Go glam in Gugulethu

The second annual TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, taking place on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall on Friday, May 25 and Saturday May 26, 2012, is going to be bigger and better, with a touch of glamour, full of fun, a celebrity or three in the mix, and over 250 great South African wines to taste and savour.

Festival co-founders and high-profile local entrepreneurs, Mzoli Ngcawuzele and Lungile Mbalo from Mzoli’s Place, have promised visitors an impressive wine festival from the people for the people.

Says Mzoli, “Our Gugulethu Wine Festival belongs to the people. It is for the people because we have grown it from the seed of an idea to this amazing experience that uplifts everyone who visits or is involved in it. Every person that has aspirations and a desire to experience the best things in life with a glass of South African wine in hand is welcome.”

TOPS at Spar are the Gugulethu Wine Festival’s headline sponsor for the second year running. Through their empowerment vision and values, they assist in making this festival a unique, impressive and sustainable event for all residents and neighbours to be proud of.

Says Mark Robertson, TOPS Group Liquor Manager, “The vision of the Gugulethu Wine Festival is entrenched in our mission and values. Upliftment within communities by the communities is important, valued and supported. It is home-grown festivals like this that encourage sustainable entrepreneurship, which is close to home at Tops at SPAR. We are really looking forward to meeting our customers and friends at the festival too.”

This year, TOPS will also be creating the ‘TOPS Food and Fun’ chill-out space for the festival. Within the marquee, there will be four local restaurants serving various food styles to cater to different tastes, plenty of seating, a live band and a cosy ambience to seal the moment.

Nederberg, the festival’s lead wine sponsor and host of the popular Nederburg Taste Theatre is bringing a significant highlight to the festival this year in Masterchef SA Judge, Pete Goffe-Wood.

Pete Goffe-Wood, a familiar face to foodies throughout South Africa, will co-present with Nederburg on the first day of the festival. Nederburg’s Taste Theatre is free to visitors and will explore the impact of various food flavours on wine. Visitors will have the chance to sample various foods with a selection of wines to discover how they affect the taste of the wines.

Says Nederburg spokesperson, Wencke Grobler, “The taste theatre isn’t meant to create more rules surrounding wine. If anything, the aim is the exact opposite. We want wine lovers to free themselves from the burdens of do’s and don’ts involved with wine and food matching. All we want is to show how you can enrich the pleasure of the wine you drink by offering you the experience of combining it in a way that brings compatible flavours together.”

The Taste Theatre is open to festival goers on a first-come first-served basis. The presentation will be staged at 18h00, 19h00 and 20h00 on both evenings in the main wine exhibitor marquee.

Cape Town Tourism is a proud partner to the Gugulethu Wine Festival and, says PR and Communications Manager for Cape Town Tourism, Sky Grove,“The Gugulethu Wine Festival is an event that has started a new dawn for wineries and South Africa’s ever-expanding wine consumers. The innovation of food and wine is an integral part of what makes Cape Town an inspirational city, and the Gugulethu Wine Festival profiles the Mother City as an exceptional winter food and wine destination.”

Another exciting development this year is Saturday night’s new VIP Sponsor and television partner, DStv, who is known for putting on fabulous evenings for VIP’s and visitors. Says Promotions, Marketing and Sales Manager at DStv, Busi Msimango, "The DStv offering is so diverse that it has a natural fit with all spheres of society, cultures and lifestyles. We are extremely excited to be one of the brands hosting at the second Gugulethu Wine Festival and we promise to go far and beyond to surround you with entertainment. DStv, we raise our glass to Gugulethu and its vibrant people."

Sensational new Wine Lounges this year include J.C. Le Roux, Pongracz and 4th Street wineries. These three brands in particular always add lots of fun and flavour to festival visitors.

Loyal sponsors SANParks and Cape Town Tourism are the festival travel partners, with the formidable City Press as our media partner.

All visitors will receive a free branded wine tasting glass and the wine festival buying guide on arrival. There will also be lots of prizes to be won on the night.

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