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24 June, 2023

Wines of South Africa Summer Tasting

Join Cellar Door Wines in The Riding School at Hatfield Park for an afternoon filled with vibrant South African atmosphere. There will be a jazz band inside, traditional Zulu dancers performing in The Stable Yard and authentic South African street food by Now Now Chow. Taste over 100 wines from every region and style in the Cape Winelands.

Having just about recovered from a three year drought, the South African wine industry was hit by government COVID restrictions including a ban on alcohol production, sales and export twice in 2020 and then again in 2021. Post COVID, South Africa continues to face significant challenges with an economic recession and a massive electricity deficit. However, the strength and resilience of South Africans remains and the quality of wine being produced has never been better. We invite you to support SA producers by attending this event and buying their fantastic wine.

We are very proud of our South African wine range which spans all of the key Western Cape regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Elgin, Wellington, Swartland, Darling Hills and Hemel en Aarde.

In the lead up to the event, we have chosen to highlight the work of two charitable organisations: WildHearts Foundation Africa and HeadStart Trust . Representatives from both of these foundations will be there on the day to tell us about their initiatives and how we in the UK can contribute. Cellar Door Wines will be donating 10% of ticket sales to these organisations.

Your £36 ticket includes sampling of over 100 wines, a snack pack of biltong or vegetarian alternative and entertainment throughout the afternoon.

These are just a few of the producers you will get to experience: BabylonstorenWaterkloofZorgvlietIonaRaatsDoran VineyardsGroote PostDrift EstateDe GrendelAndreasDiemersfonteinNeil EllisKWV MentorsBoekenhoutskloofDaschboschWildebergDe WetshofLe RicheLaibach.

South African Food: Jane White from Now Now Chow will be selling her famous Babotie and Bunny Chow from her stall which will be positioned just outside our shop in the stable yard. Informal seating will be available nearby to enjoy your food. Vegetarian options will be available.

Traditional Zulu Dancers will be performing at various intervals during the afternoon, inside the The Riding School and in the Stable Yard.

There will be a Jazz Quartet playing in background, so do listen out for some special South African Kwela and Penny Whistle sounds.

The aim of the day is to showcase the best of South Africa.

This is a walkabout wine tasting held over two floors in the Riding School Venue in the Stable Yard at Hatfield House. On arrival you will be checked in and given a Riedel Glass, an order booklet, a pen and a small pack of biltong or vegetarian equivalent. The wine samples will be poured and explained to you by our South African wine experts at their tables. We will give you a wrist band which will allow you to move in and out of the Riding School to buy food and explore the Stable Yard. Unfortunately you cannot take your glass outside, however, you can buy wine by the glass from our shop, where there will be seating inside and outside for you to sit and relax(hopefully it will be a lovely sunny day!)