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August 29, 2013

My Big Bottle Festival Experience in Instagram

Saturday 24 August, 2013 found me wandering around the elegant Cellars-Hohenhort Hotel in Constantia at the third annual Big Bottle Festival, a rather a posh event, what with the Bentley and Lamborghini flanking the entranceway and the sound of high heels clicking across the conservatory floor (at least my sneakers were from Paul Smith!).

The website has all the key info (www.bigbottle.co.za) but in a nutshell, this festival showcases superior wines cultivated by about 40 top South African wine producers and exporters, poured for tasting from huge and handsome bottles, some of which hold 5 litres of wine.

Each estate produces between ten and 20 supersize bottles per annum, mostly to mark very special occasions, and it's said that big bottle wine matures more slowly, has a finer texture and complex flavours.

In between the tasting tables were seven chefs creating a seemingly never-ending supply of delicious food – not just any chefs mind you, but the über sort like Rudi Liebenberg from the Mount Nelson Hotel and Brad Ball from Bistro 1682, whose chicken liver parfait with pineapple and red pepper relish, and the truffle white bean soup with pancetta crumbs respectively, had me sashaying back and forth for seconds and thirds all afternoon.

I'm always on the scout for that special something and for me it was hearing from the Waterkloof Estate representative about their biodynamic farming methods and environmentally sensitive approach to the process of cultivation. So it's possible to eat, drink and be merry, and reduce one's carbon footprint too.

Don't miss The Big Bottle Festival next year – it's a well organised luxury event that celebrates South African excellence in the Mother City.

If you’re a foodie and vino lover, check out our top Food and Wine Festivals.

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