme of the 2017 Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival at Summer Place on May 16 and 17th .
The 2017 theme ‘unveil the sensory, timeless treasures and indulge in the secrets of the vine’ holds true in every bottle as you ‘discover the nuances of fruit, flowers and oak’.
Steering South Africa’s longest running, most innovative wine festival is constantly rewarding, while our 17-year Standard Bank sponsorship enables us to satisfy palates, stimulate debate, and provide an optimum experience for both winery and taster. It’s what our reputation is built on.
Showcasing limited quantities of exceptional bottles, wines with a ‘sense of place’ ‒ many of which excel internationally ‒ accounts for our continued popularity.
Each year we aim higher and 2017 promises to be our best festival so far, as 100 select boutique wineries and cellar-celebs share their limited production labels, present innovative blends, and discuss everything from wine evolution to regional differences.
South African wines offer superb value, delivering elegant layers of fruit, bold flavours, subtle oaking and long rich tastes. The genuine warmth, rich atmosphere, and sense of togetherness that wine engenders doesn’t exist in many industries; the joy of wine tasting always leads to discovery.
It's a time to taste, experience, and interact with great names, or simply learn how to distinguish a Chenin Blanc from a Chardonnay. Enter the blind tasting competition to represent the international South African Wine Tasting Team, discover faulty wines or how wine tastes different out of different coloured glasses.
Discover unique Manzart collection, Robyn Davie Photography, Tutored wine tastings and Coravin Decanters. And while you’re unveiling those subtle nuances, an array of attractively priced gastronomic options for the hungry from Jem Caterers, The Oyster Lady and Gonedsa Cheeses will satisfy the hungry.
I’ve watched the wine industry grow from a few dozen Western Cape wine farms to almost 1000 wine producing farms with winemakers offering an ever-changing, wide range of cultivars.
Our audience has changed. No longer the exclusive domain of knowledgeable keen wine lovers, the festival now also attracts novice tasters and those who don’t care if they get it right but want to have a bash at it. Many are young dynamic entrepreneurs excited by life, who spend time on social media, and provide refreshing viewpoints to the loyal connoisseurs still with us 27 years later. Exchanging knowledge and forging friendships over discussions of style and maturation elevates the journey from the vine to an experience of a lifetime.
Come and share a glass with me at this year’s Festival!
Essential dates for your diary Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival Date: Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 May 2017 Time: 17h00 – 21h00 Venue: Summer Place, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
“I wanted to thank you both for this year’s Standard Bank Festival. It was a fantastic experience, for me and a great honor to be involved with you.
Not only, the Festival is THE Festival of the year but it is also a unique opportunity to share our products with South African Producers, connoisseurs around an enthusiastic public.”
Festival Visitor 1
We are very pleased to be included in the wineries you choose to profile at your event every year. We are selective about our participation in shows but believe our brand is enhanced by being part of this profile. As one of the younger producers in SA, and a boutique one, we take every opportunity to ensure we can showcase our wines to wine lovers. Please remember us in any shows and events you do.
Festival Visitor 2
…“I have heard from my colleagues that it was quite an enjoyable event and they have also received great feedback from some of our customers that attended.”
Festival Visitor 3
“Thank to you for the yet again exceptional organisation of this event. The venue and the atmosphere were great, and it is always a pleasure to have our wines exposed among the high calibre of people your event attracts.”