This month I tried…Tuning the Vine

Freelance writer Claire du Plessis walks around Bree Street’s finest venues partaking in the Tuning the Vine wine tasting experience.

Tuning the Vine is a midweek wine tasting event hosted at some of Bree Street’s hippest venues. The event happens every month on the Wednesday after the first Thursday. Confused? Don’t worry, we have the dates for the rest of the year listed down below.

What you need to know is that it gives Capetonians the chance to taste some of South Africa’s best wines at some of the trendiest bars in town.

The event starts at 5:30pm and ends at 9pm and the good news is that the venues are open until late so you can continue the party. Ticket prices range between R150 to R275 depending on the experience you want. The R275 ticket buys you general access and a Pod Sleepover at a boutique hostel in Loop Street as well as a free breakfast in the morning. Consider this option if you know you may drink too much and don’t have a designated driver taking you home.

Save money by buying your tickets in advance online. Buying on the day, you pay R170 for general access but online you save R20.

Tickets also get you a Tuning the Vine branded stemless wine glass, tasting of all the available wines and a map of the various participating venues in the area.

My favourites were Spice Route, Alto, Moreson, Township Wines and Creation. For example Creation’s Viognier is abundantly fruity with fragrant peach aromas mixed with a creamy character. Township Winery boasts Riding Hood 2014, which is a blend that boasts ripe flavours and a low alcohol content.

It’s an intimate experience as you get the opportunity to chat with the wine makers, while you sample their tipple.

It’s a popular event but the large crowds, which often spill out onto the street, don’t always make it a pleasant experience. If you hate crowds, make sure you attend when the weather is good and bring along a magnum of patience as the queues can be long. The event is for over 18s only.

My top tip? Arrive at 5pm and leave by 7pm as the venues are less crowded and the wine doesn’t run out!

Dates: 10 August, 7 September, 12 October, 9 November and 7 December.