We sent a hoard of foodies to explore the second edition of The South African Wine Festival on 11th April to explore the rich history of winemaking with over 120 different wines to taste from. Technically classed as 'New World' wines, South Africa actually has over 350 years of history in winemaking, taking influences from the Dutch, France, Germany and Italy.
Over 20 importers came together at the event to showcase their best South African wines ranging from Chenin Blanc to Pinotage. New methods in winemaking were also highlighted in wines such as Méthode Cap Classique, a twice fermented sparkling wine.
Hotel ICON served platters of European and South African delights to pair with the wines that guests tried before they moved on to the educational activities of the evening. In the education corner, sommelier and restaurateur Neil Grant from the South African Sommelier Association led a series of short tasting sessions highlighting different styles and grape varieties. At the sommelier corner, guests participated in a blind wine aroma game led by the head sommelier of Hotel ICON and took home some useful wine tips on food pairings.
For those who missed the event, The South African Wine Festival spans into a month-long celebration where over 30 restaurants from pizzerias and bistros to 5-star hotels are featuring South African wine on their menus, some of which are even offered by the glass.
Check out the full list of outlets here where you can try these wines throughout the month of April.