The 2nd annual TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival will be an impressive event - from the people, for the people - and anyone who has aspirations and a desire to experience the best things in life with a glass of South African wine in hand is welcome.
So say Mzoli Ngcawuzele and Lungile Mbalo from Mzoli’s Place, high-profile local entrepreneurs and co-founders of the TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, staged on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall, Cape Town, on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May 2012.
"Our TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival belongs to the people," says Ngcawuzele. "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 it or is involved in it."
In this, the festival's second year, TOPS at SPAR will be creating the TOPS Food & Fun chill-out space, with amenities like comfortable seating, live music and four local restaurants serving different styles of food.
Nederburg, the festival’s lead wine sponsor and host of the popular Nederburg Taste Theatre, is bringing Masterchef South Africa judge, Pete Goffe-Wood, to the event for a co-presentation with Nederburg on the first night.
The Taste Theatre, free to visitors and open on a first-come first-served basis, explores the impact of various food flavours on wine. Visitors have the chance to sample various foods with a selection of wines to discover how they affect the taste of the wines.
New Wine Lounges this year are JC Le Roux, Pongrácz and 4th Street Winery.
Visitors receive a free tasting glass and the festival wine-buying guide on arrival, and there are many prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are R80 per person, available online at www.webtickets.co.za or at the door.