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Sample wines from all around the Cape at these monthly central city events. Sample wines from all around the Cape at these monthly central city events.

Spend an evening "tuning the vine"

Oct 07, 2016

What started in London as a way to make art galleries and museums more accessible to the public, and then spread to many cities of the world, came to Cape Town at the end of 2012: “First Thursdays”.

It was Gareth Pearson who wanted to see this replicated in the Cape Town CBD after he experienced it in Zurich, so he encouraged galleries and exhibition spaces to stay open until 21:00 with no entrance charge on the first Thursday of the month, thereby giving people the chance to enjoy their city by night and get to know the wonderful local art on offer. The popularity of the event just snowballed and today includes street performances and other cultural pop-up experiences, bringing art and entertainment to the people of Cape Town in an unstuffy way.

Just three years later, a similar concept was born in the form of an inner-city wine route. “Tuning the Vine” is a mid-week adventure that gives Capetonians and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the heart of town while enjoying a selection wines from outlying wine regions. Ambling from one trendy restaurant or hot night spot to the next, and all in close proximity along Bree and Loop Street, wine friends and novices get to sample delicious vino and enjoy the buzz of the city on every Wednesday which follows First Thursdays.

The most recent Inner City Wine Route took place on Wednesday, 10 August and included, amongst others, the “big guys” like Nederburg, well-known Constantia property Buitenverwachting, the bubbly experts Krone from Tulbagh, organic and biodynamic specialists Reyneke, as well as some smaller but equally exciting properties from further afield, like Luddite Wines and Barton Vineyards from Bot River and boutique wine estate Esona from Bonnievale.

Venues included the two ticket centres, 91 Loop Boutique Hostel and La Parada in Bree Street, as well as Bocca, Weinhaus and Biergarten, Charango and the Gin Bar, to name but a few of the restaurants. The event runs from 17:30 to 20:30, with plenty of opportunity to snack or eat along the way at some of the trendiest spots in the CBD. Tickets can be bought in advance on Quicket, and if you need help, there are “winged fairies” to point you in the right direction on the night. One can even book a customised tour with an experienced sommelier. The Tuning the Vine sommeliers are knowledgeable and well able to share their wine passion with you, as well as giving you pointers on the wines themselves and how to fast-track to become a member of the swirlingsniffing- spitting brigade of “wine geeks”.

Pencil these dates into your diary: 12 October, 9 November and 7 December – all Wednesdays, of course.

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Last modified on Friday, 07 October 2016 11:15
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