Tired of the regular indoors tastings with row upon row of cookie-cutter displays, spittoons and inaccessible vocabulary that makes your head spin more wildly than alcohol ever could? In the lead up to the massive Cape Wine event, Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA) and its stable of 12 premium-quality-focused, innovative wine producers decided it was time to kick off their shoes and have a little fun.
Fresh from London’s capital of cool, the quirky concept of ‘Wine Car Boot’ originated in 2013 when former catwalk model Ruth Spivey decided to celebrate her passion for fine wine in a novel way. The term ‘car boot’ is a colloquial British expression for an informal market place where anyone can set up shop and sell out of your, er, car’s boot – similar to the American yardsale or perhaps more fitting, a French brocante where you can find antiques and vintage treasures. Wines are vintage treasures aren’t they? This created a far more relaxed and enjoyable setting, a festive day out for children of all ages and a wonderful way for wine lovers, from beginners to fully fledged oenophiles to taste some of exceptional wine. Even fermented grape guru Jancis Robinson thinks it’s a great idea, commenting in the Financial Times that she had “never experienced such a cool, friendly atmosphere at a public wine tasting.”
Hosted by Journey’s End Vineyard in Somerset West, this is an afternoon you don’t want to miss: wine producers trading their wares from the boots of sleek sports cars or sexy classics (look out for Bruce Jack & The Drift team in their pair of vintage Jeeps: ‘Victory’ a 1942 Willys MB and his partner in crime, a 1948 Willys CJ-2A), live music, food trucks and pony rides, face painting, bouncing castles to keep the kids entertained. There’s even a ‘Wine Olympics’ with novel events such as Wine Spitting; Barrel Rolling, as well a Grape and Spoon and Three ‘Legless’ Races. Gladiators, are you READY?
And to ensure that the day goes down in wine tasting history (and to prove that South African’s really like to do things their own way) a 25-metre giant medieval catapult, the ‘Wineslinger’ Trebuchet will be making barrels, a piano and the car that sells the least wine on the day, fly through the air. Click here to watch the Wineslinger in action.
Date: Sunday, 13 September 2015
Time: 12 – 6pm
Tickets: R150 per person (includes 12 tasting tokens, branded glass and the exciting entertainment lineup). Children under 18 enter free. Book via Quicket now.
PIWOSA believes in promoting responsible drinking, they have partnered with Uber to make sure guests travel to and from Wine Car Boot safely – and in style! New Uber users can sign up here with the promotional code: PIWOSA2015 to receive their first ride, up to R200, free. To request your ride, download the free application or visit the mobile site to connect you with a private driver with the tap of a button.